With 300 days of sunshine, it’s no wonder outdoor patios abound in the Santa Cruz area. From beachfront decks to secret garden patios, the following open-air spots allow you and your four-legged dining companions to soak up plenty of scenery and summer sun.
If you follow the Visit Santa Cruz County page
, you’ve probably heard about Chaminade Resort and Spa
and its stunning hilltop setting. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have stayed, spa-dayed, dined, or attended a special event, you know firsthand about the unforgettable Monterey Bay and mountain views. I’m definitely no stranger to the resort as it’s one of my favorite spots for meetings, sunset cocktails, and special occasion dinners, but I have to admit, before my most recent visit, I had never brought my pup along for the experience! Check out my guide to treating yourself AND your pup to a perfect Santa Cruz day at this dreamy pet-friendly locale.
From now until May 31, 2017, Santa Cruz County fans can enter the “Let’s Cruz Vacation Getaway Contest” for a chance to win a two-night stay at Seascape Beach Resort and a tailored activity package based on a fun and creative personality test! So enter to win and see what your perfect Santa Cruz vacation will be!
Did you know that the Santa Cruz area is home to one of the oldest wine growing regions in California? The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation—lauded for its high elevation, ocean influence, and varied microclimates—enjoys more than 200 vineyards, 75 wineries, and, maybe most importantly, zero hassle. Here, it’s the scenery that will take your breath away, not the crowds or tasting fees. Santa Cruz wineries are small, intimate and family-run, and, oftentimes, your glass will be filled by the winemaker or owner themselves. From urban tasting rooms to spectacular country settings, the following wineries should be on your radar and on your next Santa Cruz County itinerary.
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.