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November 14, 2018

CASTRO ADOBE STATE HISTORIC PARK NOW OPEN FOR FREE MONTHLY TOURS

Located in Watsonville’s bucolic Larkin Valley, the 1850 Castro Adobe State Historic Park has been brought alive through a restoration project and archeological work. Now for the first time in 168 years, the original home of Juan Jose Castro, a Mexican rancher who settled in the area, is officially open to the public.

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November 14, 2018

LÚPULO PUTS THE “HOP” IN ONE-STOP-SHOP

Lúpulo Craft Beer House in downtown Santa Cruz has quickly become the go-to gathering place of visitors and locals alike. With 16 carefully curated and diverse beer drafts and hundreds of bottled brews ranging from the local mainstays to the highly coveted, Lúpulo — which means “hop” in Spanish — is a sparkling gem of a taproom/bottleshop in a county rife with high-demand, small-batch breweries.

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November 14, 2018

HALOTHERAPY DEBUTS AT CHAMINADE RESORT & SPA

Following a recent $7.9 million renovation, the 156-room Chaminade Resort and Spa in Santa Cruz now offers a new treatment in its 1,700-square foot day spa.  Chaminade’s Halotherapy is a new spa trend that seeks to recreate the atmosphere and wellness benefits of a natural salt cave.

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November 14, 2018

KLEEN KANTEEN INVENTOR DESIGNS NEW WHALE-THEMED ART INSTALLATION AT THE MONTEREY BAY NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY EXPLORATION CENTER

There’s a brand-new art installation outside of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, located next to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Wharf. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is a federally protected marine area that stretches over 276 miles from Marin to Cambria in San Luis Obispo County, and is the country’s second largest marine sanctuary.

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October 17, 2018

CASTLE ROCK STATE PARK DEBUTS NEW ENTRANCE

Offering breathtaking views of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park is home to over 5,200 acres of redwood forest, a 75-foot waterfall, miles of hiking along open ridges and through shady forests, and a playground of sandstone rock formations attracting both world-class and beginning rock climbers.

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October 17, 2018

THE PAINTED CORK PAIRS ART + WINE WITH BUDDING ARTISTS

Have you ever wanted to unleash your inner Picasso or O’Keefe but didn’t know where to go?  Do you have a family reunion or social gathering to plan and want a creative idea for your group to participate in?  The Painted Cork Art Studio in Santa Cruz’s midtown is a casual, comfortable local art space where guests can get their creative juices flowing as a professional art instructor guides them through an acrylic-on-canvas painting class while they enjoy their favorite wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage and snacks.

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October 17, 2018

BROOKDALE LODGE OPENING A MILESTONE FOR THE SAN LORENZO VALLEY

Following a $4 million renovation and three years of work, the Brookdale Lodge welcomes visitors back to this historic property nestled in the heart of the San Lorenzo Valley.  An additional $3 million in renovations will enhance the Brook Room, the ballroom, and the Mermaid Pool in the second phase of construction. The complete makeover of the entire property will be finished in 2019.

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October 17, 2018

CAN YOU DIG IT? SUCCULENTS HOUSED IN STYLE AT DIG GARDENS, A GARDEN BOUTIQUE

Whether you were born with a green thumb or you are just starting to learn how to keep your first houseplant alive, you don’t have to dig very deep to find your new sanctuary in Santa Cruz. Dig Gardens’ – a retail nursery and gift shop – storefront beckons with a beautiful façade indicative of what you will find inside.

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October 17, 2018

SOIF RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR ANNOUNCES THE ARRIVAL OF CHEF TOM MCNARY

Local chef and business owner Tom McNary is the new chef at Soif Restaurant & Wine Bar in downtown Santa Cruz. Soif – a mainstay on the farm-to-table dining local landscape - offers a comfortable venue to enjoy local and seasonal fare complemented by unique wines from around the globe.

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October 17, 2018

NEW TASTING ROOM FOR STORRS WINERY FEATURES ECO-TOURISM COMPONENT

Storrs Winery has debuted a new tasting room in mid-county, near Nicholson Vineyards, Alfaro Winery, and Windy Oaks Estate.  Located on the site of a former quarry on Pleasant Valley Road, a 6,800 square foot structure graces the organically-farmed site which is also a teaching opportunity for home gardeners and small-scale farmers:  complete with helpful signage explaining the habitat and wildlife that make this place their home.

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