[UPDATE: This story was originally published on April 27.]
We love giving props to our fave burgeoning across-the-bridge boroughs, but we know that there are indeed some classic East Bay enclaves that deserve much-needed virtual applause, too. And, since we’re all for a local respite every now and again, we packed our overnighter and roved the city of Berkeley to call out a handful of its most prized retail haunts, hotels, and restos. Trust that it all adds up to one stellar staycation.
Berk has come a long way since the OG hippie-dippy days, and is now swelling with national treasures (we’re looking at you, Chez Panisse). From eco-minded boutiques to incredibly diverse markets brimming with color-soaked produce, you can find a real wealth of wonderful out there. So, if you’re itching for an overnight voyage, let Berkeley be your must-hit destination. Simply follow this fuss-free guide — we’ll take you everywhere from the streets of the Gourmet Ghetto to the hilly backdrop of the classic Claremont hotel (a fave of the Obamas and Brangelina). Now, get ready, grab your bags, and embark on a jam-packed journey over the Bay Bridge. This one’s a goodie.