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November 17, 2017

Go Behind the Scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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Do you ever wonder what goes on behind-the-scenes at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk? How do the rings in the Looff Carousel make it from the clown’s mouth back to the ring dispenser? Where do over 100 years of signage and old ride props end up? And who are the magic elves that keep the rides—including the nearly century-old Giant Dipper—operating smoothly and all those vibrant colors freshly painted?

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November 10, 2017

Stay in Shape While Traveling to Santa Cruz County

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Leave the gym card at home! With roughly 300 days of sunshine and a dizzying array of outdoor activities, Santa Cruz County is a virtual outdoor gym. With an active, outdoor-oriented populace, it’s little wonder Santa Cruz is the birthplace of the popular CrossFit workout. We’ve already told you where find the best treats on the Boardwalk and tap local brew, now let us share how we stay fit and work on our other six-pack.

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October 21, 2017

The Best Bloody Marys in Santa Cruz County

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In addition to being an excuse to gather friends over sunny weekend brunch, what makes Bloody Marys so fun is that everyone has their own version. Life-changing choices—horseradish or Tabasco, pickle juice or clam juice—lend proudly distinct spins to the delightfully complex sipper. Plus, we’re not sure who first decided to throw an entire salad bar into a pint glass, but there’s no going back once you’ve been served a fully-loaded Bloody Mary with delicious munchables such as pickled asparagus spears, spicy cherry peppers, and salty strips of bacon. Below, we’ve listed what we think are some of the best Bloody Marys in town. See if you can make it to the end without rearranging your weekend plans.

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October 08, 2017

Rediscover the Santa Cruz Wharf

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Extending a half mile into the Monterey Bay, situated between the colorful Santa Cruz Boardwalk and the surfer-filled waves of Steamer Lane, the Santa Cruz Wharf offers some of most thrilling views along the California coast. At 2,745 feet, it’s the longest wooden pier in the United States, resting on over 4,400 Douglas-fir pilings. Built in 1914, the timber centenarian continues to offer a timeless Santa Cruz experience. Stroll its wooden walkways—ideally with a cup of clam chowder in hand—and discover fresh-seafood eateries, local gift shops, nature and history displays, fun seasonal events, and of course, those famous barking sea lions.

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October 08, 2017

Exploring Pleasure Point

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With colorful surf shops, charming beach cottages, and a shoreline teeming with surfers and beachgoers, Pleasure Point is the kind of quintessential beach community that enlivens Hollywood movies and lures envious tourists to California’s sunny shores. Situated on Santa Cruz’s east end, this seaside neighborhood is one of the most vibrant surf destinations along the California coast. The easy going ‘hood earned its hedonistic name from Prohibition-era shenanigans, but you’d swear it’s because spending a day here is such a joy, no surfboard required!

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