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Covered Bridge Festival

05 | 26 | 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.

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.

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Guide To Goat Rock

A great staging ground for a number of adventures, from bouldering to rock climbing, day hiking to backpacking, and even birding. The crown jewel, Goat Rock, is a limestone formation that is typical of the park’s geology and the splendid vistas boast one of the absolute best views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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.

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...

Craft Beer Exploding In Santa Cruz

04 | 29 | 2018

If you like a tasty brew, you will enjoy exploring the craft beer taprooms in Santa Cruz County. There are some sixteen craft breweries and fifteen taprooms and counting in the county where you can enjoy flavorful, refreshing brews.

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...

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