TRAVEL BLOG

May 9, 2019

Backpacking in the Santa Cruz Mountains

When you think of backpacking in California, the Santa Cruz Mountains isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind. There’s a healing serenity, however, found beneath the towering coastal redwoods that protectively enfold our sunny stretch of well-loved coastline. A quick day trip from the metropolitan hustle of the Bay Area, the Santa Cruz

April 6, 2019

Where to Find the Best Wildflowers in Santa Cruz County

It happens every spring, but the transformation of a green hillside to a bright carpet of orange, purple, or golden blooms never gets old. The fields bordering Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz turn bright yellow with sour grass and mustard. Cheery orange California poppies pop up along the San Lorenzo River and striking spires

March 6, 2019

Searching for Slugs in the Santa Cruz Mountains

You haven’t fully experienced Santa Cruz County until you’ve hiked through a redwood forest still dripping from a hard rain. The canyons are filled with the sound of rushing water. Wrens flit between the lichen-draped brush of the understory, and the silvery warble of a Swainson’s thrush filters down from the latticework of branches spiraling

December 28, 2018

YOUR GUIDE TO RUNNING RACES IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Whether you’ve been training for months, are a casual weekend jogger, or like to wear a brightly colored tutu with your Nike’s, there’s a race with your name on it in Santa Cruz County. Prefer running as a spectator sport? We’re known for hosting races that are highly entertaining from the sidelines. Starting in February,

December 15, 2018

SANTA CRUZ LIFESTYLES OF THE INSTA-FAMOUS: JACLYN BRIDGES OF QUEEN OF SUCCULENTS

A bubbly brunette with a background in fashion, Jaclyn Bridges of Queen of Succulents (@queenofsucculents) hated dirt when she received her very first succulent from a friend’s mom. “I wasn’t a plant person at all,” recalls Bridges. “I didn’t even like touching mushrooms at the grocery store.” Succulents, though, were different. Her first succulent “looked