Capitola-by-the-Sea, CA, January 20, 2015 – Step back in time and celebrate 25 years of a very special historic getaway! Constructed in 1901 as a Southern Pacific Railroad depot, Inn at Depot Hill was carefully restored beginning in 1989. It was transformed into a 4-diamond award-winning luxury Bed and Breakfast Inn that formally opened in 1990.
Inn at Depot Hill in Capitola-By-the-Sea, offers travelers a unique chance to experience original historic architectural elements and evoke a sense of the Golden Era of elegant first-class railway travel while providing all of the upscale comforts of our own modern era. Stepping across the threshold of Inn at Depot Hill, which is distinguished by three striking columns, visitors are treated to a very rare and beautiful ambiance that flows from the lobby and library with high ceilings, lovely custom moldings and other historic accents, into each of the luxurious guest rooms.
Delighting its visitors, the historic Inn at Depot Hill offers 12 guest rooms beautifully decorated in the style of famous travel destinations. From the romance of Paris to the serenity of Kyoto, each guest room boasts feather beds, luxury Italian linens and a crackling fireplace. Designed to pamper; guests are greeted with personalized customer service, fresh flowers, dramatic lighting, music docking stations, luxurious robes, and marbled baths. Many rooms also have private patios and outdoor jetted tubs. Guests enjoy a delectable breakfast graciously served in the dining room, or brought to their room as well as afternoon wine and hors d'oeuvres in the grand parlor.
The Cote d’Azur room captures the essence of a chic auberge in St. Tropez; Paris, a romantic French pied a terre; Portofino, an Italian coastal villa; Delft, a summer home on the coast of Holland; or Sissinghurst, a traditional English garden room; and more uniquely decorated themed rooms, including Kyoto, Stratford on Avon, Costa del Sol, Capitola Beach, Valencia, and the Library. Given its history as a former railroad depot, the popular Railroad Baron room captures the rich colors and textures of red and gold that a first class guest would have enjoyed when traveling by rail.
A Fascinating History:
Camp Capitola was what founder Frederick Hihn called his new resort on the sheltered beach south of Santa Cruz in 1874. He patterned it after the popular European watering holes of the Victorian Age. In the half-century following the founding of Capitola, railroads reshaped the American landscape. By the turn of the twentieth century, the Southern Pacific Railroad was California's largest landowner and employer. In 1901, the company built a rail station in Capitola on what became known as Depot Hill and the rails of the Santa Cruz-Watsonville railroad provided a mode of transportation for those seeking relief from the heat of the inland valleys.
The original structure of Inn at Depot Hill was a working train depot well into the 1950’s that linked the San Francisco area to the beach resort communities along the Monterey Bay.
In addition to achieving the coveted 4-diamond AAA designation, Inn at Depot Hill also has been named as one of the Top Ten Inns in the Country. It was also the recipient of the prestigious Mobil Four-Star rating in 2002. Inn at Depot Hill has hosted many distinguished guests such as Martha Stewart, Frank McCort (author of Angela’s Ashes) and Mitch Albom (author of Tuesdays with Morrie). A stay at Inn at Depot Hill is often given as an anniversary or birthday gift and is a perfect honeymoon destination.
Capitola-by-the-Sea and more:
Inn at Depot Hill is conveniently located just two blocks from Capitola’s beaches, art galleries, shops, and restaurants and minutes from Santa Cruz. . A beach resort town since the 1800s, Capitola-by-the-Sea is a favorite destination for those looking for warm sandy beaches, exceptional art galleries and delectable dining. Step out and stroll down to the beach, tour the Esplanade and return to the peace and privacy of Inn at Depot Hill. Explore beautiful Santa Cruz and visit the world famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk built in 1907 and take the Santa Cruz Big Trees & Pacific Railway excursions, including its historic steam train, which opened in 1875.
Inn at Depot Hill Information:
The Inn at Depot Hill is located at 250 Monterey Avenue in Capitola-by-the-Sea, CA 95010. Phone: (800) 843-4335. www.innatdepothill.com It is one of eight unique properties operated by Inns by the Sea along the California Coast, including Babbling Brook Inn (Santa Cruz), Cypress Inn on Miramar Beach (Half Moon Bay) and five properties in Carmel-by-the-Sea – Candle Light Inn, Carriage House Inn, Dolphin Inn, Svendsgaard’s Inn, and Wayside Inn.
To schedule an interview with the Manager of Inn at Depot Hill, please contact Wendy Brickman at (831) 633-4444 or call Mark Watson, General Manager of Inns by the Sea, at (831) 624-0101.
395 Del Monte Center #250
Monterey, CA 93940