Whales are a year-round spectacle in the Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz County is fortunate to have a front row seat to the show. Although they can be spotted throughout the seasons, there are times when there’s a clear surge in their activity near the shore and throughout the Monterey Bay. Now is one of those times and their current muse – Aptos, Capitola, and Santa Cruz!
While Santa Cruz kitchens teem with farm-to-fork goodness, not every kid is keen to gobble purple cauliflower and roasted Brussels sprouts. Thankfully, kid-friendly eats are as plentiful as our surf breaks. From mac & cheese to booster seats, the following spots make family mealtime a breeze with tasty grub and fun treats that kiddos will love.
As summer comes to an end, most of us look forward to stunning displays of fall foliage, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and drinking our fill of pumpkin spice lattes. But there’s another reason to get excited for shorter, crisper days and less persistent fog banks. Fall is migration season along California’s Central Coast, and one of the top places for birds to get some much-needed R&R before they continue their long flight south is right here in Santa Cruz County.
With a legacy that stretches back more than one hundred years, the Santa Cruz wine region has never been more vibrant. As Santa Cruz Mountains vineyards continue bearing delicious fruit, the local wine community keeps yielding new and exciting developments, from fashionable new tasting rooms to innovative wines. Plus, you may have heard that a Santa Cruz Mountains winery, Mount Eden, received the royal treatment when it was served at the Windsor Castle wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Here are three more tasty tidbits that have the local wine scene all abuzz.
Santa Cruz County delivers added value once summer ends, when mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates help make travel more affordable. This season, there are plenty of free activities and events that won’t cost a penny. Below are a few of our favorite tips! For more info, check out our Top 12 Free Things to Do in Santa Cruz County for Fall and Winter.