Family Fun Adventures- Santa Cruz County Has It All!
Whatever pursuit you prefer, Santa Cruz offers uniquely diverse and exciting opportunities for recreation, relaxation and fun. Experience the our coastal beaches, stroll along trails of one of our many State Parks, or experience our lush Santa Cruz Mountain Wine Growing Region. The possibilities are endless here in Santa Cruz County.
Enjoy boutique shopping in Downtown Santa Cruz, on Pacific Avenue, or try Capitola Village for a quaint seaside shopping experience. Immerse yourself in local and marine culture at the Museum of Art History, Natural History Museum of Santa Cruz, or the UCSC Seymour Discovery Center.
You can't beat Roaring Camp Railroads or the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for family fun. Travel further to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium and National Marine Sanctuary. This trip to Monterey is worth the day trip and just a quick 45 minute drive.
Whether visiting University of Santa Cruz, strolling downtown galleries on Pacific Avenue, taking in a FREE Friday Night Concert at the Beach, or just getting outside to enjoy the vast natural beauty of Santa Cruz's parks and trails, in Santa Cruz, you'll find plenty of things to do and everything you need to embrace the best of life's pleasures.
A Beautiful Resort Escape With Lots of Things to Do in the Heart of Santa Cruz
Chaminade Resort & Spa is an uncommonly beautiful escape in the heart of Santa Cruz. Work out at our fitness center, hike our 3 miles of wooded trails or play in our outdoor heated swimming pool. With over 300 days of annual sunshine, you can play some tennis, explore nearby golf courses, or set sail on Monterey Bay. Chaminade is your gateway to the picturesque California coast; let us help you create lifelong memories.
For more information, please contact the Fitness Center at 831.475.5600
Resort Pool and Hot Tub
Located with steps of six of our guest room villas Chaminade offers an outdoor heated pool year round, poolside cabana rentals, seasonal pool bar and a bubbling whirlpool tub to relax the day away.
Chaminade is blessed with blue skies and pleasant weather throughout the year. Guests will enjoy swimming in the heated, 50-foot outdoor pool, as well as taking in the natural surrounding beauty as they luxuriate in the bubbling Jacuzzi. Poolside food and beverage service is the perfect complement to a day by the pool.
For more information, please contact the Fitness Center at 831.475.5600.
Daily Cabana Rental
Reserve one of our refreshed poolside cabanas, where you can enjoy additional shade, comfort, and service while you relax poolside in a chic resort cabana.
The Spa at Chaminade
Immerse yourself in the calm of The Spa at Chaminade with our services and treatments that will rejuvenate your body, lift your soul and relax you mind. A variety of services are available that include Massage, Body Treatments, Skin Care, Express Treatments and Salon Services. For more information contact The Spa at Chaminade at 831.465.3465.
Four Lighted Tennis Courts, Pickleball, and Volleyball
Play a set with friends on our four lighted tennis courts set among the towering eucalyptus. Racquets and tennis balls may be loaned out to guests at the fitness center, on a first come first serve basis.
Enjoy a game of Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in North America, on our two lighted courts. Equipment rental is available for all guests. Perfect for all ages and abilities.
A sand volleyball court offers guests the opportunity to challenge one another, while basking in the beautiful sunshine. Try your hand at croquet, on our lush sports lawn. Equipment is available at the fitness center and may be loaned out to guests on a first come first serve basis.
Scenic Hiking Trails
With over 3 miles of hiking trail meandering through the resort, you will surely feel miles away from ordinary. A variety of terrain and intensity levels on our trails will suit every guest and make you feel refreshed.
Guests enjoy exploring more than three miles of lush hiking trails meandering through pristine eucalyptus groves and grassy fields. Chaminade boasts 200+ acres and gives guests the opportunity to step out and experience a variety of beautiful terrains. The trails may be enjoyed by hikers of all abilities, but please note that trails are not paved. Maps are available to guests at the on-site Pro Shop
For more information, please contact the Fitness Center at 831.475.5600
Looking For a Great Workout?
Come and join us at the Fitness Center. The Fitness Center is located inside the 1,700 square foot Spa at Chaminade. With a variety of activities and classes to keep you on track, the Fitness Center will assist you in maintaining your fitness regime.
Our fitness facility offers top of the line Cybex equipment. Treadmills, elliptical, stair machines, recumbent and upright bikes. The Fitness Center also has three flat screen televisions with digital TV.
