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January 22, 2016

Winter Beach Treasures!

Photo by @seeninsantacruz in DavenportPhoto by @seeninsantacruz in Davenport
Summer or winter, just about everyday is a beach day in Santa Cruz. Sure, winter beach days call for a few more layers and a little less sunscreen, but they often lead to some great finds! Wildlife is in full bloom during the winter months with gray whales offshore, elephants seals, lots of birding, and great tidepooling. The winter swells & surf stir up the coast and bring lots of creatures and other treasures to the shore. Check out some AMAZING recent Santa Cruz County winter finds!

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January 19, 2016

Eat & Shop Local: Handcrafted in Santa Cruz

Penny Ice Creamery - Photo Credit: Garrick Ramirez
Instagram brims with stunning shots of Santa Cruz, showing off its inspiring coastline, pastoral farms and towering redwood forests. Yet what you may not have noticed is that, against this scenic backdrop, a nascent craft movement is taking root. Venerable Santa Cruz producers like Marini’s Candies are being joined by a new generation of artisans producing handcrafted food, drink, home goods, and apparel that are delighting locals and visitors. Here’s a glimpse of some local producers -- both old and new -- shaping the local food and craft scene.

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January 19, 2016

Music Appreciation: Jazz, Symphony & More!

Symphony
Music lovers rejoice! There's a whole lot of music and music appreciation going on in Santa Cruz County over the next week or so; check out these great events!

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January 14, 2016

Visit the Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo!

Photo by Instagram, @aydan_elizPhoto by Instagram, @aydan_eliz
Año Nuevo in the winter months is a must. Elephant seal bulls battle it out in the surf while females come ashore to birth their pups. It’s wildlife at its best and the setting couldn’t be better. Plus, from mid December through March 31st, knowledgeable docent naturalists give park goers a guided tour chock full of facts during your up close and personal look at these gigantic creatures.

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January 11, 2016

Planning An Epic Santa Cruz Wedding

The Booth Bus - Vintage Volkswagen Bus Photo BoothThe Booth Bus - Vintage Volkswagen Bus Photo Booth
The big question has been popped -- and hopefully so has the champagne -- so now comes the fun part. With plenty of inspiring settings and talented artisans to choose from, planning a wedding in Santa Cruz County is the start of your nuptial bliss. You already know the who, so let us help with the what, where and when. Below, we’ve rounded up the best resources and advice to help make your big day one to remember.

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