Since the surf-crazed 1960s, the Dream Inn hotel has delighted visitors with its beachfront setting and immediate proximity to iconic local attractions such as the Santa Cruz Wharf and Beach Boardwalk-both clearly visible from each of the property’s guest rooms. Now, the sunny property welcomes guests with a spiffy new renovation of its 165 rooms, pool deck, and lobby. Enter our spring vacation giveaway, and you can experience it for yourself with a free two-night stay at the Dream Inn!
Visitors flock to Santa Cruz for the redwoods and the coastline. They come to surf world-class waves, to catch sight of a blue whale in the Monterey Bay, and to experience the classic charm of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Santa Cruz has a well-kept secret, however, that’s hidden in plain sight. It’s admittedly still a diamond in the rough but a cavalry of local artists, environmentalists, and community builders have plans to change that.
So, what is this precious local gem that’s been sitting right under everyone’s noses? It’s our city’s primary water source, a vibrant wildlife habitat, and soon-to-be community gathering place: the San Lorenzo River.
What’s better than a destination that can double as the perfect day-trip and extended getaway? A destination that has free activities and events to keep you entertained all day or all season long! Below are a few hand-picked tips for enjoying Santa Cruz County on a limited budget, or no budget at all! For more info, check out our Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County for Spring and Summer.
March 2018 officially marks Watsonville’s 150th anniversary-a sesquicentennial!-and the town has big plans to celebrate. Although the celebration will continue throughout the year, there’s much to get excited about, lately. The historically agricultural community has become a recent hotbed for independent artists and craft food and drink producers, prompting some to refer to it as the Brooklyn of Santa Cruz County. Below, we share everything you need to know about the upcoming festivities, as well as some ways to enjoy Watsonville’s rich culture and scenic landscape today.
The latest buzz in Santa Cruz is Abbott Square, a dynamic plaza and marketplace that’s enlivened already buzzing downtown with six new restaurants, two bars, plenty of al fresco courtyard seating, and a lineup of free performances and public art. The $5 million endeavor is five years in the making, and a joint project of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) and developer John McEnery IV who created a similar community marketplace in San Jose.