After exploring and hiking in the Land of the Medicine Buddha, we went in search of food (and a coffee for me). Since the small seaside town of Capitola was nearby and we hadn’t been there before, we headed out of the forest and to the coast.
Capitola is regarded as the oldest beach resort on the entire west coast of the United States. It sits on the north shore of Monterey Bay just south of Santa Cruz. The historic and colorful Venetian Court on the beach just east of the pier is on the Register of National Historic Places as the first condominium beach community in the United States. It was built in 1924.
I really wanted an iced mocha, so we first went in search of a coffee shop. I’m always on the lookout for good coffee places. I keep a mental note of all of them. After all, you never know when you might need a fix. Luckily, my coffee radar quickly found one, Mr. Toots Coffee House.
Once I had my cup of chocolatey coffee goodness, we went strolling around to see the town. Capitola is only 1.6 square miles so getting around on foot is fairly easy. We walked out onto the pier and then downtown. We found several tasty looking restaurants, but passed them up for later. We wanted to see the sights before they closed.
Mish found several unique boutiques that she checked out. Normally, I follow along and just look around relaxing and enjoying the scenery, but in one store, Art Inspired, I found something that I had to have. OK, I’ll admit, I normally do not find candles very manly (no offense). They just are not my style. However, I found a candle that smelled of testosterone. It was scented coffee-bourbon-oatmeal! Amazing! I have it on my desk so when I get stressed I can breathe it in. I’ll let you know if it helps.
We also found a very interesting looking restaurant called Shadowbrook. Mish and I really want to check it out sometime. Instead we drove to another interesting place south on the bay called The Whole Enchilada. If you’re in the Moss Landing area, check it out. We highly recommend it!