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October 20, 2015

Coastal Farms

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick Ramirez
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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September 29, 2015

This is How We Farmers Market

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There are farmers’ markets and then there are farmers’ markets. No one does them better than Santa Cruz. Our markets are festive, colorful events that bring locals and visitors together over a shared love of good food. Even with the Monterey Bay and majestic redwoods, the area’s most vivid beauty can often be found at the market.

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September 15, 2015

Photo Tour of a Day in Santa Cruz

1-Capitola Wharf Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez Photography by Garrick Ramirez
A beautiful sunrise peeks through the wooden piles of Capitola Wharf, built in 1857.

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September 08, 2015

Highway 1

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick Ramirez
There’s no debating it. Highway 1 is California’s most spectacularly scenic route. As it wends along the coast through northern Santa Cruz county, motorists (and cyclists!) are treated to some of the area’s most inspiring scenery: green fields of coastal farms, craggy sea stacks and the churning, blue Pacific. Here’s a virtual tour down the glorious coast.

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July 08, 2015

Marini’s Celebrates 100 Sweet Years

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez Photos by Garrick Ramirez unless otherwise noted
This summer, Marini’s Candies celebrates its 100th year. The beloved candy maker has delighted swimsuit-clad kids and families with salt water taffy, homemade fudge, and candied apples since 1915. Over the years, Marini's has introduced new confectioneries -- chocolate-covered bacon, anyone? -- but the taffy is still wrapped using the same 1932 machine and the fudge is still hand mixed every morning under the watch of envious eyes. The memories and smiles haven’t changed either. Like the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Marini’s transcends generations.

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