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									Monterey Bay

Travel Adventures
      Paradise with Options

      A publication of the Aptos Chamber of Commerce • 2006
Table of Contents
                                                        WELCOME. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
                                                        VISITOR INFORMATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
                                                        APTOS HISTORY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

                                                        OUTDOOR ADVENTURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                        LOCAL ATTRACTIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
                                                        ARTS & CULTURE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
                                                        WINERIES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
                                                        CALENDAR OF EVENTS - SUMMER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18
                                                        CALENDAR OF EVENTS - FALL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

                                                        CALENDAR OF EVENTS - WINTER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20
                                                        CALENDAR OF EVENTS - SPRING. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
                                                        GOLF ADVENTURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
                                                        MAPS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
                                                        WEDDINGS / DAY SPAS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
                                                        DINING ADVENTURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
                                                        SHOPPING ADVENTURES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39

                                                        ACCOMMODATIONS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41
                                                        RELOCATION / REAL ESTATE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

                                                                ADVERTISERS DIRECTORY - see map on pages 24-25

                                                                           Publication design
                                                                           and production by:

                                                                           Advertising Sales: Leslie DeRose, (831) 688-1467

                                                                        Cover photo: Dana Werdmuller
Published by:
                                                                        Maps: Mike Miller/Prism Photographics
Aptos Chamber of Commerce
                                                                        Proofreader: Josie Cowden
7605-A Old Dominion Court                                               Photography: Mike Miller, Dana Werdmuller, Steve DiBartolomeo,
Aptos, CA 95003                                                         The Van Zantes, John Kaemmerling, Patty Hinz Imagery, Eagan Studios
(831) 688-1467, Fax: (831) 688-6961                                     Writers: Josie Cowden (Dining); John Hibble (History); Dana Werdmuller                                                   (Arts, Shopping); Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (Wineries);                                                    Valerie Sinnott (Golf); Denise Adesso (Weddings); Karen Hibble (Attractions);
                                                                        Anna Marie Hibble (Accommodations, Dining Intro); Brandi Jones (Relocation)

Monterey Bay Travel Adventures is published by the Aptos Chamber of Commerce. No part of this publication can be reproduced, scanned or copied without prior written per-
mission from the publisher. The information in this guide has been gathered with every effort to ensure accuracy and is current as of May 2006. However, the Aptos Chamber
of Commerce cannot and does not guarantee authenticity of all the information furnished to them, or the complete absence thereof. Therefore, no responsibility for omissions
and errors can be made or is assumed. For advertising space reservations in future editions, or for additional information, contact Leslie DeRose at the Aptos Chamber of
Commerce: (831) 688-1467.
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               W hether you have traveled here from over the hill or from around the world, thank you for visiting our area
          on the “sunny side” of the Monterey Bay. Santa Cruz County is one of the smallest counties in California, and
          it contains the widest variety of beautiful scenery. We have magnificent mountains covered by towering red-
          wood forests, some of the world’s most fertile farmland, long sandy beaches, and ocean cliffs. We are also a
          gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

          It is this incredible variety which makes the Monterey Bay such an exciting vacation destination with some-
          thing of interest for everyone. This guide will help you locate all of our special activities, attractions, restau-
          rants, and accommodations. Whether you visit one of our award-winning wineries, hike in the forest, ride the
          roller coaster or a steam train, take a walk on the beach, or do it all, we’re glad you’re here!

                Wilkommen!                                             Bienvenue!
                  Vielen dank dass sie unsere einmalige gegand             Nous vous remercions d’avoir chois notre
                  als ihr ferienziel ausgewaehlt haben! Wir laden          magnifique région pour vos vacances. Nos
                  sie herzlich zu uns ein. Sie treffen auf kontak-         majestueuses forêts de Redwood (comme
                  tfreudige leute, auf unsere majestaetischen,             Séquoia), l”Océan Pacifique vous couperont
                  redwoods, auf einen strahlend weissen ozean-             le sufle - nos accenuillants résidents et nos
                  strand, und viel sehenswertes mehr. Zudem                plage au sable fin vous ferrons revenir. Une
                  offerieren wir ihnen eine grosse auswahl an              variété de logements, des restaurants pour
                  unterkunftsmoeglichkeiten, restaurants und               tout appétit et des boutiques uniques sont
                  besonderen einkaufsgelegenheiten. Geniessen              à votre entière disponibilité. Nous vous sou-
                  sie ihren aufenthalt in Aptos - wir freuen uns           haitons un bon séjour et éspérons vous re-
                  auf ein baldiges wiedersehen!                            voir - bientôt!

                  Fuer weitere auskuenfte stehen wir ihnen jed-            N’hesitez pas d’appeler AT&T
                  erzeit gerne zur verfuegung. Bitte waehlen sie           au 1-800-752-6096 pour tout vos
                  1-800-752-6096.                                          besoins.

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Traveler’s Directory
Aptos Area,
Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District 685-6690
Cabrillo Area,
Central Fire Protection District        479-6842
Aptos Hills,
California Dept. of Forestry            335-5353

DIAL 911
Aptos Sheriff’s Service Center        662-0690
Santa Cruz County Sheriff             454-3042
California Highway Patrol             662-0511

DIAL 911
Dominican Santa Cruz Hospital         462-7700
        Emergency Room                462-7710
Watsonville Community Hospital        724-4741
        Emergency Room                761-5613
AMR Paramedics                        423-7030
U.S. Coast Guard                      647-7300

Aptos                              688-1467
Santa Cruz Area                    425-1234
Monterey Area                      649-1770
Carmel Area                        624-2522
Pacific Grove                       375-3304
San Francisco Area             415-974-6900
San Jose                       408-295-9600
Reservation Service-SF         415-782-9673
Calif. Welcome Center Pier 39 415-956-3493
Seacliff Visitor Center            685-6444
Santa Cruz County Parks            454-7900
California State Parks             429-2850
Hearst Castle                1-800-444-4445
Nat’l Steinbeck Center             775-4720
Yosemite National Park         209-372-0200

Central Coast Sightseeing             662-2341
Early Bird Airport Shuttle            462-3933
S.C. Metro Transit                    425-8600
Para Cruz                             425-4664
Yellow Cab Company                    423-1234

Road Information                 1-800-427-7623
Weather                                475-3033

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                                                                                                                                                                        Aptos History

                                                                                                                                                                                             Views of the Past

                                                                                                                                                                           APTOS CASH STORE / COURTESY OF THE APTOS HISTORY MUSEUM

                                                                                                           A ptos was named by the American Indians who lived here for thousands of years before Mission
                                                                                         Santa Cruz was completed by the Spanish in 1794. In 1833 the government of Mexico granted Ap-
                                                                                         tos Rancho to Rafael Castro. The Rancho would eventually total almost 6,686 acres. Initially Castro
                                                                                                                    raised cattle for their hides, but after California became a state in 1850,
                                                                                                                    Castro leased his land to Yankees for industrial developments. A wharf,
                                                       OHLONE MAN / COURTESY OF THE APTOS HISTORY MUSEUM

                                                                                                                    general store, and lumber mill were built. The original town was located
                                                                                                                    where Aptos Village Square is today. In 1853 a leather tannery was built,
                                                                                                                    and the main building is now the Apple Lane Bed & Breakfast Inn.

                                                                                                                     By 1872 Claus Spreckels, the sugar millionaire, began buying land from
                                                                                                                     Castro. He built a hotel near the beach. Spreckels Drive was the private
                                                                                                                     entrance road. He also built a summer mansion and ranch with a race-
                                                                                                                     track for his horses. A large area was fenced and stocked with deer for
                                                                                                                     hunting, and that area became known as “The Deer Park.” Spreckels also
                                                                                                                     helped finance the Santa
                                                                                                                     Cruz Railroad which opened
                                                                                         in 1876. The original steam engine “Jupiter” is now in
                                                                                         the Smithsonian. With the coming of the railroad, the
                                                                                         town moved to the other side of Aptos Creek. Spreck-
                                                                                         els’ brother-in-law Claus Mangels built himself a man-
                                                                                         sion, and Rafael Castro’s son-in-law Joseph Arano built
                                                                                         the Bayview Hotel.

