Ordinary things to do in Extraordinary times or Visa Versa

Any way you look at it, Capitola Village is extraordinary at all times! With Covid lingering in our lives, Beach House Rentals wanted to share new things happening in our “Happy Place” and some ideas that will keep you and your families moving in positive ways toward the future. 

All of our Capitola Village beach homes come equipped with kitchens to cook up your meals but sometimes, why bother? CAPITOLA VILLAGE RESTAURANTS have been whipping up feasts all along these current obstacles. They just want to feed you and are ever-so-happy to please your appetites. Whether dining outside on their cozy curbside bistros or taking it to go, the beach and your lovely abode are all within walking distance. 

Our newest Capitola Village restaurant family member is Reef Dog Deli. We anxiously awaited to see this one open, conveniently across the street from our Beach House Rentals office. They have something for every whim, every taste bud, every weather condition. Today, I’m diggin in to the Reefy’s {Smoked beef brisket pastrami, melted Vermont sharp cheddar, Guinness Stout caramelized onion relish, stone ground mustard, on toasted Jewish rye} and probably later in the afternoon I may just grab a quick, melt in your mouth, lemon cookie and ……. Oh yes, back to work!

With the new kid in town, let’s not forget about our ol’ loyal village favorites. Who leaves town without a slice and a Tee from the 1st original 1981 landmark Pizza My Heart? Take your slice or the whole pie over to the colorful tiled beach sea wall to catch the glorious sunsets this time of year. 

Need to get your steps in before settling down for sunset hour?  Head on up to Gayle’s Bakery & Rosticceria for their amazing Blue Plate Dinner nightly special. It’s a locked in favorite among locals. Continue your trek up to another local gem at HIHN PARK Linger down your evening there with plenty of distance from others and capture the entire Capitola Village simmer in color. 

With the ocean breeze, the gentle waft of waffles will lead you straight to Souza’s Ice Cream & Candy. Creamy delights stuffed inside freshly made waffle cones topped with your heart’s desire to make all we’ve been through worth it. Wander along the riverwalk taking your time with every delectable lick and enjoy the comings and goings of the flowing Soquel Creek. Active with ducks and seagulls, occasionally a Great White Egret or Green Heron can be spotted, along with other various bird species. 

As we adjust to the changing times some of us may not want to go back to exactly how things were. Tight scheduling, juggling all the family’s activities left many of us exhausted just looking at the daily calendar. We’ve figured out we’re more comfortable at home; more motivated and able to fit things into our schedule. Exercise isn’t a dreaded word anymore. The creativity of Virtual exercise class has taken over how we view a much needed healthy habit. 

The thing is even on vacay when you’re at your home away from home, and you’ve devoured a  Reefy’s sandwich, a couple of slices of pizza and a “settle the tummy with a sherbert” psych you can still participate in your exercise routine any time you darn well please. 

Our Capitola Merchants have done an awesome job of keeping the shopping needs of visitors and locals open and safe. I’ve noticed the kindness and patience of both shopkeepers and shoppers. I certainly appreciate not only safe space, but space in general to get a good look at new arrivals and maybe things that are always offered but have missed “seeing” in the past. While waiting for your turn to go in, take advantage of the creative window displays. They’re always changing and once inside you may not see it the same way. They are meant to entice you in but now they captivate you to linger and visually enjoy. 

Need to spread your wings, maybe do something you never thought of doing? Let this link Capitola Wharf lure you in. Try your hand at fishing off the pier, no license required! Capitola Boat and Bait will hook you up with everything needed. Or if you’re up for the challenge the Bay offers, they will set you up for a fun filled day on the water. 

When all is said and done the Wharf House is the perfect spot to wind down your day. Let the surrounding sounds, the intoxicating aromas and the visually stimulating Pacific Ocean remind all of us of the blessings we are sure to find in these extraordinary times.  

When Vacation Plans Go Haywire

Let’s face it…..sometimes, stuff happens on Vacation! 

Weather forecast calls for sunny skies and a storm sneaks in.

Your toddler takes a tumble and needs a couple of stitches.

The night out turned out to be an all nighter.

This is the Central Coast, where Plan B’s are just as pleasing…..

Just in case stuff happens!

A Natural Umbrella

nisene marks forest The majestic, lush landscape in the Forest of Nisene Marks provides a “natural” umbrella. The forest takes on a whole new life during and after a good soaking. Take a deep, long inhale and let all your senses come alive. Smell the earthy, minty, herbal fragrance surrounding you; Enhanced when wet. Taste the air around you; Oxygen is life and there isn’t anywhere, cleaner or fresher to get that than in a dewy forest.

Listen to the sounds that echo; Birds squabbling over a fresh, plump worm. 

See the creepy crawlies come out from hiding; The iconic banana slug breathes through their skin, so they need it to be wet. Feel the tickling sensation of cool, fresh drops landing on your neck; Giving the squeals to even the mopiest member in the group. Of course, you can always anticipate a rainbow right from the wall of windows at the stunning Luxury Oceanside Dream Beach House.

Stitches Happen even on Vacation

That’s a bummer, especially on vacation. Can’t get it wet. Can’t get sand on it. 

Hurts to walk. Make the most of the situation and head to Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge where you can let your imagination run wild. It’s a sure win to cheer everyone up no matter what age group the clan is. And if you’re feeling extra artistic check out

The Painted Cork a unique artist studio that offers classes based on the style of painting you want to create, taught by artists themselves. There are two studios; one for 21 years and up where you can sip your favorite adult beverage while exploring your creative side, and under 21 for families, teens, kids or anyone not participating in cocktails. Honestly, no excuse necessary to go have some fun, get creative, make magic or just bring out the Picasso in you. 

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

 Pablo Picasso

The tempting night-life of Capitola

margaritavilleWhether it’s celebratory shots at Margaritaville, cheering on your team at Britannia Arms or getting your groove on at the Sand Bar sometimes vacation has us overindulging at times. Quiet, calm, peace, self love is calling and no better way to receive that than a little pampering; walking distance from your beach house. Relax with a massage at Capitola Village Massage, detox your skin at Vice or bring those locks back to life @ Monet. Finish up with the tranquil sound of waves and a sunset, then call it a night! 

Need More?

For 99 other ideas, pick up a copy of 100 Things to do in Santa Cruz before you Die written by our very own Beach House Rentals team: Leslie, Sara, Dede, and Misty. Not only will they hook you up with the perfect beach house; when you book directly, you save. No plan B needed for that one!