Category Archives: Things to Do

Where to Find the Best Coffee in Santa Cruz County

With the surf and hiking trails pulling most of Santa Cruz out of bed early, you better believe we locals love our coffee. Whether you want to sit with a meticulously crafted third wave brew or simply refuel with a solid cup of joe, coffee options abound. Yep, we’ve got the place with the green…

Loch Lomond: Santa Cruz’s Awesome Hidden Lake

Among Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets, the Loch Lomond Recreation Area might be the most spectacular. Hidden amidst the lush redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the glistening lake draws visitors with scenery, serenity, and activities such as boating, picnicking, and hiking. And now that Loch Lomond is open for the first time in…

POKÉMON GO to Santa Cruz!

Are you Team Pokémon GO or Team Pokemon Go Away? There are probably three different responses to this question: 1. Team Pokémon GO; 2. Team Pokémon Go Away; or 3. What are you even talking about!? Whatever your response, we decided to give Pokémon GO a quick 15 minutes and highlight a few recent visitors to the area. And if you…

Recipe: Buttery Banana-Nut Bread from Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor is a cozy redwood escape tucked into the lush forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. Innkeepers Gael Abayon and Jack Hazelton run a charming, nearly 100-year old guest home that sits on a beautiful patch of land alongside the San Lorenzo River. The peaceful respite is immersed in nature with squirrels darting between…

Trail Guide: Goat Rock at Castle Rock SP

I love using Instagram as a way to get inspired for travels and adventures. A quick location search and I can see a slew of current (sometimes practically live) photos of spots I’m looking to explore. On my latest hunt for a good hike I searched Castle Rock State Park and kept seeing these amazing…

Dream Bike Tour of Santa Cruz

With majestic palm trees, cool bay breezes and stunning waterfront views, is there a more exhilarating way to see Santa Cruz’s shoreline than on two wheels? We recently teamed up with Noelle Stearns, Events Coordinator at The Dream Inn, to cruise West Cliff Drive, a ridiculously scenic promenade that links the best of Santa Cruz’s…

SUP Santa Cruz!

Have you tried stand up paddle boarding – better known as SUP? Let these photos inspire you to take to the Monterey Bay and enjoy a day exploring over the open water!  As if the photos weren’t enough, check out these facts about the gorgeous Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: The Monterey Bay submarine canyon…

Celebrate the 4th of July in Santa Cruz County!

Happy 4th of July from Santa Cruz County! From fireworks and family fun to parades and more, there are tons of events happening all around the county to celebrate Independence Day. See below for a quick round-up of some of the top to-dos happening on the 4th. Scotts Valley 4th of July and Fireworks Come celebrate…

Say Hello to Pleasure Point

We get it, it’s hard to fit everything in on one trip, but next time you’re in town be sure to spend some time in Pleasure Point. Need some convincing? We’ll keep it short and sweet with these quick reasons to hit up this little seaside surf town. You can begin your day with breakfast burritos…

Gone Fishing: Where to Cast a Line in Santa Cruz County

Deep sea and miles offshore or relaxed reservoir casts in the mountains, Santa Cruz County has a slew of gorgeous places to toss a line. Check out these tops spots to go fishing and let the fish stories begin! SANTA CRUZ WHARF Drop your line a half a mile out over the Monterey Bay while…

Category Archives: Things to Do

Where to Find the Best Coffee in Santa Cruz County

With the surf and hiking trails pulling most of Santa Cruz out of bed early, you better believe we locals love our coffee. Whether you want to sit with a meticulously crafted third wave brew or simply refuel with a solid cup of joe, coffee options abound. Yep, we’ve got the place with the green…

Loch Lomond: Santa Cruz’s Awesome Hidden Lake

Among Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets, the Loch Lomond Recreation Area might be the most spectacular. Hidden amidst the lush redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the glistening lake draws visitors with scenery, serenity, and activities such as boating, picnicking, and hiking. And now that Loch Lomond is open for the first time in…

POKÉMON GO to Santa Cruz!

Are you Team Pokémon GO or Team Pokemon Go Away? There are probably three different responses to this question: 1. Team Pokémon GO; 2. Team Pokémon Go Away; or 3. What are you even talking about!? Whatever your response, we decided to give Pokémon GO a quick 15 minutes and highlight a few recent visitors to the area. And if you…

Recipe: Buttery Banana-Nut Bread from Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor is a cozy redwood escape tucked into the lush forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. Innkeepers Gael Abayon and Jack Hazelton run a charming, nearly 100-year old guest home that sits on a beautiful patch of land alongside the San Lorenzo River. The peaceful respite is immersed in nature with squirrels darting between…

Trail Guide: Goat Rock at Castle Rock SP

I love using Instagram as a way to get inspired for travels and adventures. A quick location search and I can see a slew of current (sometimes practically live) photos of spots I’m looking to explore. On my latest hunt for a good hike I searched Castle Rock State Park and kept seeing these amazing…

Dream Bike Tour of Santa Cruz

With majestic palm trees, cool bay breezes and stunning waterfront views, is there a more exhilarating way to see Santa Cruz’s shoreline than on two wheels? We recently teamed up with Noelle Stearns, Events Coordinator at The Dream Inn, to cruise West Cliff Drive, a ridiculously scenic promenade that links the best of Santa Cruz’s…

SUP Santa Cruz!

Have you tried stand up paddle boarding – better known as SUP? Let these photos inspire you to take to the Monterey Bay and enjoy a day exploring over the open water!  As if the photos weren’t enough, check out these facts about the gorgeous Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: The Monterey Bay submarine canyon…

Celebrate the 4th of July in Santa Cruz County!

Happy 4th of July from Santa Cruz County! From fireworks and family fun to parades and more, there are tons of events happening all around the county to celebrate Independence Day. See below for a quick round-up of some of the top to-dos happening on the 4th. Scotts Valley 4th of July and Fireworks Come celebrate…

Say Hello to Pleasure Point

We get it, it’s hard to fit everything in on one trip, but next time you’re in town be sure to spend some time in Pleasure Point. Need some convincing? We’ll keep it short and sweet with these quick reasons to hit up this little seaside surf town. You can begin your day with breakfast burritos…

Gone Fishing: Where to Cast a Line in Santa Cruz County

Deep sea and miles offshore or relaxed reservoir casts in the mountains, Santa Cruz County has a slew of gorgeous places to toss a line. Check out these tops spots to go fishing and let the fish stories begin! SANTA CRUZ WHARF Drop your line a half a mile out over the Monterey Bay while…