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Your Weekend Drive to Santa Cruz: Beach, Boardwalk and Beers by the Pool

We here at 7x7.com are becoming addicted to this summer escape idea. Last weekend I gave Santa Cruz a whorl and decided it is the perfect weekend destination right now. Just as summer begins to wind down, and your East Coast friends are talking about the Shore and Cape Cod, you can get your very own beach-fix a mere 79 miles south of SF.

Get Yourself to Santa Cruz: The Summer Deal

A stay at Santa Cruz's newest luxury B&B, the elegant seaside West Cliff Inn, just got even sweeter. Beginning this week, guests can take advantage of the "Summer Fun in the Sun" deal, which offers free access to the nearby Santa Cruz Boardwalk and many of its offerings. This includes unlimited rides all day long, such as a spin on the famed Giant Dipper wooden coaster, and admission to one of two attractions, like Desperados, an interactive old Western saloon, or the laser tag arena.  

Eat, Surf and Be Merry in Santa Cruz

If you're in Santa Cruz this weekend for the half marathon you, like me, might be wondering just how to spend your downtime. This hippie seaside enclave is far from boring, but can be overwhelming for visitors, as its many offerings aren't well-publicized. Nevertheless, I've scoped out the scene for you in advance; here's where you'll find me in the coming days.

Indulge Your Palate at Pebble Beach's Food and Wine Fest

No doubt, Pebble Beach will be a feast for the senses this coming weekend. In an event put on by American Express Publishing, more than 60 award-winning chefs from all over the country will join forces with 250 wineries for the second annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine, from April 16 through 19.

Escape to Carmel (On the Cheap)

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it. You're broke just like the next person. So are we. But that doesn't mean any of us should go depriving ourselves of an occasional treat (and simultaneously pumping a little money back into the economy while we're at it) by taking advantage of one of the many amazingly affordable travel offers aimed just at people like us.

Escape to Carmel with this Steal of a Deal

Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it. You're broke just like the next person. So are we. But that doesn't mean any of us should go depriving ourselves of an occasional treat (and simultaneously pumping a little money back into the economy while we're at it) by taking advantage of one of the many amazingly affordable travel offers aimed just at people like us.

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