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Santa Cruz Dream Inn (Santa Cruz beach shot)

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$179: Santa Cruz Dream Inn
California

Channel your inner Gidget at the 165-room Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a new retro-chic beachfront hotel. Light-flooded rooms have sliding green shutters, bright yellow 1960’s Panton chairs, and balconies with views of Monterey Bay. Try the fish-and-chips made with local Seabright Brewery beer at the hotel’s Aquarius restaurant.

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