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August 05, 2016

Trail Guide: The River Trail at Henry Cowell Redwood SP

Photo courtesy of Andrea W. on Yelp Photo courtesy of Andrea W. on Yelp
Henry Cowell is one of my favorite parks in Santa Cruz County. You get the quintessential redwood experience but you also get sunny sandhill ridges, grasslands (often roamed by deer), the peaceful San Lorenzo River, and the not-so distant sounds of steam train whistles echoing through the forest. It's quite a magical place and anyone who's been there knows just what I'm talking about.


July 20, 2016

Loch Lomond: Santa Cruz’s Awesome Hidden Lake

We look at this and think Is there anything Santa Cruz can't do Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez-5We look at this and think is there anything Santa Cruz can't do?
Among Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets, the Loch Lomond Recreation Area might be the most spectacular. Hidden amidst the lush redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the glistening lake draws visitors with scenery, serenity, and activities such as boating, picnicking, and hiking. And now that Loch Lomond is open for the first time in three years (thanks, El Niño!), it’s the perfect time to discover this awesome recreation area. And no, you won’t find any sea monsters.


July 12, 2016

Recipe: Buttery Banana-Nut Bread from Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor7 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez All images by Garrick Ramirez
Fairview Manor is a cozy redwood escape tucked into the lush forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. Innkeepers Gael Abayon and Jack Hazelton run a charming, nearly 100-year old guest home that sits on a beautiful patch of land alongside the San Lorenzo River. The peaceful respite is immersed in nature with squirrels darting between trees and deer nimbly strolling at river’s edge.


July 07, 2016

Trail Guide: Goat Rock at Castle Rock SP

Photo by Instagram, @madamericanoPhoto by Instagram, @madamericano
I love using Instagram as a way to get inspired for travels and adventures. A quick location search and I can see a slew of current (sometimes practically live) photos of spots I’m looking to explore. On my latest hunt for a good hike I searched Castle Rock State Park and kept seeing these amazing boulders and grand vistas that I knew I wanted to see for myself. Take a peek at these Castle Rock photos - and more specifically, Goat Rock Trail photos - and get inspired for your next adventure!


July 05, 2016

Dream Bike Tour of Santa Cruz

Dream Bike Tour Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez-7
With majestic palm trees, cool bay breezes and stunning waterfront views, is there a more exhilarating way to see Santa Cruz’s shoreline than on two wheels? We recently teamed up with Noelle Stearns, Events Coordinator at The Dream Inn, to cruise West Cliff Drive, a ridiculously scenic promenade that links the best of Santa Cruz’s scenery, history and attractions.


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