BONNY DOON DAYS: A happy summer Saturday out typically consists of a pleasurable, non-taxing thing. What that non-taxing thing is, of course, varies by person, but a kick-about art studio tour is pretty high up on a lot of lists. That the tour is near a funky, fantastic vineyard that isn't affiliated with the tour but close enough for a sip-based swing-by is a plus. And that is is all taking place in the delightfully named Bonny Doon, which is just a pinch from Santa Cruz, further pleasure-fies the day. Or days, rather; the Bonny Doon DOONART Studio Tour is on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17.
THE STUDIOS: It's totally free to visit any or all of the studios; visitors are promised a peep at paintings and ceramics and woodcarving and more. The hours each day are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you feel like a winery visit will round things out, the Bonny Doon Vineyard tasting room is in Santa Cruz proper at 328 Ingalls Street. It's open from noon to 5 p.m. So, if you do the Bonny Doon arts tour, and then some Bonny Doon wines, you can say you've fully Bonny-Doon'd out your day. Which is a good thing to say.