Help Save The

 built in 1870 

We need your help in restoring this Historical Monument back to it's glory. With your small donation we can do it. Please help us keep  this beautiful landmark from falling away into a lost chapter in history

The Bayview  received a blue plaque recognizing it as a Santa Cruz County landmark. It was overdue for the county's oldest operating hotel, which has been a State Historic Monument since 1974 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993
Jose Arano built the hotel in 1870. Jose was a cultured Basque forty-niner. He was raised in New Orleans and spoke four languages. Around 1850, on a site purchased from Rafael Castro, Arano built a grocery store that still stands at Wharf Road and Soquel Drive. Wharf Road was the original main street, connecting the lumber mills to the shipping wharf. In 1851, Jose became the first postmaster of Aptos, with the office at his store.
In the mid-1890s, Arano traveled for several years, in part to collect a $1,000 debt. Succeeding, he returned to discover his wife had died in his absence in 1896, leaving the hotel in the hands of their children, Amelia and Ed. As Arano became an invalid, he was cared for by daughter Amelia, who ran the hotel. As Aptos historian John Hibble relates, the hotel's fortunes diminished with the lumber industry. In 1915, Amelia converted the hotel into a boarding house, where Joseph resided until his death in 1928 at the age of 91

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For $50 you will have your name engraved in stone  -  For $100 your will have your name on a plack in the main hallway


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Bayview Hotel

8041 Soquel Dr

Aptos Ca 95003

Phone: (831) 688-8654
Toll Free: (800) 422-9843