Group Fitness Classes
Classes are offered during both am and pm hours. Whether it's a relaxing Yoga class or fast paced Zumba, we are delighted to offer an array of group fitness classes to meet your needs. Click here for the monthly Fitness Class Schedule.
Locker Room Amenities
Steam rooms and Himalayan Salt Saunas are located in both the men's and women's locker rooms. Towels and shower amenities are available for your convenience.
Pro-shop & Retail Outlet
A wide variety of seasonal clothing adorn our shelves year round. From swim suit cover ups, to Yoga gear, we have a select variety of clothing to keep you motivated and moving.
Fitness Center Memberships
Chaminade Resort & Spa offers a yearly membership for unlimited access to our fitness center, added resort benefits and much more! For membership information, please contact our Recreation & Spa Manager at 831.465.3476
Santa Cruz: Quintessential California
Santa Cruz California is the quintessential beach town rich in history, art, culture, natural beautiful and is home to the oldest seaside wooden roller coaster. The perfect year-round destination for families and couples, Santa Cruz provides visitors and locals alike a diverse range of attractions. Come Visit Santa Cruz and experience what makes our beach town so unique. Also don't forget to check out our Santa Cruz experiential packages for the complete vacation getaway.
Looking for some insider tips from experienced travelers? Check out Bay Area Buzz's "Weekend Fun Guide" for top Santa Cruz picks of what to "See & Do", where to "Eat" / "Play" and of course where to "Stay".
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is recognized as the best seaside park in the world. Providing amusement thrills and family fun for over a century, the admission free boardwalk is quintessential California—renowned for its exciting rides, remarkable history, unique beach setting, and friendly attitude. Beyond the rides, the Boardwalk is home to the largest selection of games in Northern California, a two-story miniature golf course, and laser tag arena.
Vist www.BeachBoardwalk.com for more information, operating schedule and much more.
Hiking Santa Cruz County State Parks & Beaches
Santa Cruz County boasts 14 state parks covering a range of terrain from wave-swept beaches to rugged mountain ridges. These vast expanses of preserved land are a testament to conservation efforts that have been ongoing for over a century. Get the best of what Santa Cruz has to offer by starting a trail in a thicket of redwoods and ending on the sandy shore.
Though Redwood National Park may not fit into your travel schedule, two of Santa Cruz’s State Parks feature these ancient trees:
If you are looking to stay on property, Chaminade has three miles of scenic hiking trails stretched over its 300 acre property.
World Class Golfing
With world-class hill-top and beach front courses, Santa Cruz is a golfer’s paradise.We recommend the following courses, located just minutes from Chaminade.
High-Rise Canopy Tour & Zip Line Adventure
Redwood Canopy Tours at Mount Hermon offers visitors an exciting eco-adventure into the redwood canopy of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Enjoy the coastal redwood forest from the unique perspective only a zip-line canopy tour can offer. The two hour guided tour includes six zip-lines and two sky bridges at heights of up to 150 feet. Each tour of up to eight is led by two certified guides who share their ecological knowledge and bring the history of the Santa Cruz redwood forest to life. The Redwood Canopy Tours are the original canopy tour zip-lines in the redwood forest and are the only facility of its kind in the region.
"One if by land, and two if by sea", the saying goes, so bring a friend! Elkhorn Slough is one of the last coastland wetlands in California. Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 3.5 miles from Moss Landing, it has been described in the San Francisco Chronicle as the best place for wildlife viewing along the length of California Highway 1. This dramatic backdrop has wildlife year-round - otters, seals, sea lions and an infinite variety of birds.
Visit Kayak Connection which has rental locations in Santa Cruz and pick your adventure!
Learn to Surf
Santa Cruz's nickname is Surf City USA. So, what better place to give it a try? Surfing is a tradition thousands of years old, passed down from generation to generation by Hawaiian kings. Learning to surf isn't just about trying to stand up and catch a wave, it's also about adventure, exploration, ocean safety, and surfing etiquette. Ready to make a splash? Contact one of these local surfing schools to get started:
Club Ed Surf School website: www.club-ed.com
Stand Up Paddleboarding
The increasingly popular Stand-up Paddleboarding, or SUP: not surfing, not canoeing, not kayaking, but a way to get a unique perspective on the Monterey Bay while working your core muscles. Given its popularity, there are many companies within Santa Cruz where you can learn to SUP and rent equipment.
