Take A Leisurely Drive From Piedmont To Benicia

May 7, 2012 9:17 PM

The East Bay has so many things to discover. Drive from Piedmont to Benicia and explore the Berkeley Marina, take a dip in Point Richmond, pet a python, and meet a glass blower in Benicia. All that, plus plenty of cool places to eat along the way.

6311 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 654-0100

East Coast mentality with West Coast sensibility is the motto at Southie. Right next door to the popular Wood Tavern Restaurant, Southie serves sandwiches in the daytime and nibbles and ‘bigger bites’ at night. Check out the meatball or spicy pulled pork sandwiches.

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
3206 College Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
(510) 658-9866

Kids of all ages love Powell’s. It’s an old time, old-fashioned candy store. There are over 6000 different candy confections — from old fashioned Rocky Road bars, to chocolate covered insects.

Berkeley Marina
201 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 981-6740

There are some 1000 slips at the Berkeley Marina. Windsurf, jog the paths, take the kids to Adventure Playground, or watch the sunset on the bay at one of the many fine restaurants here.

Spenger’s Fish Grotto
1919 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 845-7771
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East Bay Vivarium
1827- C 5th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 841-1400

The East Bay Vivarium is the largest reptile store in the United States. You’ll find snakes, lizards, turtles, frogs, tarantulas and much more! Plus, they carry all the food and supplies you’ll need to keep your reptile healthy and happy.

Point Richmond Natatorium
1 E. Richmond Ave
Point Richmond, CA 94801
(510) 620-6820

A multi-million dollar makeover has restored this 1926 indoor swimming pool to its original grandeur. Reopened in 2010, the locals still call it ‘The Plunge’.

What’s on 2nd Antiques
720 2nd Ave
Crockett, CA 94525
(510) 787-3322

What’s On Second Antiques is as much a museum as it is an antique store. You’ll find everything from jewelry and vintage clothes, to clocks, phonographs and pre-1980s advertising.

Lucca Bar & Grill
439 1st Street
Benicia, CA 94510
(707) 745-0943

In addition to great food, Lucca Bar has Happy Hour weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. This chi Benicia spot is definitely worth a stop in you’re in the neighborhood, and in the mood for a fun cocktail or snack.

Nourot Glass
675 East H Street
Benicia, CA. 94510
(707) 745-1463

For over 35 years Glass Art pieces by the Nourot (pronounced “new-row”) Glass Studio of Benicia, California have been made entirely by hand and are featured in galleries across the nation. Nourot Glass also sells works by other American glass artists.

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