East Bay Hidden Gem | Alameda Beach

I’ve been getting a little homesick from the Bay. Although, I love my life here in Sacramento, there are days where I’m completely missing the San Francisco Bay breeze blowing through the air. Along, with the beaches! Running everyday was never a problem for me in the Bay Area, because the weather was always good. I ran out of my house most days, and on weekends, I’d drive to the nearest Regional Park or State Beach — which was in Alameda | Crown Memorial State Beach was my beach. It’s like having a beach in the middle of suburbia, something not very common in most places. The entire beach encompasses a number of other beaches. It is also pretty clean as far as I can tell, whenever I came out for a morning run, or with my children.

Where can you find a long stretch of beautiful beach with frequent bathrooms, a gorgeous view of downtown SF, free available parking, and right across San Francisco? Alameda, CA!!! The whole area has a very relaxed vibe, and the water near the whole entire shore is pretty relaxed, without much of a rip tide.

For those not familiar with Alameda, its a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It is located on Alameda Island and Bay Farm Island, and is adjacent to and south of Oakland and east of San Francisco across the San Francisco Bay. Think, old suburbia, on an island, tucked away between Oakland & San Francisco!! Definietly, a hidden gem in the Bay!

Alameda Beach

Crown Memorial State Beach 

Address:

1451 8th St.

Alameda, CA 94501

Crown Memorial State Beach is a state park in the city of Alameda on the shores of San Francisco Bay. It is operated by East Bay Regional Parks District, under a cooperative agreement with the State of California and the City of Alameda. Take your kids, pack your sand pails, and enjoy a good book. Crown Memorial only attracts, good vibes, families, runners, and those just looking to relax and enjoy the SF View. (Can you tell why I miss the Bay soo much?!)

Exploring Potrero Hill

All you already khow every time I visit the San Francisco, my husband and I always book in Potrero Hill. The neighborhood feels alive during the day despite being mostly residential, which is WHY WE LOVE IT! There is a steady sidewalk culture of people coming and going. Mama’s pushing strollers, people walking to work down to the Design District (that’s where my husband works!), and other constant foot traffic of people going the the Mission District, DogPatch or Soma. It’s also in between to two hospitals (Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.)

There are just enough amenities that you can walk to right out our door to buy wine, take the kids to a park, or sit at a sidewalk table for lunch. SF locals who have lived in the Castro, Cole Valley, Mission, South of Market, Hayes Valley, and even the Richmond District  — all bustling and vibrant parts of town —but none of them feel as homey as Potrero Hill.

During our weeks stay, the husband went to work, and the kids and I explored the neighborhood. Obviously, this wasn’t our first time here, but the location of the Airbnb was new. A new street, we haven’t been on, and a few other street views we haven’t seen just yet.

One afternoon the boys and I were walking up to an open space to get a better view of the city, and we stumbled upon the ‘Little Free Library,’ bookhouse along the way. This house was so adorable, we actually have one in our neighborhood in Sacramento, its definietly a cool program, especially during the summer. The little library was like a large bird house with a glass door. Just a few selected books are placed in there catering those who enjoy love novels, travel, cook books, business, and also kids books for toddlers, and elementary school aged.

The Aibnb I stayed at, had an amazing selection of San Francisco books as well! One of my favorites was Victoria Smith’s (sfgirlbybay) book! I’ve been following Victoria for years!! I still remember the day’s of reading her blog, getting so inspired to just snap a few shots in San Francisco, and just uploading them to my own desktop as wallpaper!! YES! BEFORE INSTAGRAM!!!

Internationally popular design blogger SF Girl By Bay comes the ultimate love letter to San Francisco. This gorgeously photographed lifestyle guide gives the reader an insider’s tour of the City by the Bay through Victoria Smith’s unique lens. Organized by neighborhood (like Potrero Hill), each chapter features enchanting photos of hidden corners, local color, landmarks, and hot spots!!!

See San Francisco: Through the Lens of SFGirlbyBay

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By: Victoria Smith (sfgirlbybay)

You can get your copy of ‘See San Francisco..’ on Amazon Prime | HERE |

As my boys and I continued our walk around Potrero Hill we walked toward the Starr King Open Space, along 23rd, and up the hill towards Carolina. Star King Open Space, a lesser known “park,” with a great view! While not technically a park, the area is protected from development and meant to be enjoyed by the entire community, including the wild animals. 

Where it’s located: Near 23rd and Carolina streets in Potrero Hill.

While everyone loves Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, San Francisco also has over 220 parks and open spaces! If I wasn’t staying in Potrero Hill, I would’ve never found this hidden gem! Thanks to my Airbnb host who provided the cutest tiniest book about Potrero Hill, and all it’s cool happenings!