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March 19, 2018

5 Family-Friendly Ways to Vacation Like a Naturalist

Photo by Molly (Lautamo) Ressler

Vacations often involve cramming as many activities as possible into a three-day weekend. We zip through the local’s favorites, pose for selfies with the tourist attractions, and snap artfully arranged shots of avocado toast and acai bowls consumed between mugs of artisanal coffee. It’s all about checking things off our bucket list, filling our Instagram feed, and, for those with kids in tow, finding creative ways to avoid a meltdown.

While we’re huge fans of both the bucket list and sharing experiences on social media, there is another way to experience both a new place and the familiar haunts you thought you knew like the back of your smartphone.


March 14, 2018

Top Mountain Biking Trails in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Eric Ressler

While surfing may have first put Santa Cruz on the map, there’s a landlocked sport that’s been gaining traction and attracting international attention over the last couple decades. The epicenter of mountain biking sits right here in “Surf City” with year-round riding conditions and world-class trails just minutes from your home or hotel room.


February 05, 2018

Santa Cruz Lifestyles of the Insta-Famous: Lili Arnold Studios

Photo by Molly (Lautamo) Ressler

From her sunny back deck or her cozy bedroom decorated with original prints and watercolors, Lili Arnold (@liliarnoldstudios) can make up to 50 block prints in one day. Cacti are her primary subject but she also has a series of marine-inspired prints, petroglyphs, celestial prints, and has plans to do a wildflower series in the future.


December 13, 2017

Farm to Bottle

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Santa Cruz County is home to acres of fertile farmland and ambitious farmers. It’s also home to creative men and women who can transform these locally grown ingredients into bottled beverages that slake your thirst and treat your taste buds. From the farm to the production process and finally to the bottle, we’re lifting the lid on three local specialties: wine, spirits, and for all ages, cold-pressed apple juice. The stories of how these ingredients go from flora to refreshment will make you truly savor each sip.


December 13, 2017

Hike into the New Year with State Parks

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Kick-start the new year with an energizing First Day Hike through ancient towering redwoods, sandy coastal stretches, and along soothing mountain streams. On January 1st, state parks across the country are offering free-guided hikes for the sixth year in a row. Get outside, connect with nature, and expand your knowledge of the wildlife, plant life, and people who were here long before us. In order of easiest to most strenuous, we’ve narrowed the list down to a few of our favorites. Whichever one you choose, you’ll start the new year feeling healthy, recharged, and inspired to explore more state parks in Santa Cruz and beyond.


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