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February 24, 2016

Watsonville Itinerary

California Grill PHOTO CREDIT GARRICK RAMIREZAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
If you’ve never exited the highway, you might mistake the historic town of Watsonville for one big brussels sprouts field. But hidden amidst leafy, green expanses are killer food finds, cool historic sites and some of the best beaches in the county. And yep: a few charming farms as well. Here’s your itinerary for a south county sojourn:

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February 19, 2016

Santa Cruz: Your Foodie City Favorites

Photo courtesy of SantaCruzFoodie.comPhoto courtesy of SantaCruzFoodie.com
We're a bit spoiled here in Santa Cruz, California. Year 'round farmers' markets, craft beer & local wine, fresh fish, and creative chefs and bakers are commonplace. So many menus in town pivot on what's fresh, local, sustainable, organic and delicious. This abundance of quality and pride in our food source has been gaining appreciation, and now, Santa Cruz has been named the #2 Foodie City in the United States. In celebration of this recent accolade, we're going to share some foodie favorites happening in #SantaCruzNow.

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February 05, 2016

Get Out and Enjoy the Weather!

Photo by Rachel EndsleyPhoto by Rachel Endsley
I'm as happy as the next Californian for all this rain, but seeing that 7 day forecast full of sunshine icons & 70 degree days has me on another level of happy. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on those warm, sunny days in Santa Cruz:

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January 26, 2016

5 Beautiful Spots to Enjoy Birds in Santa Cruz County

Sandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa SheridanSandpippers - Photo courtesy of Lisa Sheridan
 
Marbled Murrelet and Peregrine Falcon may sound like foot-tapping bands at the weekly farmers market, but they’re actually the names of rare birds you may spot in Santa Cruz County. The region’s feathered friends extend beyond the gulls that cozy up to your bowl of clam chowder at the wharf. Situated along the Pacific Flyway -- a prominent migratory path that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia -- Santa Cruz plays host to hundreds of bird species. No experience necessary here. Just head to one of the spots listed below and see for yourself!

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January 14, 2016

Visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo!

Photo by Instagram, @aydan_elizPhoto by Instagram, @aydan_eliz
Año Nuevo in the winter months is a must. Elephant seal bulls battle it out in the surf while females come ashore to birth their pups. It’s wildlife at its best and the setting couldn’t be better. Plus, from mid December through March 31st, knowledgeable docent naturalists give park goers a guided tour chock full of facts during your up close and personal look at these gigantic creatures.

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