Christina Morgan Cree

Alfred Hitchcock’s Scotts Valley Hideaway

by Christina Morgan Cree

Alfred Hitchcock came to California in 1939 to film his first American production, Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca (1940) starring Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier. Most people know he lived near Hollywood in Bel Air with his wife, Alma, and daughter, Pat, and it is well known the he found inspiration in and around the Bay Area as a backdrop location for several of his films.

Bookshop Santa Cruz: a 50 year love affair with the community

by Christina Morgan Cree

Bookshop Santa Cruz is a locally owned and operated independent book seller since 1966. It's a Santa Cruz favorite, a hub of literary activity and community events, and has provided the standard for other independent book sellers. They offer new and used books, a large magazine collection, cards and gifts, and host events that feature both local and national authors.

The Scoop on Santa Cruz Ice Cream

by Christina Morgan Cree

When I first moved to Santa Cruz, Marianne's on Ocean was the place to go for locals and the obligatory stop on the way home from a long day in the sand and sun for tourists. That was 30 years ago, and it's still a hot spot with a line out the door day and night. Joining that wonderful institution is a new breed of ice cream shop.

The Stanford Theatre: A Portal to Another Era

by Christina Morgan Cree

Walking through the doors of the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto, California, is like entering a portal to the splendor of another era. The opulent neoclassical styled movie palace whisks you back to a time before technology, television, and even home radio, to a pre-depression America where entertainment and distraction were sought outside the home. Beautifully designed and decorated with larges lobbies and mezzanines with chairs and couches where friends could sit and talk. Before Hitchcock's Psycho, movie goers would show up to the theatre without much thought to showtimes. It was common to walk into the theatre mid movie.

Gone Girl By Gillian Flynn

by Christina Morgan Cree

Nick and Amy find each other in NYC. He's a journalist and a small town southern boy, sensitive and genteel. She is the bright and confident daughter of writer/parents who used her as the inspiration for their best selling young reader's series, Amazing Amy. She also does a little bit of writing on the side.

A Santa Cruz Kind of Christmas

by Christina Morgan Cree

Santa Cruz offers many wonderful ways to get in the holiday spirit this year. We may not have snow, but how many places can boast a Nutcracker ballet performed by trees? Victorian carriage rides, Holiday light trains, and Nutcracker ballets are just a few of the many fun activities going on this season.

A Spooktacular Santa Cruz Halloween

by Christina Morgan Cree

Santa Cruz has something for everyone when it comes to celebrating Halloween. Whether it’s participating in a family friendly costume parade or partying half the night away with the local undead-look no further. Take your pick of spooky train rides, walks through the cemetery, join a Thriller flash mob or do some pumpkin painting on the Esplanade.