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August 13, 2014

Santa Cruz Wharf Turns 100

All photos by Garrick Ramirez Santa Cruz has numerous public promenades that flaunt its natural splendor. The Westside’s West Cliff Drive and Pleasure Point’s East Cliff Drive are great examples. But none capture the area’s history, atmosphere and bayside beauty more than the Santa Cruz Wharf. This year, the timber titan celebrates it’s 100th year.

June 30, 2014

Westside Santa Cruz

All photos by Garrick Ramirez Before I got to know Santa Cruz, I would dip into town sporadically to hit the Boardwalk before scooting back up to San Francisco. But when my wife’s family relocated from Seattle to Santa Cruz, I started exploring more areas and was particularly thrilled to discover the The Westside. This

June 27, 2014

Shopping By the Sea in Capitola

One can hardly describe Capitola Village without using the word quaint, but it’s true! The beauty and charm of this Mediterranean-inspired seaside town oozes out of nestled buildings with colorful exteriors, as if the picturesque ocean views weren’t enough. The atmosphere in Capitola Village is unique, as are the plentiful shops and galleries, many of

June 16, 2014

Santa Cruz Style: 3 Hotels to Inspire Your Home Decor

Those little shampoo bottles aren’t the only thing I bring home from hotels. If it’s an especially stylish spot, I also return with eager plans to redo my living room. I can’t help coveting an atmospheric lobby or a chic guest room. I have a Pinterest page packed with images of hotels whose ideas I