a getaway guide to port costa, california


A couple weekends back, Joe took me to Port Costa, California for a little getaway. It's located in the East Bay and famous for the only restaurant in the entire town: Bull Valley Roadhouse. Joe and I like to do a date monthly that has to be something completely new and unique. Our rule is to alternate months of planning it, so March was his month. It doesn't always have to be a surprise, or something big - even just going for a walk at a new park is something we've done previously! We just love to explore our city/nearby and to try new things. This month, however, he wanted to surprise me, and wouldn't tell me where we were going. He only told me to pack an overnight bag, the types of clothes I'd need (which was just a workout outfit and a dinner outfit) and what time we'd be leaving.

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We started driving east on I-80 and passed Berkeley - at this point I had no idea where we were going still! Finally, just before the bridge that connects to Benicia, he took the last exit and drove about 3 miles through rolling green hills that we're absolutely beautiful. Where we landed was a dead end street that had one block (if that) of buildings and a big parking lot right on the water. It looked like a ghost town!

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I found out we were in Port Costa, California in the East Bay. Just an hour outside of San Francisco, but felt centuries away. It was like I was in a time-capsule - a town that had been preserved since the early 1900s. Couldn't have been more different than our typical Saturday night in San Francisco. I read up on the town and found out that it had it's 15 minutes of fame in the late 1800s, when it was a popular port for the offloading of wheat.

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