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May 21, 2017

DREAM INN SANTA CRUZ UNVEILS RENOVATIONS

Overlooking Cowell Beach and host to sun-seekers in search of a room with a view, an $8 million renovation of the iconic Dream Inn Santa Cruz hotel is complete. A stylish new lobby featuring eclectic murals inspired by local surfers and beach culture, and updated, retro-chic décor in the guestrooms are all part of what makes summertime a year-around reality at this beachfront property.

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May 21, 2017

COMPANION BAKERY OPENS SECOND LOCATION AT NEW ABBOTT SQUARE MARKET PROJECT

Santa Cruz’s Companion Bakeshop, which works closely to support local farmer’s by using locally grown grains, and maintaining a consistent presence at farmer’s markets will soon have a high-profile location in Downtown Santa Cruz. Partnering with local coffee roaster Cat & Cloud, Companion’s new space at Abbott Square pairs the deliciousness of baked goods with the robust aroma of rich coffee, housed among other local artisan food vendors in a creative new venue

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May 21, 2017

VENUS SPIRITS: BOUTIQUE DISTILLERY OFFERS A TASTE OF CALIFORNIA IN A BOTTLE

On Santa Cruz’s Westside a stylish, California-rustic tasting room is home to a small-batch distillery which produces organic whiskey, gin, aquavit and blue agave spirits. Founded by Sean Venus, Venus Spirits offers bold flavors that start with organic and locally-sourced ingredients.

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March 06, 2017

VISIT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY ANNOUNCES “LET’S CRUZ” GETAWAY SWEEPSTAKES

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – This season, Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) is getting personal with visitors who want to “find their flow” in California’s favorite beachside destination. Are you a foodie in search of a new adventure? Are you an adventure enthusiast aching to see the redwoods up close? Do you want to explore a bit of your inner traveler but don’t know where to start? Starting now and continuing through May 31, 2017, fans of all-things Santa Cruz who visit www.letscruz.com can enter the Let’s Cruz Vacation Getaway Contest for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Seascape Beach Resort, and a package of activities tailored toward their travel preferences.

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March 01, 2017

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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March 01, 2017

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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March 01, 2017

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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March 01, 2017

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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March 01, 2017

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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March 01, 2017

SPOOKY EATS IN FELTON’S MOST HISTORIC BUILDING

Drops in temperature, lights going out spontaneously, and eerie vibes were all confirmed by a team of “ghost hunters” recently, who were investigating chilling claims that the oldest building in the Santa Cruz Mountain town of Felton is haunted.

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