Can you feel it? A refreshing sharpness to the breeze, a satisfying crunch underfoot when you’re walking through the park, a desire to snuggle up with a hot spiced beverage? It’s finally fall, which means that some of the year’s most highly-anticipated events are already underway, with no signs of slowing down! Autumn often delivers the best weather of the year to Santa Cruz County, but also marks the back-to-school season, so hotels are offering some sweet deals due to fewer crowds! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tickets to exciting events for all ages and interests. Follow us on Facebook to enter the Fall Festival Fridays’ weekly mini-Santa Cruz vacation contests with hotel stays and more, and our Instagram for event ticket giveaways throughout the season!
September has a real knack for easing the blow of summer’s end. The weather’s still amazing, there tons of fun events, waves start picking up, and sunsets and sunrises saturate to new levels! Check out a few of September’s frame-worthy scenes that’ll have you saying ‘bon voyage’ to summer and hello fall!
As you have probably heard, surfing is now California’s official state sport! And to celebrate this momentous event, California has declared September 20th ‘California Surfing Day!’ Whether you’re riding the waves or just watching from the cliffs, Santa Cruz is the place to be for #CaliforniaSurfingDay
While Santa Cruz kitchens teem with farm-to-fork goodness, not every kid is keen to gobble purple cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts. Thankfully, kid-friendly eats are as plentiful as our surf breaks. From mac & cheese to booster seats, the following spots make family mealtime a breeze with tasty grub and fun treats that kiddos will love.
As summer comes to an end, most of us look forward to stunning displays of fall foliage, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and drinking our fill of pumpkin spice lattes. But there’s another reason to get excited for shorter, crisper days and less persistent fog banks. Fall is migration season along California’s Central Coast, and one of the top places for birds to get some much-needed R&R before they continue their long flight south is right here in Santa Cruz County.