Kids in Halloween costumes reaching out their hands for candy

It’s almost time for scares and frights! October means that Halloween is fast approaching—and no one is more excited than the kids. What’s more fun than carving pumpkins, dressing up, and (of course!) getting lots of candy? Celebrate the spookiest time of year with our picks for the top family-friendly Halloween events in the Santa Cruz area!

Halloween At The Boardwalk: 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz’s beachside amusement park just ramped up the thrills! Come on down for their Halloween event, happening October 30 from 12pm-7pm. Purchase a Trick-or-Treat package the day of, or order in advance. Ticket holders will receive a candy bag for trick-or-treating all around the area and a $10 MyBoardwalk Card for the park (which can be used on…

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Delicious eats for different tastes. Santa Cruz County offers a lot of choice when it comes to dining out, from all-American food and drinks, to cuisine from around the world!

 

Becoming more and more popular with dedicated foodies are vegetarian and vegan restaurants. These top spots are known for their great atmospheres and excellent food, and can be enjoyed by anyone—no matter your diet!

 

Here are some of our picks for the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Santa Cruz County. 

 

Cup of coffee on wooden table

Cafe Gratitude: 103 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz

Local, seasonal, and fresh right to your plate. This restaurant is a Santa Cruz Classic. Famous for a reason, this artistic little spot is located right in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. 

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As we make our way through September, many are anticipating the changing of the season. Autumn means that numerous events and holidays are fast approaching in the Santa Cruz area, and sometimes these things make us long for a little bit of a change. A fresh coat of paint or a new centerpiece can really transform a space—especially for one as frequently used as the kitchen!

 

For those looking to switch things up, here are the top 5 kitchen design trends that we love the most for the upcoming fall season.

 

Beautiful modern green kitchen

Go Green

The color of 2022 is most definitely green. From gathering attention on the runway to a pop of color in your kitchen backsplash, green has been everywhere this year—and we think it’s going to stick around for a while.

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With Labor Day weekend coming up next week, now's the time to start thinking about how you're going to spend one of the last weekends of summer. Starting as a means to celebrate the many movements and advances that have happened over the years for workers and laborers, this holiday has been celebrated for over a hundred years. To help you decide how you'll spend this important holiday, we've come up with a list of our favourite ideas of what you can do this Labor Day 2022 weekend. 


Capitola Beach at dusk

Movies On The Beach In Capitola

Head down to Esplanade Park on Capitola Beach with your family around 7:30 (or when the sun goes down) on Friday, September 2nd to see a special screening of Sing 2 while listening to the relaxing sounds of the waves crashing…

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Living in Santa Cruz means not only being close to so many great local spots, but also being just a day trip away from so many incredible spots. Today, we'll be taking a look at the historic Yosemite National Park, less than a four hour drive away from Santa Cruz real estate. Summer is a great time to head out and see the waterfalls, viewpoints and wildlife in this incredible national park, so read on to find out what makes Yosemite one of the best national parks in the country. 


Breathtaking view of Yosemite National park

Yosemite Park History

Yosemite National Park was mainly home to indigenous populations until the mid 1800s, when the gold rush brought miners and other settlers to the region. 

However, due to highly unregulated tourism and resource extraction, president Abraham…

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The gorgeous neighborhood of Seabright in central Santa Cruz is often cited as the best neighborhood in the city for it's vibrant atmosphere, laid back vibes and multiple trendy shops, restaurants and bars in the area.


Bordered on the west by the San Lorenzo River and on the east by the Woods Lagoon, Seabright residents even have their own private beach! Seabright Beach spans a half mile long on the neighborhoods south end and is home to the ever popular Walton Lighthouse.


In this blog post, we'll be taking a dive into just what makes Seabright such a special community to live in. Read on to find out more!

Seabright Beach

As mentioned above, Seabright Beach is one of the major draws to life in this picturesque neighborhood. Living just…

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If you're looking to get a few extra likes on your next post, there's no better place for photographers both amateur and professional to get breathtaking shots than the California town of Santa Cruz.


Nestled between mountain ranges to the north and Monterey Bay to the south, the town of Santa Cruz is full of contrast and picturesque areas. 


In this post, we'll be taking a look at 5 scenic areas in Santa Cruz you can head to and start sprucing up your Instagram.


Beautifl view of natural bridges state park at sunset

1. Catch The Sunset At Natural Bridges State Park

One of the most beautiful spots in the state becomes even more gorgeous as the sun is going down! Visit Natural Bridges State Park at sunset to capture this incredible rock formation set against an explosion of colours. 


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With the summer months upon us and the mercury in our thermometers rising, there's nothing better than a day trip around Santa Cruz to enjoy the sun with a glass of wine from one of the many incredible wineries in the area. 


While the region is smaller than other, better known areas (1,600 acres as opposed to Napa Valley's nearly 50,000), the unique climate, rich soil and ideal geography of the area make these wines one of California's best kept secrets.


To get you started, we've come up with a list of our 5 favourite wineries in the Santa Cruz area. 

Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards

Location: 334 Ingalls Street Suite A, Santa Cruz

Located just southwest of Downtown Santa Cruz, this vineyard has been producing top quality bottles of wine…

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With summer in full bloom, now is the best time to experience some of the best that Santa Cruz has to offer. With perfect weather nearly year round, incredible ocean views and plenty of beaches and forests to explore, it's no wonder Santa Cruz is consistently ranked as one of the finest places to live, not just in California, but the whole country! 


To get you ready for the next few months, we've come up with a list of three of the best things to do outdoors to take advantage of the beauty of Santa Cruz.


View of redwood trees typical of those found in Nisene Marks State Forest near Aptos real estate

Explore The Forest Of Nisene Marks

With 30 miles of trails, the Forest of Nisene Marks remains a local favourite with plenty of secrets to explore. Located just north of Aptos, residents love making the short five minute drive to engage…

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For those looking to live near the popular community of Santa Cruz, the neighborhood of Soquel is a great choice. With a low crime rate and relatively inexpensive housing options, this neighborhood is great for families looking to live close to some of the most beautiful areas in California. 


Read on below the listings to see what makes Soquel homes popular in the Santa Cruz community!

Life in Soquel

Soquel is located just north of the popular thoroughfare of Cabrillo Highway, connecting it to the other popular areas of Aptos and Rio Del Mar to the east and Santa Cruz to the west. 


Soquel is just 45 minutes away from Silicon Valley, making it a great place to live for those who work in the area to have a short commute. 


Soquel…

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