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Mount Umunhum

Adventure | Los Gatos

Hakone Estate & Gardens

Culture | Saratoga

Tyrolean Inn Restaurant

Food+Drink | Ben Lomond

Hartman House Inn

Lodging | Boulder Creek

Scotts Valley

Towns | Santa Cruz County

Bargetto Winery

Wineries | Santa Cruz

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Santa Cruz Mountains Harvest Festival

09 | 29 | 2018

Join us for a day of music, great food, amazing artists, & sustainable living demonstrations. The SCM Harvest Festival works with local farms, artists, musicians, downtown BC Merchants and local non-profits.

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards Eco-Tour

09 | 29 | 2018

Celebrate the start of fall by learning a little more about the land surrounding where our grapes are grown! Look more at the flora, fauna, and wildlife of our ecosystems here at the ranch, located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

First Friday Felton Art Walk

10 | 05 | 2018

The First Friday Felton Art Walk occurs on the first Friday of each month, excluding January. A number of downtown Felton businesses open their doors on Friday evening to display the artwork of local artists and crafts people.

Brewgrass Festival

10 | 06 | 2018

Don’t miss our inaugural BREWGRASS event featuring over 12 local breweries, music from favorite bluegrass artists and food from our popular local food trucks. The event will take place from NOON to 8 pm.

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Hunting for Banana Slugs

Banana slugs are fascinating, even mesmerizing to observe in person. Watching one slide its way down a portion of a miles-long trail or up the side of a towering redwood is a meditative experience. However, despite their low speeds, they’re not always the easiest organisms to track down.

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Though it’s not the biggest park in the county, there are hiking, biking, and equestrian options beyond what’s described here. It’s strongly recommended that adventurers go by the Visitor Center and talk to the docents about hike ideas, trail closures, wildlife sightings, and whatever other...

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

In 1902, the early environmental movement saw one of its crowning moments come to glorious fruition with the formation of the California Redwood Park. The park, later renamed Big Basin Redwoods State Park, would prove to be the first unit in what would eventually evolve into the modern California State Parks system.

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Hakone Gardens – Tranquility in the City

09 | 22 | 2018

On the edge of Silicon Valley, nestled among state and county parks in Saratoga, lies Hakone Gardens the oldest Japanese estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Enjoy a tranquil journey to ancient Japan’s storied past through...

Mountain Winery

09 | 11 | 2018

‘The vineyard in the sky’ is so much more than a beautiful place to enjoy a glass of wine. With stunning panoramic views of the coastal mountains, it is a fantastic place to say ‘I do,’ and celebrate the cherished milestones of life...

The Majesty of Filoli

09 | 04 | 2018

Enjoy a visit to Filoli and spend a day stepping back in time, enjoying tea in the shadow of those who came before. Lose yourself in nature and the gardens taking pleasure where past passions continue to bloom into a beautiful present at one of the most unique properties in California, if not the world.

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