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May 01, 2018

3 Reasons to Spring To Annieglass this Season

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

While Watsonville has become a recent hub for independent artisans, a pioneer of its burgeoning craft scene is Annie Morhauser who founded her Annieglass glassware studio amidst the town’s sprawling agriculture fields in 1983. Today, her luminous pieces are featured at high profile hotels and retailers—Four Seasons, Neiman Marcus, the Bellagio in Las Vegas—and two of her pieces are on permanent display at the Smithsonian. Yet, each elegant piece continues to be handmade here in Santa Cruz County. This year, we honor Annieglass’ 35th anniversary with three reasons to visit this spring, as well as a chance to win a free experience at Annieglass’ fun and innovative Craftbar!

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May 01, 2018

Work It: Meet the Captain of Chardonnay Sailing Charters

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Having sailed the far reaches of the globe, John Ribera chooses to hang his captain’s hat in Santa Cruz. As Head Captain for Chardonnay Sailing Charters, Ribera navigates the sea life-filled waters of Monterey Bay, offering guests a firsthand experience of our wondrous marine sanctuary. It’s little wonder the affable Ribera, a successful realtor by day, refers to the Chardonnay as his fun job. We asked him about his twenty years helming the company’s two, iconic 70’ racing yachts, and what makes the Monterey Bay such a special place to sail.

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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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