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Just as each region in Santa Cruz County is distinct in its natural beauty, the keepsakes found in many shops throughout the area also reflect the character of the locale. A piece of jewelry crafted by a local artisan or a bottle of local wine become treasured mementos that can awaken memories of your visit long after you’ve returned home. Artistic wonders abound in the form of locally made gifts on Mission Street. Uncover uncommon finds along Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz like custom jewelry and luminescent glass sculptures. On the Wharf, an array of items, from hand-crafted lavender soap to surfwear can be found. Antique shoppers can uncover heirloom-quality items along the quaint streets of Soquel Village and Aptos. And the San Lorenzo Valley towns of Felton, Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek have shops offering a variety of collectibles. Browse specialty shops in quaint Capitola Village or find favorite stores at the mall nearby. Beachwear and outdoor gear can be found on nearly every corner of town. Surf shops feature the products of local wetsuit entrepreneur Jack O’Neill. In Santa Cruz’s Pleasure Point district, charming boutiques can be found in one of the best surf areas around.
Santa Cruz County offers distinctive items
Gifts for gardeners blossom throughout the county, like exotic flora and fauna-related items at the UCSC Arboretum. Nurseries in south county feature dried floral wreaths and artistic gifts for the garden enthusiast. And the San Lorenzo Valley Museum offers copies of How to Grow a Chair: The Art of Tree Trunk Topiary. Fascinating mementos can be found at the county’s many museum gift shops. The Museum of Art & History has an assortment of creative items. The Ocean Discovery Shop at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center has marine-related treasures, from glass seashell ornaments to educational toys. State Park gift shops offer even more. At the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park gift shop, all items relate to the forest, from journals to jewelry. Butterfly-shaped cookie-cutters and silk scarves celebrate the monarch at the Natural Bridges State Park gift shop. Native American-themed baskets and books on California history can be found at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Items designed by artist Michael Schwab are on display at any of the Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks’ gift shops throughout the county. Santa Cruz County’s wealth of unusual shops and exquisite boutiques provide an extraordinary shopping excursion.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
Welcome to Santa Cruz County
Your Wildlife Watching Destination
Field to Table
From the Mountains to the Sea
Culture and Creativity
201163 Events Calendar
A Wine Lover’s Paradise
Galleries and Museums
Exploring Santa Cruz County’s Great Outdoors
Pajaro Valley and Watsonville
San Lorenzo Valley
Capitola and Soquel
Santa Cruz Travel Guide 2011
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