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October 02, 2018

Fall Festivals are Underway - Don't Miss Out on Special Events or the Chance to Win Big!

Can you feel it? A refreshing sharpness to the breeze, a satisfying crunch underfoot when you're walking through the park, a desire to snuggle up with a hot spiced beverage? It's finally fall, which means that some of the year's most highly-anticipated events are already underway, with no signs of slowing down! Autumn often delivers the best weather of the year to Santa Cruz County, but also marks the back-to-school season, so hotels are offering some sweet deals due to fewer crowds! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tickets to exciting events for all ages and interests. 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!

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September 30, 2018

Whales Dazzle off the Coast of Santa Cruz County

 
Whales are a year-round spectacle in the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz County is fortunate to have a front row seat to the show. Although they can be spotted throughout the seasons, there are times when there's a clear surge in their activity near the shore and throughout the Monterey Bay. Now is one of those times and their current muse - Aptos, Capitola, and Santa Cruz!

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September 18, 2018

KID-FRIENDLY EATS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

All Photos by Garrick Ramirez

While Santa Cruz kitchens teem with farm-to-fork goodness, not every kid is keen to gobble purple cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts. Thankfully, kid-friendly eats are as plentiful as our surf breaks. From mac & cheese to booster seats, the following spots make family mealtime a breeze with tasty grub and fun treats that kiddos will love.

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September 11, 2018

WHY FALL IN SANTA CRUZ IS A BIRDER’S PARADISE

Photo by Lisa Fay Larson

As summer comes to an end, most of us look forward to stunning displays of fall foliage, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and drinking our fill of pumpkin spice lattes. But there’s another reason to get excited for shorter, crisper days and less persistent fog banks. Fall is migration season along California’s Central Coast, and one of the top places for birds to get some much-needed R&R before they continue their long flight south is right here in Santa Cruz County.

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September 06, 2018

THREE NEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SANTA CRUZ AREA WINE

Photo by Garrick Ramirez

With a legacy that stretches back more than one hundred years, the Santa Cruz wine region has never been more vibrant. As Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards continue bearing delicious fruit, the local wine community keeps yielding new and exciting developments, from fashionable new tasting rooms to innovative wines. Plus, you may have heard that a Santa Cruz Mountains winery, Mount Eden, received the royal treatment when it was served at the Windsor Castle wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Here are three more tasty tidbits that have the local wine scene all abuzz.

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