Category Archives: Parks

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…

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…

California Beer Festival Santa Cruz

The event kicks off on Friday night with live music and a Food and Beer Pairing Competition. This VIP evening includes unlimited access to samples of chef’s specials carefully paired with craft beer. Saturday is Craft Beer Heaven – featuring over 85 craft beers on tap to sample from, mouth watering food and live entertainment. On Sunday,…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner…It’s not easy, but someone’s gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport! We just loved the north county #SCWildflowers submission and are stoked to award her with the prize of a…

Win a Trip to Santa Cruz!

What comes to mind on your Santa Cruz dream vacation? How about experiencing the redwoods from 150 feet in air on a canopy tour. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of seeing those whales everyone has been talking about. Whether you’re the adventurous type or would rather be sipping some fine Santa Cruz Mountain wine, Visit Santa Cruz County…

Big Basin is My Happy Place

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, making people this happy since 1902! FUN FACTS “Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 2,500 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls,…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

WHAT: To celebrate spring, wildflowers and our beautiful Santa Cruz State Parks, we are running a photo contest on our Instagram, @VisitSantaCruz, so we can share the wildflower love! WHEN: Contest begins Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and ends Monday, April 25, 2016 WHERE: Any Santa Cruz County State Park & throughout Santa Cruz County HOW: Simply snap a picture of…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

A Glimpse of Spring in Santa Cruz County

From the coastal wildflowers up Highway 1 to the apple blossoms in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County is showing some colorful signs of spring. Take a peek at a few recent fan photos and see where you need to be to take in that spring look, Santa Cruz style.

Felton Photo Tour

Though only eight miles from Santa Cruz’s sandy shores, the forested town of Felton feels worlds away. It’s a wonderland of giant trees, historic sites and even a lush Garden of Eden. Yet some of its most striking attractions are hidden from plain view. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why…

Category Archives: Parks

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…

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…

California Beer Festival Santa Cruz

The event kicks off on Friday night with live music and a Food and Beer Pairing Competition. This VIP evening includes unlimited access to samples of chef’s specials carefully paired with craft beer. Saturday is Craft Beer Heaven – featuring over 85 craft beers on tap to sample from, mouth watering food and live entertainment. On Sunday,…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner…It’s not easy, but someone’s gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport! We just loved the north county #SCWildflowers submission and are stoked to award her with the prize of a…

Win a Trip to Santa Cruz!

What comes to mind on your Santa Cruz dream vacation? How about experiencing the redwoods from 150 feet in air on a canopy tour. Or maybe you’ve been dreaming of seeing those whales everyone has been talking about. Whether you’re the adventurous type or would rather be sipping some fine Santa Cruz Mountain wine, Visit Santa Cruz County…

Big Basin is My Happy Place

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, making people this happy since 1902! FUN FACTS “Some of these giants are more than 50 feet around and as tall as the Statue of Liberty. At 1,000 to 2,500 years old, some may predate the Roman Empire. The park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, lush waterfalls,…

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest!

WHAT: To celebrate spring, wildflowers and our beautiful Santa Cruz State Parks, we are running a photo contest on our Instagram, @VisitSantaCruz, so we can share the wildflower love! WHEN: Contest begins Tuesday, March 22, 2016 and ends Monday, April 25, 2016 WHERE: Any Santa Cruz County State Park & throughout Santa Cruz County HOW: Simply snap a picture of…

Wilder Ranch for Visitors Big & Small!

This week’s Fan Photos are dedicated to the beautiful Wilder Ranch State Park! The 7,000 gorgeous coastal acres are full of places to explore for all ages! Trails big, and trails small, be sure to add Wilder Ranch to your Santa Cruz must-see list!

A Glimpse of Spring in Santa Cruz County

From the coastal wildflowers up Highway 1 to the apple blossoms in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County is showing some colorful signs of spring. Take a peek at a few recent fan photos and see where you need to be to take in that spring look, Santa Cruz style.

Felton Photo Tour

Though only eight miles from Santa Cruz’s sandy shores, the forested town of Felton feels worlds away. It’s a wonderland of giant trees, historic sites and even a lush Garden of Eden. Yet some of its most striking attractions are hidden from plain view. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why…