Welcome to Snooth's guide to visiting Santa Cruz, or: "Going to San Francisco and taking a wrong turn on the way to Napa." This, of course, could also lead you to Sonoma, or the Sierra Foothills, or Santa Clara -- but none would deliver the same experience as a trip down coastal highway 1 to Santa Cruz.

Wine country can be a weird place. Certainly Napa is about as removed from reality as you can get and still be awake (and in the US). Santa Cruz is, and always has been, a refreshingly down-to-earth stop on my wine country tours. Where else can you taste great mountain Cabernets, ride a roller coaster, go bowling and get two scoops or a taco and call it a day?

The appeal of Santa Cruz is a bit, shall we say, bohemian in all its splendor. What’s not to like here? There is literally something for everyone: From the boardwalk to the farmer’s markets, the beach to the mountains, Santa Cruz is simply a great holiday destination.

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