On May 24, 2020 for the first time ever, this 1880’s style frontier mountain setting, home to Roaring Camp & Big Trees Narrow Gauge Railroad will offer guests new experience during the Civil War Reenactment on Memorial Day Weekend.
Now celebrating its second summer at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Twirlin’ Teacups is a new family-friendly ride – and a colorful addition to this classic seaside amusement park.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center – a free museum located in Santa Cruz’s beach area dedicated to the marine life which calls the sanctuary home – has a new permanent exhibit which employs the sense of sound to tell the story of this national treasure. The exhibit features deep sea recordings collected by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
A unique wine expedition can now be found in bucolic Pleasant Valley. Deer Creek Ranch and Lester Estates Wines are offering guests a safari-style tour of the 210 acre redwood surrounded property. The tour takes up to eight guests on a journey through Deer Park Ranch, ending with panoramic views of the Monterey Bay – all done in a restored 1981 Land Rover Defender.
For fans of local coffee roasters, Sana Cruz Coffee Roasting Company now offers a blend specifically tailored to mid-county tastes, and the visitors who frequent Aptos, a diminutive seaside community approximately eight miles south of Santa Cruz.
A new disc golf course has made its way to Boulder Creek Golf and Country Club. Established in 1961, The Boulder Creek Country Club is located amongst the ancient California redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Named ‘The Redwood Run Disc Golf Course” this disc-golfer’s paradise welcomes guests to a 9-hole course equipped with a Par 5 Hole over 940 feet in distance.
Visit Santa Cruz County has launched an initiative aimed at attracting visitors interested in learning more about the culture and history of the area. Heritage Tourism in Santa Cruz County is defined as: Traveling to Santa Cruz County to experience natural and built environments, artifacts, and activities that authentically represent the diverse peoples, cultures, and stories of our local past and present.
Venus Spirits will open a new tasting room, distillery and restaurant; adding to the Westside landscape of Santa Cruz just adjacent from its old location in the spring of 2020. The new dining experience will feature seating for up to 100 and an 11,500 square foot distillery, all housed in an industrial section of town, reusing an expansive warehouse space utilizing natural light when possible.
The latest eatery in mid-county is a diminutive bistro adjacent to Aptos Creek. Focusing on seasonal fare from local fishermen and produce growers, Persephone – named after the Greek goddess – features house made pastas and other Italian-accented dishes, such as savory garlic-parmesan budino paired with seasonal vegetables; and chilled fennel soup with smoked salmon and dill oil garnish.
New libations have been created by mixologist and bar manager Matt Barron at Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant. Utilizing “leftover” trimmings from ingredients on the menu, he transforms them into garnishes, mixes, and infusions on the reimagined drink menu – resulting in unexpected concoctions.