Activities in Live Oak

One-Hour Standup-Paddleboard Rental or a 90-Minute Standup-Paddleboard Lesson at SUP Shack (Up to 49% Off)

SUP Shack

Pleasure Point

$20 $11

Instructors lead students through basic core-strengthening maneuvers and rent out fast, versatile boards

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

$129 for a PADI Open-Water Scuba-Certification from Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel ($424 Value)

Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel

Twin Lakes

$424 $129

After hours of practice in pool and in Monterey Bay's open waters, receive PADI open-water certification and celebrate with barbecue party

One Month of Unlimited Adult or Kids' Martial-Arts Lessons at Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Up to 74% Off)

Sandro Batata Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Santa Cruz

$135 $35

Adults or kids learn practical self-defense skills while building strength, endurance, and discipline in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes

One or Three Months of Strength and Conditioning Training at Santa Cruz Strength (Up to 60% Off)

Santa Cruz Strength

Central Santa Cruz

$140 $69

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Strength and conditioning training helps clients of all ages and skill levels gain muscle, lose fat, and increase endurance and flexibility

$30 for $60 Worth of Martial Arts at To The Point Martial Arts

Ultimate Pure Self Defense

Westside

$60 $30

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$55 for $100 Worth of Wildlife Watching at Shark Camp

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

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$189 for an Open-Water PADI Certification Course with Scuba-Equipment Rental ($510 Value)

Adventure Sports Unlimited

Central Santa Cruz

$510 $189

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Earn PADI open-water certification after instruction in a heated pool and four ocean dives across Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

10 or 20 Rhythm & Motion Dance Workout Classes at Motion Pacific (Up to 70% Off)

Motion Pacific

Central Santa Cruz

$130 $39

Rhythm & Motion classes combine inventive dance routines with engaging music to create an exhilarating, high-energy workout

Six Dance Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes for One or Two at The Palomar Ballroom (Up to 63% Off)

The Palomar Ballroom

Multiple Locations

$72 $29

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Professional instructors lead dance classes and series in salsa, swing, ballroom, and tango for all skill levels

One or Three 60-Minute Golf Short Game Lessons with Bruce Michael Vieira, PGA Instructor (Up to 50% Off)

Bruce Michael Vieira PGA Instructor

Multiple Locations

$80 $45

Class-A PGA instructor breaks down the short game and teaches proper mechanics; lessons capped at three students

$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

Six-Week Beginner CrossFit Classes in the Morning, Mid-Day, or Evening at Studio 831 (52% Off)

Studio 831

Westside

$145 $69

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Learn how to safely and efficiently complete the exercises of CrossFit in a four-week session, followed by two weeks of classic classes

$99 for an Ideal Protein Weight-Loss Program at Optimal Health and Fitness ($760 Value)

Optimal Health and Fitness

Twin Lakes

$760 $99

Comprehensive, doctor-led plan helps achieve weight loss through one-on-one coaching sessions and weekly body measurements

Five Yoga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio (Up to 78% Off)

Divinitree Yoga and Art Studio

Eastside

$75 $19

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Physically invigorating and meditation-based yoga styles for students of varying skill levels

$15 for $30 Worth of Leisure-Park Visits — Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz Lawn Bowls Club

Santa Cruz

$30 $15

Free lessons with a coach and a three-month membership with all equipment provided

One-Month Salsa Workshop for One or Two at Bailamos Salsa Rueda (Up to 55% Off)

Bailamos Salsa Rueda

Portuguese Hall (CDPES Building)

$28 $14

Groups learn to dance salsa in a "wheel" of interchanging partners as a leader calls out different moves

$34 for $60 Worth of Music Lessons — Martan Mann Piano Teacher

Martan Mann Piano Teacher

Boulder Creek

$60 $34

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Four Creative Dance Classes or Four Level 1–3 Ballet, Jazz, or Tap Classes at Wings School of Dance (Up to 76% Off)

Wings School of Dance

Scotts Valley

$105 $25

Positive, nurturing dance classes instill the basics of classic dance techniques and new styles

$75 for $150 Worth of Boxing at Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA

Santa Cruz Boxing & MMA

Scotts Valley

$150 $75

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$40 for $99 Worth of Cardio Kickboxing— Choi's Tae Kwon DO

Choi's Tae Kwon Do Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley

$99 $40

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$31 for a Seals and Sea Otter Watch Kayak Tour of Elkhorn Slough (Up to $62 Value)

