Santa Cruz Activities
See what Santa Cruz has to offer when the flowers are blooming. Beach Street Inn is your hotel by the beach that’s in the middle of it all!
Looking for a meaty burger or a sweet treat? Check out some of our favorite restaurants with options to please every palate.
Picnic Basket: 125 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Located directly under Beach Street Inn & Suites, their seasonal menu featuring local farmers, foragers and artisans offers a multitude of delicious options just steps from your room.
*Pro tip: The ice cream featured is from the famous Penny Ice Creamery. Grab a cone and enjoy the crashing waves on the beach right across the street!
Assembly: 1108 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Head downtown for the freshest ingredients sourced at the height of their season. Assembly also features several local wines and beers, (and if you’re in the mood for a burger, their West Cost Burger is to die for!). Plus, it’s only about a 15 min. walk to downtown from Beach Street Inn & Suites.
*Pro tip: There is a pop-up restaurant located right next to Assembly featuring different chefs throughout the year. The Picnic Basket is featured there currently, so you can check out some dishes that aren’t on their regular menu!
Stagnaro Bros.: 59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Located at the tip of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, Stagnaro Bros. has been around since 1937 serving up the freshest fish in the area. For a classic, order the clam chowder bread bowl, you won’t be disappointed! You can check out the rest of their menu here.
*Pro tip: You can also order to-go and sit outside on a bench overlooking the ocean!
Things To Do | Winter 2018
Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adrenaline, Santa Cruz has plenty of options to entertain you!
Guided Elephant Seal Walks:
Año Nuevo State Park is where elephant seals go every year to mate, give birth and molt their skin. Go on a 2.5 hour, 3 mile walk lead by an experienced and knowable guide. You will learn about these incredible creatures and be able to explore the beautiful terrain of this state park.
The monarchs typically begin arriving in mid-October and leave by mid-February At Natural Bridges, November is often the best time to for a walk to observe the monarchs. The Monarch Grove has been declared a Natural Preserve, thus protecting these butterflies and their winter habitat from human encroachment or harm. This is the only State Monarch Preserve in California.
Join us February 10th for the migration festival. Help us see the monarchs, whales and birds off with live music, crafts, games and other fun activities!
Passport Celebration Days January 20th 2018:
SCMWA Passports are a great way to experience the Santa Cruz Mountains wine region. Passport holders are welcomed into 50+ wineries throughout the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Clam Chowder Cook Off:
Head to Santa Cruz this February for the 37th annual Clam Chowder Cook Off! Amateurs and Professionals complete to your taste buds delight making both Boston and Manhattan Chowders.
Santa Cruz hosts numerous festivals during the fall. Try some delicious Mole, or check out Capitola’s Art and wine festival in early September. Get your boogie on during the Mountain Sol festival. Or If film is more your thing, check out the Santa Cruz Film festival in October.
For a full list of the events happen in Santa Cruz this fall check out http://www.santacruz.org/upcoming-events.
For more info on all things Santa Cruz, go to www.santacruz.org!