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January 10, 2017

Get Inspired and Start Planning: The New 2017 Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide is Now Available

Photo by Dave "Nelly" Nelson

Visit Santa Cruz County is pleased to offer the latest visitor guide to help you plan your adventures throughout the region.  The 2017 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide features stories, enhanced area maps and dining and lodging information highlighting the many amenities offered by the county’s restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals and campgrounds. Plus, find out when and where the hottest events are happening and make plans to visit those must-see Santa Cruz County attractions.

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November 16, 2016

Winter Wildlife Getaway Lodging DISCOUNTS!

Photo by Jim Capwell

The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, wintering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make December and January the perfect time for a wildlife adventure. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!

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July 12, 2016

Recipe: Buttery Banana-Nut Bread from Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor7 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez All images by Garrick Ramirez
Fairview Manor is a cozy redwood escape tucked into the lush forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. Innkeepers Gael Abayon and Jack Hazelton run a charming, nearly 100-year old guest home that sits on a beautiful patch of land alongside the San Lorenzo River. The peaceful respite is immersed in nature with squirrels darting between trees and deer nimbly strolling at river’s edge.

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June 02, 2016

Where Comfort Meets Budget-Friendly Convenience

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Memorial Day Weekend is behind us and the official, unofficial summer kickoff has begun! If you're looking to visit Santa Cruz with a punch list of must-sees ranging from beach days and roller coasters to train rides and mountain air, than you're probably going to want to stay somewhere that's at the center of it all. Add kids to the mix and that convenient location priority jumps up a few notches.

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May 15, 2016

Recipe: Almond Poppy Seed Muffins from Flora Vista Inn

Flora Vista Inn5 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez
In the tiny coastal town of La Selva Beach, you’ll find the wonderful Flora Vista Inn, a historic farmhouse tucked among flowering fields near the Monterey Bay. The 1871 home — originally designed as replica of Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, IL — is now a bed & breakfast run by husband-and-wife team, Ed and Deanna Boos.

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