Celebrating its 10th anniversary as a mainstay to the Downtown Santa Cruz food and drink scene, Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Assembly restaurant – which features a communal dining atmosphere – are adding a new dimension to their carefully curated farm-to-table fare. Patrons can now peruse an eclectic cocktail menu at these hip, stylish eateries.
Renowned glass artist Ann Morhauser has launched a new creative twist to her studio factory in Watsonville. In addition to factory tours and wine tasting, Craftbar, a space for artists-in-residence and workshops is set to debut.
The Tannery Arts Center, the heart of all-things creative in Santa Cruz announces that the Colligan Theater, a new venue for performances is now open. The Tannery is an eclectic spot that is home to live-work artists’ lofts, as well 28 galleries and artists’ studios which are open to the public.
Improvements have been made to the Seymour Marine Discovery Center at Long Marine Lab, a world-renowned university research facility and marine life aquarium. Construction of a new Coastal Biology Building is now complete.
Overlooking Cowell Beach and host to sun-seekers in search of a room with a view, an $8 million renovation of the iconic Dream Inn Santa Cruz hotel is complete. A stylish new lobby featuring eclectic murals inspired by local surfers and beach culture, and updated, retro-chic décor in the guestrooms are all part of what makes summertime a year-around reality at this beachfront property.
Santa Cruz’s Companion Bakeshop, which works closely to support local farmer’s by using locally grown grains, and maintaining a consistent presence at farmer’s markets will soon have a high-profile location in Downtown Santa Cruz. Partnering with local coffee roaster Cat & Cloud, Companion’s new space at Abbott Square pairs the deliciousness of baked goods with the robust aroma of rich coffee, housed among other local artisan food vendors in a creative new venue
On Santa Cruz’s Westside a stylish, California-rustic tasting room is home to a small-batch distillery which produces organic whiskey, gin, aquavit and blue agave spirits. Founded by Sean Venus, Venus Spirits offers bold flavors that start with organic and locally-sourced ingredients.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA – This season, Visit Santa Cruz County (VSCC) is getting personal with visitors who want to “find their flow” in California’s favorite beachside destination. Are you a foodie in search of a new adventure? Are you an adventure enthusiast aching to see the redwoods up close? Do you want to explore a bit of your inner traveler but don’t know where to start? Starting now and continuing through May 31, 2017, fans of all-things Santa Cruz who visit www.letscruz.com can enter the Let’s Cruz Vacation Getaway Contest for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Seascape Beach Resort, and a package of activities tailored toward their travel preferences.
Many Santa Cruz area lodging properties are under construction, and include a new Residence Inn by Marriott, and a Courtyard by Marriott. A new Residence Inn by Marriott in Scotts Valley will feature 120 rooms including studios and one-bedroom accommodations.
There are approximately 400 migratory and permanent bird species found throughout Santa Cruz County, and thousands of monarch butterflies, whales, and elephant seals which call the area home on a seasonal basis. Now, avid wildlife viewers have an easy-to-use resource, thanks to Visit Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, recognized internationally as a must-see West Coast attraction, announced a $12 million improvement project scheduled for completion by summer, 2017. The project will create an impressive main entrance for the Boardwalk, to include state-of-the-art ticketing windows,