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10 Rad New Things to Check Out in Santa Cruz

With its perennial boardwalk and beaches, Santa Cruz has always offered summertime thrills but few surprises. Not anymore. A recent wave of enterprising creatives is helping the beachside town transcend its slow-moving rep. Here are ten reasons why you’re overdue for a trip down the coast. 

The Explorer’s Guide to Santa Cruz

When the weather’s as nice as it was this past weekend, there’s no place we’d rather be than at the beach. (And judging by the crowds at Ocean Beach, we not the only ones.) So pack your bags, hop in the car, and drive less than two hours south to explore sunny Santa Cruz.

Must Have: Vintage Electric's New Cruz Bike

There's something nostalgic and charming when an old beach cruiser goes wheeling by, especially when you're on a day-cation in Santa Cruz; but add the convenience and efficiency of an electric bike? Now you're really moving. The folks at Vintage Electric had the same thoughts, and they've combined these two great qualities with their new limited edition electric bikes, Cruz, launching today. 

Escape From SF: The Redwood Treehouse

For this week’s Escape From SF, we headed to the Santa Cruz Mountains to nest inside the Redwood Treehouse, hidden in a forest just outside of Corralitos.

A Santa Cruz Sunset Nuptial

Alexandra and Tyler, a laid back and beach-loving couple, were married on the cliffs of Santa Cruz with a reception to follow at the Seymour Discovery Center.

The Ultimate Sunday Hike: Wilder Ranch Santa Cruz

Today's scenic jaunt, at Wilder Ranch State Historic Park located just north of Santa Cruz on the Pacific Coast, is a wonderful hike that will appeal to people and families of all ages.

Five NorCal Piers Worth a Walk

Berkeley Municipal Pier

Things associated with beaches and waves seem to naturally make people happy. Think about it. Mavericks had folks that never get in the ocean (let alone get on surf boards) brimming with excitement. Most lighthouses attract more people by car than by boat. Then there are piers. They attract all types: Walkers, runners, fisherman, thrill seekers, foodies… you get the idea.

Five Reasons to Escape to Santa Cruz in Winter

Santa Cruz Surfer

It doesn't matter whether it's summer or winter, a walk on the beach in Santa Cruz will make your cheeks rosy. Summer may be when bigger crowds appear, but seasoned veterans will tell you winter at the beach can't be beat.

All You Need Is Love...And A Little Help From Your Family

The entire family was involved in making this wedding celebration special. Adela Quinones & Cody Steffani said their vows on the beach over the Labor Day weekend.

Soar Over Santa Cruz this Weekend

It's a bird, it's a, it's just that giant inflatable helium structure, the Eureka blimp, you've seen hovering over the Bay Area on many occasions.

And now she'll add another destination to her repertoire of areas traveled, which include San Francisco, Oakland, Monterey, Los Angeles and Wine Country. Beginning Saturday, Airship Ventures' famed Zeppelin NT will depart from Moffett Field with its final destination that hippie, seaside community, Santa Cruz.

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