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September 22, 2017

Visit the Evergreen Cemetery

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Do you know about Santa Cruz's pioneer cemetery, Evergreen? The Gold Rush era treasure is a stone's throw from the free samples at Costco, yet it’s possible you've zipped past it on Highway 1 without realizing one of California's most enthralling historic sites was hidden in plain view.

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September 17, 2017

Step Lively with These Santa Cruz Stairways

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Our cable car-assisted neighbor to the north isn’t the only one with famous hills and enchanting stairways. Spanning mansion-topped mounts and dramatic coastal bluffs, Santa Cruz County’s many scenic staircases will delight fitness buffs and sightseers seeking a killer view. Whether you’re looking to boost your Fitbit numbers, discover a hidden hilltop neighborhood, or enjoy a thrilling vista, you can step to it with the following flights of fancy.

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August 17, 2017

Cool Pools: Top 5 Spots to Take a Dip

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Does a perfect, glistening swimming pool rank high on your hotel wish list when booking a warm-weather escape? Showered with oodles of sunshine, Santa Cruz abounds with destination-worthy pools. Whether you like to lay out with a good book, perfect that summer tan, or challenge the kids to a rousing game of Marco Polo, you can make a splash at the following cool pools.

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August 16, 2017

Discover Abbott Square, Downtown’s Buzzworthy New Destination

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The latest buzz in Santa Cruz is Abbott Square, a dynamic plaza and marketplace that’s enlivened already buzzing downtown with six new restaurants, two bars, plenty of al fresco courtyard seating, and a lineup of free performances and public art. The $5 million endeavor is five years in the making, and a joint project of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and developer John McEnery IV who created a similar community marketplace in San Jose.

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August 08, 2017

Artist Jared Leake’s Santa Cruz

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One glance at Jared Leake’s surf-filled artwork and it's clear the former East Coaster was lured west by endless summers and the California dream. “The warm climate, outdoor culture, and epic Pacific Ocean are what drew me out,” he says of his decision to move to California in 2011. Today, the Santa Cruz transplant makes the most of his adopted home through surfing, trekking local trails, and creating contemporary artwork that captures the good vibes and striking scenery of the local landscape in a new way. We asked him to share a little about his process, where he goes to get inspired, and where he finds the perfect pint of local brew.

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