Blue Water Ventures

Moss Landing

$62 $31

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Trained naturalists lead explorers in stable kayaks through protected waters to view otters, harbor seals, and seabirds

Two Large Buckets of Driving-Range Balls at Pacific Golf Centers (missing id 05275a1e-b2f7-360a-c6a1-fe9813e289ec Off). Two Options Available

Pacific Golf Centers

Watsonville

$26 $9

Well-tended practice course encompasses 9.5 acres and includes tees with TrackTee monitors that provide instant shot feedback

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Watsonville Winemakers Studios (Up to 58% Off)

Watsonville Winemakers Studios

Watsonville

$30 $15

At boutique-winery cooperative, staffers pour one-ounce tastings of multiple varietals from three wineries

9-Hole Golf Outing for Two or 10 9-Hole Rounds of Par-Three Golf at Casserly Golf Course (Up to 52% Off)

Casserly Golf Course

Watsonville

$90 $45

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9-hole, par 3 course rolls over terrain of former cattle ranch

$18 for $60 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons — BellaMar Training Stables & Riding School

BellaMar Training Stables & Riding School

Interlaken

$60 $18

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Yoga Hike for One or Up to 15 People from Hiking Yoga (Up to Half Off)

Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

4 Beginner, 6 Intermediate, or 10 Advanced CrossFit Classes at CrossFit Los Gatos (Up to 76% Off)

CrossFit Los Gatos

Los Gatos

$120 $29

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Coaches guide clients of various levels in strength and conditioning program to boost muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility

Slow-Smoked BBQ and Drinks for Two or Four at The Cats Restaurant & Tavern (Up to 39% Off)

The Cats Restaurant & Tavern

San Jose

$40 $25

Pitmasters grill 16-ounce ribeye steaks, St. Louis style smoked ribs, and Atlantic salmon, and slow-smoke barbecue for 10 hours

One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at The Dailey Method (Up to 60% Off)

The Dailey Method

Los Gatos

$100 $55

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Hybrid fitness technique unites core conditioning, yoga, and orthopedic exercise to tone muscles and improve alignment

$18 for $40 Groupon — Tavan Music Academy

Tavan Music Academy

Los Gatos

$40 $18

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Boot-Camp Package at Be Fit Boot Camps (Up to 91% Off). Three Options Available.

Be Fit Boot Camps

Multiple Locations

$221 $25

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Expert personal trainers lead boot-camp sessions in which pupils sprint, lunge, and pass medicine balls

$28 for $80 for 2 hours of Golf Simulator Rental — Fit Precision The Golf Difference

Fit Precision The Golf Difference

Los Gatos

$80 $28

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$49 for a 28-Day Fat-Blast Program at Performance Science Training Institute ($485 Value)

Performance Science Training Institute

Multiple Locations

$485 $49

28-day program helps women jump-start their weight-loss goals with metabolic movement training sessions and nutritional guidance

Cardio Kickboxing or Martial Arts Classes at Studio Kicks Training Center (Up to 82% Off). Three Options Available.

Studio Kicks Training Center

Los Gatos

$57 $10

Burn calories in high-energy cardio kickboxing classes or master the 5,000-year-old techniques of martial arts

$95 for Five 30-Minute Private Guitar Lessons at Chris Bryant Guitar School ($225 Value)

Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

$225 $95

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

$35 for Four Stroller-Fitness Classes from StrollerPower! ($90 Value)

StrollerPower!

Multiple Locations

$90 $35

Instructors lead groups of moms with stroller-age kids through energetic workouts at local parks and trails

$22 for Wine Tasting for Two with Cheese Plate and $5 Credit at Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden ($36 Value)

Saratoga Wine & Beer Garden

Saratoga

$36 $22

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Outdoor patio and garden harbors guests who sip on flights of wine and nibble complementary cheeses

One or Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes at The Dailey Method (Up to 57% Off)

The Dailey Method

Morgan Hill

$100 $55

Ballet- and Pilates-inspired fitness classes, along with yoga and Ballet Barre taught in a sunny 2,800-sq.-ft. studio

10 or 20 Gym Passes Including Fitness Classes at Anytime Fitness (Up to 83% Off)

Anytime Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $19.99

Day passes include use of all gym equipment and admission to daily Zumba, kickboxing, boot-camp, and other fitness classes

6 or 12 CrossFit Classes at Morgan Hill Crossfit (Up to 79% Off)

Morgan Hill Crossfit

Morgan Hill

$100 $25

Instructors lead functional workouts that challenge the entire body and scale to exercisers of all stripes

