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October 05, 2016

More Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

 Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Not every local treasure ends up at the gift shop. We recently shared some of our favorite Santa Cruz hidden gems and invited you to experience what made them so special. If you’ve already checked those off your list, we’ve assembled even more memorable, lesser-known spots for you to discover. From a secret beach to a rare white redwood tree, these obscured destinations will reward those willing to stray from the beaten path.


September 20, 2016

Fall Wine Tasting in Santa Cruz County

FullSizeRender (95) Photo by @andrearmccandless at Nicholson Vineyards
September is California Wine Month and Santa Cruz County is the perfect destination to raise a glass! The Santa Cruz Mountains are known for their exceptional wines. The small production vineyards, the passionate, and often present, vintners, and the area's varying climate give the region a truly unique tasting experience. But with over 70 wineries and tasting rooms, it may be hard to know where to begin. Take a peek at some fan photos of the Santa Cruz County wine experience and start exploring this beautiful region this fall!


August 19, 2016

Encore of Santa Cruz's BEST Summer Events

FullSizeRender (95) Photo by @kpurselle - Santa Cruz, CA
There's something pretty spectacular about being able to watch whales from your beach chair. Take it from me, last weekend's cloudy beach day at Santa Maria's was nothing short of amazing as the giants lunged and breached less than 100 feet from the water's edge.


July 28, 2016

Where to Find the Best Coffee in Santa Cruz County

The Buttery2 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez A caffeinated creation by the Buttery. All photos by Garrick Ramirez.

With the surf and hiking trails pulling most of Santa Cruz out of bed early, you better believe we locals love our coffee. Whether you want to sit with a meticulously crafted third wave brew or simply refuel with a solid cup of joe, coffee options abound. Yep, we’ve got the place with the green mermaid too, but for a real taste of Santa Cruz, check out these independent coffee shops bursting with local flavor.


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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