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I seriously LOVE living in the Bay Area – there’s just so much to do here no matter what you’re into! Here I’ll be sharing some of the fun stuff we did last fall and winter.

Treasure Island Flea Market

A fun place to check out local artisans and grab some food at food trucks! It’s held on the last weekend of every month and entry is $3.

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Cat Town Cafe

A cat cafe in America?! I knew I had to go when I first found out this place was opening in Oakland. The place is pretty small and we needed reservations when we went last year. There’s a cafe area where you can buy drinks and snacks, and a separate play room with the kitties. A must visit for cat lovers!

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Twitter Holiday Party at the Exploratorium

We had been to the old Exploratorium back when it was still at the Palace of Fine Arts, but last year’s Twitter holiday party was held at their new location at Pier 15, so it was the perfect chance to go check it out!

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All the exhibits were open but we didn’t have time to hit up everything with so many people there. Plus, there were delicious food to be had and drinks to be drunk, even ones made by the robot bartender:

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Will have to revisit some day soon!

Sonoma Coast State Park

I am absolutely in love with the California coast, and there’s no better place to see it in all its glory than this gorgeous park! Plenty of trails and beaches along a long stretch of the coast line.

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Devil’s Slide

Another place to admire the beautiful Cali coastline! This one is very close to SF and is an urban “hike” along a stretch of highway that’s no longer in use. Pretty cool place to check out!

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There’s also this cool abandoned bunker at the south end of the trail:

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Calistoga

We went on a relaxing weekend trip to Calistoga last winter. We stayed at the Roman Spa Hot Springs Resort, which had several indoor and outdoor hot springs. We also paid for a couple’s mud bath that was very interesting! A fun way to rejuvenate.

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We also visited a couple of wine tasting rooms, my favorite of which is the tasting room for Romeo Vineyards. The lovely garden setting filled with lights made for a very cozy and romantic evening!

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We also went hiking at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park on this trip. There are some really nice trails and we hiked for 6 miles!

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On the drive home, we couldn’t help it but stop and enjoy these gorgeous yellow flowers all along the road! Napa Valley is such a dreamy place.

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Cartoon Art Museum

A fun little museum in SF! We had a Groupon or some other voucher for it so we went to check it out. I had actually been there once when I was visiting SF back in 2011, but they have different exhibits all the time so it was a whole new experience.

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Sausalito

We went to Sausalito for brunch one morning and took a stroll to see the houseboats! Very quaint and charming.

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I feel like I still haven’t really explored Sausalito very much (seems like we only ever stop there for food haha) so I would like to come back and explore the city some more some day!

Grizzly Peak

Gosh, this is such a magical place. Located in the Berkeley Hills, it offers a beautiful view of the Bay Area. It was cloudy in SF when we went, but you could see the tops of the buildings just peaking out from under the cloud covers, which made it look like the city was floating. I would absolutely love to go back when it’s clear, or to watch the sunset!

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Hopefully this gives you some ideas for things to do in the wonderful Bay Area! There will be more posts like this coming soon because like I said, there’s no shortage of fun here!

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Part 1

For Saturday night, the day after Valentine’s Day, we had dinner reservations at The Spinnaker in Sausalito.

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The restaurant sits over the water with views of – what’s that in the distance?

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The San Francisco skyline! We were a little early for our reservation, so we sat in the lounge area with some drinks and watched the city transform from day to night while we waited for our table.

Once we got seated, we shared a bruschetta made with hot focaccia bread with garlic, olive oil, fresh tomato, pesto, and parmesan cheese.

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It was very different from a regular bruschetta but it was so divine. I can still taste its warm soft cheesiness now.

It was dungeness crab season and they had a special with half a crab and tons of other seafood in this tomato broth and I knew I had to get it.

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It was so good! So deliciously satisfying. The non-seafood offering at the restaurant was a little thin but Yufei managed to get a decent steak.

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After dinner, we drove back home to SF. The next day, we went to the East Bay to visit my parents for lunch and then headed to the Oakland Zoo!

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We bought these Travelzoo vouchers a long time ago and it was the last weekend before they expired. The zoo was pretty small so it didn’t take long to walk through and see everything, but it was so warm and sunny outside so it was still a nice day for the zoo. Too bad there were such huge crowds of families with young children everywhere.

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The most entertaining was definitely this family of baboons. The babies were so rambunctious!

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I had so much fun this weekend, definitely a well-deserved break from school. Thanks Yufei for spending this weekend with me celebrating our 6th Valentine’s Day together!

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