A new interactive attraction at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for younger guests has debuted. Lighthouse Lift-Off enables guests to shake the sand off their shoes two-by-two as riders pull the rope of the Tower, moving the double seats upwards with motorized assistance.
The Santa Cruz Surfing Club Preservation Society is continuing its mission to share the knowledge and history of California’s official sport in the birthplace of mainland surfing in the United States.
The Santa Cruz Dream Inn is offering dinners on the beach, hosted by new Executive Chef Gus Trejo. Navigating the food and beverage program through COVID-19 challenges, Chef Trejo has established relationships with local and regional farms like Sea to Sky Farm in Bonny Doon, Swank Farms, and Big Sur Salts.
There is a new sailboat on the horizon for visitors to enjoy Monterey Bay sunsets and special events. O’Neill Yacht Charters is launching a new 65-foot Team O’Neill catamaran, a custom-built boat perfect for afternoon excursions, local wine, and beer tasting sails, and the ever-popular Wednesday night sailboat regatta which is a seasonal event from April through October.
Outdoor spaces with views of the Monterey Bay framed by vineyards paired with California-rustic tasting rooms with a relaxing but upscale west-coast vibe perfectly describe the wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA.
A new set of trails at the Glenwood Preserve Open Space in Scotts Valley are part of a larger, 166-acre preserve consisting of grasslands, riparian forests, and wetlands. Boasting just over four miles of walking, hiking, and equestrian trails, the East Glenwood Preserve is also home to a red-tailed hawk and is a habitat for the endangered Ohlone Tiger Beetle.
A new outdoor lounge featuring cocktails, appetizers, and mountain views has opened in Scotts Valley, a mere six miles from Santa Cruz. With over 2,000 square feet of patio space, Cloud 9 is decked out with two cabanas, four trendy egg chairs, two bar-height fire tables and two lounging areas complete with bright blue couches for a splash of color.
Five new beach wheelchairs are now available for use to visitors and locals – for a total of ten – to use at any of eight state beaches in Santa Cruz County: Natural Bridges, Seabright, Twin Lakes, New Brighton, Seacliff, Manresa, Sunset, and Palm. Supplied by Deming Designs Inc., the new wheelchairs are a standard fixed-frame, all-terrain, stainless steel model, with removable swing-away armrests.
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) s celebrating a quarter-century of creativity, culture, and expression in 2021. The museum is the largest cultural facility in the area, displaying an eclectic mix of historical collections alongside visiting art exhibits.
Located on the Corralitos Wine Trail in a bucolic area of mid-county, Lester Estates Winery is surrounded by redwood trees and sits amidst an expanse of vineyards. Once known for acres of apple orchards, Corralitos is known for its rich soil and horse farms.