Winter storms have done quite a number on the county this year. Mudslides, road closures, fallen trees, rising rivers, and an ever changing coastline are just a few of nature's power moves we've witnessed in the last few months. Seacliff State Beach
alone has seen a lot of changes, and although the famed SS Palo Alto has taken a beating
, there's also been some glorious winter beach views as a result of all this weather. See some recent Seacliff favorites and be sure to share your Santa Cruz winter views with us by tagging @VisitSantaCruz on Instagram
If you think antique shopping means picking out cozies for grandma’s tea kettle, you should take a closer look. Today’s antique shops are frequented by contemporary interior designers, Etsy fans, and hip young folks looking for that perfect vintage score. Whether you’re redoing a living space or simply looking for that perfect cozy day activity, these four stops will deliver the retro goods.
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.