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.
We love checking our likes and texting pals, too, but sometimes you need to cut the cord. In Santa Cruz County, you can swap the news alerts for quiet redwood groves, restorative spas, and the soothing sound of the sloshing tide. So, ditch the phone, shut the laptop, and find tranquility and well being at the following rejuvenating spots.
If you follow the Visit Santa Cruz County page, you’ve probably heard about Chaminade Resort and Spa and its stunning hilltop setting. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have stayed, spa-dayed, dined, or attended a special event, you know firsthand about the unforgettable Monterey Bay and mountain views. I’m definitely no stranger to the resort as it’s one of my favorite spots for meetings, sunset cocktails, and special occasion dinners, but I have to admit, before my most recent visit, I had never brought my pup along for the experience! Check out my guide to treating yourself AND your pup to a perfect Santa Cruz day at this dreamy pet-friendly locale.