A few months ago, a wedding shoot took me to Santa Cruz, and my best friend from Oakland, decided to meet me down there for a short ladies vacation. This was such a treat. As adults, it's hard to find time to go on trips with your girlfriends, especially if they live on the opposite coast.
We decided to skip the boardwalk area, and opted for a quiet neighborhood, right by the beach in Twin Lakes. It ended up being ideal for a few days of relaxation with zero agenda. I would spend the early mornings going on walks around the neighborhood. We'd spend the afternoon either reading, doing yoga on the deck of our airbnb, going on hikes, or exploring Santa Cruz on bike. Early evenings would find us at the Twin Lakes Beach, where we made bon fires every night and watched the sunset (and celebrated the beautiful full moon). We were both so relaxed and content by the end, that we decided we had to commit to an annual trip :)