                                                                                         From 1880 to 1920 redwood timber harvesting became
                                                                                         the major industry, and Aptos became a boom town.
                                                                                         The Loma Prieta Lumber Company logged all of what is
                                                                                         now Nisene Marks State Park. The Valencia Mill logged
                                                                                         everything to the east. Valencia Hall was the community
                                                                                         center of this mill town. Within 40 years the hills were
                                                                                         bare, and apples became the next industry. Village Fair
                                                                                         Antiques is now located in the old apple packing plant.

                                                                                                                                                                  COURTESY OF THE NEW BRIGHTON VISITOR CENTER

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                                                                             After Spreckels’ death, Seacliff Park
                                                                             and Rio Del Mar were developed in

                                                                             the late 1920s. Rio Del Mar Country
                                                                             Club included a grand hotel on the
                                                                             bluffs, a beach club, a polo field, and
                                                                             a golf course. The estuary was filled
                                                                             in, and Aptos Creek was moved and
                                                                             dammed to provide “the largest
                                                                             fresh-water swimming pool in the
                                                                             west” complete with bathing pavil-
                                        ion. The Seacliff developers bought an unused World War I oil tanker made
                                        of concrete, the Palo Alto, and converted it into an amusement pier with
                                        restaurants, swimming pool, and a dance pavilion. Both Rio Del Mar and
                                        Seacliff were popular during prohibition as drinking and gambling were
                                        discretely available. These amusements were interrupted by the great de-
                                        pression and World War II.

                                        In the early 1960s Aptos began a period of rapid development. Cabrillo
                                        College opened in a strategic location halfway between Watsonville and
                                        Santa Cruz. Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center and the Seascape develop-
                                        ment soon followed ... and the rest is history!

                                                                                                                APTOS VILLAGE 1919 / COURTESY OF THE APTOS HISTORY MUSEUM
                                          CONCRETE SHIP / SS PALO ALTO / COURTESY OF THE APTOS HISTORY MUSEUM

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                                     Outdoor Adventures
                                      S  anta Cruz County offers endless
                                     opportunities to enjoy the natu-
                                     ral beauty of California. We have
                                     the state’s largest selection of State
                                     Parks, Beaches, Reserves and year-
                                     round facilities and services, events
                                     and occasions celebrating nature’s
                                     wonders. From the depths of the
                                     Monterey Bay National Marine Sanc-
                                     tuary to the heights of the Redwood

                                     Forests, you will enjoy your outdoor

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That’s Ancient History...
 Seacliff Beach State Park is well known
 for its beautiful stretch of beach and
 bay, and the wonderful SS Palo Alto at

                                                                 DANA WERDMULLER
 the end of the pier, but the cliffs them-
 selves hold amazing treasures. Around
 two to five million years ago, Seacliff
 was an ocean floor off the coast of Ba-
 kersfield. Over time, many of the crea-
 tures who lived and died on this floor became fossils. As
 the earth pushed and rose, and the sea receded, these fos-
 sils came to the surface. Today, you can see thousands of
 fossil shells embedded in our cliffs, and if you come by the
 Seacliff visitor center on a first or third Saturday, you can
 take a free tour and learn about our wonderful fossils.

Camping is one way to enjoy the beauty of the Central Coast,
and many of the most beautiful spots to camp are located in
our State Parks.

Campsite reservations can be made for most parks through the
Reserve America reservation system. To get additional informa-
tion or to make a reservation in California, call 800-444-7275, or
write to P.O. Box 85705, San Diego, California, 92138 –5705.

For details and current information about State parks, beaches,
and historic sites, visit.

                         State Park campsite and RV-site reser-
                         vations are recommended, call 800-
                         444-7275. For details about Accessible
                         (A) facilities and services in State Parks,
                         call (916) 653-8148.

                         For surfing conditions at State Beach-
                         es, call (831) 475-2275.

                         continued, next page

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              Outdoor Adventures continued

                                                                                 MIKE MILLER
              MORE PARKS & BEACHES
              In addition to the State Parks listed on p.8, these local
              parks and beaches continue to offer a variety of outdoor
              activities for families, nature lovers and thrill seekers alike.

          Aptos Village Park                                   Lighthouse Field                Santa Cruz Main Beach /
          100 Aptos Creek Rd.                                  W. Cliff Dr. & Pelton Ave.      Cowell Beach
          Aptos, (831) 454-7956                                Santa Cruz, (831) 420-5270      Beach Street, Santa Cruz
          Quiet creekside park with                            Steamer Lane surfing area,       (831) 420-6014
          playground, picnic tables                            Surf Museum, dog beach          Large sandy beach that fronts the
          and large grassy area.                               and recreation park.            Boardwalk and entrance to the wharf.
                                                                                               Special events, beach volleyball.
          Capitola City Beach                                  Rio Del Mar Beach
          Esplanade St.                                        Rio Del Mar Blvd.               Waddell State Beach
          Capitola, (831) 475-6522                             Aptos, (831) 429-2850           Highway 1 near Davenport
          A swimming and fishing beach,                         Swimming and recreation         (831) 427-2288
          venue for community events                           beach with fire pits and beach   Popular beach for surfboarding, wind
          and a pier.                                          volleyball courts.              surfing, kite surfing and hang gliding.

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                                                                            Local Attractions

              xxxxxhile visiting the area you can spend the day on               Santa Cruz. You can head out to the wharf and enjoy
              the rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, explore               the sounds of barking seals and smell the salty air, or you
              the mysteries of the Mystery Spot, or ride the historic            can stroll around the harbor and check out the boats
              railroad at Roaring Camp. You can go wine tasting,                 – from the ruggedly charming to the ultra-sleek. There
              fishing, hiking, kayaking, sailing, or just sit on the beach        are parks, redwoods, wild flowers, birding, flea markets,
              with a good book. You can stroll though the villages               farmers markets, and concerts. There is a little something
              of Capitola, Boulder Creek, Soquel, Felton, or Aptos and           for everyone in “paradise.”
              enjoy the cafes, shops, clubs and theaters in downtown

