It’s now been summer for three days in San Francisco, which anyone will tell you is one of the coldest winters a body could suffer. Many would misquote that timeless Mark Twain witticism that no Bay Area local can walk ten feet without hearing (though unfortunately, he never actually said it), but rather than start off this Monday on an obnoxious note, I’d rather present you with three outdoor date ideas to help you escape the fog and experience some real California sun this summer.
Believe it or not, directly across the bridge the fog completely dissipates and leaves you standing overdressed in a sunny seaside village called Sausalito. This is a place for the foodie in you, as many of the restaurants and bars are infamous for their stellar culinary exploits. For some outdoor chillage with great wine and even better food, pick Bar Bocce, whose outdoor patio lets your pasty self absorb all of the vitamin D you can handle whilst sipping excellent cocktails and playing some backyard bocce ball.
2. West Marin
For those of you looking to have a woodland adventure, look no further than West Marin. The region, extending from the sleepy surf town of Fairfax all the way out to Point Reyes and Tamales Bay has some of the most unspoiled natural wonders that Northern California is famous for, from the redwood cathedrals of Samuel P. Taylor park, to the sapphire beaches that are Stinson and Bolinas. If you’ve got a weekend empty of plans, go rent a campsite out at Wildcat Camp at Point Reyes National Seashore— you might be the only ones out there, and the trails and coastline are something that every Bay Area local should see.
Another area generally devoid of San Francisco’s wet-coldness in the summertime, Berkeley is an excellent choice when picking a sunny destination with a home-y feel. It has a little something for everyone, boasting a fun and vibrant downtown area and at the same time catering to the outdoors with some of the best rock climbing and outdoor destinations around. My pick is Tilden Lake, where you can go have a barbecue and swim in the sun, and when done, drive five minutes out of the hills and get your fix of good music and good beer on the outdoor patio at Jupiter.