Five or Eight Kids' Sports Training Sessions, or One Month of Unlimited Training at KidSportzUSA (Up to 51% Off)

KidSportzUSA

Campbell

$99 $49

Children ages 3–12 play indoor sports including soccer, basketball, and karate; agility training aimes to improve balance, speed and agility

Four or Eight Dance Classes for Kids, Teens, or Adults at Ariel Dance Productions (Up to 67% Off)

Ariel Dance Productions

Campbell

$85 $35

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Kids, teens, and adults select from a broad variety of classes including jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop, and musical theater

One-, Three-, or Six-Month Membership with Personal Training at The Right Stuff Health Club (Up to 81% Off)

The Right Stuff Health Club

Multiple Locations

$149 $29

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During a week or hour of one-on-one sessions, trainers help guests hone in on their fitness goals and get acclimated with the gym

$70 for $140 Worth of Guitar Lessons — Ryan Acosta Music

Ryan Acosta Music

Campbell

$140 $70

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One Month of Regular Martial Arts Classes for Little Rhino for Ages 3–6 at PRO Martial Arts (Up to 50% Off)

PRO Martial Arts

Campbell

$159 $79

Motivation martial arts classes instill students aged 3 and up with confidence, poise, self-respect, and self-defense skills

One or Three Months of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at Extreme Fitness and Sports (Up to 75% Off)

Extreme Fitness and Sports

Campbell

$150 $39

Expert trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes

Eight Classes or Month of Unlimited Rapid Results Sports X Bootcamp at MED-X Health & Fitness Center (80% Off) 

MED-X Sports & Fitness Center

Campbell

$148 $29

45-minute classes focus on maximum calorie burn in a short time by combining elements of TRX, kickboxing, functional fitness, and karate

5 Classes or One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes at Xtreme Martial Arts and Fitness Center (Up to 72% Off)

Xtreme Martial Arts and Fitness Center

Campbell

$75 $25

Tone bodies while learning courtesy, discipline & respect with muay thai or X-Fit Kickboxing Classes for adults and teens

Full-Day Rental of One, Two, or Four Single Bikes or Two Tandem Bikes at Jay's Cycles (Up to 71% Off)

Jay's Cycles

Jay's Cycles

$30 $10

Bikers rove beachside paths atop lovingly maintained single and tandem cycles

$102 for $185 Worth of Horseback-Riding Lessons at Dreamor Ranch

Dreamor Ranch

San Juan Bautista

$185 $102

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Bay Area Dinner Show Magic and Variety Performance for One or Two (Up to 43% Off)

Bay Area Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$100 $60

Magician Dan Chan leads a cast of comedians and illusionists during a dinner and variety show

3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Okaigan Karate Dojo (45% Off)

Jkr Okaigan Dojo

Cupertino

$420 $231

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Three or Six Weeks of Unlimited Boot-Camp Classes at 2B Fit (Up to 80% Off)

2B Fit

Cupertino

$150 $39

Certified trainer helps jump-start weight loss through a high-intensity blend of cardio, resistance training, and team training

$19 for Movie Package with Two Tickets, Two Popcorns, and Two Drinks at BlueLight Cinemas ($36.50 Value)

BlueLight Cinemas

Cupertino

$36.50 $19

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Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn feeds movie fans during second-run flicks projected in theaters with DTS and Dolby surround sound

9-Hole Round of Golf for Two or Five Rounds for One at Blackberry Farm Golf Course (Up to 45% Off)

Blackberry Farm Golf Course

Cupertino

$38 $22

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Course measures 1,544 yards and challenges short iron and putting skills with narrow fairways and small greens

Outing for One or Two at The Bridal Soiree (Up to 51% Off)

The Bridal Soiree

Coyote Creek Golf Club

$100 $49

Hit up the beauty bar for a mini makeover, see a bridal fashion show, and ask wedding planners about budgets

Three or Six Months of Unlimited Classes at Bikram Yoga San Jose (59% Off)

Bikram Yoga San Jose

San Jose

$360 $149

Award-winning competitive yogis lead students through 26 postures held in a heated room for 90 minutes to stretch and strengthen muscles

SnowBomb Ski & Snowboard Festival for One, Two, or Four with Lift Tickets on November 8 or 9 (Up to 55% Off)

Snowbomb Ski & Snowboard Festival

San Jose Convention Center

$25 $12

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Get access to lift tickets, a huge gear sale with discounts exceeding 75% off, and season pass deals to some of the largest ski resorts

