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History of Inn at Depot Hill
Camp Capitola - That's what founder Frederick Hihn called his new resort on the sheltered beach south of Santa Cruz in 1874. He patterned it after the popular European watering holes of the Victorian Age. In the half-century following the founding of Capitola, railroads reshaped the American landscape. By the turn of the twentieth century, the Southern Pacific Railroad was California's largest landowner and employer. In 1901, the company built a rail station in Capitola on what became known as Depot Hill and the rails of the Santa Cruz-Watsonville railroad provided a mode of transportation for those seeking relief from the heat of the inland valleys.
Rail travel began to decline after World War II and, in 1990 the rail station was converted into an inn of 12 rooms, each uniquely decorated and named for a romantic train destination throughout the world. In the years following, Inn at Depot Hill achieved the coveted AAA 4-diamond designation. Inns By The Sea takes special pride in this property and we invite you to come share the experience with us.