From the redwoods to the coast, Santa Cruz County has a sparkling array of events for you to celebrate Independence Day in a big way. Fireworks, family fun, food, parades, and more; we hope July 4th, 2018 is your brightest Fourth of July yet!
By Molly Ressler
Sometimes we need a gentle reminder to slow down and enjoy the moment. Even at dinner—a meal that should be savored and drawn out over a glass (or two) of local wine—we often forget to simply settle in and relax for a spell. While wine certainly helps, the soothing strum of an acoustic guitar or the irresistible groove of an upright bass gives you the perfect excuse to linger over that last bite and stay for dessert. You can find dining with live music here in any season, but in the summer months, bands pop up across the county both inside our favorite restaurants and on outdoor patios across the county.
By Garrick Ramirez
The perfect day at the beach doesn’t just include dazzling, waterfront scenery. Just as important as the surf and sand is a nearby spot with cheap, delicious eats. We’re talking laid-back eateries where flips flops are the dress code, and surf stickers are the decor. From casual beach shacks to waterfront patios, Santa Cruz is home to primo beachside eats. Below, we’ve paired local beaches with some of our favorite nearby places to chow down.
By Molly Ressler
One of the best things about yoga is that you can strike a pose almost anywhere. All you need is a flat space to roll out your mat and before you know it, you’re breathing deep through your third round of sun salutations. If you’re looking to stretch out while breathing in the salty ocean breeze or fresh mountain air, Santa Cruz County has plenty of Namaste-worthy open-air ‘studios’ for you to choose from. Find the perfect place to roll out your mat under the redwoods, overlooking the Pacific, or poolside with hotel luxuries at your fingertips. (Added perk, the Santa Cruz County dress code encourages spending the rest of the day in your active wear.)
People love Wilder Ranch State Park. Hikers and mountain bikers come from all over to explore its 34 miles of trail winding through oak-crowned meadows and redwood ravines and to gape at its stupendous views of Monterey Bay. But many visitors also come to savor the gentler charms of the old farm complex, a tidy