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Capitola Village: The Ultimate Relaxation Getaway
April 18, 2017

Capitola Village: The Ultimate Relaxation Getaway

Published in Visit Santa Cruz County

Wandering the streets of Capitola village is like going on a treasure hunt. You never know what inspiring vista, quirky street art, or tasty eatery you’re going to stumble upon as you explore.

6 Coastal Retreats to Soothe the Soul
February 09, 2017

6 Coastal Retreats to Soothe the Soul

Published in Visit Santa Cruz County

The combination of tranquil redwood forests and soothing California coastline almost commands that you slow down and smell the clean ocean air, but sometimes we all need a little help to relax and unwind. 

Where to Catch the Best Winter Sunsets
February 01, 2017

Where to Catch the Best Winter Sunsets

Published in Visit Santa Cruz County

It’s a scientific fact that sunsets are simply better in the winter. There are so many picturesque spots to capture the sun’s last rays in Santa Cruz but we’ve rounded up some of the very best. 

Happy New Year! Now Take a Hike
December 28, 2016

Happy New Year! Now Take a Hike

Published in Visit Santa Cruz County

If you want to start the New Year off on the right foot, then lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails at some of Santa Cruz County’s best state parks. 

Your Santa Cruz County Holiday Stress Relievers
December 20, 2016

Your Santa Cruz County Holiday Stress Relievers

Published in Visit Santa Cruz County

To help relieve your holiday stress, here are some ideas for how to unwind in Santa Cruz County solo or with good company.

Housing for Health: Whole-person care that puts housing first
November 30, 2016

Housing for Health: Whole-person care that puts housing first

Published in Encompass Community Services

Housing for Health provides wraparound support to individuals who are both chronically homeless and managing co-occurring disorders. 

FUERTE: Strength, Healing and Empowerment for Youth on Probation
October 28, 2016

FUERTE: Strength, Healing and Empowerment for Youth on Probation

Published in Encompass Community Services

FUERTE is a rare but powerful example of how community collaboration can change lives and the juvenile system as we know it today.

YES School: Home to teens committed to sobriety
September 19, 2016

YES School: Home to teens committed to sobriety

Published in Encompass Community Services

In a beautiful old Victorian near downtown Santa Cruz sits a school unlike any other in the country. 

Si Se Puede Success Story: Guillermo Rodriguez Shows That ‘Yes, He Can’
August 04, 2016

Si Se Puede Success Story: Guillermo Rodriguez Shows That ‘Yes, He Can’

Published in Encompass Community Services

Guillermo Rodriguez is a leader, a counselor, a mentor, and a teacher. It is hard to reconcile this Guillermo with the Guillermo who was once addicted to methamphetamines and battled alcoholism.

Our Local California State Pre-K Programs: Preparing our little ones for success in kindergarten and beyond
May 10, 2016

Our Local California State Pre-K Programs: Preparing our little ones for success in kindergarten and beyond

Published in Encompass Community Services

Starlight and the Terry Jimenez Center (TJC), make a huge difference in the lives of many Watsonville families. 

The Lighthouse at Año Nuevo Island: Shipwrecks and Sea Lions
April 15, 2016

The Lighthouse at Año Nuevo Island: Shipwrecks and Sea Lions

Published in Mobile Ranger

It’s usually a fair bet that where there is a lighthouse, there is a history of shipwrecks. The area around Point Año Nuevo along California’s Highway 1 between San Francisco and Santa Cruz is no exception. Photo courtesy of Jef Poskanzer CC BY 2.0

Surfing Over Kelp Forests at Cove Beach
April 07, 2016

Surfing Over Kelp Forests at Cove Beach

Published in Mobile Ranger

 Año Nuevo is a popular spot for seasoned surfers who fear the loss of this rugged coastline more than the great white sharks cruising the waters in search of fat seals. Photo courtesy of Chad King/NOAA MBNMS. 

Bulls, Harems, and Pups at Año Nuevo
March 21, 2016

Bulls, Harems, and Pups at Año Nuevo

Published in Mobile Ranger

South of San Francisco, about 20 miles north of Santa Cruz along Highway 1, lies a beach hidden behind sand dunes covered in an undulating meadow of native grasses. Photo courtesy of Dan Costa.

A Guide to the Tannery Arts Center
October 26, 2015

A Guide to the Tannery Arts Center

Published in Santa Cruz County Conference & Visitors Council

Whether you’re looking to experience art as an appreciator, try your hand at a new medium, or perfect your practice, the Tannery has a unique program, event, or space to accommodate you. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look.

