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May 14, 2018

Loch Lomond: Santa Cruz’s Awesome Hidden Lake

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 season, it’s the perfect time to discover this awesome recreation area. And no, you won’t find any sea monsters.

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May 01, 2018

3 Reasons to Spring To Annieglass this Season

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

While Watsonville has become a recent hub for independent artisans, a pioneer of its burgeoning craft scene is Annie Morhauser who founded her Annieglass glassware studio amidst the town’s sprawling agriculture fields in 1983. Today, her luminous pieces are featured at high profile hotels and retailers—Four Seasons, Neiman Marcus, the Bellagio in Las Vegas—and two of her pieces are on permanent display at the Smithsonian. Yet, each elegant piece continues to be handmade here in Santa Cruz County. This year, we honor Annieglass’ 35th anniversary with three reasons to visit this spring, as well as a chance to win a free experience at Annieglass’ fun and innovative Craftbar!

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May 01, 2018

Work It: Meet the Captain of Chardonnay Sailing Charters

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Having sailed the far reaches of the globe, John Ribera chooses to hang his captain’s hat in Santa Cruz. As Head Captain for Chardonnay Sailing Charters, Ribera navigates the sea life-filled waters of Monterey Bay, offering guests a firsthand experience of our wondrous marine sanctuary. It’s little wonder the affable Ribera, a successful realtor by day, refers to the Chardonnay as his fun job. We asked him about his twenty years helming the company’s two, iconic 70’ racing yachts, and what makes the Monterey Bay such a special place to sail.

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April 27, 2018

3 New Reasons to Spring to Seascape Beach Resort

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Spring’s renewal isn’t just marked by wildflowers and baby chicks. Santa Cruz hotels and resorts are getting in the spirit by debuting new looks for the season. You’ll find vibrant spring blooms plus a few new perks amidst the gorgeous grounds at Seascape Beach Resort. See what’s fresh this year at the waterfront resort, plus find out how to win a free stay with our spring 2018 vacation giveaway!

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April 25, 2018

Experience Chaminade’s Cool New Salt Saunas

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

With its quiet hilltop setting, scenic nature trails, and relaxing day spa, Chaminade Resort & Spa is where we head to chill on the hill. Now, the modern, mission-style resort is taking wellness to the next level with a pair of Himalayan salt saunas. Turns out, that bottle of pink salt at your gourmet grocer does more than spice up your supper. The mineral-rich salt has alleged health benefits including calming and detoxifying effects. Eastern Europeans have sought solace in natural salt caves for generations. Now, you can enjoy the same immersive experience at Chaminade—home to the only salt-therapy saunas in Santa Cruz County—as well as other spa offerings that are more than worth their salt.

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