The winter season marks the start of the best wildlife watching on the California coast and Santa Cruz County is no exception! Migrating whales, fluttering monarchs, active elephant seals, and birding galore, make the winter months the perfect time for a Santa Cruz vacation set around incredible wildlife viewing. And to top it off, there are some amazing hotel deals that will make your winter getaway even better!
Photos by Molly Ressler
As the director of Radius Gallery, Ann Hazels has her finger on the pulse of Santa Cruz County’s art scene. Every few weeks, she fills the bright and airy gallery space with a new exhibition of selected works, curated by herself or a guest curator. The exhibits often combine multiple mediums, from acrylics and photography to metal, clay, and even rubber sculptures that create interactive, thought-provoking experiences.
Whether you’re looking to boost your Etsy game or bring home a thoughtful memento of your time in Santa Cruz County, D.I.Y. classes are for you. In just a few hours, you’ll learn new skills-from painting to pottery-and craft one-of-a-kind objects in settings that swap formalities for fun. Plus, today’s workshop-providers go beyond the grade school craft table with adult beverages you can sip while you shape. For crafty types, it’s like a bootcamp for your Pinterest-fueled fantasies. For souvenir hunters, you can ditch the snow globes for handmade keepsakes plus the memory of creating it. Roll up your sleeves, get inspired, and start crafting at the following creative spots.
It’s not just masked superheroes that will dazzle audiences in theatres this year. Santa Cruz will soon grace the silver screen as the seaside setting for the upcoming action flick “BumbleBee.” Given its cinematic landscape and blockbuster attractions such as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz has enjoyed many starring roles dating back to the early 20th century. In addition to the Steamer Lane surfers-and surfing seal-featured in “The Endless Summer,” Santa Cruz has played host to vampires, Dirty Harry, and even maniacal clowns from outer space. Break out the popcorn and roll out the red carpet, Santa Cruz is taking you to the movies.
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