Relics of the Spanish and Mexican eras, the county’s oldest buildings have fascinating stories to tell.
By Garrick Ramirez
Check out the following neighborhood walks which combine scenery, history, and a peaceful slice of Santa Cruz life that’s pleasantly removed from busy tourist hubs.
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!
Interior design has a remarkable ability to shape mood and evoke different eras and places. Like a good vacation, it can transport you far from your everyday surroundings. I think Santa Cruz makes for a fun, evocative design scheme. It has a strong, iconic style that references both its natural setting and sunny, outdoor culture.
A bubbly brunette with a background in fashion, Jaclyn Bridges of Queen of Succulents (@queenofsucculents) hated dirt when she received her very first succulent from a friend’s mom. “I wasn’t a plant person at all,” recalls Bridges. “I didn’t even like touching mushrooms at the grocery store.” Succulents, though, were different. Her first succulent “looked