Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Why Ask a Tour Professional?

Sometimes you have to return to favorite regions to verify if there are any changes. Local tour professionals are wonderful resources who may know about changes or they may even visit for you.

One place I recommend along the coast, and you will find this is in many guidebooks, is to stop at Gayle's Bakery in Capitola-by-the-sea (5-10 minutes south of Santa Cruz).  
I stop to get a small snack-to-go of delicious items from desserts to breads (a fave is the Garlic Cheese Stick). You may also pick from yummy entrees, salads, and sandwiches. On weekends, it is crowded, they work quickly to assist everyone.  I enjoy browsing their daily specials and desserts if there is a wait. There is a sunny patio available to eat or you may take the food with you for munchies while you are relaxing next to the beach, watching the surfers, or on picnic during hikes.  I always take some home with me to enjoy later (or back to my hotel).  It is definitely a great stop and still really delicious food. Remember to explore Capitola too.

I always stop and buy saltwater taffy on the Santa Cruz Wharf next to Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  The restaurants have delicious fried artichokes which are great with a cold mug of beer. 

If you have minimum time, one "show" I recommend is to park your car along West Cliff Drive by the Lighthouse - Surf Museum and watch the surfers.  There are usually surfers everyday and sometimes you catch some great views.

It is free to watch these experts.

Lighthouse Surf Museum & surfers

I had fun getting acquainted with couple traveling from the east coast who were in town (San Francisco) for their daughter's sporting activity and exploring Northern California. I love to hear the stories of their days trips and experiences! And, I shared tips and stories with them which validated their own great experience on their journey. More new friends!

We sometimes take for granted the fabulous surroundings around us, while we get so focused on our daily activities. 


Take time out & explore! You never know who you will meet or what you will see! ~ The Funtourguru, Follow me online or on a trip 

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