Santa Cruz, Day 6
We woke up early, because we had a long drive down to Santa Cruz. On the way out of Sonoma we stopped at the Basque Boulangerie Cafe. Rob had sourdough toast and I had a ham and cheese croissant.
We then started driving down to Santa Cruz. The view off the Pacific Highway is something everyone should see. On the way down we stopped at the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Pub. We split one beer, because we needed to get down to Santa Cruz.
Once we got to Santa Cruz, we checked in early at the Coastview Inn Santa Cruz. This was probably the hotel that I liked the least. It had a pee pad on the bed and it smelled like stale cigarettes, but it was right across the street from the beach.
We then took a walk down to wharf to find something to eat. On the way down, we saw a bunch of sea lions. I asked Rob if we could take one home, he said 'No!' We walked all the way down to the end of the pier, because most of the restaurants were kind of dodgy. We finally settled on Stagnero Brothers. I had a great fish sandwich. Once we finished eating we walked down the boardwalk to the arcade. We played air table hockey, pinball, car racing and plinko (The Price is Right). We then walked on the boardwalk to see the rides.
We then walked out to the downtown area for beer and food. We went to the Avenue Bar, it was a really seedy, smokey, crusty, dive bar. We had one beer and left.
We were walking around when we noticed a huge Santa Cruz Community Farmers Market that was closing up. I wish we had walked by earlier because I've heard that there are a bunch of farms around Santa Cruz and that produce is cheap and good.
We then found an hip place for drinks and dinner, 515 Kitchen and Cocktails. It was a two story house, which had couches and table set-up all around it. We sat on a couch and ordered a cheese plate (you can never go wrong with cheese), marinated skirt steak and a salad.