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April 19, 2018

10 Santa Cruz Wineries That Need to Be on Your Radar

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Did you know that the Santa Cruz area is home to one of the oldest wine growing regions in California? The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation—lauded for its high elevation, ocean influence, and varied microclimates—enjoys more than 200 vineyards, 75 wineries, and, maybe most importantly, zero hassle. Here, it’s the scenery that will take your breath away, not the crowds or tasting fees. Santa Cruz wineries are small, intimate and family-run, and, oftentimes, your glass will be filled by the winemaker or owner themselves. From urban tasting rooms to spectacular country settings, the following wineries should be on your radar and on your next Santa Cruz County itinerary.

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April 17, 2018

Don't Miss Your Chance to Win an Unforgettable Vacation!

By now, you must have heard about our incredible vacation giveaway! Spring is in full swing, and everyone is ready to get outside and have some fun in the sun. From ziplining through the redwoods, to wine tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains, to exploring the area by boat or bike, and more, Visit Santa Cruz County and our partners have put together some amazing activities to help give one lucky winner the ultimate California vacation! By entering our Let’s Cruz Customizable Vacation Getaway, 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 RailroadsPLUS choose four additional activities from a list of uniquely Santa Cruz options! The contest began on March 1, 2018 and continues through May 31, 2018.

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April 10, 2018

Spring to: the Dream Inn Santa Cruz

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Since the surf-crazed 1960s, the Dream Inn hotel has delighted visitors with its beachfront setting and immediate proximity to iconic local attractions such as the Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk—both clearly visible from each of the property’s guest rooms. Now, the sunny property welcomes guests with a spiffy new renovation of its 165 rooms, pool deck, and lobby. Enter our spring vacation giveaway, and you can experience it for yourself with a free two-night stay at the Dream Inn!

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April 10, 2018

Make These Now: 3 Santa Cruz-Themed Cocktails

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Nearly every aspect of Santa Cruz life—from the art that adorns local galleries to the vibrant dishes served up by local eateries—has been inspired by the region’s coastal splendor, classic surf culture, and verdant organic farms. Now we’re adding cocktails to the list. We asked three local cocktail pros to create a Santa Cruz cocktail, a drink that captures the region’s essence in a glass. While wine has terroir, bartenders have more poetic license, pulling from an assortment of spirits, juices, and aromatics. Below, we’ve shared their creations, plus each drink’s inspiration and recipe so that you can enjoy them at home!

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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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