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May 14, 2018

Loch Lomond: Santa Cruz’s Awesome Hidden Lake

Among Santa Cruz’s best kept secrets, the Loch Lomond Recreation Area might be the most spectacular. Hidden amidst the lush redwood forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the glistening lake draws visitors with scenery, serenity, and activities such as boating, picnicking, and hiking. And now that Loch Lomond is open for the season, it’s the perfect time to discover this awesome recreation area. And no, you won’t find any sea monsters.

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May 08, 2018

What's New in Santa Cruz for Summer 2018

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The weather is warming up, the poppies are in bloom, and we're just itching for summer here in Santa Cruz, California! With glorious, sunny beaches and towering coastal redwood forests, Santa Cruz County has a whole lot to offer in a small region. Close in proximity to San Francisco and an easy drive from Los Angeles along California’s iconic Highway 1, Santa Cruz is the quintessential California beach vacation. This year, visitors can explore a wealth of new options: from an historic adobe to local chocolate, there’s always something new to explore in this quaint seaside community.

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May 03, 2018

What a Girl Wants: Mother's Day Brunch Round-Up!

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Look no further; we've got over 30 reasons for you to take Mom out for Mother’s Day (which is Sunday, May 13th)! Whether Mom's got a sweet tooth, a sense of adventure, or an appreciation for fine wine, she'll be sure to find a fabulous offering from one of these restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, attractions, wineries, and distilleries in Santa Cruz County. You can even hit multiple locations, if you're really looking to impress!

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May 01, 2018

3 Reasons to Spring To Annieglass this Season

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While Watsonville has become a recent hub for independent artisans, a pioneer of its burgeoning craft scene is Annie Morhauser who founded her Annieglass glassware studio amidst the town’s sprawling agriculture fields in 1983. Today, her luminous pieces are featured at high profile hotels and retailers—Four Seasons, Neiman Marcus, the Bellagio in Las Vegas—and two of her pieces are on permanent display at the Smithsonian. Yet, each elegant piece continues to be handmade here in Santa Cruz County. This year, we honor Annieglass’ 35th anniversary with three reasons to visit this spring, as well as a chance to win a free experience at Annieglass’ fun and innovative Craftbar!

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May 01, 2018

Work It: Meet the Captain of Chardonnay Sailing Charters

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Having sailed the far reaches of the globe, John Ribera chooses to hang his captain’s hat in Santa Cruz. As Head Captain for Chardonnay Sailing Charters, Ribera navigates the sea life-filled waters of Monterey Bay, offering guests a firsthand experience of our wondrous marine sanctuary. It’s little wonder the affable Ribera, a successful realtor by day, refers to the Chardonnay as his fun job. We asked him about his twenty years helming the company’s two, iconic 70’ racing yachts, and what makes the Monterey Bay such a special place to sail.

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