Guidebook to the Santa Cruz mountains

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Guidebook to the Santa Cruz mountains

Great redwood hikes
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road
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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Great ocean views. They also have an education center
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Wilder Ranch State Park
1401 Coast Road
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Great ocean views. They also have an education center
Great redwood hike that is shorter than other parks, plus the creek is next to the trail on a lot of it.
Fall Creek Trail
Great redwood hike that is shorter than other parks, plus the creek is next to the trail on a lot of it.
Beautiful big redwoods! A great short hike that has interesting info about the redwoods.
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
101 North Big Trees Park Road
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Beautiful big redwoods! A great short hike that has interesting info about the redwoods.
Unique Buddhist temple and conference center with 6 miles of redwood forest hikes for a donation. They also have a multitude of drop in classes. Although I am not Buddhist I enjoy this relaxing and peaceful environment.
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Land of Medicine Buddha
5800 Prescott Road
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Unique Buddhist temple and conference center with 6 miles of redwood forest hikes for a donation. They also have a multitude of drop in classes. Although I am not Buddhist I enjoy this relaxing and peaceful environment.
Short hike through a self guided tour that will give you a better appreciation of just how amazing our redwood trees are.
Big Tree Grove
Short hike through a self guided tour that will give you a better appreciation of just how amazing our redwood trees are.
Miles of remote hiking. Can be steep in spots.
Saratoga Gap Preserve
17301-17399 Skyline Blvd
Miles of remote hiking. Can be steep in spots.
Some redwoods but great Zayante Soil landscape experience (specialty soil in our area) with California oaks.
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Quail Hollow Ranch County Park
800 Quail Hollow Road
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Some redwoods but great Zayante Soil landscape experience (specialty soil in our area) with California oaks.
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The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
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Steam train down to the beach
Historic area with fun old town feel. You can ride the train down to the ocean/boardwalk and back. You can also access Henry Cowell park for some amazing hikes.
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Roaring Camp
5401 Graham Hill Road
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Historic area with fun old town feel. You can ride the train down to the ocean/boardwalk and back. You can also access Henry Cowell park for some amazing hikes.
Food scene
Local favorite for calamari. Go upstairs to the bar and sit outside for the best views
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Crow's Nest Restaurant
2218 East Cliff Drive
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Local favorite for calamari. Go upstairs to the bar and sit outside for the best views
Indoor food court with vegan restaurant, outdoor seating. Dog friendly. Great lunch option. Sometimes there is outdoor music.
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Abbott Square
118 Cooper St
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Indoor food court with vegan restaurant, outdoor seating. Dog friendly. Great lunch option. Sometimes there is outdoor music.
Has gluten free and vegan options
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Redwood Pizzeria
6205 California 9
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Has gluten free and vegan options
Know for it’s great breakfast
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Rockys Cafe
6560 Highway 9
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Know for it’s great breakfast
Great breakfast, local favorite
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Zachary's Restaurant
819 Pacific Avenue
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Great breakfast, local favorite
inexpensive, organic, locally sourced fast food, relatively healthy Asian food
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Charlie Hong Kong
1141 Soquel Avenue
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inexpensive, organic, locally sourced fast food, relatively healthy Asian food
Handmade, organic, with gluten free and vegan options. Good beer selection
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Redwood Pizzeria
6205 California 9
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Handmade, organic, with gluten free and vegan options. Good beer selection
Great burger with lots of varieties. Has vegan/veggie options. Great beer selection. Also has second spot near Nicene forest
burger. Santa Cruz
1520 Mission St
Great burger with lots of varieties. Has vegan/veggie options. Great beer selection. Also has second spot near Nicene forest
Small local coffee shop. Great chai
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White Raven
6253 Highway 9
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Small local coffee shop. Great chai
Small town with high end restaurants
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Saratoga
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Small town with high end restaurants
Handmade, delicious, unique flavors
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The Penny Ice Creamery
913 Cedar Street
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Handmade, delicious, unique flavors
They have a small but heated outside patio. The sushi is consistently delicious
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Mobo Sushi
105 River Street South
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They have a small but heated outside patio. The sushi is consistently delicious
Historic, interesting food
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Cowboy Bar & Grill
5447 Hwy 9
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They have 2 locations-one around the corner from our location and one in Scotts Valley
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Ristorante Casa Nostra
9217 California 9
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They have 2 locations-one around the corner from our location and one in Scotts Valley
Unique restaurant close to hiking big basin, castle rock, and Saratoga gap. Known for it’s family owned, locally sourced hearty fare.
