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February 01, 2017

Seek Out These Farmers’ Market Finds

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In the very spot where Santa Cruz County’s farm-focused organic produce and artisanal goods are produced, locals know that the secret to the freshest produce is sunshine, salt air, and a cool, classic Santa Cruz vibe. Take a video tour of our local farmer’s market scene and see how we cruz!

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February 01, 2017

Where to Catch the Best Winter Sunsets

Photo by Instagram, @eressler

It’s a scientific fact that sunsets are simply better in the winter. The colors are more vivid, the clouds sweep dramatically overhead like a painter’s bold brushstrokes, and in Santa Cruz where the ocean faces south, the bright yellow orb’s descent beneath the horizon is finally visible from almost any beach in the county. Even if it means skipping out on work early (although you didn’t hear that from us), winter sunsets are just too good to miss.

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January 29, 2017

Guided Backpacking Adventures with California State Parks!

Photo by @gabrielleclimbs at Castle Rock State Park

For the third summer in a row, California State Parks is offering Naturalist-Led Backpacking Adventures through the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you're new to backpacking or a seasoned nomad, there's an adventure waiting for you! This year there will be six backpacking trips offered from April through September 2017, ranging from one to three nights. Hike spectacular ridgelines and old growth redwood forests to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists.

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January 19, 2017

Santa Cruz County Featured in Visit California's "Living the Dream" Commercial

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This month, two prime locations in Santa Cruz County are featured as the backdrops for Visit California’s newest consumer branding commercial. Scenes for Living the Dream - the next incarnation of the state’s “Dream Big” campaign series - shows Davenport Beach and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. The Santa Cruz County Film Commission, a department within Visit Santa Cruz County, assisted with the planning and worked with a location scout and Visit California’s agency of record Mering Carson, to identify the locations and logistics for the production, the filming of which took place last fall.

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January 11, 2017

Santa Cruz County's Stormy Views

Photo taken in Scotts Valley by @dwains.world

2017 is already making a name for itself in Santa Cruz County. The steady and heavy rains have made quite an impression on the landscape and Mother Nature is making her mark. Take a peek at a few of our favorite shots from this past week and please remember to stay safe! 

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