Historic Steam Train- Roaring Camp Railroads
Roaring Camp, located just six miles up the hill from Santa Cruz, is a re-creation of an 1880's logging town, operating trains every day of the year except for Christmas Day. This heritage railway boasts authentic 1880's steam locomotives operating on our Redwood Forest Steam Train excursion and 1920's era Beach Trains to Santa Cruz. Choose your ride between two main rides:
Roaring Camp also has special events throughout the year. Visit www.RoaringCamp.com for train schedules and more information.
Spend a relaxing afternoon aboard a sail boat in the middle of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Sail by the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Walton Lighthouse, beautiful beaches, and be sure to keep an eye open for the rich sea life in the bay. A number of charter companies depart from Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor, just minutes from Chaminade Resort & Spa.
Santa Cruz Museums
Looking for an educational travel experience? Visit one of Santa Cruz County’s museums, just a short drive from Chaminade Resort & Spa.
Santa Cruz Performing Arts & Entertainment
Whether you’re looking for classical music, theatre, concerts of well-known artists, or the local music scene, Santa Cruz has it all.
San Lorenzo Valley: Meandering the Santa Cruz Mountains
Once home to a bustling logging industry, the San Lorenzo Valley meanders through the Santa Cruz Mountains following its namesake waterway, the San Lorenzo River. From towering redwood forests, 100 year old steam trains, high flying zipling to award winning wine tasting, the San Lorenzo Valley is a laid back valley brimming with adventure.
Capitola: Sip, Stroll, Sea
If Santa Cruz is quitessential, Capitola is quaint. Seaside charm brings visitors to this shopping, dining, sightseeing hub of Santa Cruz County. Just south of Santa Cruz and a few short minutes from Chaminade Resort & Spa, Capitola Village is the Pacific coast’s oldest seaside resort town and one of the county's most beloved areas to shop, stroll and take a dip in the sea.
South County: Adventures South of Santa Cruz
South Santa Cruz County includes the communities of Corralitos, La Selva Beach, Watsonville, Pajaro Dunes, Royal Oaks and Freedom. From gorgeous sunsets at Manresa State Beach, wildlife viewing along the sloughs of Elkhorn Slough to wine tasting at the world-renowed Annie Glass factory outlet.
One of California's Better Kept Secrets
One of California’s better kept secrets, the Santa Cruz Mountains, are home to nearly 50 family-owned and operated vineyards and wineries that specialize in small yield, handcrafted wines. With a winemaking tradition that dates back to the late 1800’s, local winemakers have mastered growing in the region, producing excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Visit Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz's Visitor Center, provides an extensive list of top wineries to check out along with fun facts about the Santa Cruz growing region.
Explore Santa Cruz Wines
Wine Passport Days - Offer the opportunity to try wine tastings at a number of wineries, some of which are only open to the public for Passport days. This self-guided tour of the Santa Cruz Mountains includes discounts at select local restaurants, such as Chaminade's Linwood's Bar & Grill.
The Santa Cruz Mountain Winegrowers Association - Coordinates other events throughout the year and is a one-stop source for the region’s wineries.
The Swift Street Courtyard - Located on the Westside of Santa Cruz in a convenient courtyard setting are a collection of boutique wineries. Taste your way around the courtyard and then grab a quick bite at the bakery or other eateries in the vicinity.
Wine Packages are often offered at Chaminade Resort & Spa. Wine packages enable people to get a taste of what the Santa Cruz Mountains have to offer and enjoy the luxuries of a four diamond resort.
Chaminade’s Farm to Table Wine Dinners offered throughout the summer months, enable guests to try a variety of wines from throughout the Santa Cruz and Monterey County growing regions and enjoy a handcrafted locally sourced meal.
A Few More Wineries You May Want to Visit
"For four generations, my family has been working the land in Bonny Doon, CA growing premium wine grapes. As winemakers it is our mission to produce wines that display the flavor of our home land, and make wines that are true to their variety. My wines are simplistic in the sense that they reflect what they truly are. This is accomplished through old world winemaking techniques. We invite you to experience the true terroir of Bonny Doon, and enjoy the typicity and purity of our wines."
- Ryan Beauregard, Winemaker
Wine Tasting Open Daily 11AM - 5PM Located at 10 Pine Flat Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Chaminade Guests: Don't forget to stop by the front desk to get your complimentary tasting card!
SUMMIT TO SEA WINE TRAIL
The Summit to Sea Wine Trail is a unique collection of wineries, each ready to welcome you with hospitality and exceptional award winning wines.
Burrell School - Visit the historic 1890 Burrell School house for its charming gazebo and rose gardens, sunset views & school-themed estate wines.
