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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 28, 2016

Where to Find the Best Coffee in Santa Cruz County

The Buttery2 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez A caffeinated creation by the Buttery. All photos by Garrick Ramirez.

With the surf and hiking trails pulling most of Santa Cruz out of bed early, you better believe we locals love our coffee. Whether you want to sit with a meticulously crafted third wave brew or simply refuel with a solid cup of joe, coffee options abound. Yep, we’ve got the place with the green mermaid too, but for a real taste of Santa Cruz, check out these independent coffee shops bursting with local flavor.

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July 13, 2016

POKÉMON GO to Santa Cruz!

Photo at Seacliff State Beach by @mizu.no.oto Photo at Seacliff State Beach by @mizu.no.oto
Are you Team Pokémon GO or Team Pokemon Go Away? There are probably three different responses to this question: 1. Team Pokémon GO; 2. Team Pokémon Go Away; or 3. What are you even talking about!? Whatever your response, we decided to give Pokémon GO a quick 15 minutes and highlight a few recent visitors to the area.

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July 12, 2016

Recipe: Buttery Banana-Nut Bread from Fairview Manor

Fairview Manor7 Photo Credit Garrick Ramirez All images by Garrick Ramirez
Fairview Manor is a cozy redwood escape tucked into the lush forests of the San Lorenzo Valley. Innkeepers Gael Abayon and Jack Hazelton run a charming, nearly 100-year old guest home that sits on a beautiful patch of land alongside the San Lorenzo River. The peaceful respite is immersed in nature with squirrels darting between trees and deer nimbly strolling at river’s edge.

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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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