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December 08, 2016

Winter: The Best Time for WILDLIFE in Santa Cruz County

Photo by Lisa Schouweile

Santa Cruz is known for its phenomenal wildlife viewing opportunities. Year round whale watching, birding and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterflies have put Santa Cruz County on the map for many nature enthusiasts! But in December and January there seems to be a crescendo of wildlife that make Santa Cruz a wintertime must-see! Wintering monarchs, migrating gray whales, breeding elephant seals and upwards of 400 species of birds make these months the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. And a major bonus to your winter getaway -- many hotels are partnering up for some great deals for your stay! So check out some of our wintertime wildlife must-sees, grab a FREE Wildlife Watch Kit, and start planning your trip to Santa Cruz!

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December 06, 2016

Santa Cruz Style Holiday Gift Guide

Photo by Rachel Endsley

Need some help with your holiday shopping list? Have a person or two that has you stumped? Then think outside of the big box and take a look at this Holiday Gift Guide with 20+ totally Santa Cruz ideas!

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November 30, 2016

Get Holly Jolly at These Festive and Fun Holiday Events

Photo by Barbara Karleen

Santa Cruz may sport more surfboards than sleighs, but we’ve got no shortage of yuletide cheer. During the holidays, dazzling light-strung boats illuminate the Monterey Bay and local artisans fill in for elves with beautiful, handmade gifts. Here’s a roundup of festive and fun events for all ages to add a little seaside sparkle to your holidays.

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November 23, 2016

Discover the Dreamy Victorians of Walnut Avenue

Lined with grand Victorian homes, vintage streetlamps, and a wondrous tree canopy, Walnut Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz is a visual treat any time of year. Yet come fall, when leaves are set ablaze with vibrant fall colors, it’s absolutely magical. The next time you’re enjoying downtown’s shops, eateries, or farmer’s market, stray two blocks from from the main drag and you’ll be treated to one of the most enchanting streets in Santa Cruz.

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November 19, 2016

Your Top Wet Weather Nature Finds

Photo by @xxhsgxx

Sure, the rain might have you dreaming of a cozy nook and a warm cup of coffee, but don’t sell yourself short this season! Wet weather can bring some of nature’s best into the limelight, and let’s be honest, a great cup of coffee isn’t hard to come by in Santa Cruz! So put the latte on hold and check out some of our favorite rainy day nature finds that will get you outside and enjoying the season!

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