PET-FRIENDLY B&BS

November 19, 2018

4 Pet-Friendly B&Bs in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz County B&Bs are rolling out the welcome mat for guests vacationing with their four-legged companion. These pet-friendly favorites offer all the amenities of a traditional bed and breakfast. WEST CLIFF INN Pooch is king of castle at West Cliff Inn, but plan ahead. The elegant Victorian overlooking the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers

October 22, 2018

TOP TAPROOMS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

All photos by Garrick Ramirez

While breweries abound in Santa Cruz County, taprooms offer the chance to sample numerous breweries in one setting. From boisterous beer halls to relaxed beer gardens, you can taste your way through the many brew styles that have made Santa Cruz County a craft beer destination. Plus, many taprooms are matching the quality of their brews with destination-worthy eats. Drop into the following spots, and tap into the local craft beer scene.

August 21, 2018

Celebrate California Wine Month

“I just don’t drink enough wine,” is surely a something you lament to yourself on a regular basis, right? Well, chin-chin-up: big things are on the horizon that are sure to fire up your taste buds and inspire your palate! According to the Wine Institute, California produces 90 percent of American wine and is the leading U.S. destination for food and wine travel. Cause for celebration? We think so, and we’re not alone! California Wine Month is officially kicking off throughout the state on September 1st, and so we are rounding up all of the wine-related specials and events on tap county-wide in September! Salúd!

August 8, 2018

WORK IT: SOMMELIER ALYSSA TWELKER

Meet Alyssa Twelker, one of a growing number of young individuals energizing the Santa Cruz wine scene. An early food and drink enthusiast, the Sunnyvale native went to work as private chef straight out of high school and celebrated her 21st birthday with a sommelier certification. Weeks later, she was in Santa Cruz working at Soif where she eventually became wine director. After tasting-and surfing-her way through Europe, she’s back in town behind the bar at the gorgeous new tasting room for Birichino. We recently sat down with Alyssa to chat wine and get answers to burning questions such as “Do we really need to sniff the cork?” and “What Star Wars character would make the best somm?”