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June 18, 2018

EAT LIKE A LOCAL: A FOODIE’S HISTORY TOUR OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Photo by Liz Birnbaum

Everyone loves tasting the local cuisine when they visit somewhere new. Vacation, after all, is the perfect excuse to indulge and sample the variety of food and beverages a region is known for. With its rich soil and moderate climate, Santa Cruz County is an agricultural mecca with fertile fields of strawberries, tomatoes, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, vineyards, and apple orchards. It’s one thing to Yelp your way through each meal and snack break, but to truly savor each bite, you need to know the stories behind the food fueling your weekend adventure.

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June 14, 2018

A SURFER, SKATER, AND GLASSMAKER GIVE SCRAP MATERIAL A SECOND LIFE

Photo by Molly Ressler

Santa Cruz has a long history of environmental stewardship that’s reflected in our plentiful organic farms, bike-friendly streets, drought-tolerant gardening incentives, and our local art. Reusing material is nothing new in the art world but these three artists in Santa Cruz have perfected the craft. Scraps of redwood, skateboards, and glass become surfboards, bottle openers, and dinnerware that pay homage to their past forms through stunning transformations that highlight rather than hide the reused material. Each piece diverts waste from the landfill, yet you’d never guess this art began as someone else’s trash. Meet a surfer, skater, and artisan glassmaker who are each trailblazers in the upcycled art scene and create right here in Santa Cruz.

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May 21, 2018

3 Reasons to Spring to the Capitola Village

The Capitola Village is one of the oldest seaside resorts on the Pacific Coast and remains a mecca for travelers looking for a picturesque, quaint, and relaxing vacation destination. With a front row seat to the Monterey Bay, the Capitola Village offers a variety of shops and eateries, historical and colorful architecture, and exciting coastal activities. The Village undoubtedly has year-round appeal, but this spring and summer there are some new additions, seasonal favorites, and fun events you won’t want to miss!

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May 21, 2018

It's Almost Time to Pick a Winner!

Spring has flown by, and that means it's now or never: you've got to enter our incredible vacation giveaway contest! Have you been dreaming about basking in the sun, or soaring high above the waves on the Giant Dipper rollercoaster? Did you know that you can also zipline or ride a steam train through the redwoods, and experience some of the best wine tasting south of Napa, in the Santa Cruz Mountains? To better equip you for exploring Santa Cruz County by boat, bike, and more, our partners have put together some amazing activities to give one lucky winner the ultimate California vacation of their dreams! Enter our Let’s Cruz Customizable Vacation Getaway now--we're almost at the end--and you could win a Grand Prize of: a two-night stay at the beachfront Dream Inn Santa Cruz, four tickets to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and four passes to Roaring Camp RailroadsPLUS choose four additional activities from a list of uniquely Santa Cruz options! The contest ends on May 31, 2018, so act fast!

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May 03, 2018

What a Girl Wants: Mother's Day Brunch Round-Up!

Mother's DayPhoto by Austen Paul

Look no further; we've got over 30 reasons for you to take Mom out for Mother’s Day (which is Sunday, May 13th)! Whether Mom's got a sweet tooth, a sense of adventure, or an appreciation for fine wine, she'll be sure to find a fabulous offering from one of these restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, attractions, wineries, and distilleries in Santa Cruz County. You can even hit multiple locations, if you're really looking to impress!

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