The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, fluttering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make the winter months the perfect time for a Santa Cruz vacation set around incredible wildlife viewing. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!
Halloween is here and Santa Cruz County has all the spooky fun! Trick-or-Treating on the Wharf, a Halloween Parade in the Capitola Village, a Monster Masquerade, and so much more! Check out some of the best Halloween celebrations throughout the county!
All photos by Garrick Ramirez
While breweries abound in Santa Cruz County, taprooms offer the chance to sample numerous breweries in one setting. From boisterous beer halls to relaxed beer gardens, you can taste your way through the many brew styles that have made Santa Cruz County a craft beer destination. Plus, many taprooms are matching the quality of their brews with destination-worthy eats. Drop into the following spots, and tap into the local craft beer scene.
Photos by Molly Ressler
As the director of Radius Gallery, Ann Hazels has her finger on the pulse of Santa Cruz County’s art scene. Every few weeks, she fills the bright and airy gallery space with a new exhibition of selected works, curated by herself or a guest curator. The exhibits often combine multiple mediums, from acrylics and photography to metal, clay, and even rubber sculptures that create interactive, thought-provoking experiences.
Whether you’re looking to boost your Etsy game or bring home a thoughtful memento of your time in Santa Cruz County, D.I.Y. classes are for you. In just a few hours, you’ll learn new skills-from painting to pottery-and craft one-of-a-kind objects in settings that swap formalities for fun. Plus, today’s workshop-providers go beyond the grade school craft table with adult beverages you can sip while you shape. For crafty types, it’s like a bootcamp for your Pinterest-fueled fantasies. For souvenir hunters, you can ditch the snow globes for handmade keepsakes plus the memory of creating it. Roll up your sleeves, get inspired, and start crafting at the following creative spots.