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September 10, 2014

Pleasure Point

Did you know that Pleasure Point -- a delightful Santa Cruz neighborhood and famed surf spot -- actually earned its hedonistic moniker from the area’s Prohibition-era shenanigans? I always thought it was because of the neighborhood’s pleasing sea-kissed air, scenic vistas and sunny surf town demeanor. Either way, this little corner of Santa Cruz is a great spot to while away a nice day noshing, window-shopping and

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August 13, 2014

Santa Cruz Wharf Turns 100

All photos by Garrick Ramirez All photos by Garrick RamirezSanta Cruz has numerous public promenades that flaunt its natural splendor. The Westside’s West Cliff Drive and Pleasure Point’s East Cliff Drive are great examples. But none capture the area’s history, atmosphere and bayside beauty more than

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July 29, 2014

A Stroll Through Capitola Village

The quaint seaside village of Capitola began as a humble tent camp along the shore of the Monterey Bay. Camp Capitola, as it was known, welcomed its first guests in 1874 making it the first beach resort in California. A few years later, it premiered a magnificent wood-frame Victorian hotel -- Hotel Capitola -- that echoed

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July 16, 2014

Reputation of Exceptional Santa Cruz Products Expands Regionally and Nationally

What do Oprah Winfrey, author John Grisham and Christina Aguilera have in common? They are all longstanding customers of Annieglass, Inc., now celebrating 30 years of creating “Art for the Table.”Is there anyone in Santa Cruz who doesn’t feel proud to say that Annieglass is made right in our own town? I certainly did when I saw Annieglass in the gift shop at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite!Ann

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June 30, 2014

Westside Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Bag - sm All photos by Garrick Ramirez

Before I got to know Santa Cruz, I would dip into town sporadically to hit the Boardwalk before scooting back up to San Francisco. But when my wife’s family relocated from

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