Santa Cruz is one of the most creative and artistic cities in the U.S. - just ask Atlantic Monthly, which ranked us fifth just a couple of years ago. Does that stop when we reach retirement age?
In the late 1970s, Lee May was looking to “get out of the big-corporate world,” as he recalls now. He and a partner started some weeklies locally, and in 1977 he hit on the idea of a Visitor Guide for Santa Cruz. “It was a little black-and-white tabloid we put out six times a year,” says May.
Spring is the season of the new: freshness, growth‚ and the revitalization of earth and life. The essence of the season is certainly apparent in the current local food landscape. New craft beer hubs are cropping up left and right (see page 54 for more details) alongside much-anticipated eateries like Assembly on Pacific Avenue. Meanwhile, alluring new endeavors like the Japanese tapas and ramen restaurant KAITO breathe new life into old locations (in this case, the former home of Pink Godzilla). New technologies are even finding their way into our eateries, such as at The Quail and Thistle Tea Room in Capitola, which recently began accepting Bitcoin as currency. My favorite new thing as of late? It’s hard to choose, but a dirty soy chai from Midtown Cafe is very high on the list.
Striving to live a happy, healthy and well-rounded life is a full-time commitment. So, why not toss some fun and positive attitude into the journey? In this issue of Good Times’ 55+ magazine, we have plucked a handful of creative souls to remind us of how to do just that—and leading the way is local icon and bestselling author John Robbins. There are others, too, so dive in. And be sure to check out our resource directory (page 28). In the meantime, I’m reminded of something somebody once told me: “You’re not getting older, you’re getting “bolder!” Cheers to that.
Enjoy the issue. —Greg Archer, Editor
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It’s a bit mind-bending to realize that 2013 has nearly breezed by and that the holidays are right in front of us. Good cheer and (hopefully) great connections with family and friends await, but, for the moment, let’s focus on the task at hand: the art of giving.
The following pages will certainly assist you with that. In our annual gift guide, we highlight more gifts than in previous years so there’s plenty from which to choose—from the vibrant offerings found at Om Gallery in Downtown Santa Cruz to the downright imaginative gift items and stocking stuffers you can find at so many other local stores. It’s all here.
Local cuisine, chefs, cookbooks, cocktails and more in our biannual food and wine magazine
This season, as we gather with family and friends to feast, we are reminded of how powerful food is at bringing people together. But food is building connections throughout our bustling community far beyond the holiday dinner table, whether it is with a group of like-minded hobbyists who’ve carved out a niche making beer (page 48), or coworkers at a local fire department who tend a garden together and collectively enjoy the harvest (page 18). It can create community with something as simple as a neighborhood pizza night featuring pizza made from fresh, seasonal ingredients (page 30), and can bridge the gap between distant countries and cultures, such as with Café Campesino’s traditional Mexican farmhouse cuisine (page 26) or a local octogenarian’s Japanese food endeavor aimed at broadening Americans’ culinary horizons (page 24).
Whether you’re starting out the new school year a little fish in a big pond, or the big man/woman on campus, everyone could use a little help along the way. That’s what Dilated Pupil is all about. In need of a quiet spot to study? Or how about a hip local restaurant to take your crush? Or maybe, without mom around, your clothes are in serious need of a good washing ... whatever it is you’re looking for, Good Times has you covered.
Welcome to Good Times Weekly's first edition of 55+, a special publication dedicated solely to Santa Cruz County residents ages 55 and up. In the following pages, we hope you find useful information on everything from volunteering opportunities and food resources to local healthcare services.
Not to toot our own horn, but Santa Cruz County has got it all. From superb wines, to world renowned attractions, to pristine beaches, to a hip art scene, locals know how to work hard and play hard. What does that mean for visitors? Oodles of fun.
To help you navigate all that our area has to offer, we present our annual Visitor Guide. Within the following pages, you’ll find some of the best local culinary hotspots, spas, hikes, galleries, bars, live music venues, attractions, and so much more. For some insight into the area’s unique (and quirky) history, take note of the “Fun Facts” dispersed throughout.
Welcome ... Now, Get Out!
Three’s a charm for GT Active. In our third year of Good Times Weekly’s annual magazine, we salute the great outdoors in Santa Cruz County and also take a deeper look into the area’s fitness and health scenes. What thrilled us the most, however, was giving away several tickets to a lucky local who had the opportunity to experience a one-of-a-kind helicopter ride over our lush county and ocean, only to be set down at Talbott Vineyards nearby for a wine tasting. Fun. See page 56 for the full report on that. Also, take note of our center spread, featuring the best pictures of the year from Santa Cruz Waves. In the meantime, as you peruse this year’s publication, hopefully you will be reminded of how much there is to do here—not just in the great outdoors but in your ever-evolving exploration of health and fitness, too. Onward we go ... | Greg Archer, Editor
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