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.
From her sunny back deck or her cozy bedroom decorated with original prints and watercolors, Lili Arnold (@liliarnoldstudios) can make up to 50 block prints in one day. Cacti are her primary subject but she also has a series of marine-inspired prints, petroglyphs, celestial prints, and has plans to do a wildflower series in the future.
The bustling Westside neighborhood has come a long way since its Brussels sprouts packing days. While you may have heard about the hip coffee shops, stylish boutiques, and small-batch wine, beer, and spirits producers that have made it a local hot spot, the area is also home to some of the most striking natural wonders in Santa Cruz County. Here’s your guide on where to hit the Westside’s trails, sales, and pale ales.
Santa Cruz County is home to acres of fertile farmland and ambitious farmers. It’s also home to creative men and women who can transform these locally grown ingredients into bottled beverages that slake your thirst and treat your taste buds. From the farm to the production process and finally to the bottle, we’re lifting the lid on three local specialties: wine, spirits, and for all ages, cold-pressed apple juice. The stories of how these ingredients go from flora to refreshment will make you truly savor each sip.
There’s always someone on your list who’s impossible to shop for. They’re either incredibly picky or the only great gifts you can think of are way out of your price range. This is where the DIY holiday gift comes in. If you’re ready to get crafty this holiday season, there a few Santa Cruz makers who can help you create one-of-a-kind gifts that are bound to impress. (Added bonus: You get to learn a new skill in the process!)