Crafted in Santa Cruz Wrap-Up: Celebrating 2 Years of Event Santa Cruz
September 30, 2015

Crafted in Santa Cruz Wrap-Up: Celebrating 2 Years of Event Santa Cruz

Published in Event Santa Cruz

Event Santa Cruz celebrated its 2 year anniversary on September 17th at the newly opened Venus Spirits Distillery with yet another awesome event, but this time with a slight twist.

Photo Bomb - It's a Wrap!
August 31, 2015

Photo Bomb - It's a Wrap!

Published in Event Santa Cruz

170+ guests filled the Museum of Art & History and spilled out into the courtyard, catching up with friends over cold beer as they waited for the night's main event to begin. Photo courtesy of Crystal Birns.

PopUp Night Wrap Up
July 02, 2015

PopUp Night Wrap Up

Published in Event Santa Cruz

June’s event, PopUp, attracted over 170 people eager to hear the stories of eight local food entrepreneurs who are starting to dominate the Santa Cruz food scene. Photo courtesy of Allison Garcia.

Looking for Wildcats at Panther Beach
June 29, 2015

Looking for Wildcats at Panther Beach

Published in Santa Cruz Life

A panther is hidden in the golden cliffs at a beach about ten miles north of Santa Cruz. If you want to try your luck at spotting the elusive wildcat in the cliffs, drive north along Highway 1, past fields of brussels sprouts and run-down shacks inhabited by weary, weathered farm workers.

Beer, Sausages, and Lederhosen at the New Bohemian Spring Beer Fest
May 07, 2015

Beer, Sausages, and Lederhosen at the New Bohemian Spring Beer Fest

Published in Event Santa Cruz

Thirsty beer lovers caused a small traffic jam on Graham Hill Road this past Friday, May 1st on their way to the New Bohemian Brewing Company’s first annual Spring Beer Fest.

Holy City: Father Riker's Cult in the Santa Cruz Mountains
April 30, 2015

Holy City: Father Riker's Cult in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Published in Mobile Ranger

For several decades in the 1900s eight Santa Claus statues welcomed motorists driving along the Old Santa Cruz Highway to a mysterious place called Holy City.

The NEXTies From 2010 to Today: Encouraging Innovation and Collaboration in Santa Cruz County
April 29, 2015

The NEXTies From 2010 to Today: Encouraging Innovation and Collaboration in Santa Cruz County

Published in Event Santa Cruz

What's so special about Santa Cruz? What makes us think our small community, just one thirteenth the size of San Francisco, is full of enough inspiring individuals to justify holding an event in their honor every single year?

Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough
April 28, 2015

Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough

Published in Santa Cruz Life

Kayaking in Elkhorn Slough is an aquatic safari where you join the animals on their turf. Otters instead of cheetahs climb onto your mode of transport and it's the deep rumbling bellow of the California sea lion that makes you jump out of your seat.

The Golden Gate Bridge: End to the Era of Swashbuckling Bridgemen
April 15, 2015

The Golden Gate Bridge: End to the Era of Swashbuckling Bridgemen

Published in Mobile Ranger

Until the 1930s, bridgemen were mostly a group of fearless daredevils and competitive thrill seekers, attempting daring stunts hundreds of feet in the air without a safety net. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Why is the Golden Gate Bridge Orange?
April 12, 2015

Why is the Golden Gate Bridge Orange?

Published in Mobile Ranger

When driving across the Golden Gate Bridge how often have you asked yourself "Why is the Golden Gate orange?" Or, "Why is an orange bridge called the "Golden Gate"? The answer lies in Istanbul and in an architect named Irving Morrow.

3,800 Pound Pescadero Cheese Funds Union Troops, Intrigues Mark Twain
April 01, 2015

3,800 Pound Pescadero Cheese Funds Union Troops, Intrigues Mark Twain

Published in Mobile Ranger

There are many ways to show support for your country's troops, but would you ever think of making the world's largest cheese to raise money for hungry soldiers? In the early summer of 1864, a farming family by the name of Steele did just that: They produced a 3,800 pound wheel of cheese to raise money for the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. Photo courtesy of Loseitlady.

Santa Cruz Hikes: Fern Trail at Pogonip
March 23, 2015

Santa Cruz Hikes: Fern Trail at Pogonip

Published in Santa Cruz Life

Pogonip is a Native American word for river fog, a fittingly mystical name for such a magical place. This 640-acre green space in the middle of town has over nine miles of hiking trails with quirky features including a koi pond, stone labyrinth, and the crumbling, mossy stones of lime kilns from the 1800s.

The Impact of WWII on the California Coast
March 05, 2015

The Impact of WWII on the California Coast

Published in Mobile Ranger

During World War II the California coastline was dotted with watch towers, stretches of cliffs were barricaded with barbed wire, and entire towns practiced complete blackouts at night to hide from enemy aircraft and ships. The war was brought to our shores just eleven days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, and for one long week Japanese subs launched attacks on American ships from Mendocino down to San Diego. Photo by Yamaguchi Yoshiaki (December, 2011).

