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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...

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...

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...

A Winter Weekend in Big Sur

A Winter Weekend in Big Sur December 26, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
After author and poet Henry Miller came to Big Sur in 1940, he wrote of his fear that Big Sur’s magic could only fade as more people came to visit this magical, mysterious place where mountains meet sea in a symphony of natural wonder. In many ways, Miller was right, particularly as the crush of summer...

Girls Night Out in Santa Cruz

Girls Night Out in Santa Cruz November 30, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Grab your girls, it’s time to tear up the town in Santa Cruz! This city is the perfect destination for any group of friends looking to get out of the Bay Area, or simply see the Central Coast after dark, for a night. Start off with cocktails at the Crow’s Nest. This local favorite sits right at the...

The Best Museums for Kids

The Best Museums for Kids November 17, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Though few and far between, there are two stand out museums on the Central Coast perfect for you little ones. The Monterey County Youth Museum, Monterey: MY Museum is teeming with exhibits aimed at getting your children playing, exploring, learning, and having fun. Every activity, from the Go-Fore Golf...

Five Places to Propose on the Central Coast

Five Places to Propose on the Central Coast October 31, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Lovers are always welcome on the Central Coast. The place practically begs for romance. Here are the top 5 places to propose, in no particular order. If you’ve got a suggestion for another locale that’s perfect for proposals, or a story about how you popped the big question in Santa Cruz,...

Famous Buildings and Architecture on the Southern Central Coast

Famous Buildings and Architecture on the Southern Central Coast September 29, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
Carmel and Big Sur might not have a lot of people, but they are home to some fabulous architectural treasures known the world over. Here’s a run down of some of the top structures to visit while in the Southern Central Coast. Carmel Mission, Carmel: Officially titled “San Carlos Borromeo...

Upclose at Santa Cruz’s Farmers Market

Upclose at Santa Cruz’s Farmers Market September 28, 2011 | Food, Things to Do | Read More
Yellow tomatoes look ready to burst at the Happy Girl Farms’ stand at Santa Cruz’s Downtown Farmers Market. Purveyors of produce were setting up shop when I snapped this picture of their wares. The Central Coast’s Indian summer has made for some luscious fruits, veggies, flowers, and...
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