Walnut Creek Travel Guide

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Walnut Creek Things to Do

  • Lindsay Wildlife Museum

    Ever wonder what happens to wild animals that are injured? Many such injured animals are taken to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum's wildlife hospital. This well established hospital treats over 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year.The museum offers an opportunity to see wild animals up close. Many of the animals that can not be released...

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  • Shell Ridge

    Shell Ridge has miles of trails through grasslands and oak woodlands. The trail network is fairly extensive. In the summer, the heat can be a problem so it is best to avoid the mid day sun on the warm days and always carry water. The namesake is derived from the marine fossils that were long ago deposited when the area was under water.Dogs are...

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  • Truly the most unique thing about Walnut...

    in my mind is the unbelievable opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors! Hiking trails, walking/biking the canal trails, bking trails to downtown, driving to Mt. Diablo even. Get out and see our spectacular countryside.

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Walnut Creek Hotels

Walnut Creek Restaurants

  • Incredible changes weekly

    One of the East Bay's best finds. Yes the plates are small, and intended to be shared. similar to tapas, you select a number of plates to share and get a sample of everything.The wine list, like the menu, is constantly changing but always very good.Va de Vi Hard to say. The chicken papaya salad when availble is excellent. the potato leek soup...

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  • Make a meal of appitizers

    Lark Creek is one of a number of higher end dining establishments owned by Bradley Ogden. Unlike our experience in Las Vegas at his restaurant in Caesar's, Lark Creek in Walnut Creek, CA continues to be a favorite. The food is consistently good and the summer specials are just wonderful. On our last visit, we started with an heirloom tomato and...

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  • Great Ball Park Food

    As the name might suggest for those baseball fans out there, this is a "sports bar" type restaurant sporting the name of one of the SF East Bay's local "hero's" Willie McCovey. Sport momentos abound for decoration.The food is surprisingly very good for this type of establishment. Typically "sports" places have the standard mediocre fare, but...

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  • Katy's Kreek Restaurant

    I was spending the weekend at my girlfriend's place here in Walnut Creek and on the day of my departure she suggested we get out for breakfast. She brougth me here to Katy's Kreek. The restuarant looks minimal from the outside but as you enter you are greeted with a large dinning area with high ceilings, nice bar and beautiful art work throught the...

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  • Elegant Italian Restaurant

    Prior to my last visit, I would have said that Prima is one of the finest Italian restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area, and that is saying a lot. However, my last visit was a disappointment. Prima Ristorante was established in 1977. It specializes in contemporary Italian food. Not only do they have an excellent wine list, they actually have a...

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  • Some Great Places to Eat

    Walnut Creek is home to an unusual abundance of great restaurants for an East Bay community. Almost every type of food is represented. Fine steaks are served at steak houses with Vic Stewart's on Broadway leading the pack by a wide margin. Italian food is well represented with Prima, Montecatini, Caffe Delle Stella, and Il Fornaio. But Chinese,...

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  • Great Pizza Joint

    Tomatina in downtown Walnut Creek is my favorite pizza place in the East Bay. They have about four locations in total. But other than Walnut Creek, I have only been to the one in Alameda, which is also quite good. Tomatina serves fresh pizza, pasta, and salads in a family atmosphere. Their dough, dressings, and sauces are all made from scratch....

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  • Great Steak

    The location of Ruth's Chris in Walnut Creek is not what you might expect for this "high end" dining location. Packed into the 2nd floor of a newly renovated "down town" complex it is a bit difficult to find and get to if you are not familiar with the area.Valet parking is available at $7.00 and is quite polite and very efficient both dropping off...

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  • Small plates of global fusion food and...

    Good food, mixed and trendy crowd. Everyone wants to eat at this locale so make reservations in advance! Va de Vi means "it's about wine" in Catalan...and this place is all about the wine, not just from the Napa Valley but from all over the world! Flights available. LOVE the Kobe beef! The lobster risotto was wonderful as well.And the chocolate...

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Walnut Creek Nightlife

  • Some billiards, some pin ball, some...

    Casual attire, cool venue, strong drinks and live music. All good good good! Dress casually. Jeans and tasteful tshirts are OK. Don't forget your tattoos and piercings!

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  • Home of Some Great Theater

    The Lesher Center for the Arts is a live theater complex in Downtown Walnut Creek. Quality plays, including both drama and comedy, are performed on the various stages. The limited number of shows that I have seem there have been excellent. Concerts are also held at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

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  • Sucks

    This place sucks. The waitresses and bartenders are ugly as hell and the food sucks. Whoever said the waitresses are hot probably works there. All the bouncers think their S@&% don't stink. Its a good place to go to watch ghetto people fight though, just don't get too close because they start fighting any body. The ugly, fat, lame, and old chicks...

