Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz County

Have dog, will travel. And you know a great place that you and your four-legged friend will love? Santa Cruz! From dog-friendly beaches and redwood hikes to restaurants and resorts, Santa Cruz County has a ton to offer for people and their pets.

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It’s a Dog’s Life in Santa Cruz Wine Country

It’s a Dog’s Life in Santa Cruz Wine Country

Oh, the carefree life of a winery dog. It ranks high on our list of reincarnation fantasies. Yet in Santa Cruz County, which is home to over a dozen dog-friendly wineries, you needn't wait until the next go-round to enjoy a breezy life of leisure. more »

Mitchell’s Cove, Santa Cruz County

We found a cave! Photo Credit: @phantompoodleparti
We found a cave! Photo Credit: @phantompoodleparti

Mitchell’s Cove, Santa Cruz County. This pretty city beach just off West Cliff Drive allows leashed dogs at any time, while leash-free romping is permitted between sunrise and 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to sunset. more »

All Aboard A Family-Friendly Choo-Choo

Wednesday rides the Skunk Train, Fort Bragg <br/> Photo Credit: @wandering_wednesday
Wednesday rides the Skunk Train, Fort Bragg
Photo Credit: @wandering_wednesday

The chug-chug and urgent whistle call of an approaching train is always exciting, especially when a vintage steam engine leads the charge. How can you hear it and see it and not want to be on it? Several family-friendly excursion trains in California welcome dogs as well as parents, grandparents and youngsters aboard. Here’s a rundown. more »

Swirl, Sip and Savor at Santa Cruz’s Dog-Friendly Wineries

Bonny Doon Vineyard <br/> Photo Credit: @bonnydoonvineyard
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Photo Credit: @bonnydoonvineyard

First-time visitors to Santa Cruz County usually have beaches in mind. But once they discover wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, one of the oldest in the state and known primarily for pinot noir and chardonnay, they’ll be herding their four-legged buddies into some of the dozens upon dozens of winery tasting rooms sprinkled throughout the county. DogTrekker.com has rounded many of them up in a wine-trail itinerary heading north to south on Highway 1. more »

Kissing the Santa Cruz Coast

Photo Credit: @mrkobeandme
Photo Credit: @mrkobeandme

Follow the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) along the Santa Cruz County coastline, and you’ll be tempted by 29 miles of beaches (15 of them dog-friendly) along the way. Only one, Mitchell’s Cove, is legally leash-free, and then only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. But no worries: there are plenty of other strands to explore provided you keep a tether stretched between you. more »

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Mount Hermon

Uncle Ro's Pizza Pairing Party
December 21, 2018 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
450 Highway 1, Mount Hermon, California 95041
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Mount Hermon

Uncle Ro's Pizza Pairing Party
December 28, 2018 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
450 Highway 1, Mount Hermon, California 95041
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Mount Hermon

Uncle Ro's Pizza Pairing Party
January 4, 2019 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
450 Highway 1, Mount Hermon, California 95041
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Opal Cliffs

Pet Loss and Grief Support Group
January 10, 2019 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
2260 7th Ave., Opal Cliffs, California 95062
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Emergency Services

Pacific Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service
1980 41st Ave.
Capitola, California 95010
Phone: (831) 476-2584

Santa Cruz Veterinary Emergency Service
2585 Soquel Dr.
Santa Cruz, California 95065
Phone: (831) 475-5400

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter - Lost Dogs
2200 7th Ave.
Santa Cruz, California 95062
Phone: (831) 454-7227


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