As a longtime friend of Pete & Maria Guitterez - former owners of Boca del Cielo Inn in Santa Cruz, CA - I'm sorry to say their Inn closed permanently in Summer 2021. I met them in 2013 when I stayed at their B&B for the first time. As a repeat guest, we quickly became close friends, as they also asked me to design their new website. Getting to know the entire family - Shahin, Dermaine, Jonas, Isabella, and Tico (their Macaw bird) was an added pleasure!
COVID drastically reduced hotel reservations in 2020. And the current year brought additional challenges, as the building needs costly repairs and a new roof. Their wisest option was to close the Inn, selling to a new owner who is able to fund property upgrades - and perhaps reopen as an Airbnb. Also, the Guiterrez family faces challenges in covering special-needs costs for their daughter Isabella - who has Downs syndrome.
It's Pete & Maria's heartfelt desire to find another opportunity in the lodging industry. We're developing an email list of former guests who may wish to visit the Bay Area again - and we'd love to let you know if we open a new place. Most of all, thank you for staying with us. It's been a great pleasure meeting you, your friends and family, and people from all over the world - we truly miss seeing everyone!
Most everyone earmarks a portion of their financial blessings to help others. Boca's property had dual ownership, which made it difficult to access many of the COVID-related loans and assistance programs. If perchance you're able to support this fundraiser, we'd greatly appreciate your help with our curent challenges, as well as supporting our future plans. Thanks, and truly hoping to see you again!