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October 05, 2016

More Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

 Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Not every local treasure ends up at the gift shop. We recently shared some of our favorite Santa Cruz hidden gems and invited you to experience what made them so special. If you’ve already checked those off your list, we’ve assembled even more memorable, lesser-known spots for you to discover. From a secret beach to a rare white redwood tree, these obscured destinations will reward those willing to stray from the beaten path.

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September 26, 2016

FREE Open Studios Art Tour 2016

Sarah Bianco Photo courtesy of Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Fall has officially begun and that means Open Studios are just around the corner! This fall favorite has been bringing artists and art fans together for over 30 years. Imagine 278 artists opening their studios and workspace to the public to view their craft and process, while giving visitors the chance to buy direct from the artist's hands. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with many of Santa Cruz County's talented artists! And a big bonus for this year - the Open Studios Art Tour Guide and App are FREE! So no excuses, experience the vibrant artists and work they are creating. See event info below and a little sampling of artists and some of the creations featured this year..

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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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