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December 17, 2015

Start the New Year with an Inspiring Hike

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Say “Auld Lang Syne” to holiday indulgences and start the New Year fresh with an inspiring hike in a beautiful setting. On January 1st, state parks throughout the country will ring in 2016 with First Day Hikes, a fourth annual program that offers free, guided hikes to all. Below, we’ve assembled a guide to outings being offered in Santa Cruz County. Hikes vary in length and rigor but all are designed with families in mind. So add a warm jacket and some outdoor gear to your holiday list and hit the trails with us on New Years Day.

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December 14, 2015

5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Santa Cruz

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As you’re working through your holiday shopping, let us offer some local inspiration. These five independent shops offer unique gifts, many of which are made right here in Santa Cruz.

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November 30, 2015

Lunchtime Goals: A Look at PopUp’s New Weekly Lineup

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Pop-up restaurants are generating a lot of buzz lately with temporary eateries sprouting up all over Santa Cruz. The city has always been a hub for new restaurants and creativity and pop-ups are the latest example, allowing culinary talents a chance to experiment. New venues such as the Food Lounge and existing restaurants like Midtown Cafe offer supportive venues for new ideas...and delicious food. Given the popularity of impromptu eateries, we thought we’d check in with the original mobile eatery venue: PopUp.

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November 07, 2015

Midtown Itinerary

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Like the Westside and Pleasure Point, Midtown is one of Santa Cruz’s many distinct, charming neighborhoods. Follow Soquel Avenue across the San Lorenzo River from Downtown and discover a bustling, walkable corridor of boutiques, eateries and some of the city’s most beloved mainstays.

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October 20, 2015

Coastal Farms

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Just north of Santa Cruz, roughly 15 minutes from downtown, you’ll find a string of colorful coastal farms stands. During fall, sunny blue skies and lush green fields are complemented by stacks of yellow hay bales and rows of bright orange pumpkins. Trust us: your photos will bring your Instagram followers to their knees. Take a peek at our photo tour below and see why these scenic stops make the perfect fall outing:

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