Once you and seven fellow wilderness wanderers strap on helmets, harnesses, and gloves, you'll head over to Bean Creek Canyon—a pristine redwood preserve nestled among the Santa Cruz mountains—and spend two hours soaring between the boughs of some of the world's tallest trees on six ziplines up to 440 feet long, along with two sky bridges that take you 150 feet above the Ewok-infested forest floor. Though you'll feel the wind of trunks and branches as they rush past, seemingly within inches of you on either side, you'll reach the next platform without bruising so much as an ego. In between lighting off bursts of adrenaline fireworks, Mount Hermon Redwood Canopy Tours' two certified tour guides will share ecological facts, bringing the majestic centuries-old trees alive in a way that doesn't involve them angrily pelting you with apples.
Club One's clean, eco-friendly facilities furnish fitness fanatics with access to hundreds of weekly classes, as well as pools, saunas, and state-of-the-art cardio contraptions. Over the course of the week-long membership, the only limiting factor to how many workout sessions you attend, including spinning, kickboxing, aqua fit, Pilates, and 12 types of yoga, is the tendency of the human body to catch on fire from sustained friction. Schedules and fitness features vary by location.
Poetic Cellars, one of the newest wineries in the Santa Cruz Mountains, is set amidst the rolling, oak-studded hills and the solitude of a country estate. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy fine wine in an unhurried, tranquil atmosphere.
In one child's hand, a tiny tambourine jangles along to a song while another child claps to the rhythm. It's not an uncommon sight at any of MusicalMe's educational classes, where kids up to age 6 express themselves through music. And parents are encouraged to stay and have fun, whether by helping littler participants along or by ripping a mean solo during a kazoo jam session. With classes holding up to 14 students, each child gets a significant amount of attention and guidance as they learn to appreciate melody and rhythm and learn to love making music.
Drawn2Art strives to teach children the skills to draw, paint, and create three-dimensional art realistically. Whether drawing, painting, or sculpting, kids learn Drawn2Art’s visualization techniques that allow them to break down subjects into simpler, easier-to-create pieces. This results in a gallery of impressive student artwork that ranges from silhouettes and fruit to household pets, flowers, and seaside landscapes.
At Roudon-Smith Winery, winemakers surrounded by unique murals create barrels of rich reds and refreshing white wines using high-quality grapes from the Santa Cruz Mountains and other regions of California. Whether crafting an elegant pinot noir or a richly colored zinfandel, the winemakers follow a philosophy of minimal intervention, seeking to preserve the essential qualities of the fruit.