TRAVEL BLOG

August 28, 2018

Fall 2018’s Best Events in Santa Cruz County

The secret’s out! The fall season boasts some of the best weather of the year in Santa Cruz County, plus it’s stacked with amazing events, fewer crowds, and sweet hotel deals! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tons of tickets to some of the season’s best events. Follow us on Facebook to enter the Fall Festival Fridays’ weekly mini-Santa Cruz vacation contests with hotel stays and more, and our Instagram for event ticket giveaways throughout the season!

August 22, 2018

WORK IT: ARTIST TAYLOR REINHOLD

Meet Taylor Reinhold, a talented, enterprising muralist and graphic artist who has galvanized a community of artists from all over the world via numerous street art-based ventures. He’s also the son of Ann Morhauser who founded the renowned glass studio, Annieglass. He jokes that he grew up watching glass break his whole life, but was also steeped in the skate and surf culture of Santa Cruz. In his twenties, he began selling graphic tees at local music festivals, which led to a screenprinting business and an artists collective dubbed the Made Fresh Crew. Reinhold recently moved his screenprinting shop, Natural Motion, into a 6,000-square-foot facility, which includes an airy gallery and retail space displaying street art-inspired works and apparel. We recently caught up with Reinhold to chat street art’s recent resurgence, community involvement, and the upcoming Open Studios event.

August 21, 2018

Surfing is Now California’s Official Sport

It’s totally official! Surfing is California’s official sport, thanks to legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week. Not only was the sport introduced in Santa Cruz in 1885 by Hawaiian royalty, wetsuit pioneer and local legend Jack O’Neill helped put the sport on the map with his innovative designs. AB1782 even name-checks Steamer Lane as a world-class surf break. Now wave-riding joins – among other things – the golden poppy as the official state flower and the California redwood as the official state tree.

August 21, 2018

Celebrate California Wine Month

“I just don’t drink enough wine,” is surely a something you lament to yourself on a regular basis, right? Well, chin-chin-up: big things are on the horizon that are sure to fire up your taste buds and inspire your palate! According to the Wine Institute, California produces 90 percent of American wine and is the leading U.S. destination for food and wine travel. Cause for celebration? We think so, and we’re not alone! California Wine Month is officially kicking off throughout the state on September 1st, and so we are rounding up all of the wine-related specials and events on tap county-wide in September! Salúd!