“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”
― Maud Hart Lovelace
In San Leandro, June through August are months of sunshine, ripe, summer produce, and countless ways to enjoy our city. I look forward to summer every year, as I feel it is the time when we all breathe a little deeper, and make enjoying life more of a priority. Why do these warmer months bring out the best in us? For me, it’s the extended family time. From late nights of lawn toss in the backyard, to swim days at my mom’s house, to the week of camping by the lake with friends. I love the togetherness summer brings, and I love celebrating the freedoms we have in this country (two of my sons are US Marines, hoorah)!
As June closes and summer continues, I want to share with you my summer guide to San Leandro! If you don’t call San Leandro home, I encourage you to visit your city’s website and explore what amazing options are offered to you to enjoy! And as always, feel free to stop by our office on MacArthur Blvd to say hi!
What To Do This Summer In San Leandro
1. Pick up your weekly groceries at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Every Wednesday from 4-8 pm, Parrott Street in downtown San Leandro is transformed into a vibrant marketplace of sweet, juicy, tree-ripened fruits; delicious, healthy, just-picked vegetables; beautiful fresh-cut flowers; gourmet foods; and tasty snacks. The farmers’ market also offers free events that turn every trip to the market into a fun outing for the whole family!
2. Explore the great outdoors at Lake Chabot. Though the San Leandro access to Lake Chabot has been closed for dam renovation, the Castro Valley entrance is open and accessible! I love coming here to get a breath of fresh, nature air. Lake Chabot is the perfect place to bike, hike, walk your dog, or even go boating!
3. Walk the Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline. This gorgeous shoreline is perfect for walking or running and has beautiful Bay Area views.
4. Have a fun night out at Drake’s Brewery. Adrian and I absolutely love Drake’s Brewery. Every first Friday, Drake’s Brewery hosts a fun evening of food trucks, beer, and tailgating activities! Additionally, Drake’s Brewery offers tastings and barrel tours, as well as yoga classes!
5. Visit Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory Outlet. San Leandro is home to this amazing outlet…I mean, does it get any better than Ghirardelli’s Chocolate? And discounted? I’m in!
6. Tour Casa Peralta. The Casa Peralta is the City of San Leandro’s historic house museum. Three descendants of the original land grant of Rancho San Antonio (ranging from the San Leandro Creek to the current-day City of El Cerrito) lived in the Casa. The home was remodeled in 1926 as a grand Spanish-style villa, with hand-painted tiles imported from Spain, that tell the story of Don Quixote. The Casa Peralta is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 3pm, and is available to rent for special events!
7. Grab some books at the San Leandro Public Library. I am a wholehearted bookworm…you will often find me talking about the last best thing I read! In San Leandro, we have an awesome library with a wide selection of books and several events throughout the summer for kids and adults alike!
8. Eat, eat, eat! I recently posted a guide to San Leandro’s up and coming food scene as well as a few other fun places to visit. Check it out as you are making your plans and reservations this summer!
What do you love most about summer? Which activity from this list do you think you will be giving a try? Share in the comments below, I’d love to hear!
Until next time…