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September 10, 2014

Pleasure Point

Did you know that Pleasure Point -- a delightful Santa Cruz neighborhood and famed surf spot -- actually earned its hedonistic moniker from the area’s Prohibition-era shenanigans? I always thought it was because of the neighborhood’s pleasing sea-kissed air, scenic vistas and sunny surf town demeanor. Either way, this little corner of Santa Cruz is a great spot to while away a nice day noshing, window-shopping and

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August 19, 2014

5 Best Bites

Despite arriving first, appetizers can feel secondary to a meal -- kind of like the Garfunkel and Oates of the dinner table. But who doesn’t love a good appetizer? When you arrive hungry to a restaurant, nothing is more anticipated than the moment an appetizer plate hits the table. Plus, sometimes you just want to pop in to a restaurant for a bite and a drink. Here are five of my favorite appetizing spots in town:

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August 13, 2014

Santa Cruz Wharf Turns 100

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick RamirezSanta Cruz has numerous public promenades that flaunt its natural splendor. The Westside’s West Cliff Drive and Pleasure Point’s East Cliff Drive are great examples. But none capture the area’s history, atmosphere and bayside beauty more than

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July 29, 2014

A Stroll Through Capitola Village

The quaint seaside village of Capitola began as a humble tent camp along the shore of the Monterey Bay. Camp Capitola, as it was known, welcomed its first guests in 1874 making it the first beach resort in California. A few years later, it premiered a magnificent wood-frame Victorian hotel -- Hotel Capitola -- that echoed

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July 23, 2014

Santa Cruz is Also for Lovers

Hot date coming up? Let Santa Cruz be your chaperone. Here are a few ideas for outings to spark a love connection.Outdoorsy CoupleYou demand beauty from your date. Nope, you’re not superficial: you just love the great outdoors. And a good place to start is with a stroll through the enchanting gardens at UCSC Arboretum whose 135 acres wind over a picturesque

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