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Five top spots of Santa Cruz lore

September 18, 2013

I love this little piece that is in the Santa Cruz Weekly’s latest edition. It’s a look at five spots that carry serious Santa Cruz lore. The choices include Bocci’s Cellars, The Jury Room and Sunshine Villa. A sample entry: 4. THE JURY ROOM: Closed only 4 hours a day (that’s 2-6am for all you…

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The Flannel Tree: A Santa Cruz pop-up specialty

September 12, 2013
The Flannel Tree: A Santa Cruz pop-up specialty

Last year I was headed to the Harbor Cafe for breakfast when I spotted a large grouping of flannel shirts hanging from a tree on 7th Avenue with a sign proclaiming it to be “The Flannel Tree.” I was immediately intrigued. Was this some sort of homage to the Seattle grunge scene? Nope, turns out…

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DJI Phantom’s GoPro video from Wilder Ranch

September 9, 2013

Thanks to Santa Cruz Waves for pointing me to this cool video shot with a GoPro from the coastline of Wilder Ranch in Santa Cruz County. 

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Thursday diversion: A history of Santa Cruz from 1974

August 29, 2013

Thank you to YouTube user astrosc for unearthing this gem. It’s a history of Santa Cruz put together by the local Rotary Club in 1974.

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Ben Lomond couple gets props for prodigious pond

August 26, 2013

A Ben Lomond couple is apparently being recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for their gigantic backyard pond. Bonnie Horgos of the Santa Cruz Sentinel writes: “Imagine maintaining a 375,000-gallon pond in your backyard — that’s about half the amount of water in an Olympic-size swimming pool. Add in about 400 koi, and you’ve got…

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The Cave Train is quintessentially Santa Cruz

August 21, 2013
The Cave Train is quintessentially Santa Cruz

There are certain things that just scream Santa Cruz to me, places I feel a dire need to bring visitors to in order to get the full SC experience. One of those places is Swanton Berry Farm, another is the egg vending machine at Glaum’s.  And then there’s the Cave Train Adventure ride at the…

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Claraty Arts Center in Seabright

August 21, 2013
Claraty Arts Center in Seabright

The Good Times Santa Cruz takes a peek at the newish Claraty Arts Center in Seabright, a former print shop that now serves as a working art studio and collective for 21 developmentally disabled artists. Dave De Give writes:  “Five years ago, Santa Cruz residents Robin Blake and Andy Pereira were searching for a better way…

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Try this: Hot strawberry-apple cider at Swanton’s Berry Farm

August 19, 2013
Try this: Hot strawberry-apple cider at Swanton’s Berry Farm

There are a million things to love about Swanton Berry Farm. There’s the berry picking of course, and the delicious jams you can taste in their adorable little shop. There’s also the amazing desserts — including some of the most delectably rich truffles I’ve ever had — and the array of puzzles and games you…

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“Passive House” in Santa Cruz

August 14, 2013

The Santa Cruz Weekly has an interesting piece about a local couple who has transformed their 91-year-old bungalow into “a model of energy efficiency.” The home requires so little energy that conventional heating and cooling systems aren’t necessary. “Passive Houses use 90 percent less energy than typical existing homes and 75 percent less energy than…

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The Bold Italic: A trip to Pescadero

August 12, 2013
The Bold Italic: A trip to Pescadero

The Bold Italic takes a trip to Pescadero. Aside from the expected recommendations- Pie Ranch, Pigeon Point and the overpriced Duarte’s Tavern – they also recommend venturing a little further south to our own Swanton’s Berry Farms.

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