From Good Times:
The elderly man with a walker who didn’t want to take the stairs; the Arizonan who insisted on being “green”?; the carpet-phobic Swedish couple that loves bamboo floors; the bride and groom who wanted to rent out a hotel for their wedding party without breaking the bank.
These are just a few of the visiting characters that the Pacific Blue Inn in downtown Santa Cruz has seen walk through its doors recently. Contrary to the name, the inn, which has been open less than a month, is actually a “green”? inn with many environmentally sound aspects.
It is built of sustainable, mostly recycled materials, painted with soy-based paints, runs a low-flow water system, and is illuminated by fluorescent lighting. Self-described on its website as having “an eco-conscious heart with local flair,”? the inn features the art of a different local artist in each of the guest rooms, and local photography and sculpture in the lobby – all on consignment, in case any guests feel inclined to invest in a Santa Cruz creation.
But perhaps its most unique offering is that each of its nine rooms are wheelchair accessible, a trademark of the builders, Easy Access Development, a local company that makes all of its projects “wheel-chair friendly.”?
Debbie Quigg, one of the owners, says that while the ADA requires large hotels to accommodate for people in wheelchairs, it isn’t often that small bed and breakfasts do. “A lot of times at cute, quaint places like this it is hard to find wheelchair accessibility,”? she says. And she would know – she and her husband Joe are both in wheelchairs, and started Easy Access Development after moving to Santa Cruz eight years ago and having difficulty finding places that were accessible. Their mission with Easy Access Development was to make accessibility a priority in all of their projects.
Easy Access Developers’ website: http://eadsantacruz.com/ (interestingly, the website does not mention accessibility at all)