The SpaceRoom is 12' X 12' with a private entry plus a bathroom that includes shower, sink, and toilet. Plenty of shelves for storage, and armoire and dresser for clothes. Bed is queen size- comfortable for 2 (we've been told "very comfy" by many guests). We use cotton and linen bedding with a down comforter; choice of pillows: down or fiberfill (both are on the bed). Our house is eco-friendly with organic garden, laundry grey water, and solar panels. We compost and recycle and make it easy for you to do it, too! Most likely your sheets and towels will be dried in the sun (with a quick cycle in the drier to soften them up) and we only use cleaning products with natural oils- no strong smelling chemicals. Though it's a 60 year old home, it is welcoming and comfortable with a wood burning stove (there is also a radiant space heater for the room), leather sectional sofa, and colorful decor influenced by Tamara's travels around the world. We live on the edge of a large field near a riparian corridor, so we have lots of birds to watch in our back yard. Deck has comfortable seating, a hot tub, and a fire dish for spending time outdoors. Guest AccessGuests have access to kitchen (including cooking oil, herbs and spices) for preparing meals- we have a well-stocked kitchen because we love to cook!! Also the back yard has a lovely garden, with fresh fruit and herbs seasonally, and a deck and hot tub. Private entrance for the room is located in the front of the main house. Room also has a door that accesses the living room. Guests are welcome to watch a movie or TV show with us in the living room, if that is what we're doing. We have a library of books on local natural history and hiking/biking trails as well as maps of local state parks and Santa Cruz County that guests can look through. We offer reverse osmosis filtered water for drinking. Parking for one car will be provided in our driveway. Two 21 speed mountain bikes are available for guests to borrow- guest must sign a release of liability and agree to replace bikes if they are stolen or damaged (Santa Cruz has a severe bike theft problem!).
We will occasionally have air bnb guests staying in our studio in the backyard where my daughter normally lives. Interaction with GuestsWe love to help people find their way around Santa Cruz and give advice of places to go. Evening mealtimes are an opportunity for socializing. Though we both work full time during weekdays, we are often home on weekends and evenings. If the timing is right, we can take you on a hike through the redwoods or you can join us at our Friday evening Qi Gong class at 5:30. The NeighborhoodMany people who have visited say they are surprised by what they see when they walk through our gate- it's not what they expected from the outside (a mixed neighborhood of single story older homes- like ours, newer 2 story homes, attractive condos, a mobile home park across the street, and some businesses at the beginning of the street). The stone entry path is edged by bamboo, a fountain, and plants that evoke a lush, tropical feeling. Though we have easy access to the freeway, it feels like you're far from the busy-ness of city life when you walk through the garden, watch birds in the back yard, or soak in the hot tub under the stars. There is a large empty field behind our house with mature oak and walnut trees.
Our neighborhood is diverse in income levels and cultural backgrounds and is at the edge of a riparian corridor, so it has a little bit of wilderness even though it's in the middle of town. On our street are a nursery, a friendly auto mechanic, and a house with horses. It feels somewhat rural, even though we have such easy access to many parts of town. We are close enough to ride a bike to the ocean in about 15 minutes, but are also close to nice hiking trails in the mountains with redwoods and streams. Within one mile are popular restaurants such as The Shadowbrook, Cafe Cruz, Chauminade, Gayle's Bakery, and a new brew pub- NuBo. Moe's Alley, is a lively bar with live music several nights of the week. In less than 2 miles are the Santa Cruz yacht harbor, where you can rent kayaks, surfboards or stand up paddleboards, join an outrigger canoeing crew, or board a sailing vessel for a sunset cruise on the Monterey Bay. Capitola Village also has a large selection of fine restaurants, boutiques, and night life. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, with fun amusement rides, is not much farther, as well as downtown Santa Cruz with a variety of restaurants and night life venues. The Santa Cruz Mountains feature many scenic wineries for a fun afternoon of wine tasting.
If you want to venture even farther, Moss Landing is a half hour drive and an excellent spot for kayaking up Elkhorn Slough to see otters, seals, and a large selection of shorebirds, whale watching on Monterey Bay, or shopping for antiques. A 45 minute drive will get you to Monterey where you can visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, go scuba diving in the kelp forest, or ride bikes along the waterfront of Cannery Row.
We live in a banana belt: it's often sunny and warmer here than other parts of the county. Winter daytime temperatures are usually in the 50s to low 70s and summers are upper 60s to low 80s. Evenings are cool and can be frosty in the winter- usually in the 50s to 60s in summer. It sometimes gets foggy on summer mornings, but since we're a little inland it burns off faster than near the ocean. All-in-all, the ocean creates a very mild climate here.
There are many places to get fit in Santa Cruz- yoga and pilates classes galore, Zumba and RIPPED are popular, ecstatic dance is available most days of the week, the Chi Center features wonderful Qi Gong classes, and there are a wide variety of dance studios that teach classes and have dance party nights. In Shape Health Club is just a mile from our house and has a pool, sauna, steam room, hot tub, several weight rooms, spin classes, yoga, and aerobic and conditioning classes round the clock. It's $15 a day for non-members. Toadal Fitness is less than a mile away and has a variety of fun workout classes. Getting AroundA major bus line is located about 5 blocks from our house. You can walk to 41st Ave. in less than 20 minutes where there are coffee shops, a mall, cinema, and restaurants. The best way to get here from the airport is to rent a car, take the bus (easier from San Jose, more challenging from SFO), or hire an airport shuttle service (available for $40-$100). This is a wonderful location for bike riding! Bike rentals are available nearby, and we have two bikes available for loan, with a signed release of liability agreement to pay a replacement cost if they are lost or damaged. Other Things to NoteWe will provide tea or coffee with fruit, home-made granola, and yogurt in the morning. Non-dairy or gluten-free options are available with advance notice. A variety of fresh and/or dried fruits and nuts are always on the table for a small snack.
We have a cat who lives in the house. My daughter's small dog (fox terrier/maltese), Pickle, stays with us sometimes. He barks when new people come, but quiets down quickly if you don't reach down to pet him or give him too much attention. He can be very sweet and loves to play once he's assured you're okay, though it can take awhile. We have treats in the room that help him warm up to guests! Santa Cruz County requires an 11% local tax, which will be deducted by air bnb as part of your reservation payment. Certificate # CO00243.