Best Ways to Enjoy the Carquinez Strait During Winter


Fun for the Family Whatever the Weather

When you live in a bucolic paradise like the Carquinez Strait region, you won’t want to stay inside all winter long. Indoors and outdoors, you’ll love spending time near the waterfront all season. Here are five ways to explore the Carquinez Strait this winter. 

Warm Up With States Coffee

When the weather shifts, one of the best ways to spend a winter day is with a cup of something warm in your hands. States Coffee in Martinez is a charming local coffeehouse where they brew hot coffee all day long. Take your cup of joe to-go and walk down to Waterfront Park for views of the Carquinez Strait. 

Birdwatch at Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline

Strolling the coastal hillsides of Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline is a perfect way to spend an afternoon at any time of year. During the winter, grab a pair of binoculars on your way out of the house for some prime birdwatching. The grassland ecosystem is home to a multitude of bird species, including western meadowlarks, western bluebirds, and American goldfinches.

Meditate in the Brookwood Park Labyrinth

Taking a meditative stroll at the Brookwood Park Labyrinth can be done during any time of year to recenter yourself. Set your intentions, search for zen, and reflect on the year this winter while you trail through the winding hedges. 

Jog the Contra Costa Canal Trail

Pick up your heart rate this winter with a run along the Contra Costa Canal Trail. This biking, walking, and jogging trail is an excellent way to get in a round of cardio any time of year. The horseshoe-shaped path is a blend of paved pathway and rugged terrain that connects several communities and area parklands. Bundle up before you go and enjoy a low-traffic journey from the urban center to the rural countryside. 

Share Hors D'Oeuvres at Bella Siena

When it’s cold outside but you still want to admire the waves of the Carquinez Strait, head over to Bella Siena in Benicia. This charming waterfront bistro has sweeping windows that let in loads of natural light, and you’re sure to love Bella Siena’s stunning Italian fares. This charming, upscale eatery is warm and inviting—perfect for a brisk winter’s day. 

When you’re ready to make the move to the Carquinez Strait, contact Ridge Real Estate Group for more information on properties in Martinez and Benicia.

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