3 Island Getaways in the Bay

Angel Island
You don’t need a plane ticket for an island getaway. Angel Island offers one of the island adventures you could have in San Francisco Bay. Photo: Jerry Ting

If you’ve been dreaming of a summer escape to an island paradise, but your piggy bank has other ideas, take heart. We’ve got our own islands right here in San Francisco Bay. You may even catch a balmy breeze, watch palm trees sway, and enjoy a stunning sunset. Now is a great time to visit some of the Bay’s best attractions. No plane ticket needed.

Angel Island State Park

Angel Island offers sweeping views of the Bay, terrific hikes, and campsites from which you can see the twinkling urban skylines that surround it. Pack your satchel with sleeping bag and supplies, and take the Blue and Gold ferry over. Recommended hikes include the five-mile perimeter trail and the trek up to Mt. Livermore, where hikers are treated to a panoramic view of the Bay and Golden Gate. Reserve a campsite online at Reserve America. Bring a gas stove or charcoal for cooking, as no fires are allowed.

Alameda

From its palm-tree lined boulevards, to its sleepy, small town atmosphere, Alameda offers a surprisingly different experience than the rest of the bustling Bay Area. Hipsters with children, who have fled SF for easier living and better schools, rub shoulders with retirees and Bay Area natives, giving the place a Mayberry-meets-Brooklyn vibe.  Yet it’s just minutes from downtown Oakland by car, and accessible by Ferry from SF.  Start at Crown Memorial State Beach and soak up some sunshine. It’s the largest, most stunning beach on the Bay, and a great place to walk and bike. Head over to St. George Spirits for one of the best tours (and tastings) in the Bay Area.  To get a real feel of the Alameda vibe, check out Speisekammer Restaurant, a homey spot with a great wine and beer selection.

Treasure Island

Come for the wine. Stay for the sunset. Since the Navy decommissioned Treasure Island in 1996, it’s exploded with housing, becoming a bedroom community to San Francisco. Surprisingly, it’s also become quite a wine destination, with several urban wineries setting up shop. Napa it’s not, but hey, you can get there on Muni! Take the Muni 108 from San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal and visit Treasure Island Wines, The Winery SF, Erista, and Bravium, and Fat Grape Wineries, most of which are clustered along 9th Street near Avenue of the Palms, and are open on weekends until 5 pm.

Set Sail on a Wine Regatta for the Bay

Eastside Bunch Wineries
Sip wine to Save The Bay this Saturday in Healdsburg.

Where can you drink wine, eat seafood, and save the Bay this weekend? Why, the Eastside Winery Regatta in Healdsburg of course!

$5 from each ticket and 10% of the day’s wine sales is donated to Save The Bay.

Sail over to the 8 wineries of Sonoma County’s Eastside Bunch, as they embark on celebrating the Bay Area leg of the America’s Cup race and navigate their support to Save The Bay. Each location will be pairing wine with a superb seafood dish (think fresh oysters, seafood pizza, paella and more) provided by Diavola Pizzeria, Chef Peter Leary and Chef Fabiano Ramaci to name a few.

When: This Saturday, August 4, 2012, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Check in at any Eastside Bunch winery, listed below

Purchase tickets: $35 in advance, $45 at the door, $10 for designated driver tickets.

Save The Bay is excited to be the non-profit partner and beneficiary of this Sonoma County event. A special thanks to the Eastside Bunch for helping to ensure a healthier San Francisco Bay for future generations.

– Kaitlin Chandler, Development Associate