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Ride the Bus to Big Basin!

Its not too late to head to Big Basin car free. Thanks Christine for the great tips!! Written on October 30, 2013 by Christine Candelaria The Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District is offering weekend bus service to Big Basin Redwoods State Park from spring through early December. If you’ve ever wanted to hike the Skyline to the Sea Trail, no […]

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Outdoor Exotics

Orchids have a reputation as being hard to grow because they require specific conditions to thrive and produce the colorful, showy blossoms that captivate people’s attention. So when local gardeners hear that some orchids can successfully be grown outdoors on the Central Coast, their response is generally a surprised “really?” “Yes really,” says Linda Locatelli, […]

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The cutest, scariest parade in Capitola

CAPITOLA — Pint-sized skeletons, pirates, mummies, astronauts and princesses filled the Capitola Village on Sunday for the 23rd annual Halloween parade, which drew an estimated 800 children and their families. The costume-clad kids lined up in the parking lot behind the Capitola Police Department and marched down Capitola Avenue — with music played by the […]

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Stacey Vreeken, Wine Press: Decoding the Wine List

Here’s a hint: Trust your server when ordering wines. It’s even better when they’re the smiling type like John Locke, at right, co-owner of Birichino with Alex Krause. Locke, who is in charge of the wine offerings at Soif, in downtown Santa Cruz, stresses that your server is there to decode the wine list for you. ( Birichino ) By […]

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Fit or Treat

Local chef Lauren Hoover-West offers tips for a healthier Halloween Halloween is just around the corner, and whether dentists approve or not, that means one thing: candy—and lots of it … everywhere you look. Though few have the willpower to resist a treat or two in the spirit of the holiday (nor should we), with […]

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Mermaid Triathlon and Duathlon Capitola

Sunday, October 6th was Capitola’s Liv/Giant Mermaid Triathlon and Duathlon. Hundreds of women competed in one of the best All Women Triathlon’s on the west coast. The City of Capitola was the perfect venue offering an ocean swim around the wharf, a fun and challenging bike course followed by a run on the ocean bluff overlooking […]

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Sipping the Season: Santa Cruz Brewers Celebrate Autumn with Bold, Rich Beers

SANTA CRUZ — Beer drinkers know how to celebrate every season, and autumn’s no exception. As the temperatures drop, the brews get deeper in color and taste — a perfect way to stay warm and accompany richer meals. “The darker, sweeter beers start to get more appealing once the weather gets colder and the leaves […]

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Humpbacks put on a show off Capitola coastline

CAPITOLA — Capitola resident John F. Hunter captured several photos of humpback whales breaching near Capitola Beach on Monday, getting so close to the mammoth mammals that their barnacles can be clearly seen. Hunter, 51, said he was on a morning walk when he spotted two whales breaching close to the Capitola Wharf. He said […]

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nomBat’s Begonia Festival Submission

Our design team, nomBat, submitted a pretty great design for the 2013 Begonia Festival! Click here to view their t-shirt, postcard and flyer designs for the festival.

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Announcing: A New Love for Capitola!

Although you will probably be reading this after our site launch 9/1/2013, as I write this we are hard at work to bring you the best website Capitola has ever seen! Being one of the longest standing Capitola sites, capitolabythesea.com has credibility, stability and a local connection that natives and visitors alike will be able […]

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