              MUSEUMS                                       Agricultural History Project                     Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
              Aptos History Museum                                                                           (831) 420-5273
                                                            (831) 724-5898
              (831) 688-9514                                                                                 Beach St., Santa Cruz
                                                            2601 E. Lake Ave., Watsonville
              7605-A Old Dominion Ct., Aptos                                                                 Restaurants, shops, fishing charters
                                                            See ad on p. 7.
              Located next to the Aptos Chamber                                                              and boat rentals.
              of Commerce. Photographs and artifacts
              representing Aptos history from the Indi-     POINTS OF INTEREST
                                                                                                             Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor
              ans to the present. See ad on p. 7.                                                            (831) 475-6161
                                                            Capitola Wharf
                                                            1400 Wharf Road,                                 135 5th Ave., Santa Cruz
              Seacliff State Beach Visitor Center                                                            Full service marina, launch ramp, fuel
              (831) 429-2850                                                                                 pier, charter boats, fishing and whale
                                                            Public fishing pier
              State Park Dr., Aptos                                                                          watching. Restaurants and shops.
                                                            with bait and tackle,
              Extensive exhibition about the “Cement
                                                            rod and boat rent-
              Ship” along with natural history, marine                                                       University of California
                                                            als, sailing charters,
              and plant life exhibits. Gift shop.                                                            at Santa Cruz
                                                                                                             (831) 459-0111
              San Lorenzo Valley Museum                                                                      1156 High St., Santa Cruz
                                                            Mystery Spot
              (831) 338-8382                                                                                 Beautiful 2000 acre hilltop campus
                                                            (831) 423-8897
              12547 Highway 9, Boulder Creek                                                                 with panoramic ocean views. Arts,
                                                            405 Mystery Spot
              Displays of early San Lorenzo Valley life                                                      cultural and sporting events available
                                                            Rd., Santa Cruz
              featuring logging, railroads, and antique                                                      nearly year-round.
                                                            Experience unique
              housewares. Bookstore and gift shop.                                       DANA WERDMULLER
                                                            variations in gravity,
              Open Wed, Sat & Sun 12-4pm.                                                                    UCSC Arboretum
                                                            balance, perception, height and light.
                                                            A truly unusual experience.                      (831) 427-2998
              Museum of Natural History                                                                      1156 High St., Santa Cruz
              (831) 420-6115                                                                                 Plant collections from Australia, South
                                                            Roaring Camp
              1305 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz                                                                  Africa and New Zealand. Native and
                                                            (831) 335-4484
              Exhibits: native peoples, geology and re-                                                      drought-resistant plants. Plants and
              gional animal life.
                                                            Graham Hill Rd., Felton
                                                            Two historic railroads in the redwoods.          locally-crafted goods sold at gift shop.
                                                            Travel to the beach in Santa Cruz or tour        9am - 5pm daily.
              Museum of Art & History
                                                            the redwoods. General store and chuck-
              @ The McPherson Center                                                                         Seymour Marine Discovery Center
                                                            wagon barbecue.
              (831) 429-1964                                                                                 @ Long Marine Lab, UCSC
              705 Front St., Santa Cruz                                                                      (831) 459-2883
                                                            Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
              Features an exceptional permanent local                                                        100 Shaffer Rd., Santa Cruz
                                                            (831) 426-7433
              history exhibition and changing exhibi-                                                        Exhibit halls, aquarium, touch tanks
                                                            400 Beach St., Santa Cruz
              tions of contemporary art, ranging from                                                        and tours. Ocean Discovery Shop, and
                                                            West Coast’s only seaside amusement
              local to international works and artists.                                                      unsurpassed vistas of the Monterey
                                                            park: 27 rides, miniature golf, Casino
                                                            Fun Center and arcade. See ad on p.12.           Bay National Marine Sanctuary. See
              Santa Cruz Surfing Museum                                                                       ad on page 10.
              (831) 429-3429
                                                            Cabrillo College Horticulture Center
              Lighthouse on W. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz
                                                            (831) 479-6100
              100 years of surfing history.
                                                            Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr., Aptos
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                                      STEVE DIBARTOLOMEO

                                                                                          Arts & Culture
                                                           xixxanta Cruz County is paradise indeed for the art lover. Whether it’s
                                                           contemplating a show of contemporary clay at the Museum of Art & His-
                                                           tory or revelling in the skills of a flamenco master at the Mello, the quan-
                                                           tity and range of artistic opportunities is endless. From big name stars
                                                           at the Civic, The Catalyst or the Boardwalk to extraordinary local talent
                                                           at the many cafes, pubs and coffee houses, no matter what the season
                                                           (and your mood), there is always something to satisfy the creative spirit
                                                           in Santa Cruz County.

                                                             ART MUSEUMS & GALLERIES                 Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery
                                                                                                     (831) 459-2953
                                                             Museum of Art & History                 UCSC, Santa Cruz
                                                             @ The McPherson Center
                                                             (831) 429-1964                          Sesnon Art Gallery
                                                             705 Front St., Santa Cruz               (831) 459-3606
                                                                                                     UCSC, Santa Cruz
                                                             Pajaro Valley Arts Council
                                                             (831) 722-3062                          Cabrillo College Art Gallery
                                                             37 Sudden St., Watsonville              (831) 479-6308
                                                                                                     Cabrillo College, Aptos

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Kuumbwa Jazz Center
(831) 427-2227 • 320-2 Cedar St., Santa Cruz

The Catalyst
(831) 423-1338 • 1011 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

Rio Theatre
(831) 429-1812 • 1207 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz

Henry J. Mello Center for Performing Arts
(831) 763-4047 • 231 Union St., Watsonville

Cayuga Vault
(831) 421-9471 • 1100 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz

E3 Playhouse
(831) 466-9033
435 Front St., Santa Cruz

Moe’s Alley
(831) 479-1854
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
(831) 420-5260
307 Church St., Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Symphony Info
(831) 420-5260

Cabrillo Music Festival Info
                                  DANA WERDMULLER

(831) 426-6966

The Attic
(831) 460-1800
931 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

UCSC Music Center Recital Hall
(831) 459-2159
UCSC, Santa Cruz

Shakespeare Santa Cruz
(831) 459-2159 • UCSC, Santa Cruz

Cabrillo Stage
(831) 479-6429 • Cabrillo College, Aptos

Actors’ Theater
(831) 469-7977 • 1001 Center St., Santa Cruz

Mountain Community Theater
(831) 336-4777 • 9370 Mill St., Ben Lomond

UCSC Theater Arts Center
(831) 459-2159 • UCSC, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Ballet Theater
(831) 477-1606 • 2800 S. Rodeo Gulch Rd., Soquel

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                                      PATTY HINZ IMAGERY

                                                           Wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains

                                                           D    o you love a good wine? The Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the
                                                           world’s great wine regions. There are 70 boutique, family-owned win-
                                                           eries between Half Moon Bay and Watsonville. But there is nothing
                                                           small about the flavor and character of these wines. Finding them can
                                                           be an adventure in itself, as a fair number of wineries are tucked away
                                                           on mountain roads that cut through redwood forests. Many have stun-
                                                           ning views of the Monterey Bay. You will be rewarded with friendly and
                                                           knowledgeable winery staff to help you taste these wonderful wines,
                                                           and often you will be talking to the winemakers themselves. Not only
                                                           is the experience intimate, it is usually free.

                                                           The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association has many pro-
                                                           grams to help you experience local wines. For wineries without tasting
                                                           rooms, there is a Passport Program which gets you into these wineries
                                                           four times a year, once each season. There is a Santa Cruz Mountains
                                                           Wine Club which brings you four bottles from different wineries every
                                                           other month. A major benefit auction is held in May and the Vintners’
                                                           Festival is held the first two weekends in June so you can easily buy
                                                           hard-to-find wines. Call (831) 685-VINE (8463) or go to www.SCMWA.
                                                           com to receive a brochure with all the wineries, maps, events, history
                                                           and a list of restaurants who serve local wines. Welcome to “America’s
                                                           Premiere Mountain Appellation.”
                                                             PATTY HINZ IMAGERY

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June 10 & 11 Vintners’ Festival
Various locations in Santa Cruz County
(831)685-8463 •

September 9-10 23rd Annual
Capitola Art & Wine Festival
(831) 475-6522 •

November 3 Evening of Wine & Roses
Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville
(831) 685-WINE (8463) •

January Wine and Crab Taste Off
(831) 685-8463 •

February Ultimate Winemakers Dinner
Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola
(831) 685-8463 •

May 4 Wine with Heart
(831) 685-8463 •

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Summer Adventures
    Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend
    May 26 - September 4, 2006


    Memorial Day Weekend 2006
    May 27-27 25th Annual Civil War

                                                                     MIKE MILLER
    Battles & Encampment
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    (831) 335-4484 •

    May 27-28 Santa Cruz Blues Festival                     June 24 Woodies on the Wharf
    Aptos Village Park, Aptos                               Santa Cruz Municiple Wharf
    (831) 479-9814 •         (831) 420-5273 •
    Headliner: B.B. King
                                                                          July 2006
    May 27-28 Watsonville Antique
    Fly-In & Airshow                                                 July 1-4 Fourth of July Celebrations
    Watsonville Airport, Watsonville                                 Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    (831) 724-3900 •                         (831) 335-4484 •

