Offering breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park is home to over 5,200 acres of redwood forest, a 75-foot waterfall, miles of hiking along open ridges and through shady forests, and a playground of sandstone rock formations attracting both world-class and beginning rock climbers.
Have you ever wanted to unleash your inner Picasso or O’Keefe but didn’t know where to go? Do you have a family reunion or social gathering to plan and want a creative idea for your group to participate in? The Painted Cork Art Studio in Santa Cruz’s midtown is a casual, comfortable local art space where guests can get their creative juices flowing as a professional art instructor guides them through an acrylic-on-canvas painting class while they enjoy their favorite wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage and snacks.
Following a $4 million renovation and three years of work, the Brookdale Lodge welcomes visitors back to this historic property nestled in the heart of the San Lorenzo Valley. An additional $3 million in renovations will enhance the Brook Room, the ballroom, and the Mermaid Pool in the second phase of construction. The complete makeover of the entire property will be finished in 2019.
Whether you were born with a green thumb or you are just starting to learn how to keep your first houseplant alive, you don’t have to dig very deep to find your new sanctuary in Santa Cruz. Dig Gardens’ – a retail nursery and gift shop – storefront beckons with a beautiful façade indicative of what you will find inside.