If you’ve ever imagined cruising down the coast, visiting beautiful wineries along the way, then we’ve got the trip for you. Experience Slow Coast Wine Tasting in Santa Cruz, one of California’s iconic coastal towns and home to over 70 wineries. The best part? If you stay at the Chaminade Resort & Spa, you’ll get complimentary tastings at some of the top wineries in the region. Take a look at some of our favorite pit stops to add to your wine tasting route.
Our Top Tastings
If there is one winery that takes the pretentiousness out of winemaking, it’s Bonny Doon Vineyard. They’re the first ones to popularize screw caps on premium wines and have made it their mission to create wine labels that showcase straightforward ingredients that are easily understood by the modern wine drinker. Did we mention their wine is delicious? Step into their intimate tasting room to try black currant and floral Rosés to bold and smokey Syrahs.
At Beauregard Vineyards, you can try wine from the unique Santa Cruz Mountain appellation, a microclimate that brings distinct qualities to its grapes. Envelope your taste buds in the flavors of the land through their striking Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Plus, their tasting room is located in a rural redwood community, setting the scene for your connection back into nature.
When you need a little break from swirling and toasting, take a detour to the breathtaking Shark Fin Cove, where you can explore scenic sea caves and the impressive geological wonder, Shark Fin Rock. If you’re looking for a local souvenir, try your luck at sea glass hunting at Davenport. Here’s a local tip – sea glass tends to be found near the gravel parts of the beach, so be sure to hone in on the gravel, and you might find yourself a gem!
The Best of Monterey Bay
There’s no doubt that Santa Cruz is full of beauty and relaxing destinations to satisfy your getaway needs. To extend this relaxation even further, reserve a suite at the Chaminade Resort & Spa, where you’ll have panoramic views of Monterey Bay at your fingertips. A mountaintop retreat, this luxurious resort gives you the best of both worlds: the mountains and the sea.