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May 15, 2016

Recipe: Almond Poppy Seed Muffins from Flora Vista Inn

Flora Vista Inn5 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez
In the tiny coastal town of La Selva Beach, you’ll find the wonderful Flora Vista Inn, a historic farmhouse tucked among flowering fields near the Monterey Bay. The 1871 home — originally designed as replica of Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, IL — is now a bed & breakfast run by husband-and-wife team, Ed and Deanna Boos.

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May 03, 2016

Where to Find Santa Cruz’s Best Margaritas

El Jefe El Palomar Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez All Photos by Garrick Ramirez
It’s always margarita season here in Santa Cruz. Whether it's National Margarita Day, Cinco de Mayo, a warm day, or taco time, we’re always ready for this zingy, refreshing drink. In Santa Cruz, you can sip the world’s most popular cocktail poolside, beachfront, or even from a scenic hilltop.

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April 07, 2016

Get on the Bay with a Scenic Yacht Charter

1-ONeill Yacht Charters PHOTO CREDIT GARRICK RAMIREZAll images by Garrick Ramirez
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary has been called the Serengeti of the Sea and now is a great time to see why. Just months ago schools of anchovies were flooding the bay, luring large numbers of marine mammals. Humpback whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals were regular sights along the Santa Cruz shore. Although the unusually close coastal encounters may have tapered, wildlife is still bustling out in the Bay. But for the best views, you’ll need to hop on a boat.

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March 30, 2016

B&B Featured Recipe: Goat Cheese Frittata from Historic Sand Rock Farm

Sand Rock Farm7 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick Ramirez
The idyllic property is lined with paths that meander through magnificent acacia trees, flowering gardens, and past a romantic old barn and ivy-covered winery ruin. Birdsong and trickling fountains fill the air as two scruffy little pups frolic nearby, pausing only to have their bellies rubbed by guests. Yep, it’s absolutely dreamy which helps explain its popularity as a wedding venue.

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March 15, 2016

Discover the Seaside Haven of Davenport

Whale City Bakery Photo Credit Garrick RamirezWhale City Bakery Photo by Garrick Ramirez 
Ten miles north of Santa Cruz lies the quaint, 19th century coastal town of Davenport. Perched on dramatic coastal bluffs, the tiny town is home to huge scenery and historic buildings filled with contemporary eateries. Here’s what you’ll enjoy on a quick stroll through the cozy hamlet.

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