Tag Archives: Santa Cruz

Chez Shady Santa Cruz Vacation Rental

Now that our five children are all grown up and living all over the country (and world), my husband Bill and I decided to turn our sprawling Santa Cruz family home into a summer vacation rental. If you are looking for a killer pad to relax and chill, we invite you to visit our Airbnb listing Chez Shady. 

Our traditional custom craftman’s bungalow style home was built in 1927. It has since undergone several remodels and expansions without sacrificing any of the home’s original character or charm. Relax and enjoy our luxurious, comfortable and spacious (3000 square foot) home that has everything you want and need to enjoy the Santa Cruz beach and mountain experience. Designed and built for our large family, our home has 4 bed rooms, 3 full baths and outdoor living area. Ideal for retreats and reunions. It’s spacious, cozy and comfortable with lots of amenities: indoor clinker brick fireplace, gourmet kitchen (with granite counters and Viking stove), master bath Jacuzzi, outdoor fireplace/fountain and kitchen, study/library, formal dining room with Mission Style table and ginormous great room with wet bar and 60 inch flat screen TV.

Sea2Be Ocean-Themed Photography of Julie Forbes

My sister Julie is a wonderful photographer, a passion she pursues as a hobby. I admire her talent and ability to capture the peaceful and tranquil essence of the sea using various filters and freeze frame techniques. Below are some of my personal favorite beach scenes from her vast portfolio. Since I have a fondness for lighthouses, the shadow of one is especially intriguing to me. And I find the Degas-like blurred images of beach bathers fascinating. You can see more of Julie’s work on Instagram. 



SeaweedArt at Seymour Center’s Jingle Shells

Jingle ShellsCome check out SeaweedArt prints, cards and holiday cards this Sunday at Jingle Shells, the annual holiday craft fair at the Seymour Center. It is my favorite event of the year. Lots of great arts and crafts– all homemade, wonderful food, an incredible view of the Monterey Bay and just so much festive fun holiday cheer. Support local artists in our support of ocean education and conservation. Don’t miss the whale lighting at 5:45!

Scenes from Sailing on the Monterey Bay

I had the pleasure this past week to help my dear friend Nanci celebrate her 50th birthday with a sail on the Montery Bay on the Chardonnay II in Santa Cruz. Oh, how I love living here…


Swimming with Dolphins

Some albacore fisherman using a GoPro Topedo camera, caught this unexpected incredible underwater footage of dolphins off the coast of Santa Cruz. Delightful, enchanting and amazing. A must see.

Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center Now Open!

NMSFMB Exploration CenterThe Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz is now open and I am pleased to announce SeaweedArt cards are on sale in the Sanctuary gift shop! If you haven’t been to visit yet I highly recommend it. Just steps away from the Santa Cruz wharf, The center features state-of-the art displays, research discoveries and interactive exhibits that encourage visitors to explore the sanctuary’s remarkable marine environment. Admissioin is free. Open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday.

Volunteer for Earth Day Beach Clean Up

One way you can take action to reduce plastic pollution on our beaches is volunteer for a beach clean up. Local residents of Santa Cruz county can sign up with Save Our Shores who is organizing several Earth Day beach cleanups. For a complete calendar of cleanups and events, click here.

Santa Cruz Surfer Almost Swallowed by a Whale

This video was taken a few days about by a local Santa Cruz photogragher, Barbara Roettger, who  had her camera ready when the whales jumped out of the water and appeared to almost swallow the woman.

Eucalyptus Trees at Natural Bridges State Park

My husband and I took a long walk along West Cliff Drive on Sunday and then hiked up the hill to Natural Bridges State Park. This is the view from the path along the eucalyptus trees. I love the way they smell.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk at night

These photos were taken by a 17-year-old girl named Molly, whom you can see, is  already a very accomplished photographer.

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