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December 14, 2015

5 Holiday Gift Ideas from Santa Cruz

All Photos by Garrick RamirezAll Photos by Garrick Ramirez
As you’re working through your holiday shopping, let us offer some local inspiration. These five independent shops offer unique gifts, many of which are made right here in Santa Cruz.


December 11, 2015

Winter's Whale Wonderland in Santa Cruz

Photo by Instagram fan, @maxphilpPhoto by Instagram fan, @maxphilp
Whales are always in season in Santa Cruz - just look at the handy guide below that shows what you might spot and when. Recent sightings, by boat and from shore, have been all about the humpback whales. Lunge feeding, tale slapping, blowhole sprays, these guys have been putting on a show for months and whale watchers are enjoying every moment.


November 30, 2015

Lunchtime Goals: A Look at PopUp’s New Weekly Lineup

PopUp Counter Photo Garrick Ramirez PopUp Counter
Pop-up restaurants are generating a lot of buzz lately with temporary eateries sprouting up all over Santa Cruz. The city has always been a hub for new restaurants and creativity and pop-ups are the latest example, allowing culinary talents a chance to experiment. New venues such as the Food Lounge and existing restaurants like Midtown Cafe offer supportive venues for new ideas...and delicious food. Given the popularity of impromptu eateries, we thought we’d check in with the original mobile eatery venue: PopUp.


November 19, 2015

Winter Wildlife Watch: Elephant Seals

Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo Photo by Instagram, @wpgsfo
The secret's out! Winter is the BEST time to visit Santa Cruz for some great wildlife watching! And one of our winter must-sees - the elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park!


November 11, 2015

Santa Cruz Winter Wildlife Watch

Photo Courtesy of Giancarlo Thomae PhotographyPhoto Courtesy of Giancarlo Thomae Photography
Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year 'round whale watching, birding and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts. But from November through January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see!


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