    May 27-28 Longboard Surfing Contest                               July 1, 15 & 22 Starlight Steam Train
    Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz                                         Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    (831) 684-1551                                                   (831) 335-4484 •

                                                                     July 4 Fourth of July Parade & Party in the
    June 2006                                                        Park in Aptos
                                                                     (831) 688-1467 •
    June 10 & 11 Vintners’ Festival
    Various locations in Santa Cruz County
                                                                     July 8 Moonlight Steam Train Dinner Party
    (831) 685-8463 •
                                                                     Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
                                                                     (831) 335-4484 •
    Call for dates Festival of the
    Cement Ship
    Seacliff State Beach, Aptos
                                                      July 14 Comerica Tennis Challenger
                                                      Seascape Sports Club, Aptos
    (831) 685-6444
                                                      (831) 688-1993

    June 17 Juneteenth Celebration
                                                      July 15 Winery Passport Weekend
    Laurel Park, Santa Cruz                           Various locations in Santa Cruz County
    (831) 420-6177
                                                      (831) 685-8463 •

    June 17 Annual Japanese
    Cultural Fair
                                                      July 16 Art on the Wharf
                                                      Santa Cruz Municiple Wharf
    Mission Park Plaza, Santa Cruz
                                                      (831) 420-5273 •
    (831) 462-4589

    June 18 Hats Off to Dad Father’s Day              July 19-September 3 Shakespeare Santa Cruz
                                                      UC Santa Cruz
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
                                                      (831) 459-2159 • See website for show performance
    (831) 335-4484 •              times:

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July 23 Wharf to Wharf Run                            August 5 33rd Annual Roughwater Swim
Santa Cruz Municiple Wharf to Capitola Wharf          Santa Cruz Main Beach
(831) 475-2196 •                 (831) 420-6015 •

July 28-30 Thomas the Tank Engine                     August 5-6 Cabrillo Music, Art & Wine Festival
Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton                         Cabrillo College, Aptos
(831) 335-4484 •                  (831) 426-6966 •

July 28-30 Gilroy Garlic Festival                     August 5-6 Monterey Bay Strawberry Festival
Christmas Hill Park, Gilroy                                                          Watsi
                                                      Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsionville
(408) 842-1625 •         (831) 728-6183 •

July 29 - August 13 Cabrillo Festival of              August 12-13 Mountain Men Gathering
Contemporary Music                                    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
(831) 426-6966 •                (831) 335-4484 •

August 2006                                           August 20 Aloha Celebrity Races & Polynesian
July 19-September 3 Shakespeare Santa Cruz            Santa Cruz Main Beach
UC Santa Cruz
                                                      (831) 420-5273 •
(831) 459-2159 • See website for show performance
                                                    Labor Day Weekend 2006
July 29 - August 13 Cabrillo Festival of
Contemporary Music
                                                     July 19-September 3 Shakespeare Santa Cruz
                                                     UC Santa Cruz
(831) 426-6966 •
                                                     (831) 459-2159 • See website for show performance
August 4-6 Thomas the Tank Engine
Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton                        September 2-4 Capitola Begonia Festival
(831) 335-4484 •                 Capitola Village
                                                     (831) 476-3566

Fall Adventures
  September through Thanksgiving Weekend
  September 5 - November 26, 2006


  September 2006
                                                          MIKE MILLER

  Call for dates Greek Festival
  Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, Santa Cruz
  (831) 429-6500
                                                                September 16 Moonlight Steam Train
  September 9-10 23rd Annual Capitola                           Dinner Party
  Art & Wine Festival                                           Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
  Capitola Village                                              (831) 335-4484 •
  (831) 475-6522 •
                                                                Call for dates Ohlone Day
  September 12-17 Santa Cruz County Fair                        Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Felton
  Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville                    (831) 335-3174
  (831) 724-5671 •                                  Monterey Bay Travel Adventures – 19
   Fall Adventures continued                     October 21-22 Harvest Fair
                                                 Wilder Ranch State Park, Santa Cruz
   October 2006                                  (831) 426-0505

    October 7 Loch Lomond Highland Games         October 21-22 Open Studios Tour
    Highlands Park, Ben Lomond                   Various locations in Santa Cruz County
    (831) 479-1508                               (831) 475-9600 •

    October 7-8 Open Studios Tour                October 27-28 Halloween Ghost Train
    Various locations in Santa Cruz County
                                                 Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    (831) 475-9600 •               (831) 335-4484 •

    October 13 Monarch Festival                  October 28 Mask Festival
    Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz       Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz
    (831) 423-4609                     

    October 14 Monte Foundation Fireworks        October 31 Halloween on the Wharf
    Extravaganza                                 Santa Cruz Municiple Wharf
    Seacliff State Beach, Aptos                  (831) 420-5273 •
    (831) 685-3317

    October 14 Moonlight Steam Train Dinner
                                                       November 2006
    Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton                        November 3 Evening of Wine & Roses
    (831) 335-4484 •                 Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsionville
                                                         (831) 685-8463 •
    October 14-15 Open Studios Tour
    Various locations in Santa Cruz County               November 18 Winery Passport Weekend
    (831) 475-9600 •                       Various locations in Santa Cruz County
                                                         (831) 685-8463 •
    October 21 Apple Butter Festival
    Gizdich Ranch, Watsonville                           November 25 Santa Cruz Holiday
    (831) 722-1056 •               Lights Train
                                                         Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
                                                         (831) 335-4484 •

    Winter Adventures
     December through February
     December 1, 2006 - February 28, 2007            Call for dates Downtown Holiday Parade
                                                     Downtown Santa Cruz
                                                     (831) 429-8433 •
                                                     December 1-3, 9-10 & 15-19
    December 2006                                    Santa Cruz Holiday Lights Train
                                                     Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton
    December 1-2 Holiday Craft Fair                  (831) 335-4484 •
    Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville
                                                          December 31 New Years Eve Gala
    Call for date Holiday Tree Lighting                   Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz
    Aptos Village                                         (831) 423-2053
    (831) 688-1467 •       

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Winter Adventures continued                                     February 2007
January 2007                                                    February 8 Business Showcase
                                                                Capitola Mall, Capitola
Call for dates Wine and Crab Taste Off                          (831) 688-1467 •
(831) 685-8463 •
                                                                February 24 Clam Chowder Cook-Off
Call for dates Fungus Fair                                      Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz
Louden Nelson Community Center, Santa Cruz                      (831) 420-5273
(831) 420-6115
                                                                February 27 Ultimate Winemakers
January 20 Winery Passport Weekend                              Dinner
Various locations in Santa Cruz County                          Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola
(831)685-8463 •                                   (831) 685-8463 •

January 28 Annual Bridal Expo                                   Call for dates Migration Festival
Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz                                      Natural Bridges State Beach, Santa Cruz
(831) 423-2053 •                 (831) 423-4609

Spring Adventures
March through Memorial Day Weekend
March 1 - May 28, 2007


  March 2007
   Call for dates 14th Annual Jazz
                                                  MIKE MILLER

   on the Wharf
   Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf
   (831) 420-5273

  April 2007                                            May 2007
  Call for dates Annual Home & Garden Show
                                                           May 4 Wine with Heart
  Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz                               (831) 685-8463 •
  (831) 423-2053
                                                           Call for dates Children’s Day
  Call for dates 17th Annual Ducky Derby                   Downtown Santa Cruz
  Harvey West Park, Santa Cruz                             (831)429-8433 •
  (831) 462-7373

  April 8 Easter Sunday Amazing Egg Hunt                   Call for dates World Disc Games
                                                           DeLaveaga Disc Course, Santa Cruz
  Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton
                                                           (831) 462-0730
  (831) 335-4484 •

  April 21 Winery Passport Weekend                         May 13 Mother’s Day Garden Tour
  Various locations in Santa Cruz County                   (831) 420-6115 •
  (831) 685-8463 •
                                                                            Monterey Bay Travel Adventures – 21
                                                                           Golf Adventures
                                                                                                                                          he Monterey Bay is a spectacular backdrop to
                                                                                                                                   some of the most famous links in the world. Whether
                                                                                                                                   you prefer to play in the mountains, coastal valleys,
                                                                                                                                   or near the ocean, there is no shortage of stunning
                                                                                                                                   scenery in a county that offers golf courses at every
                                                                                                                                   skill level.

