About Lindsay Shaffer

Lindsay Shaffer is a writer, teacher, and peak performance coach. She is also a former technology-phobe turned blogger. When she is not blogging or doing research, she still happily avoids all use of technology and heads for the outdoors.

Savor the Perfect Blend of Nutritious and Delicious at The Buttery

The Buttery in Santa CruzRich chocolate cupcakes, warm apple pie, and……. organic grilled vegetables?

That’s right, you can have it all! Health nuts and dessert lovers alike rejoice at The Buttery.

A bustling cafe on the corner of Soquel and Branciforte, The Buttery has been serving up delicious meals and baked treats for almost thirty years.

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Comfy Never Felt So Cool: The Abbey Santa Cruz Coffee, Art & Music Lounge

The Abbey Santa CruzLooking for a cool place to work or study?

The Abbey Coffee, Art, and Music Lounge combines all the comfort and convenience of your living room with the superior style of an artsy cafe.

The Abbey offers free Wi-Fi to all its customers, so you can grab a coffee and settle in for a few hours of work or study.  I even know a few people who work out of The Abbey running their small businesses.

A great place for students as well as working professionals, The Abbey is a quiet environment for work during the day and a rockin’ music venue on weekend nights.

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20 Summer Activities for Kids & Families in Santa Cruz

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Looking for some fun family activities this summer?

Santa Cruz has no shortage of fun family and kid-friendly activities to keep you and your little ones entertained all summer long.

Here is a list of 20 kid and family friendly activities for the summer.

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When Hippies Make Ice Cream: The Tasty Tale of the Penny Ice Creamery

Penny Ice Creamery SignDelicious. Quirky. Wholesome. And oh so organic.

That is what you get when you combine the earthy wisdom of Santa Cruz culture with a best loved dessert favorite at The Penny Ice Creamery.

And did I mention that the owners Kendra Baker and Zachary Davis were invited to represent their business at the White House? But first, let me discuss the important stuff:

The amazing ice cream.

The Penny Ice Creamery, a local business in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, serves up homemade specialty ice cream daily. Come sample flavors from the exotic balsamic fig or cayenne dried apricot to the more classic Chocolate Raspberry or Tahitian Vanilla Bean. Their daily menu features a variety of flavors for both the adventurous and modest palette.

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Classic Beach Hangout: Seabright Beach

Seabright Beach

Seabright is the valedictorian of Santa Cruz beaches.

You know that kid who is just good at everything? Star of the basketball team and academic success, who aces the SAT, and somehow manages to look cool doing it?

Yup, that’s Seabright.

Seabright delivers on everything important in a beach. While it may not have the flashy attractions of the boardwalk or the unique wildlife of natural bridges, Seabright might just be the best classic beach hangout in town.

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Beaches and Bridges and Butterflies, Oh My!

Natural Bridges State Beach

Natural Bridges State Beach (Photo credit: karma17)

Looking for a great spot to watch the sunset, play in the waves, or see some local wildlife?

Natural Bridges State Beach is one of the best spots in Santa Cruz for doing all three.

As you watch the sun dip beneath the water, you might just spot a whale or a group of sea otters playing in the kelp.  If you are visiting during the day, head over to the tide pools or the eucalyptus grove full of monarch butterflies.

During the fall and winter months, you can see the thousands of migrating monarch butterflies that make Natural Bridges a famous destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

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Create Your Summer at the Art Factory

Art Factory, Aptos
Calling all young artists!

Kids ages 4-12 can enjoy their summer painting, sculpting, collaging, and making new friends at The Art Factory in Aptos.

Home to some of the best art classes in the county, The Art Factory offers a variety of summer day camps Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 3 pm.

Each week features a unique theme, with separate classes for preschool and elementary age kids.  This year’s themes include birds, sea creatures, sewing, painting and printmaking, crafts, and more. Kids learn new skills in a safe, non-competitive environment.

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