How Alamedans Chillax

From staycations and close-to-home destinations to white water rapids in Idaho and the O.C. coast, Alamedans know how to relax.


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Where do you plan to hang out this summer?

Becki Cowan: We’re hoping to go back to our favorite spot in Newport Beach, Orange County. It doesn’t look like it did when I was a little girl hanging out there, but the Newport Coast Villas have become our family’s annual family vacation spot. Can’t wait.

Anne Vastola: We are looking forward to six exciting days of white water rapids and fantastic hikes along the wild and scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, in the company of great friends and marvelous guides. To slow our reacclimation following life on the river, we will spend a week with wonderful friends in their boat-in, off-the-grid home on beautiful Christina Lake in B.C., Canada. La dolce vita!

Gene Oh: Trips are nice, but the real reason for vacations is to relax and spend quality time with family. There are so many local, fun, free events around here that I’m saving my dough and staying low. Doing things like participating in Alameda Bicycle’s Family Rides is a perfect example—I’ll meet at Alameda Bicycle the first Sunday of every month at 10 a.m., cruise around Alameda, and explore new sights, and then end at Tucker’s for free ice cream.

Beck Anderson: I’m looking forward to being out of school for the summer and improving my golf game at the Chuck Corica Golf Course everyday with Coach Aris [Pope] and getting my daily hot dog. I’m also planning on getting plenty of driving experience with my learner’s permit driving back and forth to first tee in Oakland where I volunteer. Summer is looking good.

Jeff Miller: We plan on making short trips to San Diego and Portland to see our kids and granddaughters. We might sidetrack on occasion, but our best times are spent with family. When not on the road, we’ll enjoy day trips to Napa or Sonoma.

Anna Sullivan: I’m going to be directing a music video at different locations in Alameda, as there are so many great settings in this town. I’m super excited about it. When I’m not doing that, I’ll be teaching mind and body classes and hopefully squeezing in a trip or two to Santa Cruz and Stinson Beach.

Chris Tam: On my days off, I plan on spending days on my paddleboard cruising around Corte Madera Creek and spending evenings with my boyfriend grilling in our backyard while drinking wine and watching the stars.

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