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Spotlight: Santa Cruz

Visiting Santa Cruz

Visiting Santa CruzSanta Cruz is best known for the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Located right on the beach, there is no shortage of fun for both young and old. There are classic rides like the Giant Dipper and new rides like the Tsunami, weekly concerts on the beach and indoor games, as well.

Just moments away from the beachfront, you'll find Downtown Santa Cruz with its many specialty shops, cafˇs, book stores, 9-screen movie theatre, wide variety of restaurants and abundant nightlife. If shopping is not what you're looking for, there are art galleries to explore, health clubs for a quick workout, and more.

If you need a break from the sun and sand, The Mystery Spot is an interesting phenomenon not to be missed. A short drive out West Cliff Drive will take you to the Surfer's Museum tracing over 100 years of surfing history.

No matter your preferences, there's something for everyone in Santa Cruz!

Spotlight: Santa Cruz

Wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Wineries in the Santa Cruz MountainsThe Santa Cruz Mountains has been recognized as a premium wine-producing region since the late 1800's when local winegrowers first began to win acclaim for their wines in national and international competitions. Few of these original wineries survived prohibition, but many new wineries have developed since the 1940's. The appellation encompasses the Santa Cruz Mountain range from Half Moon Bay in the north, to Mount Madonna in the south. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation, extending down to 800 feet in the east and 400 feet in the west.

The number of wineries and the acreage planted in the Santa Cruz Mountains has increased dramatically in recent years as the area has become recognized as a unique grape-growing region. The individual microclimates, marine influence, mountain terrain, distinctive soils and low crop levels all contribute to the production of intensely concentrated fruit. There are now over forty small, family-owned wineries in this region. The small size of these operations allows the winemakers the opportunity to handcraft their wines and to maximize the potential of the grapes.

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