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July 28, 2016

Where to Find the Best Coffee in Santa Cruz County

The Buttery2 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez A caffeinated creation by the Buttery. All photos by Garrick Ramirez.

With the surf and hiking trails pulling most of Santa Cruz out of bed early, you better believe we locals love our coffee. Whether you want to sit with a meticulously crafted third wave brew or simply refuel with a solid cup of joe, coffee options abound. Yep, we’ve got the place with the green mermaid too, but for a real taste of Santa Cruz, check out these independent coffee shops bursting with local flavor.

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July 20, 2016

Loch Lomond: Santa Cruz’s Awesome Hidden Lake

We look at this and think Is there anything Santa Cruz can't do Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez-5We look at this and think is there anything Santa Cruz can't do?
Among Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets, the Loch Lomond Recreation Area might be the most spectacular. Hidden amidst the lush redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the glistening lake draws visitors with scenery, serenity, and activities such as boating, picnicking, and hiking. And now that Loch Lomond is open for the first time in three years (thanks, El Niño!), it’s the perfect time to discover this awesome recreation area. And no, you won’t find any sea monsters.

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July 12, 2016

Recipe: Buttery Banana-Nut Bread from Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor7 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez All images by Garrick Ramirez
Fairview Manor is a cozy redwood escape tucked into the lush forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. Innkeepers Gael Abayon and Jack Hazelton run a charming, nearly 100-year old guest home that sits on a beautiful patch of land alongside the San Lorenzo River. The peaceful respite is immersed in nature with squirrels darting between trees and deer nimbly strolling at river’s edge.

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July 05, 2016

Dream Bike Tour of Santa Cruz

Dream Bike Tour Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez-7
With majestic palm trees, cool bay breezes and stunning waterfront views, is there a more exhilarating way to see Santa Cruz’s shoreline than on two wheels? We recently teamed up with Noelle Stearns, Events Coordinator at The Dream Inn, to cruise West Cliff Drive, a ridiculously scenic promenade that links the best of Santa Cruz’s scenery, history and attractions.

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June 06, 2016

This is How We Cruz: Annie Pautsch of Brew Cruz Tours Us Around Santa Cruz [VIDEOS]

Group pic at SC Mountain Brewing That's a wrap! Finishing up filming at Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing Company.
To bring to life some of great stories and places you’ll find in Santa Cruz, we created a pair of videos that highlight some of our most captivating residents. You’ll see us drink beer with the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, toast with New Bohemia Brewing Co. owner Dan Satterthwaite, and explore downtown’s bustling farmer's market with restaurateur Zach Davis and the director of Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets, Nesh Dhillon. For our host, we tapped Annie Pautsch, owner of Santa Cruz’s beloved beer tour company Brew Cruz. Annie shuttled us around town in a tricked-out school bus that she affectionately refers to as ‘Betty Jane.’

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