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January 18, 2017

FOR RELEASE: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FEATURED IN VISIT CALIFORNIA’S “LIVING THE DREAM” COMMERCIAL

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – 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.  Visit California is the state’s official tourism organization.

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January 10, 2017

FOR RELEASE: VISIT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ANNOUNCES 2017 OFFICIAL TRAVELER’S GUIDE

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA— Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) announces the publication of the 2017 Official Santa Cruz County Traveler’s Guide.  The annual publication features stories, enhanced area maps, and dining and lodging listings highlighting the amenities offered by various restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals, campgrounds and other property choices.  A free copy of the guide can be ordered online at www.visitsantacruz.org, by calling 800.833.3494 or by stopping by the year-around visitor center at 303 Water Street in Santa Cruz.

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December 15, 2016

FOR RELEASE: VISIT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR BOARD SEATS

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA—Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) is now accepting nominations for its Board of Directors.   

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November 23, 2016

FOR RELEASE: WILDLIFE WATCHING SEASON KICKS OFF WITH SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HOTEL SPECIALS IN SECOND ANNUAL WINTER PROMOTION

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – The winter season marks the start of the wildlife watching season on the California coast.  Citing fewer crowds, amazing hotel deals and some of the most spectacular natural activity in Santa Cruz County, the winter months bring with them opportunities to see wildlife come alive.  From the majestic migration of whales, wintering monarch butterflies, guided tours of an elephant seal breeding ground, and seasonal activity of a variety of birds, there is plenty to see this December and January for enthusiastic nature lovers.  Now it’s easier than ever to plan a winter wildlife watching getaway in Santa Cruz County.

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November 09, 2016

FOR RELEASE: VISIT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY DEBUTS NEW RESPONSIVE WEBSITE DESIGN

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA –  Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) has launched a new website, redesigning its online content at www.visitsantacruz.org to reflect an evolving Let’s Cruz brand while enhancing the visitor experience online.  The new design enables visitors to the site to have information easily accessible via mobile devices, like smartphones or tablets, as website visitors are increasingly using mobile platforms to plan their travel.  Responsive websites enable pages to automatically adjust in size according to the device’s screen size and orientation; switching between these options as needed.  VSCC’s website currently hosts approximately 900,000 visitors annually.

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October 17, 2016

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Many Santa Cruz area lodging properties are under construction, and include a new Residence Inn by Marriott, and a Courtyard by Marriott.  A new Residence Inn by Marriott in Scotts Valley will feature 120 rooms including studios and one-bedroom accommodations.

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October 17, 2016

HULA’S LANAI DEBUTS AS POPULAR EATERY JOINS PARKLET OUTDOOR DINING TREND

Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room is offering diners a side of al fresco with their fish tacos and Hawaiian-inspired fare.  A new lanai parklet – which seats two dozen diners - has added more vibrancy to pedestrian-friendly Downtown Santa Cruz.

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October 17, 2016

VISIT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY WILDLIFE WATCHING GUIDE DEBUTS

There are approximately 400 migratory and permanent bird species found throughout Santa Cruz County, and thousands of monarch butterflies, whales, and elephant seals which call the area home on a seasonal basis.  Now, avid wildlife viewers have an easy-to-use resource, thanks to Visit Santa Cruz

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October 17, 2016

RENOVATIONS TO DEBUT AT LEGENDARY SANTA CRUZ BEACH BOARDWALK

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, recognized internationally as a must-see West Coast attraction, announced a $12 million improvement project scheduled for completion by summer, 2017. The project will create an impressive main entrance for the Boardwalk, to include state-of-the-art ticketing windows,

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October 17, 2016

NEW MOBILE VISITOR CENTER DEBUTS AT HENRY COWELL REDWOODS STATE PARK

A new mobile visitor center at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is now open!  Featuring exhibits which focus on plants and animals living in the sandhills, a rotating map, and a diorama revealing some of the marine fossils found nearby are all included.

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