Longtime Bay Areans may have never even heard of the Vasco Caves Regional Preserve, a series of limestone outcroppings, formed over centuries by wind erosion, that spans 1,644 acres along the rolling eastern foothills of Mt. Diablo. For diehard naturalists and geologists, there's plenty to see here.
In recent years, Berkeley and Oakland have become filled with tasty vegan restaurants. Here are 10 delicious spots you need to try if you're devoted to the meatless movement (or just like veggies a lot).
Livermore Valley doesn’t get the same national spotlight as Napa and Sonoma, but its position as viticultural underdog means you can taste world-class wines without crawling through traffic on Highway 12. Whether you prefer tucked away wineries making small-lot vino or relaxing to live music on the patio of the winery, this easy Livermore Valley tasting itinerary offers options to suite every palate.
One of the East Bay’s best bike rides is a gentle and serene cruise upon the Alameda Creek Trail. Constructed alongside the county’s biggest waterway, this exceptional trail runs uninterrupted for 12 miles from Fremont to the San Francisco Bay.
Piedmont Avenue, with its vibrant mix of locally-owned shops and famous ice cream shops, offers plenty of opportunities for a day of fun. Whether it’s strolling through a graveyard, catching a flick at Oakland’s oldest theater, or sipping scorpions under the watchful eye of an animatronic hula dancer, the stretch of street between Pleasant Valley Ave. and MacArthur Blvd. offers a healthy mix of places to chow down, cut loose, and spend some cash.
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Chances are that you're already familiar with the delights of Temescal Alley. But while you're making your way over for doughnuts and handmade jewelry, don't neglect the other shops and restaurants making this North Oakland neighborhood the charming locale that it is. From vintage wares to stinky cheese and stiff drinks, there's something for everyone.
To walk through the Japanese-styled wooden doors on the Northern inlet of Oakland’s Lake Merritt is to enter another world. The landscape is checkered with trees that are bent and wired to mimic what one might see in nature—that is, if everything in nature were just a few feet tall. This, the volunteer-run Bonsai Garden Lake Merrit (BGLM), is among the Bay Area’s few remaining places to celebrate the treasured ancient art form of Japanese bonsai.