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John Muir

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Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve

Adventure | Woodside

Mountain Community Theater

Culture | Ben Lomond

Tyrolean Inn Restaurant

Food+Drink | Ben Lomond

The Inn at Saratoga

Lodging | Saratoga

Scotts Valley

Towns | Santa Cruz County

Testarossa Winery

Wineries | Los Gatos

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Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival

06 | 01 | 2018

Led by Arts Council Santa Cruz County, Ebb & Flow is a two-day, family-friendly festival that will kick off with First Friday artmaking and performances on Cooper Street—followed by an evening dance party on the…

Ebb & Flow River Arts Festival

06 | 02 | 2018

The revelry will resume on Saturday with a March for the River along the Riverwalk and a Festival at the Tannery Arts Center, which is located adjacent to the river.

Redwood Mountain Faire

06 | 02 | 2018

2018 Marks the 30th year of the Covered Bridge Festival! The festival has been held on memorial day weekend every year since 1989. The original purpose of the festival was to raise funds for to repair the Felton Covered Bridge.

Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival

06 | 02 | 2018

When the golden days of summer return to the Santa Cruz Mountains, join us in our redwood-ringed meadow for a magical afternoon of authentic local hospitality, community celebration, and of course fundraising for our little local school.

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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.

Hike to Berry Creek Falls

One can experience an excellent hike to the iconic Berry Creek Falls by hiking a 9-mile out-and-back trail from Big Basin HQ. Of course, the full splendor comes on the 11-mile loop, with three additional waterfalls, all of them along the spectacular Berry Creek Falls Trail.

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.

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Bed & Breakfasts In The Woods

04 | 25 | 2018

While you're exploring the Santa Cruz Mountains and enjoying its many attractions, would you like to spend a restful night, then wake up in majestic redwoods as tall as 350 feet? There are a few atmospheric inns nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains...

Luxurious Lodging

04 | 22 | 2018

Home to a variety of rustic lodging and camping options, the Santa Cruz Mountains area also offers plenty of luxury as well. Treat yourself after a day of exploring the woods to comfortable accommodations and spa treatments! First on the list is...

Our Big Basin Vineyards Adventure

04 | 23 | 2018

Hiding amongst the redwoods, not far from the town of Boulder Creek, is a hilltop adventure called Big Basin Vineyards. With its rows of grapevines, hillside views and wide-open skies, it is easy to get lost in the atmosphere and lose track of time.

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