- itineraries and photos by Ellis Anderson
Don't have a bike? You can rent them at Bodega (just off Beach Boulevard at 111 Court Street). Feeling more adventurous? You can also ply the local waters with kayaks and paddle boards, also available for rent there. If you want to explore the Jourdan River Blueway, a few miles north of the Bay, click here for the map.
Check out Bay Life Gifts for beachy décor and gifts and Gallery Edge for contemporary art. Also on Second Street you’ll find Smith & Lens Gallery (106 S. Second Street), Magnolia Antiques (200 Main St) and Social Chair (131 Main Street) and Antique Maison (111 N Second). A bit off the beaten track (only a few blocks), is Antique Maison Ulman (317 Ulman Ave.). This enormous building is stuffed with finds and treasures. You can rest your feet in their tearoom and garden - you may need to!
Bay-tique Boutique (across the street at 125 Main Street), specializes in fun, edgy styles for all ages. For artful garden décor, don’t miss Twin Light Creations (136 Main Street). Bay Books (131 Main St.), Biz-zee Bee children’s apparel and monograming (111 Main Street) round out the afternoon of shopping.
If you’re flagging, perk up with a coffee and sweet at Serious Bread Bakery (131 Main Street). You’ll want to take home at least a few of the delicious loaves, flatbreads or muffins. Of course, the aromas are so divine, they may not make it home.