I was lucky enough to have lived in France for a few years and traveled extensively throughout Europe. Many of my adventures were with three small children in tow so I'm fairly well versed in all things children and how to vacation with kids successfully. I still have two boys underfoot(12&14) so while we were putting our beach home together I was trying to make it comfortable and functional. I spent many summers in a lakeside cabin in Michigan and never once worried about whether I had sand on my feet as I traipsed through the house. We have a slew of furry friends and while WE DON'T TAKE them to Santa Cruz, not a dog friendly town, we do travel with them. Therefore, I understand folks who schelp their four-legged friends along. To that end most things in my house are washable and we simply ask you to keep your furry friends off the furniture and beds. My idea of a perfect vacation is to be able to walk everywhere, life as a mom requires far too much driving! Our girl in Santa Cruz allows me to stroll to Pacific Avenue(groceries, restaurants and movies) as well as a one block mosey to the sand. In my opinion if I can avoid getting in my car, it's a WIN!
I'm outnumbered and live with all guys so my movie habits seem to involve a lot of exploding robots or superheroes. I'm also more apt to be found at the pizza place with the Samurai wielding pizza thrower than I am at the "new place." My youngest is an avid hamburger fan so currently we are eating our way through the Burger Joints. Betty's Burgers is the top ranked in Santa Cruz to date. (one location up the hill and one on Pacific Avenue) Their happy hour pitcher of mojitos is not bad either. Keep in mind the food critic is a 12yo boy-he will agree that the Buttery on Soquel Ave. (with their outside picnic tables) is still our top ranked destination to eat breakfast or lunch in the Cruz.