Zipping past the verdant agricultural fields along Highway 1 in southern Santa Cruz County, you might not guess that a stunning waterfront gem sits moments away. Just six minutes from the highway-and worlds away from modern-day bustle-you’ll discover Pajaro Dunes Resort, a hidden, coastal nirvana with a pristine white sand beach, seagrass-shrouded dunes, and more animated wildlife than a Disney cartoon. The secluded vacation home community offers guests a taste of exceptional coastal living, even if just for a weekend. Check out what makes it a special destination along the Monterey Bay, and enter our Let’s Cruz Vacation Giveaway to win your own coastal getaway!
While Watsonville has become a recent hub for independent artisans, a pioneer of its burgeoning craft scene is Annie Morhauser who founded her Annieglass glassware studio amidst the town’s sprawling agriculture fields in 1983. Today, her luminous pieces are featured at high profile hotels and retailers-Four Seasons, Neiman Marcus, the Bellagio in Las Vegas-and two of her pieces are on permanent display at the Smithsonian. Yet, each elegant piece continues to be handmade here in Santa Cruz County. This year, we honor Annieglass’ 35th anniversary with three reasons to visit this spring, as well as a chance to win a free experience at Annieglass’ fun and innovative Craftbar!
Whether you’re looking to boost your Etsy game or bring home a thoughtful memento of your time in Santa Cruz County, D.I.Y. classes are for you. In just a few hours, you’ll learn new skills-from painting to pottery-and craft one-of-a-kind objects in settings that swap formalities for fun. Plus, today’s workshop-providers go beyond the grade school craft table with adult beverages you can sip while you shape. For crafty types, it’s like a bootcamp for your Pinterest-fueled fantasies. For souvenir hunters, you can ditch the snow globes for handmade keepsakes plus the memory of creating it. Roll up your sleeves, get inspired, and start crafting at the following creative spots.
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.
Meet Alyssa Twelker, one of a growing number of young individuals energizing the Santa Cruz wine scene. An early food and drink enthusiast, the Sunnyvale native went to work as private chef straight out of high school and celebrated her 21st birthday with a sommelier certification. Weeks later, she was in Santa Cruz working at Soif where she eventually became wine director. After tasting-and surfing-her way through Europe, she’s back in town behind the bar at the gorgeous new tasting room for Birichino. We recently sat down with Alyssa to chat wine and get answers to burning questions such as “Do we really need to sniff the cork?” and “What Star Wars character would make the best somm?”