Want to do an epic food and drink tour of Santa Cruz? Start in South County. The agricultural communities of Watsonville, Freedom, and Corralitos hide amazing food finds – some old, others new – with great craft beer, killer tacos, juicy sausages, and mind-blowing homemade pies. Take a peek at some of our favorites and start planning your South County food crawl.
Santa Cruz County is a great place to be if you’re a craft beer lover. At one point it seemed that every time you blinked a new brewery opened! A bonus? Each one is run by local individuals who are passionate about brewing delicious, unique beer. Many venues have patios, and lots of these allow
The gorgeous Monterey Bay, refreshing redwood forests, miles of hiking trails, and many of your favorite eateries and shops are waiting to say, “Welcome!” With that, like so many places, there have been some changes, restrictions, and guidelines that everyone should be aware of. Read What You Need to Know to Visit Santa Cruz for
By Garrick Ramirez
In recent years, Santa Cruz County has seen a flurry of new restaurant openings that are redefining the local dining scene. Offering more than a way to quell your rumbling stomach, these spots inspire with spectacular settings and delicious grub. You’ll see regional ingredients on the menu, local brews on tap, and heaps of Santa Cruz style throughout. Here are three delicious ways to sample what’s new in Santa Cruz County.
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While breweries abound in Santa Cruz County, taprooms offer the chance to sample numerous breweries in one setting. From boisterous beer halls to relaxed beer gardens, you can taste your way through the many brew styles that have made Santa Cruz County a craft beer destination. Plus, many taprooms are matching the quality of their brews with destination-worthy eats. Drop into the following spots, and tap into the local craft beer scene.