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August 17, 2017

Cool Pools: Top 5 Spots to Take a Dip

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Does a perfect, glistening swimming pool rank high on your hotel wish list when booking a warm-weather escape? Showered with oodles of sunshine, Santa Cruz abounds with destination-worthy pools. Whether you like to lay out with a good book, perfect that summer tan, or challenge the kids to a rousing game of Marco Polo, you can make a splash at the following cool pools.

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August 16, 2017

Discover Abbott Square, Downtown’s Buzzworthy New Destination

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The latest buzz in Santa Cruz is Abbott Square, a dynamic plaza and marketplace that’s enlivened already buzzing downtown with six new restaurants, two bars, plenty of al fresco courtyard seating, and a lineup of free performances and public art. The $5 million endeavor is five years in the making, and a joint project of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and developer John McEnery IV who created a similar community marketplace in San Jose.

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August 08, 2017

Artist Jared Leake’s Santa Cruz

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One glance at Jared Leake’s surf-filled artwork and it's clear the former East Coaster was lured west by endless summers and the California dream. “The warm climate, outdoor culture, and epic Pacific Ocean are what drew me out,” he says of his decision to move to California in 2011. Today, the Santa Cruz transplant makes the most of his adopted home through surfing, trekking local trails, and creating contemporary artwork that captures the good vibes and striking scenery of the local landscape in a new way. We asked him to share a little about his process, where he goes to get inspired, and where he finds the perfect pint of local brew.

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July 27, 2017

Top 5 Waterfront Walks

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It’s a gorgeous day, and you want to enjoy the outdoors, but the Bloody Mary you had at brunch has you shying away from an uphill trek to the local mountaintop. We feel you. Thankfully, there are plenty of scenic—and flat—promenades where you can gather the friends, pups, and kids, and bask in the dazzling, local scenery without breaking a sweat.

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July 18, 2017

6 Outrageously Scenic Picnic Spots

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Combine a warm climate with limitless scenery and a bounty of artisan breads, cheeses, and wine, and you have the recipe for a perfect picnic. With 29 miles of beaches, Santa Cruz has no shortage of scenic locales to spread out on your favorite picnic blanket. But for added comfort and larger gatherings, you’ll want picturesque spots with designated picnic areas equipped with tables and possibly BBQ grills. Here, we’ve listed a few of our favorites and organized them by setting so you can plan your dream picnic!

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