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March 20, 2017

Sail Away: Wednesday Night Regattas

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Santa Cruz is world-renowned for its surfing, but there’s another local water sport that boasts a similarly rich legacy and devoted following. Peer out over the Monterey Bay and you’ll see that sailboats dot the waves nearly as frequently as surfboards. Like other sailing communities throughout the nation, Santa Cruz hosts a weekly fun and informal regatta that trades trophies for bragging rights and seriousness for six-packs.

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March 16, 2017

Offbeat Santa Cruz

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Who can resist braking for the world's largest ball of string? A timeless American tradition, roadside attractions add kitschy fun to any road trip. In addition to its dazzling natural landscape, Santa Cruz is known for a vibrant, eclectic culture which includes more than a few offbeat destinations. Add some light-hearted amusement to your next outing by popping into these delightfully, unique destinations.

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February 23, 2017

Pair Your Favorite Path With a Pint

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There’s no shortage of great hiking and quality craft beer in Santa Cruz. So why not combine them? Below, we’ve paired some of our favorite trails with a nearby spot to enjoy a post-hike pint of local brew!

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February 10, 2017

Retro Retail: A Guide to Santa Cruz Antique Shops

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If you think antique shopping means picking out cozies for grandma’s tea kettle, you should take a closer look. Today’s antique shops are frequented by contemporary interior designers, Etsy fans, and hip young folks looking for that perfect vintage score. Whether you’re redoing a living space or simply looking for that perfect cozy day activity, these four stops will deliver the retro goods.

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February 08, 2017

11 Santa Cruz Wineries That Need to Be on Your Radar

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Did you know that the Santa Cruz area is home to one of the oldest wine growing regions in California? The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation—lauded for its high elevation, ocean influence, and varied microclimates—enjoys more than 200 vineyards, 75 wineries, and, maybe most importantly, zero hassle. Here, it’s the scenery that will take your breath away, not the crowds or tasting fees. Santa Cruz wineries are small, intimate and family-run, and, oftentimes, your glass will be filled by the winemaker or owner themselves. From urban tasting rooms to spectacular country settings, the following wineries should be on your radar and on your next Santa Cruz County itinerary.

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