                                                                                                                                   Play among the towering redwoods at Boulder Creek
                                                                                                                                   Country Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains, shoot a
                                                                                                                                   quick nine holes at the casual Valley Gardens in Scotts
                                                                                                                                   Valley, or challenge yourself in the wooded terrain
                                                                                                                                   of DeLaveaga in Santa Cruz (which also features a
                                                                                                                                   two-tiered driving range for all weather conditions).
                                                                                                                                   Nestled in the foothills of Santa Cruz, Pasatiempo
                                                                                                                                   Golf Club combines breathtaking views and a truly
                                                                                                                                   demanding championship course that has continued
                                                                                                                                   to challenge even the pros since 1929.

                                                                                                                                   Head toward the coast to hear the ocean from the
                                                                                                                                   historic Seascape Golf Course in Aptos, or continue
                                                                                                                                   south on Highway 1 to find gentle undulating greens
                                                                                                                                   and views of rich agricultural land at Pajaro Valley
                                                                          Tee times can be made by phone at all courses and many   Golf Club or Spring Hills Golf Course in the Watson-
                                                                          can be made online. Call the Chamber for more info:      ville area.
                                                                          (831) 688-1467.

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                                                                                                                  101 South
                                                                                                              24 to San Juan Bautista
                                           Weddings & Day Spas
                                           Let’s Get Married in Santa Cruz
                                           T    oday’s couples may have grown up in one place, gone to college
                                          in another and taken a job in still another. People in all phases of their
                                          lives will be attending the wedding. Many couples choose a central
                                          location with plenty to see and do, and extend the festivities with a
                                          “destination wedding.”

                                          What place could be more perfect than Santa Cruz County, with the
                                          beaches, the redwoods, and the amazing natural beauty? Wedged

                                          between the ocean and the redwoods means there are an abun-
                                          dance of wonderful choices.

                                          If you’re thinking of an ocean setting, there are several options rang-
                                          ing from a simple cliffside ceremony site to full-scale resorts that not
                                          only offer a romantic seaside setting but also have onsite lodging for
                                          you and your guests and banquet facilities for your reception.
                   EAGAN STUDIOS

                                          If it’s the mountains you love, Santa Cruz boasts several county parks
                                          as well as private estates that incorporate the majestic redwoods and

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the natural beauty of the Ben Lo-
mond and Felton areas.

How about a golf course setting?
Several properties offers bach-
elor golf packages for the day
before the wedding and many
of the clubhouses offer beautiful
ceremony settings and reception

Several of the area’s day spas of-
fer special wedding party pack-
ages for the bride, groom, wed-
ding party and guests. It’s a great
way to pamper yourselves on or
before your special day.

From quaint Capitola Village to
the Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Coun-
ty is packed with unique settings
for weddings of all sizes and bud-

A couple of visits to the area
should be enough to select the
perfect site and interview poten-
tial vendors for your event. A
Save-the-Date card should follow
once everything is in place letting
your guests know about potential
lodging options, weather, dining
and things to do in the area.

No matter where you’d like to say
your “I do’s,” rest assured there’s
a sandy beach
or pristine park
in Santa Cruz
in which to say
them, and a
               JOHN KAEMMERLING

perfect place
for the party

                                      Monterey Bay Travel Adventures – 27
                 Dining Adventures

                                               S     anta Cruz County, uniquely situ-
                                              ated on the coast and bordered by
                                              stretches of sun-soaked farms, misty
                                              redwood forests and rolling vineyards,
                                              offers an abundance of dining options.
                                              Chefs here take full advantage of sea-
                                              sonal produce available at weekly farm-
                                              er’s markets. Menus are accented with
                                              both traditional and innovative baked
                                              goods, desserts and, of course, the fin-
                                              est in local wines. Diners can choose
                                              from a variety of dining experienc-
                                              es including freshly caught seafood,
                                              homemade sausages, hand-cut pastas,
                                              newly laid eggs and an array of organic
                                              fruits and vegetables. Everything from
                                              famous fine dining restaurants and el-
                                              egant bistros with celebrated chefs to
                                              casual family-style eateries, mile-high
                                              sandwich-serving delis and satisfying
                                              burger grills, plus a wide assortment
                                              of authentic ethnic establishments are
                                              within easy reach. While you’re here,
                                              visit one of our many excellent brew
                                              pubs, coffee houses featuring fresh
                                              roasted beans, ocean-view lounges
                                              and abundantly stocked bakeries. Pack
                                              a gourmet lunch and head out for a
                                              picnic in the sunshine. Or let someone
                                              else do the cooking, and enjoy your
                                              meal al fresco, on the pier overlook-
                                              ing miles of pristine beaches or inside
                                              by the fire watching a local jazz band.
                                              Whatever you’re hungry for, Santa
                                              Cruz County can cook it up and en-
                                              hance your stay.
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                                      DANA WERDMULLER
                                                        Local Farmers Markets
                                                        Grab some of the finest, fresh-
                                                        est fruits, veggies, baked goods
                                                        – even pastas, artisan breads and
                                                        seafood – and put together a de-
                                                        licious locally-grown picnic!

                                                        Monterey Bay Certified
                                                        Farmers Market
                                                        Saturdays, 8 am - 12 noon
                                                        Cabrillo College, Aptos

                                                        Santa Cruz Community
                                                        Farmers Markets:

                                                        Downtown Santa Cruz
                                                        Wednesdays, 2:30 - 6:30 pm
                                                        Lincoln and Cedar Streets

                                                        Westside Santa Cruz
                                                        Saturdays, 9 am - 2 pm
                                                        2801 Mission St.

                                                        Live Oak
                                                        Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm
                                                        May through October
                                                        East Cliff Dr. and 14th St.

                                                        Felton Farmers Market
                                                        Tuesdays, 2:30-6:30 pm
                                                        St. John’s Church

                                                        Watsonville Farmers Market
                                                        Fridays, 3 - 7 pm
                                                        Peck & Main Street

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Dining Adventures: Aptos
                              SEVERINO’S GRILL
                              Conveniently situated just off Hwy. 1 in the Best West-         Sample Menu
                              ern Seacliff Inn, Severino’s Grill is popular with both
                              locals and out-of-towners. A warm welcome awaits              Chilled Prawn Cocktail �
                              you at this family-friendly restaurant, where breakfast,     Imported Cheese Board
                              lunch and dinner are served. Surrounded by beautiful
                              gardens and koi pond, the patio is a perfect tranquil        Chinese Chicken Salad
                              setting for dining alfresco while breathing in some
                                                                                           Herb Stuffed Chicken
                              bracing sea air. Severino’s features a continental menu
                                                                                             Seafood Linguine
                              of crisp salads, fresh local seafood, and delicious pas-
                              tas – including a catch-of-the-day linguine with fresh        Tortellini Pomodoro
   scallops. And don’t miss their award-winning clam chowder, which has won first             Prime Rib of Beef
   place for four consecutive years at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Clam Chow-               Rack of Lamb
   der Cook Off. Try their excellent prime rib or New York steak of certified Angus         Mediterranean Scampi
   beef, cooked exactly as you like it, and finish with a scrumptious dessert. The             Coconut Prawns
   restaurant and adjacent full service bar proudly serve many local wines, including
   some on special, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres are served during Happy                New York Cheesecake
   Hour Monday to Saturday. Only a few minutes’ walk from the beach, this is a
                                                                                             Chocolate Mousse
   perfect getaway spot. The Seacliff Inn is home to live entertainment and dancing
   on a regular basis.

