Having sailed the far reaches of the globe, John Ribera chooses to hang his captain’s hat in Santa Cruz. As Head Captain for Chardonnay Sailing Charters, Ribera navigates the sea life-filled waters of Monterey Bay, offering guests a firsthand experience of our wondrous marine sanctuary. It’s little wonder the affable Ribera, a successful realtor by day, refers to the Chardonnay as his fun job. We asked him about his twenty years helming the company’s two, iconic 70′ racing yachts, and what makes the Monterey Bay such a special place to sail.
Spring’s renewal isn’t just marked by wildflowers and baby chicks. Santa Cruz hotels and resorts are getting in the spirit by debuting new looks for the season. You’ll find vibrant spring blooms plus a few new perks amidst the gorgeous grounds at Seascape Beach Resort. See what’s fresh this year at the waterfront resort, plus find out how to win a free stay with our spring 2018 vacation giveaway!
With its quiet hilltop setting, scenic nature trails, and relaxing day spa, Chaminade Resort & Spa is where we head to chill on the hill. Now, the modern, mission-style resort is taking wellness to the next level with a pair of Himalayan salt saunas. Turns out, that bottle of pink salt at your gourmet grocer does more than spice up your supper. The mineral-rich salt has alleged health benefits including calming and detoxifying effects. Eastern Europeans have sought solace in natural salt caves for generations. Now, you can enjoy the same immersive experience at Chaminade-home to the only salt-therapy saunas in Santa Cruz County-as well as other spa offerings that are more than worth their salt.
It’s not hard to see why Chaminade Resort & Spa is a popular choice for meetings, weddings, reunions and other special events. The impressive hilltop views have a way of surprising guests with a panorama of green hills, redwoods, eucalyptus trees and of course, those ocean views. Take a peek at some of the ways Chaminade can be at the center of your next special event!
The idyllic property is lined with paths that meander through magnificent acacia trees, flowering gardens, and past a romantic old barn and ivy-covered winery ruin. Birdsong and trickling fountains fill the air as two scruffy little pups frolic nearby, pausing only to have their bellies rubbed by guests. Yep, it’s absolutely dreamy which helps explain its popularity as a wedding venue.