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May 01, 2018

Work It: Meet the Captain of Chardonnay Sailing Charters

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Having sailed the far reaches of the globe, John Ribera chooses to hang his captain’s hat in Santa Cruz. As Head Captain for Chardonnay Sailing Charters, Ribera navigates the sea life-filled waters of Monterey Bay, offering guests a firsthand experience of our wondrous marine sanctuary. It’s little wonder the affable Ribera, a successful realtor by day, refers to the Chardonnay as his fun job. We asked him about his twenty years helming the company’s two, iconic 70’ racing yachts, and what makes the Monterey Bay such a special place to sail.

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April 27, 2018

3 New Reasons to Spring to Seascape Beach Resort

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

Spring’s renewal isn’t just marked by wildflowers and baby chicks. Santa Cruz hotels and resorts are getting in the spirit by debuting new looks for the season. You’ll find vibrant spring blooms plus a few new perks amidst the gorgeous grounds at Seascape Beach Resort. See what’s fresh this year at the waterfront resort, plus find out how to win a free stay with our spring 2018 vacation giveaway!

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April 25, 2018

Experience Chaminade’s Cool New Salt Saunas

Photos by Garrick Ramirez

With its quiet hilltop setting, scenic nature trails, and relaxing day spa, Chaminade Resort & Spa is where we head to chill on the hill. Now, the modern, mission-style resort is taking wellness to the next level with a pair of Himalayan salt saunas. Turns out, that bottle of pink salt at your gourmet grocer does more than spice up your supper. The mineral-rich salt has alleged health benefits including calming and detoxifying effects. Eastern Europeans have sought solace in natural salt caves for generations. Now, you can enjoy the same immersive experience at Chaminade—home to the only salt-therapy saunas in Santa Cruz County—as well as other spa offerings that are more than worth their salt.

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April 25, 2018

1440 Multiversity Offers Modern Wellness Retreat Among the Redwoods

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Named for the number of minutes in a day, 1440 Multiversity wants you to fill each moment with purpose and fulfillment. The dynamic, modern retreat center makes it easy with a wide selection of workshops, wellness activities, and resort-like amenities offered within a spectacular forested setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Here, you can happily fill the minutes of your day with morning yoga among the redwoods, a writing workshop with a best-selling author, and a post-massage soak in an infinity tub. Take a peek at their offerings—housed in and around striking Craftsman-inspired buildings—and start planning your 1440 minutes!

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April 19, 2018

10 Santa Cruz Wineries That Need to Be on Your Radar

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Did you know that the Santa Cruz area is home to one of the oldest wine growing regions in California? The Santa Cruz Mountain appellation—lauded for its high elevation, ocean influence, and varied microclimates—enjoys more than 200 vineyards, 75 wineries, and, maybe most importantly, zero hassle. Here, it’s the scenery that will take your breath away, not the crowds or tasting fees. Santa Cruz wineries are small, intimate and family-run, and, oftentimes, your glass will be filled by the winemaker or owner themselves. From urban tasting rooms to spectacular country settings, the following wineries should be on your radar and on your next Santa Cruz County itinerary.

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