Where to Escape for Indian Summer


Indian Summer is on the horizon in the Bay Area and its time to get away for some sea breeze, and the perfect spot we discovered is the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz. The original 1963 beachfront hotel was just given a major contemporary and teal-splashed refresh by Oakland architecture firm, Arcsine. We asked them to share their thoughts behind the design features, so keep reading to see the gorgeous final product. You’ll want to escape there for your last kick at summer weather, and end an idyllic day with a glass of wine by a fire pit overlooking the Pacific.


The Vibe: By creating a colorful and casual lobby space, we hoped to set the scene for fun summer getaways. The interior was inspired by the mid-century architecture of the hotel and the nearby boardwalk; magenta, orange, teal and blues punctuate white washed woods throughout the space. Guests can cozy up with a cup of Verve at one of the low slung banquettes or sit at the live edge communal table to knock out emails before hitting the beach. With tunes on the jukebox and live footage rolling of the beach, the Dream Inn was designed to be a fun and lively experience from the moment you step through the door.

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The Unexpected Design Feature to Love: The corridors ended up being an area to detail with art and utility. The surfer wallcovering pays homage to the hotel’s history and serves to camouflage the bumps and bruises common to high traffic corridors. Suitcases, bellman carts, trolley carts and the hallway shenanigans of kids these days are all well absorbed into the grayscale waves.


Where Decor Meets Functionality: Desk areas and workstations in the guestrooms are a current topic for debate amongst hoteliers and designers. Our solution was to create a corner nook that could function as desk, dining or game table. The flexibility of this area now accommodates the needs of a variety of guest types from business travelers to families.

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For more on the Dream Inn, go here.

For more on Arcsine, go here.


Images c/o Arcsine


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