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July 29, 2014

A Stroll Through Capitola Village

The quaint seaside village of Capitola began as a humble tent camp along the shore of the Monterey Bay. Camp Capitola, as it was known, welcomed its first guests in 1874 making it the first beach resort in California. A few years later, it premiered a magnificent wood-frame Victorian hotel -- Hotel Capitola -- that echoed

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July 23, 2014

Santa Cruz is Also for Lovers

Hot date coming up? Let Santa Cruz be your chaperone. Here are a few ideas for outings to spark a love connection.Outdoorsy CoupleYou demand beauty from your date. Nope, you’re not superficial: you just love the great outdoors. And a good place to start is with a stroll through the enchanting gardens at UCSC Arboretum whose 135 acres wind over a picturesque

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July 16, 2014

Reputation of Exceptional Santa Cruz Products Expands Regionally and Nationally

What do Oprah Winfrey, author John Grisham and Christina Aguilera have in common? They are all longstanding customers of Annieglass, Inc., now celebrating 30 years of creating “Art for the Table.”Is there anyone in Santa Cruz who doesn’t feel proud to say that Annieglass is made right in our own town? I certainly did when I saw Annieglass in the gift shop at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite!Ann

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July 08, 2014

5 Best Sweet Treats

Santa Cruz has a remarkable number of ways to indulge your sweet tooth. When in town, I’ll rationalize a stop at one of the following spots for an afternoon pick-me-up. Like Jerry Seinfeld recently commented on his way to a cronut shop, sweets are like “mini vacations in your stressful day.” Here then are five suggestions for a delicious, bite-sized getaway:

BY Garrick Ramirez

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June 30, 2014

Westside Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Bag - sm All photos by Garrick Ramirez

Before I got to know Santa Cruz, I would dip into town sporadically to hit the Boardwalk before scooting back up to San Francisco. But when my wife’s family relocated from

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