LOS GATOS (KCBS) — The Lupin Lodge Resort has opened its doors to evacuees of the Loma Fire in the Santa Cruz mountains.
It offers them a nice place to stay, warm meals, a beautiful heated pool and grounds with enough room to keep pets — even horses.
Evacuees could do a lot worse. But there is one thing about the family-friendly facility that may give some folks pause.
“If people want to wear clothes, that’s fine. If they want to skinny dip, that’s fine too,” says Lupin Lodge CEO Lori Stout.
Nudity is encouraged everywhere at Lupin Lodge.
Stout says the resort has been clothing-optional since it first opened in the 30’s and has a long history of taking in neighbors who need help.
She remembers the Loma Prieta quake.
“We were a fire camp and had over a thousand firefighters here,” says Stout. “We even put up a chow line in our restaurant to feed them.”
She says firefighters battling the Loma Fire are welcome to come for free to wash off, or take a dip in the warm pool, with a suit or not.
Stout knows that’s the part that might not be for everyone but says evacuees who may have pre-judged the resort in the past have surprised themselves.
“We had people who joined after the ’89 earthquake after being here and getting to know the club and the people and the facilities. They became longtime members,” Stout said.
The Loma Fire has been burning for more than a week and has scorched more than 4,400 acres.
Evacuees and people who have lost their homes in the fire who need temporary housing should call the office at 408-353-9200.