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Our Staff Picks are your guide to stay 'in the know' when you go. Whether you're planning to hang ten or take five, checkout our blog to find the best local attractions, events and activities to keep you entertained while you stay in Santa Cruz. There's no shortage of things to do. From mild to wild, there's something for everyone here. 

A Nature Lover’s Dream

A Nature Lover’s Dream

January 04, 2022

With its glistening shoreline and mild climate even in winter, Santa Cruz is a beach-lover’s dream. Though you might be tempted to spend every day by the ocean, we highly recommend a foray into the gorgeous nature preserves or state parks that are just a quick drive from the Dream Inn. One of our top choices, Quail Hollow Ranch County Park encompasses roughly 300 acres crossed by extensive hiking and equestrian trails, picnic areas, majestic lookout points, a pygmy redwood forest, and a vibrant array of wildlife. Another favorite of ours, DeLaveaga Park offers picnic areas, bocce ball courts, ballfields, a playground, an archery range, and trails for hiking and cycling. For more detailed information on all the best parks, gardens, and other green havens in and around Santa Cruz, check out the official City of Santa Cruz website here.