An initial eight miles of trails at San Vicente Redwoods is set to open. This first phase of trails are part of what will become an overall 38-mile multi-use equestrian-friendly trail system and another destination asset that is sure to draw visitors to the region for hiking, mountain biking, and interpretive programs.
Capitola’s Shadowbrook Restaurant enjoys a storied history as one of the region’s first destination eateries. This signature spot has been the setting for proposals, celebrations, and other commemorative events throughout its history. Originally built as a summer home overlooking Soquel Creek in the 1920s, the log cabin that is now Shadowbrook restaurant was once a private residence.
A four-story, Spanish-style colonial property in the center of Beach Street in Santa Cruz is set to open in early November. This brand-new construction project will include 38 rooms, including 11 two-room suites, retail space on the ground floor, flexible meeting space for smaller groups, a pool deck, and a separate rooftop deck for enjoying the over 300 days of sunshine in Santa Cruz.
Experience the life cycle of a single drop of water at Water’s Extreme Journey, a hands-on, interactive maze now on display at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center on Santa Cruz’s westside.
A unique new venture is now open adjacent to Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen Beachside at Rio del Mar State Beach in Aptos. Venus Pie Trap offers sweet and savory pies, coffee and pizza all day.
There are approximately 400 migratory and permanent bird species found throughout Santa Cruz County, and thousands of monarch butterflies, whales, and elephant seals which call the area home on a seasonal basis. Avid wildlife viewers now have an updated resource, thanks to Visit Santa Cruz County’s 2022 Wildlife Watching Guide.