Loma Prieta - Escape to a high altitude (26oo ft) Mediterranean villa with panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, perfect for picnics.
Wrights Station - With some of the oldest Chardonnay vines in the Summit area (planted 1981), Wrights Station invites you to taste in an elegantly repurposed 1947 farmhouse. Relax in the living room, lounging on the enclosed porch or picnicking on the expansive deck.
ALFARO FAMILY VINEYARDS & WINERY
Richard Alfaro and and his wife Mary Kay enjoy the fruits of their labor. After a satisfying career as the founders of a restaurant and the wholesale baking company known under their own name - Alfaro's Micro Bakery - the couple shifted gears in 1997, acquiring an aging 75 acre apple farm south of Santa Cruz in Corralitos, California, which they subsequently transformed into Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery. With 56 acres currently under vine, the most-recently planted 8 acres was CCOF Certified Organic in 2010.
Bargetto Winery has produced hand-crafted wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1933.We specialize in estate grown varietals from our Regan Estate Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains, overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay.
Santa Cruz Tasting Room: 3535 North Main Street Soquel, CA 95073 (831) 475-2258 ext. 14
Hours: Open Daily 12:00 - 5:00
Monterey Tasting Room: 700-G Cannery Row Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 373-4053
Hours: Sun - Thurs. 11:00 - 6:30, Fri - Sat 11:00 - 7:00
Santa Cruz deserves to be in the spotlight for its amazing craft beer scene and the Santa Cruz Beer Trail Passport is here to guide you on your journey. The Trail Passport embodies what the Beer Trail is all about, encouraging people to get out and discover!
The “First Release” Passport is focused on providing visitors with a self-guided expedition that showcases just how diverse and unique the Santa Cruz craft beer community truly is.
Summertime Adventures in Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County attracts visitors of all ages. We've got the sun, we've got the beaches and we've got SO MUCH MORE! Below we've highlighted many of the "Family Friendly" acitivites right here in Santa Cruz County...for kids or kids at heart each destination is well worth the time.
Visit Santa Cruz is our local visitor's center and offers plenty of insider knowledge of our beautiful county.
Santa Cruz Visitors's Guide pick one up at the resort or request your copy here!
Santa Cruz Life offers locals and visitors top notch tips and the latest events hitting Santa Cruz County.
Trekaroo & Things To Do - Check out there top 10 things to to in Santa Cruz! From shopping, to hiking to wildlife watching..all here in Santa Cruz.
Boardwalk Fun, Santa Cruz Sun
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is open 7 days a week with rides and the casino arcade available for FUN!
Rides are open daily
Monterey Bay Free Exploration Center
Just a short walk from the beach and Boardwalk is the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center. Come learn about our local ecosystem and how our actions affect where we live and breathe.
Free admission for all
Open Wednesday-Sunday 10-5pm
Seymour Marin Discovery Center
Take your family on a tour of a real marine research facility right here in Santa Cruz! Pet sharks, gaze at moon jellies, and view a life size skeleton of a gray whale. The Seymour Marine Discovery Center is dedicated to raising awareness about how to care for the world’s oceans and gives the public a chance to interacte with fun displays.
Redwood Canopy Tours
The Mount Hermon Canopy Tours are thrilling and awe-some! This is the perfect family adventure for those looking to getaway from the beach and looking for adventure...up 150 feet. The Redwood Canopy Tours include a zipline over a third of a mile long and two sky bridges. Click the link above for more details and height requirements.
Roaring Camp Railroads
Located in the Santa Cruz mountains in the quaint town of Felton, Roaring Camp Railroads is home to fun, adventure for the whole family. You can ride authentic steam locomotives that date all the way back to the late 1800s or take the Santa Cruz Beach train all the way to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (hint: this helps avoid parking and traffic). Resort guests use promo code: HCHAMINADE for $2.00 off each ticket!
Beach Train - A 3-hour round trip ride, from Roaring Camp to the Beach Boardwalk.
Steam Train - A one-hour round-trip featuring a ride up Bear Mountain.
Roaring Camp also has special events throughout the year. Visit www.RoaringCamp.com for train schedules and more information.
Wilder Ranch State Park
Explore a historic coastal ranch, complete with horses, goats, and miles of hiking trails. Wilder Ranch State Park is located just off highway 1, north of Santa Cruz. Enjoy a "day in the life" of folks in 1880's, as you walk/bike through this historic ranch. Choose between miles of flat coastal walking trails, or hike up the mountains toward UCSC.