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Capitola, Santa Cruz, weekend

Our Valentine’s

For Valentine’s Day we decided to give each other the gift of wheels – new bikes! First, a romantic, greasy lunch at Betty’s Burgers, then on to the Family Cycling Center to browse bikes. I picked out the prettiest, peach-colored Schwinn {it had me at hello}, and Rob a Specialized cross-trail bike. After they tuned ’em up, we spent the rest of the afternoon riding bikes in the beach-house neighborhoods and down to Capitola. I felt like a little kid again. The weather this month has been marvelous. The air smells SO GOOD. I can’t even explain in. Actually, I know what it smells like! Childhood. And I love it. It was a great Valentine’s Day {love you Rob!}.

{can you see the heart in Rob’s arm?}
{“Meet “Nancy” ;-)}

Cute Capitola

Sometimes the marine layer lasts all day in Aptos. Our beach was still cloudy on Sunday so we decided to catch some rays in sunny Capitola, the little beach town I work in. Capitola is famous for its jewel box – these vibrant, ocean-front beach rentals:

You can’t stop into Capitola without getting ice-cream from Cafe Violette.

It was a lovely afternoon!


We have a thing for breweries

Saturday Rob and I met up some friends for a tasting at the Sante Adairius Brewery in Capitola. Rustic, old-world ales with some West Coast twists! It was such a fun outing. I loved the barrel tables, taupe walls and eclectic stools.

We did some sampling:

We decided on the Big Lou and Brewer’s Beard: