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March 08, 2016

Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

Garden of Eden Photo Credit Garrick RamirezGarden of Eden Photo by Garrick Ramirez
Like most destination cities, Santa Cruz enjoys its well-known touristed spots as well as its hidden gems. From concealed gardens to a killer swimming hole, these “secret” spots are those special places usually only revealed by a well-informed friend. We’ve collected a few of our favorites below. Seek them out and you’ll soon be the one in the know!

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March 02, 2016

Felton Photo Tour

Garden of Eden3Garden of Eden (All Photos by Garrick Ramirez)
Though only eight miles from Santa Cruz’s sandy shores, the forested town of Felton feels worlds away. It’s a wonderland of giant trees, historic sites and even a lush Garden of Eden. Yet some of its most striking attractions are hidden from plain view. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why the charming town draws a mix of hikers, history buffs and happy families.

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March 01, 2016

Santa Cruz Warrior Aaron Craft Shares Local Faves

Aaron Craft Free Throw Photo Garrick RamirezAaron Craft Free Throw Photo by Garrick Ramirez
Have you made it to a Santa Cruz Warriors game yet? The development team for the Golden State Warriors are the current NBA D-League champions and have advanced to the finals every year since they moved to Santa Cruz in 2012. In fact, 2015 was the first time an NBA team and their development affiliate both won the championship in the same year. Plus their new 2,500-seat arena located near Downtown Santa Cruz is awesome. Snag tickets for as little as $17 and grab pre-game drinks and dinner for the perfect evening.

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February 24, 2016

Watsonville Itinerary

California Grill PHOTO CREDIT GARRICK RAMIREZAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
If you’ve never exited the highway, you might mistake the historic town of Watsonville for one big brussels sprouts field. But hidden amidst leafy, green expanses are killer food finds, cool historic sites and some of the best beaches in the county. And yep: a few charming farms as well. Here’s your itinerary for a south county sojourn:

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January 26, 2016

5 Beautiful Spots to Enjoy Birds in Santa Cruz County

Sandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa SheridanSandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa Sheridan
 
Marbled Murrelet and Peregrine Falcon may sound like foot-tapping bands at the weekly farmers market, but they’re actually the names of rare birds you may spot in Santa Cruz County. The region’s feathered friends extend beyond the gulls that cozy up to your bowl of clam chowder at the wharf. Situated along the Pacific Flyway -- a prominent migratory path that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia -- Santa Cruz plays host to hundreds of bird species. No experience necessary here. Just head to one of the spots listed below and see for yourself!

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