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October 05, 2016

More Secretly Awesome Santa Cruz

 Photo by Garrick Ramirez

Not every local treasure ends up at the gift shop. We recently shared some of our favorite Santa Cruz hidden gems and invited you to experience what made them so special. If you’ve already checked those off your list, we’ve assembled even more memorable, lesser-known spots for you to discover. From a secret beach to a rare white redwood tree, these obscured destinations will reward those willing to stray from the beaten path.

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August 05, 2016

Trail Guide: The River Trail at Henry Cowell Redwood SP

Photo courtesy of Andrea W. on Yelp Photo courtesy of Andrea W. on Yelp
Henry Cowell is one of my favorite parks in Santa Cruz County. You get the quintessential redwood experience but you also get sunny sandhill ridges, grasslands (often roamed by deer), the peaceful San Lorenzo River, and the not-so distant sounds of steam train whistles echoing through the forest. It's quite a magical place and anyone who's been there knows just what I'm talking about.

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July 07, 2016

Trail Guide: Goat Rock at Castle Rock SP

Photo by Instagram, @madamericanoPhoto by Instagram, @madamericano
I love using Instagram as a way to get inspired for travels and adventures. A quick location search and I can see a slew of current (sometimes practically live) photos of spots I’m looking to explore. On my latest hunt for a good hike I searched Castle Rock State Park and kept seeing these amazing boulders and grand vistas that I knew I wanted to see for myself. Take a peek at these Castle Rock photos - and more specifically, Goat Rock Trail photos - and get inspired for your next adventure!

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May 11, 2016

California Beer Festival Santa Cruz

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The event kicks off on Friday night with live music and a Food and Beer Pairing Competition. This VIP evening includes unlimited access to samples of chef's specials carefully paired with craft beer. Saturday is Craft Beer Heaven - featuring over 85 craft beers on tap to sample from, mouth watering food and live entertainment. On Sunday, bring the family, blankets and chairs for Sunday Funday in the Park.

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April 30, 2016

2016 #SCWildflowers Photo Contest Winner!

Winning #SCWildflowers submission by Instagram fan, @cafin, at Davenport Beach Winning #SCWildflowers submission by Instagram fan, @cafin, at Davenport Beach
Task: sift through loads of beautiful Santa Cruz County wildflower photos and choose one winner...It's not easy, but someone's gotta do it! And that we did. Congrats to Instagram fan, @cafin, for her winning shot taken in Davenport!

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