suppertime savings

by Geezer on July 29, 2014

clockBay seniors are mistaken if they think the only restaurants in town that offer Early Bird Specials are joints like KFC and Wendy’s. In fact there is a long list of reputable places that offer discounts if you are willing to have dinner around 5 pm. You can find a delicious roster of candidates on this site including Chapeau! in the Richmond, Dottie’s Tru Blue in Soma, Harris’ on Van Ness and Chez Papa on Potrero Hill. Another distinct advantage of eating earlier is the much more civilized noise level.

 

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camp sites

by Geezer on July 29, 2014

campBay seniors who understand what “curated camping” means will appreciate the offerings suggested at the HipCamp website. Stay in yurts in the Napa Valley. Pitch your tent in the186 acre nature preserve at Woodson Bridge over the Sacramento River or amid the redwood groves at Austin Creek adjacent to the Armstrong State Natural Reserve. The site tips you off to secluded campgrounds along Clear Lake as well as near the lush preserves of Del Valle 10 miles south of Livermore. If you ever considered spelunking in the caves of the Pinnacles, these folks will show you how it’s done. We all know how tough reservations are in these parks. HipCamp will do the job of booking them for you.

 

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you’re invited

by Geezer on July 28, 2014

weddingBay seniors who were hypnotized by the color and revelry of the film “Moonsoon Wedding” have a chance to go to one of these wild South Asian affairs – even without an invitation. Non Stop Bhangra holds full-out Indian wedding parties in the City with all the dancing, cuisine and brilliantly colored costumes that is pure Bollywood. Though you just missed this month’s event more are coming up. A ticket to these dazzling productions appear to be available for mere rupees – just $10. The group also offers a whole range of classical Indian music and dance concerts.

 

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off-road to tahoe

July 22, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who cringe at the thought of being slammed by traffic on 80 getting to Tahoe do have an alternative. Amtrak’s California Zephyr leaves Oakland’s Jack London Station and after a stop in Sacramento arrives in Truckee 5 hours later (more or less). Granted it is not that much faster than the freeway […]

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stern grove for free

July 22, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who hesitate to attend summer concerts in Stern Grove because of the crowds/parking/seating should know that there is reserved seating, reserved packing and free food for you. The only requirement is that you volunteer. Positions include ushers, information booth staffers, bike valets,donation collectors,greeters etc. Sign up here. This Sunday Rufus Wainwright will […]

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just kidding

July 21, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors may occasionally regret that Walt opted not to open his first Disneyland on Angel Island (there were apparently serious rumors for a few months) but if you are looking for nearby massively fun theme park adventures with your grandkids, consider Scandia in Rohnert Park. Traffic on 101 is hellacious so plan to […]

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splash

July 21, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors feeling the urge to swim but shudder at the thought of dipping into the 60 degree Pacific have all kinds of options in nearby (and 5 to 10 degrees warmer) lakes and rivers. In the Delta the Sacramento River has dozens of sandy beaches just an hour from the city. On the […]

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chillin’

July 15, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors are wise enough to trust Cindy Pawlcyn whose Napa restaurant, Mustard’s, is still deliciously reliable after 30 years. Among her many witty, successful innovations is a coolly luscious gazpacho made from green grapes, almonds, buttermilk and yogurt. It’s velvety and creamy with a slight cayenne kick. Best served cold in chilled bowls […]

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the lush life

July 14, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who like their hikes as bosky and green as possible might want to consider a walk in Tomales Bay State Park just west of Inverness. Take the Johnstone Trail to Shell Beach which is an easy 5.2 miles round trip and is dense with huckleberry, ferns and coast live oaks. Another mile […]

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the boonies

July 14, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors like me who enjoy seeing gaping looks on their friends’ faces might want to consider telling them you spent a fine weekend at Sheep Dung properties. In actual fact this colony of cottages in verdant Boonville is contemporary ,clean and secluded, like visiting Northern California before vineyard creep. Your canine is more […]

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