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November 10, 2016

Sunrise, Butterflies and More at Natural Bridges

Photo by @maitoza_nikon

Sunrises aren't always easy to catch. Between work, kids, morning coffee needs, and your desire to sleep, sunup can be a bit of an elusive event. But if you're looking for a sunrise spot worth the effort, try the Westside of Santa Cruz. Thanks to the dramatic coastline of the Monterey Bay, when on the Westside, it seems as if the sun is rising over the Pacific Ocean...and with the whole, "the sun rises in the east and sets in the west" thing, you'll likely have your Instagram followers questioning your #SCSunrise hashtag.  

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October 20, 2016

Red October Skies

Photo by @quistwe
October has been a delightful mixed bag of fall weather. Foggy mornings, 80+ degree beach days, notable rainfall...we've seen it all. But our recent fiery skies have been dazzling locals and visitors and we can't help but share this gorgeous shot by @quistwe at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk! Gotta love those red October skies! Be sure to follow us on Instagram and share your Santa Cruz County photos by tagging @VisitSantaCruz or by using #VisitSantaCruz or #SantaCruzNow!  

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October 13, 2016

A Stroll through the Arboretum

Photo by @xxhsgxx

Strolls in Santa Cruz are kinda a thing. A Sunday stroll on West Cliff  Drive or along Pleasure Point, a little shopping stroll Downtown or in the Village, a mellow stroll through the redwoods...Santa Cruz has got the whole relaxing walk thing DOWN. And another one to add to the list - a stroll at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. With 135 acres of gardens and blooms, the UCSC Arboretum is a unique and beautiful place to walk through nature. 

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October 06, 2016

Falling for Santa Cruz

Falling for Santa Cruz Photo by @jschwab_24
Fall in Santa Cruz County: festivals and fireworks, wildlife and pumpkin patches, fiery sunsets and crisp hikes, apple picking and latte sipping...what's not to love! Check out some recent photos that will have you FALLing in love with Santa Cruz County!

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September 26, 2016

FREE Open Studios Art Tour 2016

Sarah Bianco Photo courtesy of Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Fall has officially begun and that means Open Studios are just around the corner! This fall favorite has been bringing artists and art fans together for over 30 years. Imagine 278 artists opening their studios and workspace to the public to view their craft and process, while giving visitors the chance to buy direct from the artist's hands. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with many of Santa Cruz County's talented artists! And a big bonus for this year - the Open Studios Art Tour Guide and App are FREE! So no excuses, experience the vibrant artists and work they are creating. See event info below and a little sampling of artists and some of the creations featured this year..

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