The Court of Mysteries: Keeping Santa Cruz Weird with the Kitchen Brothers
February 26, 2015

The Court of Mysteries: Keeping Santa Cruz Weird with the Kitchen Brothers

Published in Mobile Ranger

The Kitchen Brothers epitomized the popular saying "Keep Santa Cruz Weird" through their strange architectural designs and mystical leanings more than 50 years before the slogan caught on.

The Accidental Discovery of San Francisco Bay
February 19, 2015

The Accidental Discovery of San Francisco Bay

Published in Mobile Ranger

San Francisco today is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California, but in 1769 to a crew of weary, scurvy-ridden Spaniards who had been traversing the west coast wilderness for months, discovering the San Francisco Bay only brought disappointment. This giant bay was clearly not the Monterey Bay that King Carlos III of Spain had sent them to find.

Santa Cruz Brewery Breakdown
February 17, 2015

Santa Cruz Brewery Breakdown

Published in Santa Cruz Life

Microbreweries and taprooms in Santa Cruz have become almost as ubiquitous as Starbucks over the past two or three years. This is a comprehensive breakdown of the tasty microbreweries, alehouses, and tap rooms that Santa Cruz County has to offer.

Collecting Ancient Rocks in Bloomers at Pescadero's Pebble Beach
February 12, 2015

Collecting Ancient Rocks in Bloomers at Pescadero's Pebble Beach

Published in Mobile Ranger

Women in bloomers and children in search of treasure once flocked to Pebble Beach to spend hours hunting for the best pieces of agate, opal, jasper, and carnelians polished by the waves to shiny perfection. It was a famous tourist destination in the late 1800s and the place of failed dreams for a greedy local millionaire, dead-set on privatizing Pebble Beach.

"Mountain Charley" McKiernan: Fighting Grizzlies in the Santa Cruz Mountains
February 05, 2015

"Mountain Charley" McKiernan: Fighting Grizzlies in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Published in Mobile Ranger

"Mountain Charley" McKiernan had finally met his match. Face to face with a 1,000 pound grizzly bear, standing almost ten feet tall on her haunches, McKiernan was acutely aware of his mortality.

Coming to Terms with the New Arana Gulch
February 02, 2015

Coming to Terms with the New Arana Gulch

Published in Santa Cruz Life

The completion of the Arana Gulch multi-use trail project connecting Broadway and Brommer Streets has stirred up a lot of mixed feelings amongst Santa Cruz locals.

The Cremer House: Scandalous Stories of Felton's Oldest Building
January 26, 2015

The Cremer House: Scandalous Stories of Felton's Oldest Building

Published in Mobile Ranger

The Creamer Hotel in Felton, California (now known as the Cremer House) is rumored to have harbored both prostitutes and contraband liquor within its sturdy walls. As the oldest building in this small town in the Santa Cruz Mountains, its history is filled with colorful characters, including a savvy business-woman, disgruntled barber, lovesick waitress, and old western film stars.

Santa Cruz Hikes: Land of Medicine Buddha
January 20, 2015

Santa Cruz Hikes: Land of Medicine Buddha

Published in Santa Cruz Life

If you love the muffled quiet of a redwood forest broken only by the murmur of a creek and the faint echo of a Buddhist gong, it's time to get on your hiking boots and explore the Land of Medicine Buddha.

Beach Bowling: Paleo Style
January 12, 2015

Beach Bowling: Paleo Style

Published in Mobile Ranger

Aptly named Bowling Ball Beach (part of Schooner Gulch State Beach), the geologic wonders here are plenty and plenty strange. Low tide reveals spherical rocks, two to three feet in diameter, resting in rows within naturally occurring 'lanes' within the surf. Photo courtesy of John 'K'. (December 2012)

Soaking in the Past at Four of California's Hot Springs
December 26, 2014

Soaking in the Past at Four of California's Hot Springs

Published in Mobile Ranger

The end of the year is a good time to look forward but also to look back and reminisce. Why not look back a few hundred years while soaking in one of California's many hot springs? These are the stories behind four of California's hot springs that have been harnessed by humans over the centuries. Photo courtesy of Peretz Partensky. (May 16, 2010)

Is Highway 17 That Dangerous or Is It Just Laurel Curve?
December 18, 2014

Is Highway 17 That Dangerous or Is It Just Laurel Curve?