$69 for One Month of Unlimited Yoga Classes at CorePower Yoga ($195 Value)

CorePower Yoga

Multiple Locations

$195 $69

Dynamic flow of Vinyasa-style poses, breathing exercises, and uplifting music energize bodies and minds in stretch-friendly heated rooms

Admission to Revelocity Auto Expo 2014 for One, Two, Four, or Six on Saturday, October 11, at Noon (50% Off)

Revelocity Events

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds

$30 $15

Showcase of high-end exotics, one-off cars, race cars, and fully restored classics, plus cars from actor Paul Walker's personal collection

Visit for Two or Four to the San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose Museum of Art

Downtown San Jose

$16 $15

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Surprising and playful contemporary art dating back to the mid-20th century, including LED light sculpture, photography, and new media

5 or 10 Group Dance Lessons for One or Two at Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio (Up to 70% Off)

Crystal Ballroom Dance Studio

Santa Clara

$75 $25

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45-minute group lessons cover styles such as waltz, fox trot, swing, and salsa

$33 for $60 Worth of Tennis Lessons — SAI Tennis Training

Sai Tennis

San Jose

$60 $33

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Four- or Eight-Week Introductory Muay Thai Program for Kids Aged 6–12 at Team Rey`s (Up to 70% Off)

Team Rey`s

South San Jose

$160 $49

Kids learn martial arts and muay thai during twice-a-week classes taught by an instructor with 20 years of experience

Month of Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two, or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Ultimate Muscle Confusion (Up to 63% Off)

Ultimate Muscle Confusion

San Jose

$97 $45

Class created by a former college-football player; combines HIIT and muscle confusion to maximize resistance and cardio training

5 or 10 Boot-Camp Classes at Marina Gavric Health and Fitness Training (Up to 71% Off)

California Native Garden Foundation

California Native Garden Foundation

$100 $39

Fitness instructor leads small groups through high-intensity interval training that targets every muscle group to help burn more calories

5 or 10 Ballroom Dance Classes or 3 Private Classes for One or Two at CPAA Arts Center (Up to 67% Off)

CPAA Arts Center

San Jose

$50 $25

Brush up on footwork or reconnect with a loved one during ballroom dance classes and ballroom dance practice parties

One Month of Four Ballet Classes for One or Two at Bay Ballet Academy (Up to 53% Off)

Bay Ballet Academy

Canoas Garden

$59 $29

Former principal dancer of Ballet San Jose shares his decades of ballet expertise to students of all ages and skill levels

One or Two Months of Classes for One, or Month of Classes for Two at Battle Control Martial Arts (Up to 75% Off)

Battle Control Martial Arts

Edenvale

$120 $35

Martial-arts students learn self-defense skills, up their fitness levels, and build both mental and physical strength and discipline

10 or 20 Dance Lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio (93% Off)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio

San Jose

$270 $20

Studio cofounded by Fred Astaire trains students with a curriculum that breaks social dances down into easily combined components

$35 for $100 Worth of Services at Soul Pilates, Llc

Soul Pilates, Llc

San Jose

$100 $35

Soul Pilates' high-intensity interval training classes burn fat and help you detox

One or Three Flight Lessons and a Membership to AeroDynamic Aviation (Up to 68% Off)

AeroDynamic Aviation

Multiple Locations

$408 $129

Get behind the controls of an airplane and learn to take off, climb, and descend with an FAA-certified flight instructor as copilot

Four Weeks of Unlimited Boxing or Kickboxing Classes at Tribull MMA (45% Off)

Tribull Mma

San Jose

$159 $87

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$35 for One Month of Unlimited Women's Classes at IMC Martial Arts & Fitness Academy ($97 Value)

IMC Martial Arts & Fitness Academy

Multiple Locations

$97 $35

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Burn calories and tone muscle during classes such as kickboxing, Pilates, and women's self defense, which take place across three locations

One Month of Unlimited Shinkendo or Aikibujitsu Classes or Four Classes at Tojokan Dojo (Up to 81% Off)

Tojokan Dojo

San Jose

$100 $29

Shinkendo teaches swordsmanship rooted in samurai techniques and philosophies, whereas Aikibujitsu blends and redirects attackers' energy

One or Two Months of Unlimited Adult or Kids' Jiu-Jitsu Classes at Gloglo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Up to 71% Off)

Gloglo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Gloglo Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy

$155 $49

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Experienced instructors teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a martial art that focuses on balance and leverage for effective self-defense

Batting Cage Practice or a Private Baseball or Softball Lesson at South Bay Sports Training (Up to 56% Off)

South Bay Sports Training

San Jose

$15 $7

Cages help build batting fundamentals; former professional and collegiate players help hone skills in 30-minute private lessons

$45 for One Month of Unlimited Group Fitness Classes at ROQ Training ($195 Value)

ROQ Training

San Jose

$195 $45

Burn calories and build lean muscle in these boot-camp-style classes led by an experienced trainer

Select Local Merchants

1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans.

Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

3535 N Main St.
Soquel,
CA
US

As she twinkle-toed her way across stages in countries from France to Brazil to Japan, internationally lauded dance teacher and choreographer Joy Smith's moves have enraptured audiences in music videos, TV shows, and music tours. At her studio, Santa Cruz Dance Company, she strives to impart a similar passion for dance in students of all ages and abilities. She fosters an encouraging environment in which they can learn the steps and lay the foundations for a lifetime of fitness. Along with a team of instructors, she teaches budding performers the fundamental techniques of ballet, contemporary jazz, acrobatics, and musical theater. The instructors incorporate these techniques into choreographed dance pieces and help students learn to express themselves through the movements—a skill they can use to show their feelings about their favorite roller coaster being put to sleep.

She also calls on her years of dance experience to help whip adults into shape during Zumba classes, an effort which has earned her Good Times' award for Best Aerobic Instructor. As a master trainer, she fires up fitness dance parties with her easy-to-follow blend of aerobics and Latin dance. She takes her training a step further by certifying and licensing Zumba trainers throughout Northern California as a Zumba Education Specialist.

2800 Porter St
Soquel,
CA
US

At 2,600 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one might expect to find sprawling views of the ocean and surrounding forest and not flourishing vineyards. Yet there are more than 70 wineries dappling the hills at various altitudes, privy to the dewy, cooling breezes of the sea and the richness of the rocky soil. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks to their scattered presence, deeming them "less a cohesive wine region than a patchwork of vineyards." Still, this characteristic isolation has resulted in "a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion"—no one style dominates in this rustic setting.

Pinot noirs and chardonnays populate the western front, and the east yields cabernets, merlots, and zinfandels. The majority of the vineyards are small and family owned—a fact reflected in their meticulously bottled libations and the matching sweaters of their holiday photos—but though they exist in chosen hermitage, many of them welcome visitors to their scenic sites. They host weddings, festivals, and open events such as Pathway to Pinot Paradise, a self-guided tour of the pinot noir hotspots.

7605 Old Dominion Ct
Aptos,
CA
US

From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon frosty foundations of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirl idyllically into cones, cups, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal surprise fillings of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.

Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast one-third fewer calories than regular smoothies.

816 Bay Ave
Capitola,
CA
US

Martial-arts master Francis Farley conquered his childhood timidity by studiously practicing martial arts. He went on to win the North American middleweight title in 1989, and by 1993, he had won the International Sport Karate Association middleweight championship, holding on to that title for five years. He decided to open Farley's Kickboxing Academy, a dojo with a full weight room and boxing ring, in order to teach others various kicks and jabs gleaned from his successful 27-win, 2-loss career, which featured 17 knockouts and one intimidating finger wag. Francis's passion for martial arts—and fitness in general—led him to pair up with instructors such as Joey Thomas, a professional surfer and black belt in Brazilian jujitsu; Willow Brown, the facility's yoga expert, who has more than 10 years of teaching experience; and MMA coach Mike Roberts. These gurus help fitness seekers of all levels blast calories, learn self defense, or gain spiritual tranquility, and they adhere to the motto, "You don't have to be a fighter to train like one," as opposed to, "Once a couch potato, always a couch potato."

2551 S Rodeo Gulch Rd.
Soquel,
CA
US

The team at Tropical Adventures Scuba and Travel teaches classes, repairs equipment, and plans diving trips, all with a focus on building an active scuba community. Seasoned instructors with NAUI and PADI certification lead beginners from the classroom to the ocean, where they meander through kelp forests and master the art of underwater basket weaving. Experts coordinate travel to premier international and local dive sites such as Catalina Island, aiming to make the three to five yearly trips affordable and fun. The crew also recommends new and used gear for purchase or rental, including Oceanic booties, Tusa masks, and radar equipment that helps divers avoid traveling mermaid salesmen.

3921 Soquel Dr
Soquel,
CA
US