Torch Lite Inn
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTorch Lite Inn Santa Cruz
This motel is on a central location to the city centre and the boardwalk. The accomodation is comfortable and clean. The owner manager needs to learn how to be nice to people, he was extremely unfriendly and I wonder why he is in this area of business. He is the only place in America that wouldn't take our travel card as payment (which is just as good as cash) and then when paid in full still demanded a cash deposit. We overheard conversations with other people which was as unfriendly. I wouldn't return due to how rude he was! Beware.
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I finally got a chance to sleep in.. Wayne even went down and got my breakfast. We set off finally to find the real Santa Cruz not the horrible, noisey stuff. We walked along the riverbank in reasonable temperature of 30+ till we reached the town centre. It has 1 main street with lovely trees and cafes scattered along it. Found a great local coffee …
Today we started the day again with waffles and made them ourselves! Well sort of ..put the mixture into the girdle . We set off to a well known historical castle in San Simeon. The castle sits way up in the hills and was built by a wealthy man called William Hearst. We arrived at the bottom of the hill to be ferried up to the castle by the bus …
... and ordered two falafel sandwiches. Well no word of a lie, it was the best falafel we have ever had! So crunchy and tasty. Yum! Now stuffed, we headed back to the beach to do some more sunbathing.
After we were sunned out we strolled down the boardwalk again and Dan had seen a 'Dipping Dots' stand and had to get some. Basically dipping dots is ice cream in, well, the size of dots! He had it 18yrs ago when he was in America so had to have it again.
We made sure ...
... museum. We decided to take the street car; it would have been faster to walk! We learned on this trip that mass transit may be easy, but it’s not fast! At the Exploritorium, there were several hands-on experiments we saw that we liked; we took pictures of some of them. The only thing I didn’t like about the Exploritorium was we didn’t allow enough time to see it properly.
We finally left SF about 4:30, driving south along California ...
... to look at more coastal scenery, all wild and wooly with the June Gloom all of a sudden rolling in. Bird island was covered in - birds? Go figure. There were huge kelp beds which abound in this area, in fact, all along the coast which support the huge population of seals,otters and other marine life.
We then drove along the ocean boulevard on a fine sunny morning, all the way to Lovers Point (cue hearts) with the quaint period homes, ...