I’m starting a series featuring different communities in the East Bay titled “Hometown Highlights”. These blogs will provide a quick snapshot, and will hopefully inspire you to explore them yourself. Have a town you’d like me to highlight? Let me know in the comments below.
San Leandro, CA – An East Bay suburb, 20 miles from San Francisco, between Oakland to the northwest and Hayward to the southeast.
The city spans from the hills to the bay, and craftsman bungalows and contemporary homes stand where cherry tree orchards once stood.
Eat & Drink: Drake’s Barrel House enjoy craft beer, food, and live music in a family friendly environment. On the first Friday of every month the brewery hosts a block party fundraiser for local schools or non-profit organizations.
Parks & Recreation: Marina Park is a popular place to host barbecues at one of its many picnic areas or circuit train on the 1 mile fitness trail with views of the bay. There are separate play structures for older and younger children, and your fur babies will also appreciate that there are separate play areas for small and large dogs. Find the trailhead to a portion of the Bay Trail at the end of Monarch Bay Drive.
Community Event: San Leandro hosts the annual Cherry Festival in June and features food, a beer garden, live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, a special Kids Zone with rides and games, parade, and of course cherries! The first Cherry Festival took place in 1909.
Getting around: San Leandro Links Shuttle provides commuters with rides to the BART station as well as businesses in West San Leandro.
Industry: Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory sometimes you can smell cocoa beans roasting in the morning. A chocoholics dream, the factory has an outlet onsite that sells its wares for up to 25% off retail prices.
Public Art: Utility Box Art the city commissioned local artists to help transform the ordinary to colorful pieces of original art throughout the city.