Several of our friends from church generously offered to look after the children for a night so that we could enjoy an evening and a day by ourselves. We took them up on it, and drove over the hill to Santa Cruz, CA to relax and get refreshed.
We stayed at the West Cliff Inn, a bed and breakfast situated in an historic landmark building that was renovated a few years ago. It was a beautiful three-story house, with classic Victorian stylings and amazing high ceilings. That we stayed on a Sunday night in the fall (off-season) meant that we also got nearly half-off their normal rate, which was great!
Here are a few photos of the house, common area, and our bedroom (which was very comfortable, including a terrific jetted spa tub and marble shower):
From our bedroom on the third floor, we had a great view of the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (in the distance on the left) and Wharf, both day and night:
After checking into the hotel and getting a bit of rest, we decided to stroll down to the wharf. While there, we saw a lot of folks fishing, great ocean and seaside scenery, a number of sea lions hanging out (under the dock), and even took advantage of the evening light to take a couple of portraits of ourselves:
The next day (Monday), we wrapped up our trip with a drive up scenic Highway 1 and a visit to the picturesque Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
(mandatory goofy shot below)