I am not sure that I like the word staycation, but it seems to work as well as anything. Last week, I commented on the dreary San Francisco summer. I’d really had enough and planned a mini weekend away. I know, I know…a vacation right before leaving for Maine!
I wanted to do something local to make it easy. I thought about Carmel, Napa, Healdsburg, and a few others. Then Berkeley came to mind. From a distance, I had always admired the architecture of the Claremont Hotel in the Berkeley Hills, so I decided this would be the perfect idea.
On a total side note: Part of the reason for going away for the night was to test out leaving Wesley at home with a new dog sitter for the evening. Wesley suffers from severe separation anxiety when away from me. The good news is that he did very well being away for the night.
If you are looking for a perfect place to say, I can’t suggest the Claremont enough. The massage was excellent, and so were the martinis and oysters at the bar. It was a quick Uber ride down to College Avenue to the Rockridge area to have dinner at Millennium (a plant based restaurant that I had wanted to try for a while). I checked out the pool early Saturday morning for some laps and then a quick breakfast. When I’m in Berkeley, I’m always excited to go to one of my favorite grocery stores, the Berkley Bowl, so I stocked up on produce and goodies for the rest of the weekend and week ahead.
It was great to get some sun and escape for the night. Next time Wesley wants to come along too. He was thrilled to discover that the hotel is pet-friendly. This isn’t going to help his separation issues, but I think he would enjoy it!