Published in Mobile Ranger

The narrow lanes and dangerously tight curves of California's Highway 17 have earned it ominous nicknames like "Killer 17" and "Blood Alley". There's no doubt this is a dangerous, mountainous route — but does the whole highway deserve to be vilified or is it just one particularly tight curve that is to blame? (Photo courtesy of Stan Shebs)

The 2014 Hilltromper Gift Guide
December 08, 2014

The 2014 Hilltromper Gift Guide

Published in Hilltromper

Even when out in the backcountry, you can't expect the coffee connoisseur to settle for cowboy coffee. The Commuter Java Press is the perfect companion for car camping or gourmet backpacking. (Photo courtesy of Alan Cleaver.)

The History of the Christmas Tree Farm and Where to Find the Perfect Tree
December 08, 2014

The History of the Christmas Tree Farm and Where to Find the Perfect Tree

Published in Mobile Ranger

Every December my Dad and I would drive the ten minutes up the road to trudge uphill in the snow through wavering lines of spruce, fir and pine. Dad and I would search tirelessly for the perfect Christmas tree until we found the one. (Photo courtesy of Four Winds Christmas Trees.)

A Thanksgiving Feast from the Year 1900
November 27, 2014

A Thanksgiving Feast from the Year 1900

Published in Mobile Ranger

How many of us can say our family serves larded tenderloin of beef or clear green turtle for Thanksgiving dinner? I'm guessing not many, but beef, turtle, duck, lamb and an assortment of other dishes filled the table of wealthy Americans in the early 1900s. (Photo courtesy of Ben Franske)

Altamont Pass: What's the Story with Those Windmills?
November 20, 2014

Altamont Pass: What's the Story with Those Windmills?

Published in Mobile Ranger

The turbines of Altamont Pass comprise the oldest wind farm in the United States and once produced half of the world's wind-generated electricity. (Photo by David J Laporte)

Cruzio rolls out the red carpet to celebrate 25 years
November 10, 2014

Cruzio rolls out the red carpet to celebrate 25 years

Published in Santa Cruz Tech Beat

On Friday, November 7, 2014, Cruzio celebrated 25 years of providing internet access to the Santa Cruz area, and owners Chris Neklason and Peggy Dolgenos made sure it was a night to remember.

Ghost Towns of Lexington Reservoir: Alma
November 07, 2014

Ghost Towns of Lexington Reservoir: Alma

Published in Mobile Ranger

The heart of Alma, a ghost town of California's past, lies submerged and mostly forgotten in the basin of the Lexington Reservoir along Highway 17.

Ghost Towns of Lexington Reservoir: Lexington
October 31, 2014

Ghost Towns of Lexington Reservoir: Lexington

Published in Mobile Ranger

As you drive over Highway 17 past the Lexington Reservoir, the water level reminds you if it's been a particularly wet or dry year but probably not of the two towns that disappeared with the rising waters.

Community calendar launches with help from local agencies
October 30, 2014

Community calendar launches with help from local agencies

Published in Santa Cruz Tech Beat

Wouldn't life be simpler if you could visit just one website to find out about all the cultural events taking place in Santa Cruz? CruzCal could be it.

Davenport Landing Beach: For Surfers and Swingers
September 08, 2014

Davenport Landing Beach: For Surfers and Swingers

Published in Santa Cruz Life

Are you into wild and rugged NorCal beaches but not so into roughing it down a sketchy cliffside? Looking for a spot you can tow a full ice chest or access via wheelchair, that doesn't require you to just “hold it" until you get back to civilization? Davenport Landing Beach has all that, and a swing set.

Murrelet Stars at Wings Over The Basin
July 30, 2014

Murrelet Stars at Wings Over The Basin

Published in Hilltromper

The marbled murrelet is the star of this weekend's Wings Over The Basin festival, a celebration of songbirds, owls and other winged creatures at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Garden of Eden
June 10, 2014

Garden of Eden

Published in Hilltromper

An idyllic swimming hole on the San Lorenzo River. A young man leaps off a rocky hillside, 10 feet down into a deep blue pool. Teenagers laugh and splash, using a large fallen branch as a float.

Big Rock Hole
June 05, 2014

Big Rock Hole

Published in Hilltromper

Minutes from the heart of downtown Santa Cruz lies a quiet oasis on the San Lorenzo River, away from the crowds of weekend tourists. The water is cool but not frigid, the sand is soft and warm, and alders, cottonwoods and big leaf maples provide respite from the hot midday sun.

Twin Lakes State Beach
May 10, 2014

Twin Lakes State Beach

Published in Hilltromper

A popular Santa Cruz beach just steps from restaurants and nightlife.

Schwan Lake
April 30, 2014

Schwan Lake

Published in Hilltromper

A quiet dog-friendly state park hidden in the middle of Santa Cruz County.

Seabright State Beach
April 24, 2014

Seabright State Beach

Published in Hilltromper

Sun and sand at one of Santa Cruz's favorite beaches.