Beach house, family, wine, BBQ, salty breezes and wearing a sweater are all the attributes I need to a perfect vacation. Over the past week I have been living the dream in Aptos, CA. Let’s just say it has been a shocker to come back to 110 degree weather in Phoenix. I highly enjoyed waking up every morning not having a plan on the day festivities and able to explore the Santa Cruz area. Like most people vacationing around this area, we hit up the tourist areas of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Capitola. However, this time we were able to explore a new area of Santa Cruz that I never heard of all thanks to our Aunt and Uncle’s guidance. It is called the Swift Street Courtyard. This area is full of old warehouses that have been restored and made into small boutiques, wine tasting rooms, and the most delicious French bakery. It is a great venue to visit if you are looking to relax and get away from the crazy tourist areas. We liked visiting it so much, we went 2 days in a row!
Photo via Katiedid Blog
Wineries: MJA, Rexford, Vine Hill
Eatery: Kelly’s French Bakery
Brewery: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery
Head to Santa Cruz from various locations taking Highway 17. Travel to Santa Cruz and then take Highway 1 north for two miles and take a left turn on Fair Avenue. Take a right turn on Ingalls Street. The Swift Street Courtyard will be on the right.