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January 27, 2015

Dining with World-Class Views

With miles of Monterey Bay coastline and monumental redwood forests, you’re never far from an inspiring view in Santa Cruz. It’s what allows us to feature such amazing pics in our weekly

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January 06, 2015

Fireside Wine or Dine

Some visitors to Santa Cruz County might argue that we don’t have seasons here. Our temperate climate, year-round growing season and sun-kissed winters makethis a more-than-welcome destination to live, work and holiday. However, residents of this fine coastal community are not immune to feeling a chill, even if it happens to be 55 degrees above instead of below, and prefer to head indoors to a cozy fire just like the rest of the world. Luckily, there are plenty of accommodating local restaurants

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December 23, 2014

Head to Santa Cruz County for a "Happy New Year"!

Only a few more days until we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one. If you want to be out and about and welcome 2015 with dining, dancing and maybe even some fireworks, you’re in the right spot. Our round-up has venues and occasions from A to Z allowing you to celebrate in style. Make your reservations now, and include us in your midnight toast, will you?!

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November 17, 2014

The Cook's Bookcase: A Book Lover & Chef's Dream

If you love books, you can imagine how fun it would be to have a bookshop all to yourself. Liz Pollock, owner of the Cook’s Bookcase, let me live that dream by inviting me into her cozy home store that specializes in food literature of all kinds. Having grown up with food (“Julia Child was my babysitter,” she joked), Pollock has brought her love for food, print, and community together

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October 29, 2014

Get Down on the Farm

In a time when we are busy living and working in a fast-paced world of technology, it is even more important to seek out lessons about where our real food comes from. And we just so happen to be nestled here on the Central Coast, a stone’s throw from the “Salad Bowl” of California’s agricultural industry. This region is known near and far to be a fertile and abundant landscape for great produce, which is not only a money-maker here, but also a gem for eco-tourism. Whether it be a visit to a

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