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July 28, 2016

Where to Find the Best Coffee in Santa Cruz County

The Buttery2 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez A caffeinated creation by the Buttery. All photos by Garrick Ramirez.

With the surf and hiking trails pulling most of Santa Cruz out of bed early, you better believe we locals love our coffee. Whether you want to sit with a meticulously crafted third wave brew or simply refuel with a solid cup of joe, coffee options abound. Yep, we’ve got the place with the green mermaid too, but for a real taste of Santa Cruz, check out these independent coffee shops bursting with local flavor.

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July 22, 2016

A Morning at Manresa State Beach...

July 2016 Moonset at Manresa State Beach. Photo by @dannyburgJuly 2016 Moonset at Manresa State Beach. Photo by @dannyburg

Gorgeous sunsets are pretty standard in Santa Cruz County. They're easy to catch, usually full of vibrant colors and pretty much always worth a look. Our sunrises are equally beautiful, but let's be honest, not all of us are willing to sacrifice that last hour or two of shut eye to see them! Well thanks to @dannyburg we've got a nice little glimpse into yesterday's moonset over Manresa State Beach. And Danny, your early morning surf session seemed well worth the sacrifice with this view!

Want to learn more about the gorgeous Manresa? Keep reading!

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July 20, 2016

Loch Lomond: Santa Cruz’s Awesome Hidden Lake

We look at this and think Is there anything Santa Cruz can't do Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez-5We look at this and think is there anything Santa Cruz can't do?
Among Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets, the Loch Lomond Recreation Area might be the most spectacular. Hidden amidst the lush redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the glistening lake draws visitors with scenery, serenity, and activities such as boating, picnicking, and hiking. And now that Loch Lomond is open for the first time in three years (thanks, El Niño!), it’s the perfect time to discover this awesome recreation area. And no, you won’t find any sea monsters.

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July 13, 2016

POKÉMON GO to Santa Cruz!

Photo at Seacliff State Beach by @mizu.no.oto Photo at Seacliff State Beach by @mizu.no.oto
Are you Team Pokémon GO or Team Pokemon Go Away? There are probably three different responses to this question: 1. Team Pokémon GO; 2. Team Pokémon Go Away; or 3. What are you even talking about!? Whatever your response, we decided to give Pokémon GO a quick 15 minutes and highlight a few recent visitors to the area.

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July 12, 2016

Recipe: Buttery Banana-Nut Bread from Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor7 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez All images by Garrick Ramirez
Fairview Manor is a cozy redwood escape tucked into the lush forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. Innkeepers Gael Abayon and Jack Hazelton run a charming, nearly 100-year old guest home that sits on a beautiful patch of land alongside the San Lorenzo River. The peaceful respite is immersed in nature with squirrels darting between trees and deer nimbly strolling at river’s edge.

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