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The delicious tastes of Santa Cruz County begin in the rich sandy soil unique to the Central Coast. Warm sunny days offset cool foggy nights to create one of the most distinctive geographical areas in California for produce. The roots of Santa Cruz County cuisine literally lie in the soil. The abundance of locally grown fruits and vegetables provides inspiration for the many celebrated chefs within the county. A number of chefs are known for creating menus in harmony with the seasons to highlight locally-grown items at their peak. Farmers markets throughout the county are veritable boutiques of nature, where you can browse at leisure. Many of these markets host special cooking-related events featuring fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and other locally-made items. And speaking of fresh, nearly every restaurant offering seafood in town features salmon, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, and other succulent choices, sustainably harvested from the Monterey Bay. Daily catches become nightly specials at restaurants throughout the county, in particular on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf where you’ll find some of the best clam chowder in the county. For a menu rich in seafood and sweeping views of the Monterey Bay, Linwood’s or the Sunset restaurant at the Chaminade Resort, the Santa Cruz Dream Inn’s Aquarius restaurant, or Sanderlings at the Seascape Beach Resort are perfect spots. For the perfect accompaniment to local cuisine, the celebrated

wines of the region rank among the best in the country. In fact, the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation is one of the oldest wine growing regions in the United States. The area boasts over 70 wineries many of them small and family-owned. Visit a tasting room, or try one of the local restaurants which serve these handcrafted wines. Pairing food with wine has been par for the course at area restaurants. Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola features Winemaker Wednesdays, October through April, when local wines take center stage. Or try Soif in Downtown Santa Cruz for other delicious pairings. Casablanca restaurant near Santa Cruz’s Main Beach in is another sumptuous option. For just wine, the Bargetto Winery tasting room in Soquel Village is a scenic choice. Whether your culinary preference takes you to an outdoor market bursting with fresh produce, a romantic hideaway, or a bustling Mediterranean-themed sidewalk bistro, Santa Cruz County offers the perfect gastronomic destination. For a complete list of recommended dining options, see pages 61-62. Bon appétit!

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19 “ once a month chefs, caterers and cookbook authors shop for fresh ingredients early in the morning and demonstrate ways to incorporate them into everyday cooking.” san francisco chronicle, May 2, 2010

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011

Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Contents
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
Locally Made
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
Maps
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Monterey Bay
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Scotts Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Pleasure Point
Aptos
Davenport
Restaurant Guide
Lodging Guide
Visitor Activities
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Welcome to Santa Cruz County
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Santa Cruz
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Your Wildlife Watching Destination
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Field to Table
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Locally Made
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - From the Mountains to the Sea
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Culture and Creativity
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - 201163 Events Calendar
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Maps
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - A Wine Lover’s Paradise
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Monterey Bay
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Galleries and Museums
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - San Lorenzo Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Scotts Valley
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Capitola and Soquel
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Pleasure Point
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Aptos
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Davenport
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Restaurant Guide
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Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011 - Lodging Guide
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