Around Us

Accommodations Near Wax Works West

Bed And Breakfast

Marale’s House:  Our friend, Marale, who lives 3 miles up the road from the studio, has a lovely contemporary home overlooking the Monterey Bay.  She has two extra bedrooms, each with a full size bed, connected with a shared “Jack and Jill” bathroom.  She rents each room (to our students only) for less than a hotel room.  You may contact here about availability at Marale provides coffee in the morning, but not breakfast.

Sand Rock Farm, Aptos CA   3.77 miles from the studio.

Air BNB:  One of our students highly recommends a stay at the Timshel Home.  It’s a beautiful contemporary home 16 miles from the studio with amazing hosts Claire and Mark, beautiful views and a gourmet breakfast.

Our artist friend Chris,  has an AirBNB called El Nido, which is close by in Aptos.  “Cozy, quiet and private, El Nido (the Nest) is close to the beautiful beaches of the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary and the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park.  Just minutes away from a thriving downtown scene complete with world class music venues and restaurants, shopping, art galleries, and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Whale watching, kayaking, cycling, hiking are all minutes away. My place is good for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, or those looking for a quiet retreat.”


Holiday Inn Express, Watsonville CA   6.25 miles from the studio.

Best Western, Seacliff Inn, Aptos CA   7 miles from the studio.


Seascape Resort   7 miles from the studio.

Camp Grounds

KOA Campground   10 miles from the studio.

Seacliff State Beach Campgrounds   7.5 miles from the studio.


Monterey Bay Aquarium

Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Semour Center at Long Marine Lab

Pajaro Valley Arts Council

Big Basin State Park

Roaring Camp Narrow Gauge Railroad

National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center

Henry Cowell Redwoods

Our Favorite Restaurants

Aptos Street BBQ

Bangkok West



Bittersweet Bistro

Café Cruz

Carpo’s – American 

Dharma’s – Vegetarian


Phil’s – Fish

Pizza My Heart

Ristoranti Avanti

Sabieng – Thai

Stockton Bridge Grill – Tapas 

The Whole Enchilada

The Haute Enchilada


Markets With Great Food

Corralitos Market –  Smoked Meats

Cactus Corner – Sandwiches

Whole Foods

New Leaf


Best Bakeries


The Buttery

Companion Bakeshop

The Bagelry