   Severino’s Grill, 7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos, California 95003
   (831) 688-7300.
   Sunday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.;
   Friday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.

                                Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant has been in business for          Sample Menu
                                more than 40 years. Its popularity is due to good food,
                                down-home ambiance and friendly service. Located             Combination Dinner
                                near the entrance to Seacliff Beach State Park, it’s a    served with rice and beans:
                                convenient stop for locals and tourists alike. Named      Taco and Cheese Enchilada
                                after the owner, Manuel Santana, the cozy restaurant          Huevos Rancheros
                                has a casual atmosphere, moderate prices, and fami-              Chile Verde
                                lies are welcome. Some fun Mexican artwork is on dis-         Carne Asada Tacos
                                play at the bar, where a glass of local wine or a good
                                                                                             Chorizo Con Huevos
                                ‘cerveza’ awaits you. Manuel’s greets their customers
   in true Mexican style with a bowl of chips and salsa. The now-famous salsa is so
   popular that it can be bought in jars to take home. Even the labels have Manuel         Crab & Shrimp Tostada
   Santana’s colorful touch. He’s a well-known local artist and designed them him-         Flautas Con Guacamole
   self. Lunch specials are served Monday through Friday, and a daily regional spe-             Bean Burritos
   cial is featured after 5 p.m., such as Mole Poblano on Sunday. Manuel’s serves up         Quesadilla Con Todo
   a mean margarita and a good selection of beer, wine and spirits. Some of the staff           Chile Relleno
   has been at Manuel’s for more than 20 years. It’s like home for them, and you also          Manuel’s Salad
   will feel right at home at Manuel’s.

   Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant, 261 Center St., Aptos, CA 95003                                      Flan
   (831) 688-3848.                                                                                 Mud Pie
   Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Sunday until 11 p.m.                                   Ice Cream

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Dining Adventures: Aptos
                           SANDERLINGS                                                         Sample Menu
                          Set in the beautiful Seascape Resort, Sanderlings is
                          an elegant but casual restaurant with a breathtaking                   Clam Chowder
                          panoramic ocean view. A state-of-the-art aquatic reef                    Crab Cakes
                          tank is a focal point of the lovely dining room, where              California Scramble
                          you will enjoy mouth-watering food from an award-                   Classic Cheese Blintz
                          winning menu. Contemporary dishes, made with the
                          freshest ingredients, feature seafood, steaks, pastas              Roast Beef & Feta Salad
                          and scrumptious desserts. A heated patio is the ideal
                                                                                             Grilled Asparagus Salad
                          spot for outdoor dining, or to enjoy a sunset cocktail,
                                                                                               Texas Style Reuben
                          and the abundant wine cellar offers many choices, in-
cluding a good local selection. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day,
and a splendid spread buffet brunch on Sundays. Children are sure to love their           Seared Sesame-Crusted Tuna
own little menu of fun dishes such as Cowboy Quesadilla or Dinosaur Chicken                       Rack of Lamb
- chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs. A more casual dining option in the bar               Double Lobster Tails
area offers everything from appetizers of crab cakes, a cheese plate or calamari          Sage-Marinated Duck Breast
to everything from the main dining room menu. And don’t miss a vodka-based                         Seared Tofu
Lemon Drop, or a Hot Buttered Rum – made with their own secret recipe. Sand-
                                                                                            Grilled Vegetable Ravioli
erlings is not only warm and welcoming, it’s a restaurant where you can expect
delicious food and courteous service.
                                                                                          Macadamia & Brownie Sundae
Sanderlings at Seascape Resort, One Seascape Resort Dr., Aptos, CA 95003.                  Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
(831) 662-7120 •
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

                             BITTERSWEET BISTRO                                                  Sample Menu
                              Bittersweet Bistro is an impressive, neighborhood res-
                                                                                                Bittersweet Bistro’s
                              taurant, offering a memorable dining experience in an
                              intimate atmosphere. Here you will enjoy some of the            Appetizer Plate for Two:
                              area’s most imaginative food – created by Chef/Propri-                 “BB slides”
                              etor Thomas Vinolus – in an exquisite setting. Whether           (mini cheeseburgers),
                              it’s a chef’s pick of the evening, such as Grilled Hawai-          chicken taquitos,
                              ian Swordfish or a Smoked Salmon-Encrusted Mahi                Greek Vegetarian Dolmathes
                              Mahi, your choice will be beautifully presented and           and Monterey Bay Calamari
                              served. An emphasis on local organic produce high-
                              lights the restaurant’s award-winning cuisine, with a
                                                                                              Fire Roasted Pear Salad
 focus on spectacular desserts. The fun, upbeat Tavern Bar, where locals meet to
 watch their favorite game, has Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. daily, when wine, beer
 and cocktails are offered, two for the price of one wood-fired pizzettas, and a                  Beef Stroganoff
 choice of Bar Bites and Mini Pastas. Banquet rooms are available for that special          Thyme Crusted King Salmon
 event. Another part of the Bittersweet experience is Bittersweet Express, located             Blackened Ahi Tuna
 conveniently in the same building. This lovely coffee shop and eatery is the best
 place to meet your friends, or pick up some great food to take home. A full range            Banana Bread Pudding
 of espresso drinks is offered, as well as scrumptious house-made pastries, break-            Chocolate Mousse Cake
 fast burritos, soups, salads, sandwiches and hot meals.

 Bittersweet Bistro, 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos, CA 95003.
 (831) 662-9799 •
 Dinner 5:30-9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
 Bittersweet Express, (831) 662-9899 •
 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Dining Adventures: Aptos
                              CAFE SPARROW                                                     Sample Menu
                               Step into Café Sparrow, located in the heart of his-
                               toric Aptos village, and you could be somewhere in           Grilled Spicy Crab Cakes
                               the French countryside. This charming little bistro,            Corned Beef Hash
                               dating from 1899, is set in what used to be the Aptos              Eggs Benedict
                               grocery and post office. Prettily decorated in country
                               French style with pastel colors and brightly patterned       Sparrow Club Sandwich
                               tablecloths topped with white lace, the cafe’s casual           Veggie Sandwich
                               setting encompasses family outings or romantic din-
                                                                                            Curried Chicken Pocket
                               ing. A delightful wall mural of well-dressed sparrows
                                                                                          Mediterranean Chicken Salad
                               oversees each day’s events. The café’s focus on French
  country cooking pairs traditional cuisine with fresh farm produce from the Cali-
  fornia coast. As well as the regular menu, daily specials are presented chalked up       Seared Scallops on Polenta
  on a board. Sparrow offers lunch staples such as soup, sandwiches and salad,            Grilled Angus Filet Mignon &
  including their excellent Yvette salad, with grilled chicken breast, pears, toasted      Red Onions over Fettuccine
  walnuts and blue cheese on a bed of fresh spinach. Long-time dinner favorites                 Seafood Capellini
  include rack of lamb, peppered Angus filet mignon and sautéed chicken livers.                   Calamari Picatta
  Owner and chef Bob Montague welcomes you to his unpretentious bistro, where
  superbly prepared food and delicious desserts await you. Café Sparrow boasts an
                                                                                                Lemon Pudding
  Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, and is consistently voted in the top ten
  of Santa Cruz County restaurants.                                                           Dark Chocolate and
                                                                                             Espresso Pot de Crème
  Café Sparrow, 8042 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA 95003. (831) 688-6238.                               Profiteroles
  Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

