Bill & Ava

    Things To Do

Things To Do

For those of you new to the Bay Area - WELCOME! Feel free to use GOOGLE (it was invented here, after all) to figure out what you might want to do while you have downtime. But if you want some recos, here's what we can tell ya:

Just want to get out of the hotel? Lake Merritt

Oakland, CA

A casual stroll around Lake Merritt is a lovely way to spend 3miles in a downtown setting. Plenty of people watching. Watch out for the geese.

City Livin? San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

A plethora of things to do, so we won't list them all out here... but top of mind (also duh): - Walk the Embarcadero and peruse the shops at the Ferry Building to enjoy views of the bay - Stroll down Grant Ave in China Town and get some dim sum - Pier 39 if you can't get enough of the seals - Picnic at Mission Dolores park for a sunny section of the city with party view and a city view - Walk the Golden Gate Bridge. It's famous. - Alcatraz. It's famous. - The Painted Ladies - Everywhere you look - Golden Gate Park (a mini Central Park because they're both rectangular?) has lovely areas and a wonderful art museum (the De Young), science museum (California Academy of Sciences), and Japanese Tea Garden - And if you want to see the Pacific Ocean... head to Ocean Beach or Sutro Baths!

Looking for nature? Hike!

Plenty of hiking trails near and far. A few favorite areas are Sibley, Strawberry Canyon, Skyline Gate, or Claremont Canyon (steep but worth it).

If you just want a stellar view...

Drive up to Grizzly Peak and pull over on a turn out Marin Ave. and Fish Ranch Road, and smoke a joint and just marvel in the beauty of the Bay Area.

Really getting out of town?

There's so much to offer, but if you're looking to extend we recommend Napa/Wine Country in the North. Monterey/Carmel down South, and Yosemite and Tahoe farther Northeast and Southeast. Closer day trips could be Stinson Beach, Point Reyes/Tomales Bay, or Half Moon Bay.

Berkeley Bowl West

920 Heinz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94710

It's a grocery store, but it's Bill's favorite place in California. It has 30+ varieties of any sort of fruit or vegetable, so... you get it.

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