After soaking up the emerging urban scene, seek out some California countryside within city limits. Start your day with a single-origin brew from Remedy Coffee, then wander a few blocks down and pack a picnic lunch of buttermilk-fried chicken sandwiches and strawberry shortcake at Bakesale Betty, helmed by former Chez Panisse pastry chef Alison Barakat. Grab your bike (Bay Area Bikes; from $25/day) or car and head ten miles north of downtown to Redwood Regional Park, a little-known enclave that affords views of the majestic 150-foot-tall trees without the tourist hordes you'd find in Marin County across the bay. Choose from dozens of woodsy trails—the four-mile Ridge Trail offers some of the best views of the canyon along the base of the park and includes multiple areas to stop for lunch. On your way back to downtown Oakland, stop at the Smithsonian-affiliated Chabot Space & Science Center, where the Friday- and Saturday-night Dinner, Movie, and the Universe deal offers a four-course meal, a screening in the digital planetarium, and access to the three giant telescopes in the observatory ($32.95; 6 and 8 p.m.).
5. Oddball Day
Published on Sep 23, 2010 as a web exclusive.