                              CAFE RIO                                                         Sample Menu
                              Ultra fresh seafood from around the world, prepared
                                                                                              Fishmonger Soup
                              with a minimum of adornment, the Rio Way. Fresh
                              pasta, charbroiled steaks, fine cocktails and great Cali-         Crab Cakes with
                              fornia wines. Throw in an ocean view, and Café Rio           Roasted Red Pepper Aioli
                              fits the bill. This is the place to go to see a magnifi-
                              cent sunset, or just to smell the salty air no matter the            Sand Dabs
                              weather. Café Rio is a stone’s throw from the ocean,              Pacific Snapper
                              and the restaurant features a daily catch special, as               Fillet of Sole
                              well as locally farmed abalone (when available). Café
                                                                                                Rainbow Trout
                              Rio’s sand dabs are famous for miles around. A full
                                                                                                 Seafood Pasta
  bar menu is available in the lovely courtyard, and if you need warmth from the
  evening’s sea breeze, you’ll find a cozy bar inside - featuring smaller bites and            Fettucinne Alfredo
  appetizers. Try the fresh oysters - on the half-shell, baked or shooters - a perfect         Vegetarian Pasta
  match to go with your Guido Tropicana or High Tide cocktail. An excellent wine              Alaskan King Crab
  list features many local wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Happy Hour is 3-             Australian Lobster Tail
  5:30 p.m. so pop in for a cocktail - or simply to enjoy a nice cappuccino and a                 Filet Mignon
  homemade dessert. You’re always welcome at Café Rio.                                          New York Steak
                                                                                                 Rack of Lamb
  Café Rio, 131 Esplanade, Aptos, CA 95003.
  (831) 688-8917 •                                                            Chicken Breast
  Open daily. Dinner from 5 p.m. Sunday dinner from 4 p.m.
  Happy Hour 3-5:30 p.m.                                                                     Raspberry Cheesecake
                                                                                               Chocolate Mousse

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Dining Adventures:Capitola & Soquel
                           SHADOWBROOK                                                      Sample Menu
                           Long considered a “must do” when visiting the Ap-
                           tos area, the Shadowbrook Restaurant, established                     Seviche
                           in 1947, is an enchanting place overlooking Soquel          New England Clam Chowder
                           Creek. A walk through fern-lined pathways, or a ride          Shadowbrook’s Famous
                           in the hillside cable car, takes you to the restaurant,            House Salad
                           where a variety of dining areas, each with its own spe-          Artichoke Hearts
                           cial charm, awaits you. For something more informal,               Ahi Sashimi
                           the restaurant’s Rock Room Lounge serves light en-
                                                                                            Coconut Prawns
                           trees, pizzas – from its wood-burning brick oven – and
                           desserts. Or just get a glass of wine at the beautiful,
comfortable bar. The main dining area’s extensive menu offers an eclectic choice             Seafood Linguine
of seafood, steaks, pastas and desserts – presented with elegant style in a cozy                   Scampi
chalet setting. Shadowbrook has won many awards, including “Most Romantic                       Filet Mignon
Restaurant,” “Best Service,” and the Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence.” With             ‘Wild’ Local Salmon
a focus on great food and service, this beautiful place continuously upholds its      Slow-Roasted Prime Rib of Beef
outstanding reputation.                                                                      Artichoke Ravioli
                                                                                       Stuffed Portobello Mushroom
Shadowbrook Restaurant, Capitola and Wharf Roads, Capitola-by-the-Sea,
CA 95010. (831) 475-1511 or Toll Free (800) 975-1511                                                              Chocolate Meltdown
Attire is casual to dressy. Open for dinner year-round, including holidays; Monday-       Jack Daniel’s Mud Pie
Friday 5:30-9 p.m., Saturday 4:30-10 p.m., Sunday 4:30-9 p.m., Sunday Brunch                 Hot Apple Crisp
10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

                           MICHAEL’S ON MAIN                                                Sample Menu
                            If it’s a fun time you’re looking for, then head to Mi-
                                                                                         Santa Fe Black Beans &
                            chael’s on Main. There’s always lots of action at this
                                                                                            Corn Crab Cakes
                            lively restaurant, from Karaoke on Wednesdays to live
                            music Thursdays through Saturdays. Whether you                  Brick Oven Pizza
                            choose the casual TV bar area for a meal and get-            Fresh Shucked Oysters
                            together with friends, or one of the inviting dining
                            rooms, Michael’s welcomes you dressed to the nines,          Crab & Avocado Tower
                            or in casual attire. And for outdoor dining, a pictur-          Roasted Beet &
                            esque patio overlooking the Soquel Creek awaits you.           Goat Cheese Salad
                            Chef/owner Michael Clark focuses on “cutting edge            Bowl of Michael’s Chili
comfort food,” such as pork chops or pot roast with mashed potatoes, and takes
pride in using only the freshest local produce. It’s food like mama used to make
– but better! Take advantage of the Tuesday night Food & Wine Pairing – a gold-              Black Angus Filet
en opportunity to try some eclectic food such as Greek, Vietnamese or Basque          Coffee Glazed Beef Short Ribs
– while tasting some excellent wines, all for a very reasonable price. Or enjoy the     Pistachio Crusted Salmon
“small plates” offered when you don’t need a full-size meal. Michael’s on Main               Roasted Halibut
has something for everyone – from a plate of California farmstead cheeses to a            Pesto Chicken Penne
classic BLT, the choices are many.
                                                                                           White Chocolate &
Michael’s on Main, 2591 Main St., Soquel, CA 95073.
                                                                                          Passion Fruit Mousse
(831) 479-9777 •
Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner from 5:30 p.m. until late.                            Candied
Brunch Sat. & Sun. 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Mondays.                                      Cranberry-Orange Tart

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Dining Adventures:Santa Cruz & Beyond
                              THE CROW’S NEST                                                    Sample Menu
                               The very popular Crow’s Nest Restaurant in the Santa
                               Cruz Harbor offers splendid food and great service in        Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
                               beautiful surroundings – good enough reasons why             Navy Bean with Ham Soup
                               their customers return time after time. Situated in            Chilled Prawn Cocktail
                               one of the most picturesque spots in Santa Cruz, the           House Smoked Salmon
                               restaurant looks out across the bay to Monterey, af-
                               fording a bird’s eye view of bustling harbor activity         Fresh Hawaiian Mahi Mahi
                               and a panoramic vista of pure ocean waters – part of
                                                                                             Scallop & Prawn Fettucine
                               the federally protected Monterey Bay National Marine
                                                                                                  Tempura Prawns
                               Sanctuary. A varied lunch and dinner menu offers fresh
  fish, specially aged beef, pasta, chicken and vegetarian choices – to be enjoyed             Fresh Vegetable Lasagne
  inside or al fresco on the sunny outdoor decks. A children’s menu is also offered in     Chargrilled Albacore Brochette
  this family-friendly restaurant. On request, specials such as Fresh Petrale Sole and         Angus New York Steak
  Fresh Wild Coho Salmon can be simply charbroiled with no sauce or breading. A               Prime Grade Top Sirloin
  variety of appetizers and light lunches are offered in the grill upstairs. With a full    Portabella Mushroom Penne
  bar, this is a lively evening hot spot for music, dancing and comedy acts. Voted
  “Best Place to Meet People” by a local paper, it incorporates a good night out,
                                                                                                Fat Free Mud Pie
  great food and entertainment.
  Crow’s Nest Restaurant, 2218 E. Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062.                           Amaretto Chocolate Cake
  (831) 476-4560 •
  Open for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m., Sunday Lunch/Brunch 11:30 a.m.
  to 3 p.m.