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Alice's Restaurant
17288 Skyline Blvd
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Unique restaurant close to hiking big basin, castle rock, and Saratoga gap. Known for it’s family owned, locally sourced hearty fare.
Interesting music scene
Felton Music Hall
6275 Highway 9
Unique events from outdoor films to music to comedy
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Rio Theatre
1205 Soquel Avenue
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Unique events from outdoor films to music to comedy
Local music venue with a variety of talent
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The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
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Local music venue with a variety of talent
Unique music venue
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Moe's Alley
1535 Commercial Way
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Unique music venue
Outdoor setting with comfortable music venue
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Mountain Winery
14831 Pierce Road
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Outdoor setting with comfortable music venue
Groceries
Great deli, local selection, high end market
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Ben Lomond Market
9440 Mill Street
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Great deli, local selection, high end market
Local, fresh, lots of novel foods. High end.
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Wild Roots Market
6240 California 9
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Local, fresh, lots of novel foods. High end.
Know for it’s meat and sausage products
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Corralitos Market & Sausage Co
569 Corralitos Road
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Know for it’s meat and sausage products
Sightseeing
Huge aquariums, great exhibits
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Monterey Körfezi Akvaryumu
886 Cannery Row
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Huge aquariums, great exhibits
The best views of Big Sur
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
52801 California State Route 1
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The best views of Big Sur
The oldest wooden roller coaster in the US. Then walk to the boardwalk for some great seafood
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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
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The oldest wooden roller coaster in the US. Then walk to the boardwalk for some great seafood
A small, fun museum with old time surf memorabilia
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Santa Cruz Surfing Museum
701 West Cliff Drive
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A small, fun museum with old time surf memorabilia
Well done museum of all thing Steinbeck
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National Steinbeck Center
1 Main Street
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Well done museum of all thing Steinbeck
Local beach know for its large number of elephant seals
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Año Nuevo State Park
1 New Years Creek Rd
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Local beach know for its large number of elephant seals
Historic stone landmark. Good tide pools at low tide. The monarch butterfly area is walking distance when the are hibernating here during certain times of the year.
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Natural Bridges State Beach
2531 West Cliff Drive
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Historic stone landmark. Good tide pools at low tide. The monarch butterfly area is walking distance when the are hibernating here during certain times of the year.
Cute, scenic area along the beach
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Capitola
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Cute, scenic area along the beach
Independent movie theater
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Landmark's Nickelodeon Theatre
210 Lincoln Street
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Independent movie theater
Great place to learn how to surf. There’s a surf shop right across the street that rents boards and gives lessons
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Cowell Beach
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Great place to learn how to surf. There’s a surf shop right across the street that rents boards and gives lessons
Easy flat 3 mile hike on the sidewalk with views of the ocean the whole way. Close to the boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Wharf
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West Cliff Drive
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Easy flat 3 mile hike on the sidewalk with views of the ocean the whole way. Close to the boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Wharf
An easy walk along the ocean
East Cliff Drive
An easy walk along the ocean
Known for great bouldering/rock climbing
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Castle Rock State Park
15000 Skyline Blvd
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Known for great bouldering/rock climbing
Unique covered bridge
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Felton Covered Bridge County Park
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Unique covered bridge
You can rent paddle boards and check out the seals. Close to the Crows Nest
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Santa Cruz Harbor
135 5th Avenue
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You can rent paddle boards and check out the seals. Close to the Crows Nest
Close to the boardwalk, lots of good restaurants with great views
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Santa Cruz Wharf
21 Municipal Wharf
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Close to the boardwalk, lots of good restaurants with great views
Fun course
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Pasatiempo Golf Course
20 Clubhouse Road
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Fun course
Golf or disc golf
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DeLaveaga Disc Golf Course
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Golf or disc golf
Local candy shop. Known for their salted taffy
Marini's At the Beach
400 Beach Street
Local candy shop. Known for their salted taffy
Amazing rugged scenery
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Big Sur
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Amazing rugged scenery