When you stay at Dream Inn Santa Cruz, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel in Santa Cruz, you'll be on the beach and minutes from Santa Cruz Wharf and Main Beach. This 4-star resort is within close proximity of Cocoanut Grove and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Make yourself at home in one of the 165 air-conditioned guestrooms. Rooms have private balconies. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and cable programming provide entertainment. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a spa tub. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Enjoy a satisfying meal at a restaurant serving guests of Dream Inn Santa Cruz, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and business services. Planning an event in Santa Cruz? This resort has 3,500 square feet (325 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms and small meeting rooms. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
As Darrell Darling reads aloud some of his poetry from a softcover notebook, guests at the breakfast table listen in rapt attention, their warm croissants cooling on painted china plates. Darrell is both the proprietor and unofficial poet-in-residence at The Darling House, a bed-and-breakfast where, as his daughter Denise explains, the owners "welcome folks from all over the world with open arms and warm hearts."
At Conscious Creations Cafe, owner and head chef Joshua Server fills tables with unique dishes that use exclusively local, organically grown ingredients from sustainable providers. The ever-changing menu shifts every day of the week, filling its pages with dishes designed to showcase the freshest selections from farmers' markets in Salinas and Watsonville or local grocers such as New Leaf and Staff of Life. Goddess salads jumble fresh vegetables such as onions, carrots, and leafy greens into a giant bowl with tangy feta and dressing made with the tears of Athena. Emphasizing vegetarian and occasionally vegan values, the soups on the menu rotate daily depending on pantry availability. Entrees plate a combination of dishes that have included mediterranean gnocchi, tempeh empanadas, and free-range chicken satay, accompanied by a side of mashed potatoes or rice. For an additional cost, guests can complement solid fare with a glass of wine or a recycled wineglass full of beer.
The seasoned bakers at Nite Owl Cookies stay up late to provide insomniac cookie cravers with natural, preservative-free dough disks. Mix and match any of Night Owl’s seven decadent flavors to form your sweet-tooth satiating baker’s dozen—chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, brownie cookie, vegan chocolate chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal raisin.
The nationally accredited Indigital Institute of Recording Arts provides an oasis of production-oriented creativity as it prepares its passionate students for audio-industry careers. Inspired by George Lucas’s state-of-the-art Skywalker Ranch complex, the institute boasts an industry standard, 164-track Pro Tools HD recording system, two recording studios, audio labs, and a film-editing bay. The curriculum covers topics from the fundamentals of sound to high-level arts such as recording, mixing, mastering, and trying to eliminate the screaming in one’s head. Those not enrolled can also jam on the institute’s equipment, renting its studios on an hourly basis or harnessing the onsite technicians’ production savvy.
At age 7, Nathan Hadsall eagerly unpacked his first magic set. By the time he was in high school, he was already performing full-time. When he began studying psychology and philosophy, he realized that even his academic pursuits could play into his magic. Now, with Sleight of Mind, he astonishes partygoers with his feats of illusion. Whether performing tried-and-true parlor tricks for an intimate group of friends or crafting on-stage illusions for larger gatherings, he puts on a show-stopping performance. With his signature blend of mentalism, hypnotism, and illusion, he encourages audience interaction, eliciting peals of delighted laughter.