What’s the Buzz at Hotel Paradox?

Published on January 22, 2024


In a California beach town surrounded by redwood forests, I’m staying, aptly enough, in a forest-themed hotel. Rustic benches crafted entirely from teak tree roots — typically considered waste material in the timber industry, but here trimmed, shaped, and hand-finished into one-of-a-kind seating — adorn the lobby of Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz, as do thirteen living birch trees.

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