And it is.
But Santa Cruz is so much more than a surfer’s paradise. Nestled between the Santa Cruz mountains, there’s the famous Boardwalk, the oldest in California, the University of California, Santa Cruz, the top employer, a year-round weekly all-organic farmers market and a movement for all things local.
The downtown area is a throwback to the ‘60s, and a hippie element gives the area its character. And within the better known area attractions, the Tea House Spa awaits.
Located on a side street downtown, one quick turn around the corner will lead you to this Feng Shui oasis. Step inside to the waiting room as a single or a couple, check in, select your preference of tea, and then head to one of the hot rooms. And I do mean hot. First, sip on hot tea, and then dip in the hot tub to feel the jets untie your knotted muscles as you gaze out the makeshift window to a man-made Asian garden. A running stream of water and lots of bamboo emit the feel of being in an exotic locale enjoying a spa treatment, but look at the walls and ceiling and know that this is all a façade under a tent. But it does give the illusion of a sort of paradise.
Once you’re done in the tub, step out, take a quick cold shower under the spigot in the same room, and then step into the sauna. Come out, shower, sip more tea, have some hot tub time, shower, sauna and repeat for 55-minutes or until you just can’t stand the heat, and then you’re de-toxed and ready to stroll through the Boardwalk or taste one of many wines at Surf City Vintners, an industrial area that offers more than meets the eye. Sones Cellars, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard and Silver Mountain Vineyard are but a few tasting rooms at your service.
Visit teahousespa.com for more information.