Ariel Sultan, one of the “gurus” behind the foodie website/blog Food Guru, recently waxed poetic about Santa Cruz.
She visits Verve Coffee Roasters, Natural Bridges State Park, Gayle’s Bakery and Laili in downtown Santa Cruz, among other places, and presents a plan for a three-day weekend getaway here.
“Santa Cruz: a 1-2 hour drive from most parts of the San Francisco Bay Area and a most satisfying weekend destination. It is more than just a funky hippy town, but offers plenty of charm, fine food options, a plethora of hiking trails, a scenic wonderland, and of course, the beach.
On a three day weekend, you can feel the luxury of a relaxing vacation and/or mix it with some high energy activity. A recommended first stop upon arriving in Santa Cruz is at the Verve Coffee’s new roastery at the Seabright plant. This boutique coffee roaster brews top-notch coffee ranging from Kenya to Costa Rica. For a warm summer’s day, an iced Colombian Coffee offers bursts of fruity and nutty flavor. Verve locations can be found on their website as well as a video series of their “Street Smart Tips” on becoming a coffee connoisseur.
After fueling up on Verve coffee, check into your AirBnB home-away-from-home for the weekend. In 2008, AirBnb emerged on the scene as a marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. AirBnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. Santa Cruz, with its traces of the Groovy 1960s, seemed like the right place to find a unique place on AirBnB. Look to book a loft or room close to downtown but ideally near the Sea Cliffs.”