The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center (the “MAH”) is located at 705 Front Street in downtown Santa Cruz. We are open Tuesday-Sunday, 11-5, and open until 9pm on Fridays. We host large-scale community events on the First and Third Fridays of the month in the evening, as well as ongoing exhibitions, programs, family festivals, and educational experiences.
Santa Cruz has a lot to offer, from world-class surfing, golf, mountain biking, kayaking and sailing, to amazing mountain parks filled with towering redwood trees. Plus an attractive downtown with interesting shops, sidewalk cafes, and movie theaters.
In 1769 the Spanish explorer Don Gaspar de Portola discovered the land area which is now known as the City of Santa Cruz. When he came upon the beautiful flowing river, he named it San Lorenzo in honor of Saint Lawrence. He called the rolling hills above the river Santa Cruz, which means holy cross.
Is it possible to make the intangible, tangible? To define love, or to capture the feeling of a sunset? That's the challenge when it comes to MJA. It's not just a destination, it's an experience that goes beyond the wine, mixed with the aroma of chocolate & Kona Coffee, the setting and the people... It's the Aloha!
It took until the late 1800's and early 1900's before surfing was introduced to the U.S. Mainland, mostly along the southern coast of California. Surfing became known in the Santa Cruz area when a few young men from the beaches of southern California migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area to seek jobs or to attend college. They already knew how to surf and brought their boards with them. Soon they discovered the beaches of Monterey Bay and the outstanding surf breaking across the outer reefs and sandbars at Cowell's Beach. They also discovered the good surf at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River and at Pleasure Point.
UCSC opened in 1965 with 650 students. Forty-eight years later, the campus is home to 15,400 undergraduate and 1,400 graduate students.Achievements by UC Santa Cruz faculty and students have earned national and international recognition for the quality of research and teaching.
Redwood Pizzeria was opened in May 2005 by Evan Borthwick and his family. We have since made many improvements, most related to the quality of the food. In early 2007, we upgraded our dough and marinara sauce—as well as all the fresh vegetable pizza toppings—to be 100% organic. We have also added organic mozzarella cheese to our menu. We source most of our ingredients locally, including all our produce and wines. We are NOT a chain, and virtually everything on the menu is prepared fresh.
Eating has been an important gathering occasion for many generations. In Taqueria Vallarta, we work hard to bring you not only one more reason to gather with friends and family, furthermore we work hard to bring authentic Mexican cuisine to your delicate and diverse palette.
The Grub Club® was created to help raise money for medical treatment and therapy for our 4year old daughter, MJ. Figuring that it is better to create an income than to ask for one time donations (though they will be gratefully accepted) we had this idea to let restaurants put their menus online for free. When we get enough menus and traffic to our web site we can sell advertising. The advertising dollars can go to our daughter for more therapy and equipment. For more information on MJ's situation please start here.
Cowboy Bar & Grill serve a delightfully tasty menu that will nourish your taste buds in a friendly mountain atmosphere. Serving Felton for over 16 years, this sweet spot in the Santa Cruz mountains, is just 10 minutes from Santa Cruz and 30 minutes from the Bay Area. It's a favorite for locals and tourists alike.
Scott Roseman came to Santa Cruz in 1977 to attend UCSC. While a student, he joined Our Neighborhood Food Co-op, located on the Westside of Santa Cruz. In the summer of 1984, about three years after he was hired onto the Co-op staff, Scott was diagnosed with leukemia. It took a year to go through the necessary treatment, but towards the end of that year, as the Co-op was floundering, he made an offer to purchase its assets. An agreement was reached that included a process for the store to repurchase Co-op members’ shares through a discount, and on October 20, 1985, the Westside Community Market opened. Story continues...