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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

FullSizeRender (95) "Living the Dream" - Davenport, California
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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January 10, 2017

Get Inspired and Start Planning: The New 2017 Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide is Now Available

Photo by Dave "Nelly" Nelson

Visit Santa Cruz County is pleased to offer the latest visitor guide to help you plan your adventures throughout the region.  The 2017 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide features stories, enhanced area maps and dining and lodging information highlighting the many amenities offered by the county’s restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals and campgrounds. Plus, find out when and where the hottest events are happening and make plans to visit those must-see Santa Cruz County attractions.

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January 09, 2017

Chef Jessica Yarr Chats Food, Redwoods, and Motherhood

All Photo by Garrick Ramirez

With a welcoming vibe, stylish space, and sincere commitment to local ingredients, Assembly represents the best of our contemporary food scene. So when they recently sought out a new chef, they found a perfect match in Jessica Yarr. The 32-year-old Santa Cruz native embodies the farm-to-table credo, and has delighted diners at noteworthy restaurants around town. We recently caught up with Jessica to ask what local spots she recommends to visitors, how she manages being a working parent to three young children, and what fun things she has planned for Assembly.

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