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Walnut Creek Transportation

  • Reliable Taxi/AirportShuttle to/from...

    Diablo Valley Cab provides reliable, safe, clean transportation around the Walnut Creek area, as well as to/from all Bay Area Airports (SFO, OAK, SJC). The driver is courteous and most importantly - ON TIME! I live in Walnut Creek and have regularly used this service for over 1 year. They are friendly and professional.They give fair rates and...

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  • Ygnacio Valley Road

    Ygnacio Valley Road is a major arterial that runs east through Walnut Creek from the intersection of Highways 24 and 680. It eventually reaches the adjacent city of Concord. The route then continues to the city of Pittsburg beyond.This lone boulevard is the major east-west thoroughfare through the valley. If you ask someone from Walnut Creek where...

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  • Taxies

    The East Bay is not known for its abundance of taxicabs. However, the Walnut Creek BART Station draws taxies from all over the county. It is fortunate as taxies provide a sound option for those needing transportation from BART. For people utilizing the Oakland or San Francisco Airports, this congregation of taxies is most useful.

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Walnut Creek Shopping

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    by SteveOSF Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    Downtown Walnut Creek is packed with shops of virtually all sizes. The Centerpiece of Walnut Creek Shopping is Broadway Plaza. Broadway Plaza is a shopping mall located at South Main Street and Mount Diablo Boulevard. It is home to a wide range of stores. Some of the better known ones include: Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Bath and Body Works, Bebe, Coach, Gap, Macy’s, Nordstrom, See's Candies, The Walking Company, and Victoria's Secret.

    But outside of Broadway Plaza an abundance of shopping is available. These stores include: Tiffany's, Pottery Barn, Barnes and Noble, Cost Plus World Market, Pier One Imports, Radio Shack, and Big 5 Sporting Goods. In addition to the big name stores, a variety of boutique stores are spread throughout the streets of downtown.

    Specialty stores like Wine Hardware on Locust Street are also prevalent. Wine Hardware specializes in high quality wine accessories including wine cellars, wine refrigerators, wine racks, wine literature, openers, and glass ware. Some of their prices can be competitive.

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Walnut Creek Local Customs

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    The Festival is advertised with banners on Ygnacio

    by SteveOSF Updated Jun 6, 2008

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    The Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival is an annual event held at Heather Farm Park. It is typically held in the late fall. Admission is free. Numerous artists await in booths to sell their work. Paintings, prints, jewelry, photography, and other crafts are among the available art. Some excellent and interesting original artwork can be found throughout the event.

    Wine tasting is also available, for a fee. Food is also plentiful. Music can be enjoyed throughout the day. Heather Farms is located off Ygnacio Valley Drive at N. San Carlos Drive. The event is outdoors so sunscreen is advisable. In addition, several other art and wine type festivals are held on downtown throughout the summer.

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Walnut Creek Warnings and Dangers

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    The Police

    by SteveOSF Updated Feb 5, 2008

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    Walnut Creek has a relatively low crime rate. When major crimes occur, its police force responds. However, let’s just say that Walnut Creek has a reputation for a police department that is a bit over enthusiastic for enforcing minor crimes, especially related to traffic issues.

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Walnut Creek Off The Beaten Path

  • by MaryKaye Written Jun 20, 2004

    Enough shopping, already! Trailheads to miles and miles of Open Space hikes are located all around the city. Get out and see the gorgeous Oak-dotted country offering vistas of Berkeley hills to the west and Mt Diablo to the east. There's also miles of paved canal trails you can bike or walk in street shoes.

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Walnut Creek Sports & Outdoors

  • by MaryKaye Written Jun 20, 2004

    There are three pools at Heather Farm--diving well, lap/recreation and baby. Lawn and covered patio, great place to cool off. Also a lovely and popular kid park and picnic area outside the swiming facility .Don't miss Heather Farm Garden center which has a Rose garden in addition to lots of other areas to roam. There are a couple of sand vollyball pits at various places too

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Walnut Creek Favorites

  • Oldest Commercial Structure

    The oldest commercial structure remaining in Walnut Creek is the Albert Sherburne store which was built around 1863. It is located at 1315 North Main Street at the intersection of North Main Street and Mt. Diablo Boulevard, which is the site where the first two roads leading to the present day town met. Although partially destroyed by fire in...

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  • Downtown

    Downtown Walnut Creek offers an abundance of quality restaurants for any taste or price range. It is well worth checking out the multitude of eateries. Some of the best places to eat in the East Bay are there. Many shops ranging from large department stores like Macys to small boutiques can be found downtown. The downtown is pedestrian friendly,...

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