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March 06, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday

Thanks to Instagram fan @jeanimarie for submitting this week's "Thoughtful Thursday" Photo of the Week. Beautiful sunsets are just one of the many perks of walking on West Cliff Drive.

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March 06, 2014

Assembly Executive Chef Carlo Espinas Creates Menu Featuring Locally Sourced Wine and Food

Assembly chef Carlo EspinasindexCarlo Espinas, new-to-town chef for Assembly Restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz, says that when he

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February 25, 2014

Running in Santa Cruz County...Choose Your Own Adventure!

If you asked me a few years ago about my workout of choice, running would not even register on my exercise radar. Fast forward to today, and here I am training for my first half marathon!Since I discovered the joy of running in the great outdoors, I have not once been disappointed with the natural beauty Santa Cruz County has to offer. Breathtaking ocean views…check. Towering redwoods and coastal mountains…check, check. Woodlands, grasslands, wetlands…it’s all here, so strap on your running

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February 12, 2014

The Kitchen is Where the Heart Is!

Downtown Santa Cruz, my kids and I know it well. The sights and sounds--colorful window displays, street performers, familiar shop owners--can turn a simple stroll down Pacific Avenue into a great kids activity. Toss in some recent rainy weather and cabin fever and it's an all out puddle-splashing adventure!Who needs umbrellas when we can duck in and out of our favorite shops?

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February 05, 2014

Elephant Seals Up Close and Personal at Año Nuevo

Año Nuevo State Park is the site for one of the largest mainland breeding colonies in the world for the northern elephant seal, and lucky for us, it’s just 22 miles north of Santa Cruz along scenic

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