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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. Like a good hunter does their prey,...

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...

Portola Redwoods State Park

Coming into Portola Redwoods State Park is akin to entering Doyle’s Lost World. Winding down a seemingly-forgotten road, watching as the ferns and huckleberries grow taller, the human population drops conspicuously. Cell service vanishes entirely, and it’s hard not to be overtaken by a growing sense of adventure and wonder. Named for the explorer Gaspar...

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Fernwood Cellars – Redwood Retreat to Boutique Winery

02 | 24 | 2020

Good wine is always a personal process. Each winemaker is responsible for his or her unique flavor, style, and presentation of the wine they create. Making a glass of good wine isn’t just about putting the right ingredients together for the right amount of time, it’s a personal expression of a winemakers process and personality. ...

Hiking the Skyline Ridge Preserve

01 | 11 | 2020

The Santa Cruz Mountains, and the surrounding areas, contain hundreds of miles of trails. To explore them all would take a lifetime of hiking, if not many lifetimes. The Skyline Ridge Preserve is one of the many Nature Preserves in the Santa Cruz Mountains that is well worth a visit on your next weekend away. ...

The Cremer House

12 | 11 | 2019

The Cremer House is a restaurant and bar known for its delicious tap selection, artisan eats, and it’s rustic yet refined atmosphere. The Cremer House is a must see location for anyone stopping through downtown Felton. With hardwood floors, dozens of windows, and a wrap around porch, The Cremer House is perfect for afternoon respite...

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