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21 Things We Loved About 2021: In Photographs

Dec 29, 2021 04:45PM ● By Harper Klein
(Above) Miles of open space to roam on magnificent Mt. Diablo photographed by Vincent James.

Debut of immersive Van Gogh exhibit marking the long-awaited return of the arts to the Bay Area with a uniquely 2021 viewing experience.

Unparalleled views of the San Francisco waterfront from a penthouse suite at The Harbor Court Hotel, where some of the city's top restaurants, such as Yank Sing, Angler, and Boulevard, share the same block. 

Buddha bowls filled with colorful veggies for healthy, plant-based meals emerging on more and more menus. 

 Dog-friendly scenic coastal strolls; dog-friendly everything. 

Colorful plate of potatoes and Smoked Salmon Benedict for brunch on the porch at Sun & Garden in Menlo Park; a Farmhouse Kitchen eatery. 

Outdoor dining in pop-up patios on Walnut Creek streets. The pandemic-era program, created by city officials to support restaurants, was extended through June, 2022. 

 Saturdays at Alamo Square Park noshing on Lucinda's gourmet sandwiches.

Posts that go viral over the news that national burger obsession, Shake Shack, is planting a flag in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek.

"Flowers for Walnut Creek" the vibrant new graffiti-style Main Street mural created with spray-paint by artist Berk Visual. Funded by the Ghaben family, the public art provides a backdrop for World Famous Hot Boys, the fried chicken sensation opening in February.

Taco Tuesdays, need we say more? We've narrowed it down to about 10 East Bay spots we're hooked on, but when it comes to fish tacos, So Cal rules.

 Beautiful landscaped Walnut Creek streets dotted with spectacular public art. 

Sundays in funky Benicia for bay breezes, off-the-hook croissants, and waterfront walks during the sultry dog days of summer.  

 New bakeries, like Third Culture, that open with vivid drag shows and multi-hued mochi donuts.

Joyous sounds by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir under the canopy of Jack London Square's stunning palm trees. 

Timeless Italian food at Montecatini Ristorante where the Seppia Dore served with Chef Paulin's pasta in tomato creme sauce fills hearts and souls. Simply the best. 

 Rock n' roll cover bands on hot summer nights during Broadway Plaza's August concert series.

Posh seaside getaway to the Mediterranean enclave of Sausalito for a weekend splurge at Inn Above Tide, where every room comes with sweeping bay views, plush bedding, and soaking tubs.

 Cocktails and bites on a Thursday night at Rooftop Walnut Creek.

 Dancing on Cypress Street during Walnut Creek First Wednesdays. Does it get any better?


 Magical sunsets over the Pacific Ocean on the bluffs in Del Mar, California. 

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