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California State Parks recently launched a Forest Health Initiative at Castle Rock State Park thanks to a grant from CalFire. With the aim to selectively thin overabundant Douglas firs and brush to preserve black oaks and other hardwood tree species, this effort will also reduce the risk of catastrophic fire in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The latest in outdoor dining comes from the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, a hip, stylish California-cool property which sits on Cowell Beach adjacent to the Santa Cruz Wharf. Not only does this beachfront hotel offer 165 guest rooms each with an ocean view, it also has expanded to outdoor dining. An extension of the Jack
The University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden sits on 135 acres and boasts rare and unique plant species, representing more than 300 plant families in Mediterranean climates. A special collection of rare, threatened, and unusual plants and flowers from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and California are maintained including conifers, bulb-forming plants,
Business owners, managers, executives, and conference and meeting attendees have a unique opportunity for a teambuilding activity in Santa Cruz County. Equine-assisted teambuilding sessions with Intentional Leaders can offer attendees experience with leadership development that focuses on healthy work relationships, workplace well-being. and relationship development. Through observing a horse’s response to requests and directions, each participant learns how to communicate more clearly,
Continuing the trend of creative ways to experience the outdoors, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is offering private firepit rentals through April 2021. Utilizing outdoor space on their vast main patio adjacent to the promenade colonnade, these ocean-side firepits are an opportunity for families and quarantine-crews to safely enjoy views of the Monterey Bay while
Santa Cruz’s Pasatiempo Golf Course has been ranked #59 on the top 100 courses in the USA by Golf.com.
A colorful concrete gateway at an entryway to San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz honors the final Chinatown in the city and the legions of ethnic Chinese who helped pave the way when the city was in its nascent stages in the early days of the old west.
In late 2020, construction was completed on two new properties in Santa Cruz County, offering visitors more choices when staying overnight and expanding the footprint of the local lodging industry.
With over 500 meaderies in the United States, one of the largest – also a near-century-old winery and the oldest in the region – is in Santa Cruz County.