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February 26, 2017

My Weekend in Santa Cruz...

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Let’s face it, not all weekends are created equal. Work demands, house projects, weather conditions, obligatory events - they all have a way of foiling those dreamy weekend plans. But there’s always someone, somewhere, doing awesome things and we took the pleasure of finding a few folks who nailed their weekend in Santa Cruz County. So take a peek and get inspired so you can say, “this is my weekend in Santa Cruz!”

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February 01, 2017

Drink These Now: Local Sparkling Wine for V-Day

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Santa Cruz has built up its reputation for superior craft beer and artisanal spirits in recent years, but don’t forget that we bubble over with sparkling wine too! As any champagne lover knows, sparkling wine is meant to be enjoyed anytime, not just on special occasions. Yet with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we couldn’t help but recommend two exceptional, handcrafted sparklers made in Santa Cruz County.

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January 29, 2017

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks!

Photo by @gabrielleclimbs at Castle Rock State Park

For the third summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you're new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there's an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be six backpacking trips offered from April through September 2017, ranging from one to three nights. Hike spectacular ridgelines and old growth redwood forests to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists.

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January 11, 2017

Santa Cruz County's Stormy Views

Photo taken in Scotts Valley by @dwains.world

2017 is already making a name for itself in Santa Cruz County. The steady and heavy rains have made quite an impression on the landscape and Mother Nature is making her mark. Take a peek at a few of our favorite shots from this past week and please remember to stay safe! 

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January 06, 2017

Celebrate 30 Years of the Screaming Hand!

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

If there was ever a time to celebrate a severed, screaming hand, this past Halloween-themed month of October seemed like the right one. The blue Screaming Hand, that indelible icon of skateboarding culture, celebrated its 30th birthday with creation of an eye-popping exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of History & Art (MAH). Created in 1985 by Santa Cruz graphics artist Jim Phillips, the howling appendage—which has been emblazoned on t-shirts, skateboards, and stickers all over the world—is honored with a fitting tribute to its influential legacy.

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