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March 14, 2018

Top Mountain Biking Trails in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Eric Ressler

While surfing may have first put Santa Cruz on the map, there’s a landlocked sport that’s been gaining traction and attracting international attention over the last couple decades. The epicenter of mountain biking sits right here in “Surf City” with year-round riding conditions and world-class trails just minutes from your home or hotel room.

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March 01, 2018

Free Summertime Fun in Santa Cruz County

Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

What’s better than a destination that can double as the perfect day-trip and extended getaway? A destination that has free activities and events to keep you entertained all day or all season long! Below are a few hand-picked tips for enjoying Santa Cruz County on a limited budget, or no budget at all! For more info, check out our Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County for Spring and Summer.

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February 26, 2018

Win A Customizable Vacation to Santa Cruz County!

Spring is in the air and Visit Santa Cruz County would like to celebrate the season with a fabulous vacation giveaway! That's right, you can enter now to WIN a stay in Santa Cruz! But this isn't your average vacation giveaway package; this one is completely CUSTOMIZABLE! Submit your entry 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 Railroads, PLUS choose four additional activities from a list of uniquely Santa Cruz options, including kayaking, beer tasting, wine tasting, zip-lining through the redwoods, spa treatments, e-bike rental, and more!

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February 21, 2018

Work It: Chef Marshall Bishop of Soif

All photos by Garrick Ramirez

Since opening in 2002, Soif has been our go-to spot for a globe-hopping wines, perfectly paired dishes, and a fetching, candle-lit atmosphere. Now, new chef Marshall Bishop promises to elevate the experience further. After working alongside superstar chefs such as Thomas Keller, Bishop is bringing some sparkle to the Santa Cruz food scene. In between his menu planning and dropping off bowls of complimentary spiced popcorn at diners’ tables, we sat down with Chef Bishop to chat food, Santa Cruz, and his method for creating recipes.

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February 20, 2018

Here’s How to Celebrate Watsonville’s 150th Anniversary

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

March 2018 officially marks Watsonville’s 150th anniversary—a sesquicentennial!—and the town has big plans to celebrate. Although the celebration will continue throughout the year, there’s much to get excited about, lately. The historically agricultural community has become a recent hotbed for independent artists and craft food and drink producers, prompting some to refer to it as the Brooklyn of Santa Cruz County. Below, we share everything you need to know about the upcoming festivities, as well as some ways to enjoy Watsonville’s rich culture and scenic landscape today.

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