Santa Cruz County Wine Country

Map of Santa Cruz County

Situated on California’s central coast, Santa Cruz County has earned its reputation as a surfer’s paradise. But with towering redwoods, family-friendly getaways, farm-to-fork restaurants, and no shortage of opportunities for intimacy, it may be wise to pack a sense of adventure alongside the board and wetsuit.

Fly Into

SJC San Jose International Airport 
(San Jose, CA)

Drive

40mins Santa Cruz, CA
Where is

Santa Cruz County

  • United States
  • California

TOP TIPS FOR SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

  1. Santa Cruz County is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, so put some time aside for whale watching.

  2. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton in one of the best places in California to see these iconic trees.

  3. It’s easy to get to Santa Cruz: most of the counties attractions are less than a two hours’ drive by car.

When to Go

Summertime is a favorite for visitors, but those who return tend to pick the autumn months, when the weather is still warm, but the crowds have returned home.
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Nearby

Cities
  • Santa Cruz, CA
Regions
  • Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

APPELLATIONS (AVAs)

Primary
  • Santa Cruz Mountains AVA
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Don't Miss

  1. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk California’s oldest amusement park–founded in 1907–harkens back to old-time, beachfront fun for the whole family.
    400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz CA
  2. West Cliff Drive This shorefront boulevard offers some of the most profound natural beauty to be found on the California coast–perfect for driving.
    174 W Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz CA
  3. Natural Bridges State Beach Get a glimpse of spectacular marine life alongside stunning geological formations.
    2531 West Cliff Drive near Swanton Blvd, Santa Cruz CA
  4. MJA Vineyards Westside Tasting Room The tasting room of this trendy vineyard offers amazing reds and whites in a fun, downtown setting.
    328 Ingalls St, Santa Cruz CA
  5. Santa Cruz Food Tour A taste of Santa Cruz, off the beaten path, this tour tantalizes the senses.
    529 Chestnut St, Santa Cruz CA

Lodging

HOTEL
Dream Inn Santa Cruz

You’re sure to have sweet dreams in this vintage inn on the beach, where nostalgia awaits in pastel-hued rooms and suites. Enjoy beachy California cuisine at the on-site restaurant, Aquarius, or have a highball at the whimsical Jack O’Neill Lounge.

Bed & Breakfast / Inn
Bella Notte - The Inn at East Cliff

Splendor awaits in 10 opulent guest rooms, where you'll be spoiled by the first-class Italian appointments. Serenely located between the cities of Santa Cruz and Capitola, this delightful retreat promises a tranquil stay.

Did you Know?

Only one arch remains at Natural Bridges State Beach, and it’s being threatened by erosion. If you want to see this wonder, do it soon.

Restaurants

BRAZILLIAN
Cafe Brasil

AMERICAN
West End Tap & Kitchen

The wait is worth it at this trendy gastropub with a sophisticated atmosphere. Try a beer flight or order French and American inspired fare off the creative menu.

Things To Do

Outdoor Activities
Mystery Spot

Make reservations to visit this optical illusion attraction among giant redwood trees. Your tour guide will provide an entertaining experience at this museum / comedic act / interactive science show.

Parks & Nature
Wilder Ranch State Park

Previously a dairy ranch, this state park provides spectacular oceanside views of the cliffs and surf with a nice coastal walk. Visit the Victorian home to learn about the history of the ranching property.

Wineries

Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery

Featuring picturesque bay views, this beautiful winery is often chosen as a wedding venue. Relax on the patio with views of the vines while you taste their unique wines.

Winery
Bonny Doon Vineyard

You’re sure to try something new at this quirky winery. The atmosphere is relaxed with plenty of seating, and there’s a fun, funky photo booth to keep things lighthearted.

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