A capital weekend at Capitola – Part 1

We are now home — hooray! It’s nice to get away but it’s also nice to get back. It’s really great to be with the the kids again, and I like having my camera cable so that I can unload my pictures from my camera. So here is a photographic recap of our weekend away at Capitola.

What is very funny is that all the places we were at were pretty much on the same street or all within a few blocks of each other! The bed and breakfast, the bakery, the Redbox at Nob Hill, the yarn store, all were within like 4 blocks of each other. Then we went to eat at Shadowbrook restaurant and that was like 9 minutes walk (half a mile or less) away! I didn’t even know we found the perfect location for a bed and breakfast until we got there!

So the place we stayed at is called Inn at Depot Hill and all their rooms are different and very cool-looking. The building used to be a train station that was converted to a bed and breakfast.

The front is beautiful — a ton of flowers. Here’s just a small sampling of them.

When you first walk in, there is a little library/parlor. This used to be a waiting room in the train station. (It was kind of hard for me to get the whole room because I didn’t have a wide angle lens.)

Next door is the dining room, which used to be the place where people bought tickets.

Then you go out the back to the beautiful patio area. It is very serene and peaceful there.

Here’s my husband, showing the other view, where the back of the house is. There are lots of flowers around and places to sit.

On the other side of all those tables is a pool. I love the sound of running water.

There is a huge azalea plant — that thing was humungous! There’s a garden house and part of a bench for scale.

The room we were at was actually in a different building… had to go around a corner, up the stairs, turn, down the stairs, etc. Then soon outdoor Japanese motifs begin to appear. There are very cute Japanese lamps. Oooh, I just realized I never went out at night and took pictures of them. That would be a cool photo!

Then you come upon a Japanese garden.

It’s a very quiet place where you can sit and contemplate the meaning of life if you want. I wonder where they got all this stuff?

From the inside, there is an awesome view of the garden.

But the inside is even more cool! It is totally decorated Japanese style. I don’t know if the Japanese have beds like this but it sure looks cool.

There are sliding shoji screens everywhere and you can open up the tub area if you want.

I put a picture in my other post of the tub. It’s a deep Japanese-style tub. The shower is right next to it, with the head coming out of the ceiling. Oops, I forgot to take pictures of the cool sinks.

It was my birthday and they were so nice to write me a personalized birthday card and then have a bottle of wine in ice! Too bad I’m not a wine drinker. But we brought it home so Albert could enjoy it. Even so, it was very nice and made my birthday special. 🙂

You also have the option of having breakfast in your room. The first day we did that and they wheeled in a cute little cart.

Here’s a closeup of the breakfast. It was not really super fancy compared to some of the B&Bs we have gone to that have offered gourmet-style food, but was really delicious. And I’m not complaining either, because in the early evening they offer appetizers and at night they have dessert!

The breakfast today was super delicious. The warm entree was eggs benedict, one of my favorites!

Before we left today, the lady there took a picture of us at the patio. Unfortunately I had set everything and then she took 2 steps back before clicking the camera. I had turned off the auto-focus because it was having problems focusing, so our picture turned out a little blurry. But at a small size, you can’t even really tell.

In any case, it was a great place to stay and I would recommend it to anyone!

A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — angelayeedesign.com) and teaches leadership skills at strategysketchnotes.com.

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