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Next up on our mini-vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area was a quick stop in Oakland to visit with Valerie’s cousin, Marcy and her significant other, Marc. They have an apartment near Jack London Square in Oakland. This part of the city is very lively with lots of restaurants, breweries and other activities. Their apartment is in one of the recently completed buildings nearby.
We started our visit with a stroll around Jack London Square and they treated us to a wine tasting at Rosenblum Cellars, a winery right on the Oakland waterfront. Afterward, we had a terrific brunch at Fat Lady restaurant. In the evening we went to a nearby brewery that was having a comedy night with 5 local stand up comedians.
We started off our Sunday with a nice hike in nearby Redwood Regional Park. This a huge park with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in the hills east of Oakland. There are some nice spots with good views to the west to Oakland and the San Francisco Bay beyond. After working up a good appetite, we had brunch at one of their favorite spots, the Chop Bar which very recently moved to a new location which is just downstairs from their apartment. Quite delicious.
Our time with Marcy was all too brief but filled with fun activities, food and beverages.
Next: Oakley, CA