Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

I’m as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz:

1. Take a walk on West Cliff

Photo by Rachel Endsley

Photo by Rachel Endsley

2. Hike Big Basin & see some good flow at the waterfalls

Photo by Instagram, @ebarry10

Photo by Instagram, @ebarry10

3. Take the pooch to the beach

Photo by Instagram, @burns_5150

Photo by Instagram, @burns_5150

4. Hop on some rides at the Boardwalk with their buy 1 – get 1 deal happening now

Photo by Instagram, @diary_of_a_king

Photo by Instagram, @diary_of_a_king

5. Stroll the Capitola Village

Photo by Instagram, @olivialeighphotography

Photo by Instagram, @olivialeighphotography

6. Sip award-winning wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery – Photo by Garrick Ramirez

7. Dine & sip a cocktail al fresco

Cafe Rio - Photo by Instagram, @samb3tt3ncourt

Cafe Rio – Photo by Instagram, @samb3tt3ncourt

8.  Hit a bucket or play a round

Boulder Creek Golf Course - Photo by Instagram, @braddahtimmy

Boulder Creek Golf Course – Photo by Instagram, @braddahtimmy

9. Explore the wildlife

Kayaks from Kayak Connection - Photo by Instagram, @jabelico

Kayaks from Kayak Connection – Photo by Instagram, @jabelico

10. Grab a local beer(s) with some friends

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing - Photo by Instagram, @worth1kwords

Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing – Photo by Instagram, @worth1kwords

11. Coffee & shopping Downtown

Photo by Instagram, @andyzeiss

Photo by Instagram, @andyzeiss

 

2 for 1 All-Day Rides at the Boardwalk

Buy one All-Day Rides Wristband at any Boardwalk ticket booth and receive a second wristband FREE! Entire party must be present at ticket booth at the time of purchase to be wristbanded. EVENT LOCATION & DETAILS: DATE: February 6 – 7, 2016 and February 13, 14 & 15, 2016 TIME: 11 AM – 6 PM Santa Cruz…

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks

For the second summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you’re new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there’s an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be five excursions throughout June to September with trips varying in length from one to three…

The Twisted Tasting – A Dark Carnival of Craft Beers & Ciders

Craft brew continues to expand and flourish here in Santa Cruz! And this weekend, the Twisted Tasting event will bring a whole new host of flavors to the beer scene. Imagine a twisted evening of innovative and exotic beers, ciders, and culinary delights paired with dazzling circus acts and entertainment. Magicians of malt, contortionists of cider,…

5 Beautiful Spots to Enjoy Birds in Santa Cruz County

Williamson’s Sapsuckers and Tennessee Warblers may sound like foot-tapping bands at the weekly farmers market, but they’re actually the names of rare birds you may spot in Santa Cruz County. The region’s feathered friends extend beyond the gulls that cozy up to your bowl of clam chowder at the wharf. Situated along the Pacific Flyway…

Bridal Expo at the Boardwalk’s Cocoanut Grove

As our recent post announced, it’s wedding planning season! Find all the information you need to plan the perfect wedding! Check out the area’s best photographers, florists, caterers, bakers, wedding and reception venues, entertainment, and other important services. Enjoy bridal fashion shows in the Sun Room, door prizes, and a valuable Grand Prize drawing! DATE: January…

Winter Beach Treasures!

Summer or winter, just about everyday is a beach day in Santa Cruz. Sure, winter beach days call for a few more layers and a little less sunscreen, but they often lead to some great finds! Wildlife is in full bloom during the winter months with gray whales offshore, elephants seals, lots of birding, and great…

Eat & Shop Local: Handcrafted in Santa Cruz

Instagram brims with stunning shots of Santa Cruz, showing off its inspiring coastline, pastoral farms and towering redwood forests. Yet what you may not have noticed is that, against this scenic backdrop, a nascent craft movement is taking root. Venerable Santa Cruz producers like Marini’s Candies are being joined by a new generation of artisans…

Music Appreciation: Jazz, Symphony & More!

Music lovers rejoice! There’s a whole lot of music and music appreciation going on in Santa Cruz County over the next week or so; check out these great events! Santa Cruz Symphony Concert: “Mahler’s 1st” January 23, 2016 – January 24, 2016 This concert features Gustav Mahler’s towering First Symphony, a beloved and inspiring landmark and…

Visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo!

Año Nuevo in the winter months is a must. Elephant seal bulls battle it out in the surf while females come ashore to birth their pups. It’s wildlife at its best and the setting couldn’t be better. Plus, from mid December through March 31st, knowledgeable docent naturalists give park goers a guided tour chock full…