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April 25, 2017

Your Guide to First Friday

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Gallery hop, shop, and sip cocktails during Santa Cruz County’s monthly art bash...
 
If you have yet to attend a First Friday, Santa Cruz County’s massive monthly art party, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Yet once you go, you’ll understand why the popular event draws a lively, fun-loving crowd. Below, we’ve broken down First Friday basics—what it is and what to expect—so you can mark your calendar and join the fun!

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April 19, 2017

5 Things We Love about Pajaro Dunes

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Tucked into grass-shrouded sand dunes on the southern shores of Santa Cruz County, Pajaro Dunes Resort enjoys an especially scenic slice of the Monterey Bay. With an architecturally striking mix of vacation rentals that blend into peaceful seaside surroundings, there’s much to love about this leisurely beach community. Here are five of our favorites:

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April 13, 2017

The 5 Coolest Things about Chaminade Resort + Spa

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With a stunning hilltop setting and vibrant landscaped grounds rippling with fountains, it’s little wonder why Chaminade is a favorite vacation and special event destination. The relaxing, nature-filled retreat feels remote yet is only 10 minutes from downtown, offering guests easy access to local attractions and locals a favorite locale for sunset drinks. Whether you’re seeking an atmospheric spot to gather with friends or planning an overnight getaway, here are five more reasons to consider Chaminade for your next leisurely escape.

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April 04, 2017

The Dreamy World of September Wren: Santa Cruz Photographer Shares Family-Friendly Recs

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Santa Cruz sparkles through the lens of September Wren. Golden, sun-drenched images of Boardwalk rides, seaside icons, and colorful vintage signs convey the timeless allure of our classic beach town. We asked the talented East Coast transplant what drew her to Santa Cruz and how she spends leisure time with her four young children.

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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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