                             JARDINES DE SAN JUAN                                                Sample Menu
                               A lush, leafy garden sets the stage at this Mexican
                               restaurant, making dining outdoors on warm days an          Albondiga Soup with Tortillas
                               added pleasure. Inside, you will find a cozy south-of-        Menudo Soup with Tortillas
                               the-border theme, along with some inspired cuisine.
                               Founder and operator Manuel Santana, and his son                Manuel’s Green Salad
                               Leonardo Santana, present their customers with au-              with House Dressing
                               thentic Northern Mexican fare – using the highest
                               quality ingredients and freshest vegetables. You can              Garden Tostada
                               eat large or small at Jardines, and prices are moderate.
                                                                                               Chile Verde Burritos
                               Enjoy a combination plate with rice, beans and torti-
  llas, or choose an a la carte mini chimichanga, quesadilla or enchilada. As well as          Crab/Shrimp Tostada
  the extensive menu, there are daily specials, including Friday night’s Huachinan-                Pork Tamale
  go Ala Alicia, Manuel’s variation of a classic Vera Cruz recipe, Saturday’s Shrimp            Huevos Rancheros
  Fajitas, and Sunday’s Pollos Borachos, an old puebla recipe. Call ahead if you                   Carne Asada
  would like to reserve a special. This lively restaurant, renovated from an old movie           Grilled Rock Cod
  theater, stocks a great selection of wine and beer, but don’t miss one of their             Two Cheese Enchiladas
  famous margaritas. Music is featured at weekends, including a renowned Para-
  guayan harpist and mandolin and guitar players. You can’t fail to have a good
  time at Jardines De San Juan.
                                                                                                  Fried Ice Cream
  Jardines De San Juan, 115 Third St., San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
  (831) 623-4466 • •
  Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Sat. and Sun.

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                  Shopping Adventures
                  Wwhether     you’re on the lookout for designer shoes,
                  unique handcrafted jewelry or that perfect antique bench
                  for the garden, Santa Cruz County invites you to shop
                  til you drop. From a traditional shopping mall in Capi-

                  tola to the heart of downtown Santa Cruz – and all the
                  shopping in between – you are certain to find both the
                  expected and the pleasantly unexpected while shopping
                  in paradise.

                                       Antique Shows & Fairs

                                       Arbor Antiques & Garden
                                       2650 17th Ave., Santa Cruz
                                       2nd Saturday of every month
                                       11am-3pm. Free.

                                       Downtown Santa Cruz
                                       Antique Faire
                                       2nd Sunday of the month,
                                       Lincoln and Pacific Avenues

                                       ANTIQUE TIPS
                                       For antique hunters, Santa Cruz
                                       County has several “hot spots,”
                                       most notably the villages of
                                       Soquel and Aptos. A bit farther
                                       to the south, both Moss Landing
                                       and San Juan Bautista have plenty
                                       more treasures to offer.

                                       Flea Market

                                       Sky View Drive-In Flea Market
                                       2260 Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz.
                                       Fri, Sat, Sun
                                       Children Free.
                                          DANA WERDMULLER

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                                      DANA WERDMULLER
                                      DANA WERDMULLER

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xxxxour stay in Santa Cruz County is limited only
by how long you have to spend with us. Wheth-
er you’re in the mood to splurge on a seaside
resort with a deck and hot tub, or you want the
simplicity of pitching a tent under the stars, you
can do it here. Enjoy the hospitality of a historic
bed and breakfast, take your kids to a fun, ca-
sual motel, or cozy up in a vacation rental (many
of which are pet friendly). Whoever you are and
however you travel, you’ll be welcome to stay
with us.

                                                      Monterey Bay Travel Adventures – 41


           Cheshire Rio Realty
           (831) 688-2041 •
           107 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos (see ad on page 41)

           Kendall & Potter Property Management
           (888) 692-8992 •
           783 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos (see ad on page 41)

                                               Monterey Bay Travel Adventures – 43
                                      LOCAL WI-FI
                                      Aptos Branch Library
                                      7695 Soquel Drive, Aptos
                                      (831) 420-5309

                                      Aptos Coffee Roasting
                                      19A Rancho Del Mar, Aptos
                                      (831) 685-0100

                                      Best Western Seacliff Inn
                                      7500 Old Dominion Court, Aptos
                                      (831) 688-7300

                                      Bittersweet Express
                                      787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos
                                      (831) 662-9899

                                      Full Of Beans
                                      10 Seascape Village, Aptos
                                      (831) 685-2120

                                      Lavarock Internet Café
                                      541 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz
                                      (831) 427-5282

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                                                                              LOCAL WI-FI continued

                                                                              Pacific Coffee Roasting Co.
                                                                              7554 Soquel Drive, Aptos
                                                                              (831) 685-2520

                                                                              Surf City
                                                                              9105 Soquel Drive, Aptos
                                                                              (831) 684-2750

                                                                              Rio Sands Motel
                                                                              116 Aptos Beach Drive, Aptos
                                                                              (831) 688-3207

                                                                              Seascape Resort
                                                                              1 Seascape Resort Drive, Aptos
                                                                              (800) 549-7371

Relocation Information
Moving to Paradise

 I   t is a privilege and a joy to reside in one of California’s
                                                                   EMERGENCY & SAFETY SERVICES,
most desirable living areas. Santa Cruz County is situated
                                                                   see page 5
at the northern tip of Monterey Bay and neighbors San
Francisco, Monterey and the Silicon Valley. Residents of           COMMUNITY INFORMATION
the county enjoy a variety of lifestyles provided by the           Animal Shelter:                  (831) 454-7303
local high tech industries, higher education, tourism, ac-         Animal Rescue:                   (831) 633-6298
claimed arts, diverse cuisine, pristine beaches, lush red-
                                                                   Aptos Little League:             (831) 427-8116
wood forests and rich farmland.                                    Aptos Youth Soccer:              (831) 475-8198
                                                                   Child Care:                      (831) 476-8585
With an ideal Mediterranean climate, low humidity, and
plenty of sunshine, there are many year-round events.              Consumer Affairs:                (831) 454-2050
Popular activities found in Santa Cruz County are hik-             Graffiti Hotline:                 (831) 427-0462
ing, biking, sailing, kayaking, walking, beach volleyball,
surfing, golfing, tennis, sailing and more. In a place nick-         Library (Aptos Branch):          (831) 420-5309
named “Surf City,” there is excitement found in the ocean          Post Office - Aptos:              1-800-275-8777
amongst the surfers who enjoy the unspoiled Monterey               Senior Network Services:    (831) 462-1433
Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The outdoor activities              Small Business Development: (831) 479-6136
complement the multitude of cultural and recreational ac-
tivities; golf courses, museums, live performance theaters         S.C. Metro Transit:              (831) 425-8600
                                                                   Para Cruz:                       (831) 425-4664
and art galleries. It is our pleasure to present just a taste      Yellow Cab Company:              (831) 423-1234
of what Santa Cruz County has to offer. Once you have
smelled the fresh air and seen the vibrant collage of green        Road Information:                1-800-427-7623
forests, blue sky, and warm sand you will know why we              Weather:                         (831) 475-3033
refer to Santa Cruz County as “paradise with options.”

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                                      SANTA CRUZ COUNTY TRAVEL TIPS

                                      1   Always wear sun block even on cloudy

                                          Dress in layers for morning fog and
                                          afternoon sun.

                                      3   Never turn your back on the ocean.

                                      4   Wear long pants and long sleeve
                                          shirts when hiking in local forests to
                                          avoid poison oak and insect bites.

                                      5   Always check water conditions be-
                                          fore entering the ocean: check for rip
                                          tides and heavy or dangerous surf.

                                          For road information and heavy traf-
                                          fic updates: dial 511 from cell phones
                                          or call 1-800-427-ROAD to check on
                                          road conditions from land phones.

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