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Guidebook for Alamo/Bay Area #diablovalleycottage

Kathy

Guidebook for Alamo/Bay Area #diablovalleycottage

Food Scene
These are just a few place in and around the Alamo/Walnut Creek/Lafayette/Danville/Oakland areas to eat & drink...I don't claim to be a food critic but when I do go out we like nice, fun places...
One of our favorite (Northern Italian) places to dine; close by in Walnut Creek.
Massimo Ristorante
1604 Locust Street
One of our favorite (Northern Italian) places to dine; close by in Walnut Creek.
My favorite restaurant. The old post office in Lafayette. Great bar, outdoor area and quaint atmosphere.
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Postino
3565 Mount Diablo Boulevard
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My favorite restaurant. The old post office in Lafayette. Great bar, outdoor area and quaint atmosphere.
Coffee and snacks/food to go.
Starbucks
3225 Danville Boulevard
Coffee and snacks/food to go.
They were voted best salad bar in the area!!!! It's wonderful...and they deliver (can be a bit pricey but some say it's worth it??).
Round Table Pizza
150 Alamo Plaza
They were voted best salad bar in the area!!!! It's wonderful...and they deliver (can be a bit pricey but some say it's worth it??).
Great deli!
The Brass Bear Delicatessen
190 Alamo Plaza
Great deli!
Good for a quick Chinese meal.
Alamo Palace Chinese Restaurant
120 Alamo Plaza
Good for a quick Chinese meal.
Love this for eating in the courtyard when the weather is nice. Their patty melt and chicken berry salad are amazing!
The Peasant's Courtyard
3195 Danville Boulevard
Love this for eating in the courtyard when the weather is nice. Their patty melt and chicken berry salad are amazing!
Just opened recently and great reviews.
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The Cooperage American Grille
32 Lafayette Circle
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Just opened recently and great reviews.
Great Bar B Q!
Sauced BBQ & Spirits - Walnut Creek
1410 Locust St
Great Bar B Q!
Great Italian food.
Prima Restaurant
1522 North Main Street
Great Italian food.
Family owned & operated Italian food....we love the relaxed atmosphere...nice bar to watch a game during happy hour.
Il Pavone
2291 Olympic Blvd
Family owned & operated Italian food....we love the relaxed atmosphere...nice bar to watch a game during happy hour.
Great Chinese Restuarant in Lafayette (10 minutes away). Highly recommend starting with the crab puffs:-).
Uncle Yu's
999 Oak Hill Rd
Great Chinese Restuarant in Lafayette (10 minutes away). Highly recommend starting with the crab puffs:-).
Opened recently in Alamo! Fun for all ages...great to sit at the bar, have a beer and watch a game, outdoor seating or just pop in for lunch or dinner. (Currently outdoor patio/take out service).
E.J. Phair Brewing Company
225 Alamo Plaza
Opened recently in Alamo! Fun for all ages...great to sit at the bar, have a beer and watch a game, outdoor seating or just pop in for lunch or dinner. (Currently outdoor patio/take out service).
Great Indian ”street food” in Oakland; additional locations: SF & Alameda!
Curry Up Now
1745 San Pablo Ave
Great Indian ”street food” in Oakland; additional locations: SF & Alameda!
Very popular with locals. Only 30-45 minute drive depending on time of day.
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First Street Alehouse
2106 First Street
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Very popular with locals. Only 30-45 minute drive depending on time of day.
Unique donuts!
Psycho Donuts
2006 Winchester Blvd
Unique donuts!
Family favorite for generations!
South Kelly Grill
101 South Kelly Road
Family favorite for generations!
Great place for food forall ages.
Seawolf Public House
350 4th Street
Great place for food forall ages.
Best bagels in US!
BOICHIK BAGELS
3170 College Avenue
Best bagels in US!
Best bagels in Us.
Daily Driver
2535 3rd Street
Best bagels in Us.
Best place to get lunch/dinner in the Marina area and Irish coffees are the best!
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The Buena Vista
2765 Hyde St
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Best place to get lunch/dinner in the Marina area and Irish coffees are the best!
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Tadich Grill
240 California St
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Whipt cookies are yummy in Benecia. Whiptcookies.com
Whipt
1440 East 2nd Street
Whipt cookies are yummy in Benecia. Whiptcookies.com
Shopping
Perfect for essentials and right down the street.
CVS
3158 Danville Boulevard
Perfect for essentials and right down the street.
Hardware, etc...
Alamo Hardware
3211 Danville Boulevard
Hardware, etc...
Has everything you could possible need to bike ride in the area; not sure about rentals but lots of equipment.
Trek Bicycle Alamo
180 Alamo Plaza
Has everything you could possible need to bike ride in the area; not sure about rentals but lots of equipment.
Parks & Nature
Love to hike for hours in Mt. Diablo. Great for picnics and biking. Check out Rock city!
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Mount Diablo State Park
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Love to hike for hours in Mt. Diablo. Great for picnics and biking. Check out Rock city!
Park down the street; walk, drive or ride a bike. They have tennis courts, bathrooms, play area, picnic tables and lots of lawn!
Livorna Park
Livorna Road
Park down the street; walk, drive or ride a bike. They have tennis courts, bathrooms, play area, picnic tables and lots of lawn!
More places to hike!
Tassajara Ridge Trail
More places to hike!
Beautiful day trip to Muir Woods about 35-45 minutes away in Mill Valley.
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Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Rd
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Beautiful day trip to Muir Woods about 35-45 minutes away in Mill Valley.
Great paved trail for kids and adults to ride, run or bike for miles!
Iron Horse Regional Trail
Great paved trail for kids and adults to ride, run or bike for miles!
If you want to hike to Castle Rock Park or drive to it...great place to hang out for the day.
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Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
1700 Castle Rock Road
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If you want to hike to Castle Rock Park or drive to it...great place to hang out for the day.
Great place for a hike with the kids and a picnic! Been going here since we were kids and still love it!
Rock City
Great place for a hike with the kids and a picnic! Been going here since we were kids and still love it!
Great place to park or walk to (and right at the end of our street) for a hike around Mt. Diablo. Free parking.
Livorna Staging Area, Diablo Foothills Regional Park
Livorna Road
Great place to park or walk to (and right at the end of our street) for a hike around Mt. Diablo. Free parking.
Great for hiking, biking & driving to....Check out Rock City with the kids! Bring a picnic...
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Mount Diablo State Park
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Great for hiking, biking & driving to....Check out Rock City with the kids! Bring a picnic...
Great destination for the day. Bring your picnic basket (dogs allowed).
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Baker Beach
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Great destination for the day. Bring your picnic basket (dogs allowed).
