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.
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.
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.