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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

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It's one of those ho-hum weekends in February: Weather's okay but not great, it's not a three-day weekend, and Beer Week hasn't started yet. But fear not, we still found plenty of fun for you in the East Bay. Following are our three favorite reasons to hop over the bridge this weekend.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

When you're not busy drinking beer and eating wings this weekend, consider a field trip away from the sea of 49ers fans and head east for a little nature, a little wood-fired pizza, and, oh yeah ... antiques!

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Who knew the East Bay not only had its own Restaurant Week, but boasted TWO of them? That's right. This weekend is a great time to eat in the Beast with Oakland's Restaurant Week just kicking off, while Berkeley's wraps up. And hell, why not take a long walk in between meals?

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Ramen Shop

It's gonna be another cold, wintry weekend, folks. Head across the bridge for three great ways to warm up:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley.

In preparation for the year ahead, and for the New Year's Eve celebrations coming our way on Monday, we look to the East (Bay, that is) for ways to celebrate the past, present and future.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

 New Parkway Theater, Oakland

There are plenty of ways across the Bay to stay out of the rain and avoid the last-minute Christmas shoppers this weekend. Following are three of our favorites.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Fried chicken at Miss Ollie's

Don't let the bone-chilling cold and threat of rain keep you home this weekend. Following are three great ways to warm up across the bridge. 

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

SweetBar Bakery

People don't tend to think of the Wine Country as part of that land yonder over the Bay Bridge, but we're gonna go ahead and claim it. Especially since it's particularly worth visiting this time of year. Following are a couple of our favorite reasons why, plus a must-stop bakery along the way.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The further flung locales of the East Bay rarely get much love from city dwellers, but don't be too quick to turn up your nose at suburban Walnut Creek or industrial Richmond. These spots may not have quite as much going on as Oakland or Berkeley, but they're still home to many hidden gems. Here are three of our favorites worth checking out this holiday weekend.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The Peralta Junction MouseTrap

No ride to Tahoe? Nothing to do in the rain? Head east for food, art and tons of fun this weekend.

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