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April 04, 2017

The Dreamy World of September Wren: Santa Cruz Photographer Shares Family-Friendly Recs

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Santa Cruz sparkles through the lens of September Wren. Golden, sun-drenched images of Boardwalk rides, seaside icons, and colorful vintage signs convey the timeless allure of our classic beach town. We asked the talented East Coast transplant what drew her to Santa Cruz and how she spends leisure time with her four young children.

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November 23, 2016

Fall Magic: Discover Walnut Avenue

Lined with grand Victorian homes, vintage streetlamps, and a wondrous tree canopy, Walnut Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz is a visual treat any time of year. Yet come fall, when leaves are set ablaze with vibrant fall colors, it’s absolutely magical. The next time you’re enjoying downtown’s shops, eateries, or farmer’s market, stray two blocks from from the main drag and you’ll be treated to one of the most enchanting streets in Santa Cruz.

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January 12, 2015

A Guide to Santa Cruz B&Bs

While hotels are often geared for business and efficiency – like the proverbial Cliff Bars of lodging – Bed & Breakfasts are geared for leisure. Think of hotels as the big summer blockbuster and B&Bs are your favorite independent, art-house flick. They're human-scale and human-paced, peaceful and personal. Plus, they’re often housed in buildings that capture a sense of place and speak to its history and

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June 24, 2014

More Santa Cruz Style

I did an earlier post where I profiled three local hotels that I thought defined Santa Cruz style. Today, I’m picking three additional spots -- 2 restaurants and a winery -- that further exemplify the local aesthetic.ShadowbrookOld World Charm

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June 16, 2014

Santa Cruz Style: 3 Hotels to Inspire Your Home Decor

Those little shampoo bottles aren’t the only thing I bring home from hotels. If it’s an especially stylish spot, I also return with eager plans to redo my living room. I can’t help coveting an atmospheric lobby or a chic guest room. I have a Pinterest page packed with images of hotels whose ideas I want to steal...or just luxuriate in virtually. Interior design has a remarkable ability to shape mood and evoke different eras and places. Like a good vacation, it can transport you far

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