Notable as a prestigious university town with a hippy-style atmosphere, and plenty of laidback foodies, Berkeley is the perfect getaway for some mindful relaxation. Whether you’re practicing your vinyasa at Funky Door Yoga or bike riding down to the Berkeley Bowl for some locally grown produce, you’ll find plenty to do during your stay in the bay.
Live Like a Local
On a Thursday night, catch some live music at Jupiter, an old 1890’s livery stable transformed into a two-story brewhouse. With 30 guest beers on tap, local bands, and an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, you’ve got the trifecta for late week relaxation. If you want to hike the day away, discover the 40 miles of beautiful hiking trails in Tilden Park. For those who just want to take a casual stroll, the park features a botanical garden, a lake, and a merry-go-round.
With the marina at your fingertips, you can easily take a sport fishing trip with Berkeley Charter Boats. A day out on the Pacific means you’ll come back to shore with dinner in the form of fresh striped bass or halibut! For some great views and a workout, go windsurfing under the Golden Gate Bridge. The bay between Berkeley and San Francisco is famous for the sport, offering plenty of chop to catch some air.
Who says you have to be Neil Armstrong to take off to the moon? At Chabot Space and Science Center you can experience a simulated space mission and enjoy their full-dome planetarium. For a different kind of flight, look no further than Takara Sake Tasting Room, where you can taste a flight of 6 varieties of sake and learn all about how it’s made.
If you have a foodie in the bunch, make sure to make reservations at the acclaimed Chez Panisse, Berkeley’s most famous restaurant. Here you’ll discover a prefix menu featuring local Californian flavors ranging from light dishes like their Dungeness crab and endive salad to heartier plates like their Grilled Wolfe Ranch quail with wild mushrooms. On the casual end of the spectrum, you can head down to Shattuck for the best pizza in town at Cheeseboard. This co-op pizzeria sells over 400 cheese varieties and is famous for concocting pies with unusual flavor combinations.
Iconic Quarters With a Bohemian Beat
If you want to stay in the hub of Berkeley, make a reservation at Graduate Berkeley, located at the crossroads of UC Berkeley and downtown. With decor that reflects the town’s eclectic bohemian vibe, Graduate Berkeley hits the nail on the head, offering not only a place to sleep but a nostalgic experience of Berkeley’s counter-culture past.