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October 13, 2016

A Stroll through the Arboretum

Photo by @xxhsgxx

Strolls in Santa Cruz are kinda a thing. A Sunday stroll on West Cliff  Drive or along Pleasure Point, a little shopping stroll Downtown or in the Village, a mellow stroll through the redwoods...Santa Cruz has got the whole relaxing walk thing DOWN. And another one to add to the list - a stroll at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. With 135 acres of gardens and blooms, the UCSC Arboretum is a unique and beautiful place to walk through nature. 

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October 06, 2016

Falling for Santa Cruz

Falling for Santa Cruz Photo by @jschwab_24
Fall in Santa Cruz County: festivals and fireworks, wildlife and pumpkin patches, fiery sunsets and crisp hikes, apple picking and latte sipping...what's not to love! Check out some recent photos that will have you FALLing in love with Santa Cruz County!

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October 05, 2016

More Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

 Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Not every local treasure ends up at the gift shop. We recently shared some of our favorite Santa Cruz hidden gems and invited you to experience what made them so special. If you’ve already checked those off your list, we’ve assembled even more memorable, lesser-known spots for you to discover. From a secret beach to a rare white redwood tree, these obscured destinations will reward those willing to stray from the beaten path.

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September 26, 2016

FREE Open Studios Art Tour 2016

Sarah Bianco Photo courtesy of Arts Council Santa Cruz County
Fall has officially begun and that means Open Studios are just around the corner! This fall favorite has been bringing artists and art fans together for over 30 years. Imagine 278 artists opening their studios and workspace to the public to view their craft and process, while giving visitors the chance to buy direct from the artist's hands. Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with many of Santa Cruz County's talented artists! And a big bonus for this year - the Open Studios Art Tour Guide and App are FREE! So no excuses, experience the vibrant artists and work they are creating. See event info below and a little sampling of artists and some of the creations featured this year..

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September 22, 2016

Free, New & Improved Wildlife Watching Guide

FullSizeRender (95) Photo by Jeff Bleam
Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Approximately 400 migratory and permanent bird species are found throughout the county, and thousands of monarch butterflies, whales, and elephant seals call the area home on a seasonal basis. 

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