Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Day in Santa Cruz

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Last Saturday was the annual "Woodies on the Wharf" in Santa Cruz, California.  I live close by so I've gone to this a couple of times in the past.  Santa Cruz is the perfect spot for this car show!  Santa Cruz and Woodies are the perfect pair...Woodies were big with the surfers in the 50s and 60s and Santa Cruz is a big surfing town!

"My Guy" and I met my dad, my brother & his girlfriend, and my nephew & his girlfriend there.


These cars are huge collector items now. There were a couple of fully restored ones for sale there for $100,000!







After our first walk around the show, My Guy and I decided to stop in and get one of these...

It was so good we each had another one!   hiccup


I know I may have lost some of you with this cars and cocktails post so here are some beautiful homes with ocean views!



This one above overlooks Santa Cruz

I love this home...except for one thing....
I hate palm trees! I know it's a big California thing but I think they are ugly!


This is a beautiful inn across the street from the ocean.  I went in here once and took photos for my blog and then realized later that I didn't have the memory card in my camera! If I would have had my reading glasses on I would have seen a message popping up on the camera screen but I didn't! Oh well! Trust me, it was beautiful!



There are lots of these beautiful old ocean-front homes!

This one below is in the middle of major remodeling, it is gutted on the inside...

As we walked back to the car we watched a surf lesson going on but there weren't many waves...

Here is the view from where we parked the car looking back towards the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. I grew up going to this amuzement park and have so many fond memories of warm summer days riding the ferris wheel and the roller coaster!


I hope you enjoyed your visit to Santa Cruz!

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28 comments:

suburban prep said...

My grandfather lived just outside of Santa Cruz for a good portion while I was growing up so we would visit often. Such a cute town.

Betsy said...

Awesome pictures! I love the old woodies and beautiful homes. They sure don't make them like they used to. When I was growing up, almost every birthday party I attended was held there at the Boardwalk...such wonderful memories.

Marilyn said...

I thought that tall "thing" was a light pole! Next picture--NOT! That is about the ugliest tree I've ever seen! ♥♫

Pamela Gordon said...

Wonderful pictures. The 'woodies' remind me of the Beach Boys :-) Those homes are gorgeous, especially the first one, but why do they have such an ugly looking 'stick with feathers on the top' in the yard anyway? I don't get the purpose of that palm tree do you?

Granna said...

I loved this post...even the Woodies! You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area.

Sue K said...

Oh what a wonderful post!! I grew up in Sunnyvale, CA and spent many a summer day at the beach, on the boardwalk and seeing it all brings back so mnay memories. There used to be a big building on the boardwalk and they used to have dances every Sat. night in the summer. We'd load up a car and drive over for the dances. It was called the Coconut Grove. Dating myself...I grew up in the 60's and remember the woodies and surfers. Even tried my hand at surfing ONCE...NOT!!! Thank you for the warm memories!!!
Hugs, Sue K

Marilyn said...

Oh my.... I just love these old cars. I watch the Jackson Barrett auctions whenever they are on. There is nothing more beautiful than restored history be it a car or a beautiful old home !!
Great Post.....
Marilyn

Bumbleberry Stitches said...

Beautiful homes and the woodies are fabulous. I do agree with the Marilyn, I thought the same thing. It was a lamp post that turned out to be a Palm tree.

DreamgirlLisa said...

Santa Cruz is one of my favorite places, and one that we don't visit often enough considering how close we live. You reminded to try to make it there this summer. BTW- I hate palm trees too and I'm born & raised in Cali!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing your day and the tour of the area. Sounds like you had an enjoyable day.

Wendy said...

Love visiting Santa Cruz (though not a fan of winding 17!). Those homes (and cars!) are gorgeous. Have you been to Gayle's in Capitola? Mmmm...delicious breakfast food! (as well as baked goods).

SavannahGranny said...

Hey, I LOVED your post of the "woodies". I grew up in the 59's and even tho I was in Atlanta there were many "woodies" around. I also loved all the old T"Birds. I did a lot miles in a bird.
While I happen to like palms, that WAS one ugly specimen. The home are awesome. I love the Victorian homes and I suspect you have a fondness for those.
Have a great 4th!! Ginger

Anonymous said...

Oh what I wouldn't give to live somewhere like Santa Cruz! Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Jana in Texas

Elsie said...

Loved my visit, I felt like I was watching a Beach Blanket or Beach Blanket Bingo movie. Those cars are awesome, and I so remember them from the 60's in all the Beach movies. Sounds like you had a good weekend. Those homes are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

Elaine said...

It all looks fabulous! Santa Cruz is going on my bucket list.

Theresa said...

Back...way back... in my twenties I went to Santa Cruz for a day with my roommate, and competely fell in love with the place. I just thought it was the prettiest place ever. Thanks for this post, I would go there again in a heartbeat! t. xoxoxoxo

Koeela said...

Is this the same Santa Cruz where the eagles are located you can watch by camera????

sharing1 said...

This brings back a lot of memories. I lived in Gilroy in the 80's for 7 years. Santa Cruz was always a fun place to visit.

Linda said...

I love Santa Cruz. One of my favorite sleepy little surfer towns!

DearHelenHartman said...

That was so wonderful. Just discovered your blog and so happy to have done so.
The old Woodies have me humming Beach Boy songs and thinking of summers past.

Christine said...

I started following your blog and then you started to have all those blogger problems...:( I finally figured out even though I couldn't see your test page I could still find your main page...I'm new at this. You have amazing style, your home is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing.

Katherines Corner said...

What a wonderful way to make memories. loved the photos thank you for taking all of us along with you. It felt as though I was there too. Hugs
P.S. that palm tree has got to go! giggle

Emily said...

Just have to say I love woodies. They go hand in hand with beach life. Wish I had one last week while at the beach.
Hope your fourth of July is fabulous.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Karen Deborah said...

Loved it! I was actually there for one day myself. I picked out a wee beach cottage that i posted pictures of. You can't go wrong there everything is a photo op.
Love the car shows!!! Woody's rock.

Mary Ellen said...

Beautiful homes- that one palm tree in the middle of the one house seems so out of place though!

bee blessed
mary

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Cindy,

Funny to be back on the Wharf in Santa Cruz... Did you see my footsteps all over? We used to work at the Pescadero Campbell plant, as consultants. Always stayed in Santa Cruz.

Lots of love,

Mariette

Sylvia said...

I used to live in SC and the house with the palm tree used to have three or so, but after a storm, the tops were gone! I guess they've uprooted them since then (about 3 years ago). Love the woodies!

Junk-it Junction... said...

Im glad I read this post today...we just got home to Australia, after visiting your huge country,Santa Cruz and Santa Monica were my favourite places to visit! In fact, I have a photo of one of those homes,and I blogged about it, saying it was on my wish list,gorgeous homes there. I too saw those cars, but they were in Santa Monica, loved them!Thankyou for sharing!