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June 17, 2020

Berkeley: Peet's+The Cheese Board Collective; Pandemic Adventures


80 North

During this period that we are emerging from shutdown, we need to discover activities to feed our spirit.  I'm calling my suggestions "Pandemic Adventures."  Remember always to double-check current regulations by visiting each destination's website.


Pleasant walk to pick up some favorite foodie supplies
Shattuck Ave./Vine St., Berkeley

Start your walk on Vine Street at Original Peet's for coffee beans and tea leaves.  You might also want to pick up a coffee to go.  More description.

social distancing in Original Peet's in Berkeley, California
social distancing in Original Peet's in Berkeley, California


Then stroll across Shattuck Avenue to The Cheese Board Collective.  Though on the day I visited the selection was limited, the plan is to add more items in the future.  I was able to secure many of my favorites, which included cornmeal cherry scones, green castel vetrano olives, granola, and a partially-baked pizza (this day it was zucchini and cheese with pesto sauce).  In very efficient fashion, orders were taken and paid for at the first window, and the goods were picked up at the second window.  More description.

social distancing outside The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley, California
social distancing outside The Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley, California



More things to do in Berkeley.

Way more thing to do in Berkeley.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

images ©2020 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


June 11, 2020

Healdsburg: Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach; things to do


101 North

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach  13839 Old Redwood Hwy., (707) 433-1625.  Daily sunrise-sunset; swimming June-Sept only.  $7/vehicle.

on the beach at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California
on the beach at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California


This is a choice spot to swim in the warm Russian River, which in summer has an average water temperature of 70 to 75 degrees.  A lifeguard is on duty from 10 a.m., and canoe and inner tube rentals are available.  Facilities include a diving board, a children's wading area, a picnic area with barbecues, and a snack bar.  Sunbathers have a choice of a large sandy beach or a shady lawn area.  The swim area is reached via a steep incline to the water.

river beach at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California
river beach at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California



grassy area at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California
grassy area at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California


barbecue area at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California
barbecue area at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach in Healdsburg, California



More things to do in Healdsburg.

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

images ©2020 Carole Terwilliger Meyers


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