brownsDo the Geezer a favor and spread the word. Sign your pals, your families, your sworn enemies up for the weekly surprises delivered direct to your email.Coming up are more juicy, unexpected tips on maxing the fun of life in the Bay Area

{ 0 comments }

dining without the din

by Geezer on September 9, 2014

juliasBay seniors perpetually hunting down a place to eat where the noise level is lower than a Nascar speedway, will find it in the soft murmur of Julia’s, the historic restaurant a few blocks from the UC Berkeley campus. It is named not have Julia Child but Julia Morgan the architect who designed this stunning building which opened as the Berkeley City Club in 1930. The restaurant’s new chef serves gently priced California-French cuisine for lunch and dinner. If you are caught up in the romantic mood here, you can spend the night as it is also a hotel. Built in the Moorish-Spanish style reminiscent of 1920’s Hollywood as well as Hearst Castle, it is a wonderland of tiles, ornate woodwork,  baroque ironwork, lush courtyards, an indoor pool and is deservedly on the National Historic Register.

 

{ 0 comments }

floatel

by Geezer on September 9, 2014

boatBay seniors who wouldn’t mind living in the past, at least for a night, are invited to board the Delta King docked in Old Sacramento. This 285-foot wooden paddle wheeler was originally built in 1926 and plied the Sacramento River until the Bay bridges made travel to the capital faster. Now it is a floating hotel with 44 staterooms, 2 restaurants, weekend live entertainment, a wine school and theaters, one of which showcases a murder mystery that has been running for 15 years. An overnight, including a 3-course dinner, starts at $99. It stays firmly docked and because of strict fire safety laws does not cruise anywhere.

{ 0 comments }

go team!

September 9, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors can shed their weary urban sophistication 2.5 hours from the city watching the Draft Horse Classic at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley Sept.18-24. There will be six performances of teams of these massive, majestic animals going in various directions and awarded prizes for what I am not exactly sure. $16. […]

Read the full article →

mirror,mirror,mirror, mirror

September 3, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors curious about a trip back to trippier times might want to head to Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze at Pier 39. The space is 2,000 square feet with 77 mirrors, strobe lights, black lights and disco music happily disorienting you. The management provides gloves and encourages you to walk with your hands out […]

Read the full article →

sticking points

September 3, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who don’t want to let problems with their knees, legs, feet, pelvis, hips, joints and balance stop them from hiking our gorgeous local landscape this fall are advised to look into the various classes on walking pole usage from the always invaluable East Bay Parks. They offer seminars as well as guided […]

Read the full article →

body of work

September 2, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who don’t believe that the next big thing in skin art is animated tattoos are encouraged to check out the Body Art Expo at the Cow Palace September 5 to 7. This is billed as the world’s largest of such affairs with 300 artists demonstrating their piercing and tattooing skills. $20. You […]

Read the full article →

lost in austen

September 2, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who suspect they are living in the wrong century may want to try out life in the Jane Austen era. The Bay Area English Regency Society holds balls, picnics and readings. Their next dance, with live music, is on September 12 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Palo Alto. $10. On October […]

Read the full article →

hot shots

August 27, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors thinking of upgrading their travel photos may want to visit the Rayko Photo Center in SOMA. Don’t procrastinate. Next Tuesday and Wednesday are the Perimeter of the World installation’s last days. There are dozens of startling photos in a variety of formats from around the globe. If you are ready to move […]

Read the full article →

father nature

August 26, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors may have forgotten the vast contributions of botanist Luther Burbank – over 800 strains of plants including the Shasta Daisy, Santa Rosa Plums, Freestone Peaches and the white blackberry. But up in Santa Rosa where he did most of his pioneering work they remember him at the Home and Gardens he built […]

Read the full article →