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November 10, 2016

Sunrise, Butterflies and More at Natural Bridges

Photo by @maitoza_nikon

Sunrises aren't always easy to catch. Between work, kids, morning coffee needs, and your desire to sleep, sunup can be a bit of an elusive event. But if you're looking for a sunrise spot worth the effort, try the Westside of Santa Cruz. Thanks to the dramatic coastline of the Monterey Bay, when on the Westside, it seems as if the sun is rising over the Pacific Ocean...and with the whole, "the sun rises in the east and sets in the west" thing, you'll likely have your Instagram followers questioning your #SCSunrise hashtag.  

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September 20, 2016

Fall Wine Tasting in Santa Cruz County

FullSizeRender (95) Photo by @andrearmccandless at Nicholson Vineyards
September is California Wine Month and Santa Cruz County is the perfect destination to raise a glass! The Santa Cruz Mountains are known for their exceptional wines. The small production vineyards, the passionate, and often present, vintners, and the area's varying climate give the region a truly unique tasting experience. But with over 70 wineries and tasting rooms, it may be hard to know where to begin. Take a peek at some fan photos of the Santa Cruz County wine experience and start exploring this beautiful region this fall!

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August 19, 2016

Encore of Santa Cruz's BEST Summer Events

FullSizeRender (95) Photo by @kpurselle - Santa Cruz, CA
There's something pretty spectacular about being able to watch whales from your beach chair. Take it from me, last weekend's cloudy beach day at Santa Maria's was nothing short of amazing as the giants lunged and breached less than 100 feet from the water's edge.

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August 11, 2016

Visit Elkhorn Slough

Photo courtesy of @hannahbauh Photo courtesy of @hannahbauh
Have you been to Elkhorn Slough? This peaceful reserve is full of beauty and wildlife, plus you can choose how to explore, via waterways or on-foot on the 5 miles of trails. Check out these inspiring photos taken at this natural wonder and plan your own visit to Elkhorn Slough!

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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.

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