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Best Baked Goods in Santa Cruz

Best Baked Goods in Santa Cruz March 19, 2012 | Food | Read More
The city by the sea is perhaps better known for a different kind of “baked” then the one this post is about, but the two undoubtedly go hand in hand when we’re talking about delicious, decadent confections to satisfy any munchy craving. Here’s a rundown of the best place to get...

The Best Vegetarian Food in Monterey

The Best Vegetarian Food in Monterey March 1, 2012 | Food | Read More
Monterey isn’t all seafood and steak. It’s actually home to a wide array of restaurants specializing in vegetarian cuisine. Even if you do consider yourself a carnivore, the fresh, fiber-filled dishes served up by these Monterey eateries won’t have you craving animal protein. Here are...

Best Places to See Art in Monterey

Best Places to See Art in Monterey March 1, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Travelers come to Monterey to sample some clam chowder and scope the city’s many historical sites, such as Colton Hall and the Presidio, but what many don’t realize is that Monterey is home to a thriving arts scene. The Museum of Monterey, or MOM, houses several galleries burgeoning with...

Nightlife in Carmel

Nightlife in Carmel February 29, 2012 | Nightlife | Read More
Known world-wide for its picturesque beaches and 5-star dining, Carmel’s nightlife is rarely the subject of travel guides. However, while this town comes across as quiet and austere, it is in fact home to a rousing bar and late night eats scene. Here are a few of the best spots to grab a night...

Bicycling in Santa Cruz

Bicycling in Santa Cruz February 29, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Spring is the perfect time to grab a two-wheeler and go for a leisurely ride in beautiful, coastal Santa Cruz. Whether you are a pleasure cruiser or an adrenaline junkie, this city is full of trails and biker-friendly roads on which to go for a spin. There are plenty of businesses here that cater to...

A Day Trip to Santa Cruz

A Day Trip to Santa Cruz February 8, 2012 | Things to Do | Read More
Thanks to a combination of being geographically located less than an hour away from San Jose, one of the largest metropolitan areas in California, and feeling as though it’s a million miles from the hustle and bustle of a major city, Santa Cruz has long been a favorite day trip spot for many Northern...

Best Irish Pubs in Monterey

Best Irish Pubs in Monterey February 8, 2012 | Food | Read More
With Saint Patrick’s Day creeping around the corner, Monterey is one of the best destinations in California to bring out the Irish in anyone. Here’s a rundown of some of the best bars (or pubs, if you will) serving up food from the Isle of Eire in Monterey-proper. The Bulldog Pub: While the...

The Best Happy Hours in Santa Cruz

The Best Happy Hours in Santa Cruz January 23, 2012 | Food | Read More
There’s nothing Santa Cruz locals enjoy more than a cold glass of beer or a strong cocktail after a hard day of surfing, hiking, or working. This town has more happy hours than anyone can count, but here are some of the best drink and food deals (between the hours of 2:00pm-6:00pm) in town: 99...

Valentine’s Day in the Monterey Bay Area

Valentine’s Day in the Monterey Bay Area December 29, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
There are few places in the world more romantic than the Northern Central Coast. Carmel is known as the “Honeymoon Capital of the West” and millions of couples visit there, Big Sur, Monterey, Capitola, and Santa Cruz every year. Whether their strolling on Carmel Beach just to be together or dining...

Best Dessert Spots in Monterey

Best Dessert Spots in Monterey December 27, 2011 | Food | Read More
Where do Monterey locals go when they need to indulge their sweet tooth? Whether they’re munching on decadent chocolates, chewing on some salt water taffy, or spooning luscious lava cakes, the locals know the best spots to get a sugar high. Rosines Restaurant on Alvarado Street has seen its desserts...
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