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July 08, 2014

5 Best Sweet Treats

Santa Cruz has a remarkable number of ways to indulge your sweet tooth. When in town, I’ll rationalize a stop at one of the following spots for an afternoon pick-me-up. Like Jerry Seinfeld recently commented on his way to a cronut shop, sweets are like “mini vacations in your stressful day.” Here then are five suggestions for a delicious, bite-sized getaway:

BY Garrick Ramirez

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June 30, 2014

Westside Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Bag - sm All photos by Garrick Ramirez

Before I got to know Santa Cruz, I would dip into town sporadically to hit the Boardwalk before scooting back up to San Francisco. But when my wife’s family relocated from

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June 24, 2014

More Santa Cruz Style

I did an earlier post where I profiled three local hotels that I thought defined Santa Cruz style. Today, I’m picking three additional spots -- 2 restaurants and a winery -- that further exemplify the local aesthetic.ShadowbrookOld World Charm

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June 16, 2014

Santa Cruz Style: 3 Hotels to Inspire Your Home Decor

Those little shampoo bottles aren’t the only thing I bring home from hotels. If it’s an especially stylish spot, I also return with eager plans to redo my living room. I can’t help coveting an atmospheric lobby or a chic guest room. I have a Pinterest page packed with images of hotels whose ideas I want to steal...or just luxuriate in virtually. Interior design has a remarkable ability to shape mood and evoke different eras and places. Like a good vacation, it can transport you far

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May 28, 2014

California’s Next Craft Beer Destination

Santa Cruz is experiencing a craft beer renaissance. The region -- better known for its wine -- hasn’t been widely regarded as a mecca for beer lovers. But that’s about to change. The local scene has gained new momentum from a recent batch of breweries and taprooms and overwhelming support from locals. And there’s no end in sight. As of this writing, another brewery -- the county’s 8th -- is set to open

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