This is a loft style unit with a full bath, carpeted, a large sunny deck, skylights, garage and a private entrance. You will also find a coffeemaker, toaster, refrigerator, microwave, utensils and dishes in the room.
The unit is located approximately 3.3 miles from Aptos Village, CA (established 1851).
This is a beautiful and tranquil environment in the redwood forest above the morning fog with an abundant population of birds deer and other animals. It is within biking distance to long sand beaches and over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails in the Nisene Marks State Park.
A beautiful setting along the Redwood trees, birds and deer.
Outdoor activities are everywhere! Learn scuba diving, surfing, paddle boarding or even sailing. Monterey Bay is a premier diving location.
In Aptos itself you will find a modest array of shops, restaurants, Yoga studio, Pilates studio and coffee shops including an amazing bakery. Our Saturday Farmer's Market is a little treat in itself.
A quaint local coffee shop called 'Norma Jeans' that has everything you would expect, a unique burger joint called 'burger' (duh! - great for Gluten free folks), a little local theater that serves organic popcorn and our new BOOKA restaurant in an old Victorian Hotel.
Other upscale eateries are in downtown Santa Cruz (check out Laili!
Santa Cruz is world renowned for its laid back lifestyle and is about 6 miles down the road if you are looking for a little night life. If you are a health conscious traveler you will be delighted to find an abundance of Health Food stores in the area.
For public transportation there are buses 3.3 miles away in Aptos Village which can connect you up to a decent public transit system that will take you all the way to San Francisco fairly efficiently. There is a bike rental shop in the village for getting about in the local area. Its mostly flat and easy to get to beaches and Santa Cruz by bike.
Santa Cruz downtown is an interesting place to just stroll and listen to street musicians and the Board Walk is a favorite place to take a ride on a roller coaster, scream, and get sick eating cotton candy on all the other thrill machines while overlooking the beach and Pacific Ocean. Our son would love to be your personal guide there. But he won't be.
For a more easy going experience, whale watching is popular and the famous Monarch Butterflies at the Natural Bridges State Park are in easy reach. Reasonably priced charter sailing boats are available to explore the wetter side of the area.
And let's not forget the Monterey Sea Aquarium. A MUST for kids and adults alike.
Enjoy waking up to the sounds and feel of nature.
Previous guests have described this place as 'cozy', 'beautiful', 'quiet', 'stunning', 'clean', 'no hotel can offer this.'
Hello, Hi, Bonjour, Guten Tag, Hola!
Katrin has worked in import-export in Luxemburg, worked as a professional photographer, set up an art gallery, had a successful line of digital print skirts and laptop bags, set up a cozy little coffee shop called 'Kafe 99 Square Feet' whose new owners still serve coffee and tasty things in San Francisco, managed projects and client services (and still does).
She is impossibly fascinated with the lives and behaviors of others to the point of staring at them (but not in a spooky, bad way), and takes gorgeous photographs.
Seth is a serial developer, developing software by day for others (Django, Python, Ajax, Java, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera) and business possibilities by night, of which Petal & Stem is only one (renewable alternative energy, anyone?). His interest and curiosity about life in general and human beings in particular amazes lesser folk, inspiring others to leap forward with him to answer the question 'What if...?'
Jello makes him happy, and he plays a mean recorder.
We live, for the moment (always! always for the moment!), in the Redwood Forest above Aptos, California, where we dream of making the world a better place through our entrepreneurial endeavors.
Did we say that we LOVE our children? Yes, we do!
Welcome to the hood!
Katrin & Seth Birkholz purchased this studio in 2013
We believe that this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Nature, Ocean and the Santa Cruz climate make it an unbelievable experience.
In the midst of redwoods with the ocean so close by! Cant' beat this location! Hiking, Biking, Beach.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
We ask our guests to treat our premises with respect.
Please leave no food outside overnight as we do have Raccoons visiting the property.
Security deposit will be promptly re-credited to your account.
Please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions. We do have Wireless available upon arrival. Please note that cell phone coverage can be spotty. Verizon works best!
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.