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Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road
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Sightseeing
Fun trip on a wine train.
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Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry St
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Fun trip on a wine train.
Call for reservations WELL IN ADVANCE before you arrive if you'd like a cruise to Alcatraz in the busy seasons.
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Alcatraz Cruises
The Embarcadero
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Call for reservations WELL IN ADVANCE before you arrive if you'd like a cruise to Alcatraz in the busy seasons.
Great for a day trip!
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Pier 33
The Embarcadero
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Great for a day trip!
Fun for kids...
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Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street
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Fun for kids...
Love this place! Lived here most of my life and just stopped by recently and it's magnificent. Currently open but also building a new "barn" at the facility. Great garden and plants for sale. Bring a bag lunch if you'd like (food may be available to purchase soon??). Entrance fee is $10.
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The Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
1552 Bancroft Road
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Love this place! Lived here most of my life and just stopped by recently and it's magnificent. Currently open but also building a new "barn" at the facility. Great garden and plants for sale. Bring a bag lunch if you'd like (food may be available to purchase soon??). Entrance fee is $10.
Great trip for the day. Please make sure you make reservations well in advance. Has gotten busier over the years.
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Muir Woods National Monument
1 Muir Woods Rd
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Great trip for the day. Please make sure you make reservations well in advance. Has gotten busier over the years.
Great day trip for all ages. Purchase tickets ahead of time online: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/welcome-back?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AquariumUpdatesNewSubscriberWelcome&utm_content=version_A
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Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
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Great day trip for all ages. Purchase tickets ahead of time online: https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/visit/welcome-back?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AquariumUpdatesNewSubscriberWelcome&utm_content=version_A
Arts & Culture
Check out the current schedule for plays in downtown Walnut Creek.
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Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive
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Check out the current schedule for plays in downtown Walnut Creek.
Great stop if you are in the Danville area; especially with kids.
Museum of the San Ramon Valley
205 Railroad Avenue
Great stop if you are in the Danville area; especially with kids.
The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens.
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Académie des sciences de Californie
55 Music Concourse Dr
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The California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum in San Francisco, California, that is among the largest museums of natural history in the world, housing over 26 million specimens.
Entertainment & Activities
See what's playing at the local theatre.
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Century Walnut Creek 14 and XD
1201 Locust Street
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See what's playing at the local theatre.
Go for a day in the city on Pier 39! Lots to do, see and eat.
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PIER 39
Beach Street
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Go for a day in the city on Pier 39! Lots to do, see and eat.
Enjoy a day at the zoo.
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Oakland Zoo
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Enjoy a day at the zoo.
Another zoo in the area.
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Zoo de San Francisco
Sloat Boulevard
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Another zoo in the area.
See if there is a race in town...only 35 minutes away.
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Sonoma Raceway
29355 Arnold Drive
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See if there is a race in town...only 35 minutes away.
Great place to catch a concert or home & garden show, etc...
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Concord Pavilion
2000 Kirker Pass Road
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Great place to catch a concert or home & garden show, etc...
Catch a Giant's Game!
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Oracle Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
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Catch a Giant's Game!
Great place to spend the day in the water and sun!
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Waterworld California
1950 Waterworld Parkway
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Great place to spend the day in the water and sun!
Great place to catch a state fair when they come, or a car show!
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Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
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Great place to catch a state fair when they come, or a car show!
Bike store for any biking needs (checking to see if they also rent bikes..tbd)
Trek Bicycle Alamo
180 Alamo Plaza
Bike store for any biking needs (checking to see if they also rent bikes..tbd)
Great full day destination.
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Santa Cruz
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Great full day destination.
Local honey. Free Tastings....
Marshall's Farm Honey
159 Lombard Road
Local honey. Free Tastings....
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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord
1950 Waterworld Pkwy
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Looks like a fun day!
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Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
3050 Hecker Pass Highway
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Looks like a fun day!
Essentials
Grocery and Starbucks
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Safeway
200 Alamo Plaza
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Grocery and Starbucks
Grab lunch or organic foods and misc. items in Walnut Creek.
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Whole Foods Market
1333 Newell Avenue
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Grab lunch or organic foods and misc. items in Walnut Creek.
For you banking needs.
Wells Fargo Bank
3157 Danville Boulevard
For you banking needs.
All your convenient needs.
Rite Aid
130 Alamo Plaza
All your convenient needs.
Love trader joe's for my groceries, wine, flowers, etc...
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Trader Joe's
1372 South California Boulevard
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Love trader joe's for my groceries, wine, flowers, etc...