The day started off at the Roses of Yesterday and Today in Watsonville for a picnic lunch. To our slight disappointment, the roses were not blooming yet. It is free to go inside and look around. And the nice balance between a little sunshine showing through the shades of trees that surround the rose garden combined with the quiet serenity really made it for a relaxing spot. I am so going back when the roses are in bloom!
The second stop was at the Martinelli’s Company Store where we tasted soooo many different kinds of cider and juice flavors that we didn’t even know Martinelli’s made (some of them were exclusively available at this company store too). It’s really like wine tasting minus the alcohol and it’s also free *wink*wink*
There were some limited edition items in their store too since Martinelli’s is celebrating their 150th anniversary!
The company store also has a mini museum display of rare photos and artifacts:
We also got to pose in front of this former door that is now on display inside the company store (below). The staff person pointed out that “Watsonville” was misspelled as “Watsonvill” on the door:
The views in Capitola was just gorgeous no matter where we went. The weather made it so pleasant to be by the beach:
And the shops there were charming and unique. I spotted a very sensual display of women’s body parts made into these sculptured pieces inside one of the stores:
The day concluded with a delicious dinner at Shadowbrook Restaurant where I did not take any photographs but if you go to their website you do get a very good “picture” of how scenic and gorgeous their location is. The fact that you descend down into the restaurant via a gondola ride is another unique, charming touch — just like the town it’s in.
Thank you Watsonville and Capitola — for a wonderful time!