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.
Have you been to Elkhorn Slough? This peaceful reserve is full of beauty and wildlife, plus you can choose how to explore, via waterways or on-foot on the 5 miles of trails. Check out these inspiring photos taken at this natural wonder and plan your own visit to Elkhorn Slough!
Some might consider strawberries to be one of the crown jewels of Watsonville and we’d have to agree! These ruby red treats are grown throughout the year, and it’s no wonder we take a full weekend to celebrate our love for all things strawberry!
Beloved sparkling cider and apple juice producer S. Martinelli & Company is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and we’re bubbling over with excitement! Founded in Watsonville in 1868-the same year Ulysses S. Grant was elected President-the effervescent company is still family-owned, locally-based, and making juice the way they always have: fresh and 100% natural. We’ve got the inside scoop below, and trust us, it gets juicy!
With everything from stylish beach cottages to roomy digs for the extended family, Santa Cruz County vacation rentals are fun to shop. It’s like being on your own episode of “House Hunters.” With a dreamy collection of homes and expert staff who know the region, local rental agencies can you help you ID the perfect abode. To help kick-start your search, we’ve rounded up 15 properties that we’d be happy to call our home-away-from-home.