Santa Cruz County delivers added value once summer ends, when mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates help make travel more affordable. This season, there are plenty of free activities and events that won’t cost a penny. Below are a few of our favorite tips! For more info, check out our Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County for Fall and Winter.
The secret’s out! The fall season boasts some of the best weather of the year in Santa Cruz County, plus it’s stacked with amazing events, fewer crowds, and sweet hotel deals! Visit Santa Cruz is celebrating fall by giving away mini vacations and tons of tickets to some of the season’s best events. 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!
Meet Taylor Reinhold, a talented, enterprising muralist and graphic artist who has galvanized a community of artists from all over the world via numerous street art-based ventures. He’s also the son of Ann Morhauser who founded the renowned glass studio, Annieglass. He jokes that he grew up watching glass break his whole life, but was also steeped in the skate and surf culture of Santa Cruz. In his twenties, he began selling graphic tees at local music festivals, which led to a screenprinting business and an artists collective dubbed the Made Fresh Crew. Reinhold recently moved his screenprinting shop, Natural Motion, into a 6,000-square-foot facility, which includes an airy gallery and retail space displaying street art-inspired works and apparel. We recently caught up with Reinhold to chat street art’s recent resurgence, community involvement, and the upcoming Open Studios event.
“I just don’t drink enough wine,” is surely a something you lament to yourself on a regular basis, right? Well, chin-chin-up: big things are on the horizon that are sure to fire up your taste buds and inspire your palate! According to the Wine Institute, California produces 90 percent of American wine and is the leading U.S. destination for food and wine travel. Cause for celebration? We think so, and we’re not alone! California Wine Month is officially kicking off throughout the state on September 1st, and so we are rounding up all of the wine-related specials and events on tap county-wide in September! Salúd!
Perched atop one of the highest ridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park offers expansive views of the San Lorenzo Valley. Miles of forested peaks stretch out below, fading from chartreuse and emerald green to sage, the furthest peaks a hazy blue that meet the fog-shrouded Pacific. Although not as famous as its neighbor, Big Basin State Park, Castle Rock has its own grove of redwoods, a 75-foot waterfall, miles of hiking along open ridges and through shady forests, and a playground of sandstone rock formations attracting both world-class climbers and amateur scramblers.