“People in Santa Cruz do not eat cookies; this is a carrot cake town.” Before Pacific Cookie Company opened, Cara Pearson says that many people told the family things like this and warned they would not be successful. The popular family-run business gains new fans every day, proving these skeptics wrong. Cara first worked at
As a California State Parks Interpreter, a redwood forest serves as Rhiannon Sims’ office. She manages interpretive projects, such as special event planning and wayside panel design, and media outreach for state parks in Santa Cruz County. Rhiannon brings the unique and extraordinary nature of local state parks and cultural history to visitors and locals
The link between Santa Cruz and Hawaii extends beyond their share of sunny beaches and laid-back vibes. In 1885, three, vacationing Hawaiian princes dazzled Santa Cruz locals by riding waves on makeshift boards they had made from redwood planks. It marked the introduction of surfing to the mainland U.S., and sparked a nationwide craze that began here in Santa Cruz. Today, the region brims with other Hawaiian imports such as poke bowls and Kona coffee that will transport you to the islands. From ono grinds to ukulele melodies, here’s where to find aloha in Santa Cruz County.
Watsonville provides stunning views of the Monterey Bay, a rich history of California agriculture and so much more. Below, we’ve narrowed down a list of 15 to lend a weekend-friendly taste of the many activities and sights offered within the dynamic, historic town.
Relics of the Spanish and Mexican eras, the county’s oldest buildings have fascinating stories to tell.