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Questa città della East Bay riunisce ristorazione mondiale con birra artigianale e splendide aree verdi

A un’ora di macchina da San Francisco e dalla contea del vino della Napa Valley, la città di Concord ha i benefici cosmopoliti della Bay Area, ristoranti internazionali, un vibrante centro commerciale all’aperto e una prosperosa scena della birra artigianale, unitamente a un’area tranquilla che offre semplici fughe nella natura e chilometri di sentieri per escursioni a piedi e in bicicletta.

Potreste trascorrere settimane a scoprire la scena culinaria mondiale di Concord. Alla Brasas Do Brazil Churrascaria, i camerieri corrono per la sala affettando direttamente sui piatti carne abbrustolita nel forno girarrosto infilzata in grossi spiedi. Provate pezzetti di lombata (picanha), costine di manzo, costolette di agnello e cuoricini di pollo, tutto cotto in stile brasiliano sopra una fiamma aperta. Immergetevi nei sapori del Myanmar all’Aung MayLiKa, che serve piatti tradizionali della Birmania come colorata insalata alle foglie di the, ricche zuppe di noodle al cocco e pesce al forno con miele. Se avete una voglia terribile di spezie indiane, dirigetevi allo Swagat per vindaloo, masala, tandoori e biriyani. Oppure cenate in stile sud americano con un pasto al Lima. Iniziate con un pisco sour, un cocktail tradizionale peruviano fatto con lime e albumi, quindi passate al lomo saltado pollo in olio o al ceviche a base di pesce.

Come per la maggior parte delle città della Bay Area, Concord ha una scena della birra artigianale movimentata. Il birrificio in stile magazzino Epidemic Ales produce ale rosse, IPA e una vaniglia stout invecchiata in botti bourbon. Un food-truck mobile fornisce i pasti. La E.J. Phair Brewing Company si concentra sul cibo da pub sostanzioso, hamburger, cotolette di maiale impanate, fish & chips, nachos alla salsa di formaggio e birra, oltre a una selezione di birre a rotazione che include la Shorty’s Revenge, una ale ambrata luppolata. The Hop Grenade Taproom è il luogo dove trovare birre rare come la Pliny the Elder, sour all’aroma di limone e sidro fruttati. Dietro il bar, uno studio radiofonico dal vivo emette il podcast della birra The Brewing Network.

Ma Concord ha anche un lato naturalistico. Per godere di panorami immensi, recatevi negli oltre 8.000 ettari del Mount Diablo State Park, la cui cima si trova a 1.174 metri; il parco è dotato di sentieri per escursioni a piedi e in bicicletta (incluso un sentiero ad anello verso una cascata), luoghi adibiti a pic-nic e il Rock City, un gruppo di formazioni arenarie unico. Poi, esplorate i giardini di rose e camelie del Markham Nature Park and Arboretum oppure passeggiate tra le tante specie di alberi nativi e piantati su oltre tre chilometri di percorsi. Salite in bicicletta e pedalate lungo l’Iron Horse Regional Trail, un percorso lastricato di circa 51 chilometri che segue la Southern Pacific Railroad. Oppure seguite il Contra Costa Canal Trail, che insegue il percorso di un canale degli anni ‘30 e si collega alle colline erbose del Lime Ridge Open Space.  

Il martedì e il giovedì mattina, curiosate lungo il Concord Farmers’ Market per trovare frutta e verdura appena raccolte, uova fresche e fiori dal dolce profumo. Il mercato si trova nella Todos Santos Plaza, una piazza pubblica in stile messicano costruita dai pionieri della città nel 1869. Questo è il luogo dove si riunisce la comunità (quando il tempo lo permette) di Concord per ascoltare musica dal vivo, fare vita sociale e vedere amici e vicini di casa. Nel frattempo, agli amanti di architettura e cultura consigliamo di verificare il programma degli spettacoli al Concord Pavilion, un anfiteatro progettato da Frank Gehry. 

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Northern California

Discover the San Francisco Bay Area

A crimson bridge, cable cars, a sparkling bay, and streets lined with elegant Victorian homes—San Francisco is undeniably one of the world’s great cities. Located along the Northern California at the state’s distinctive bend in the coast, the region has an alluring magic that stretches beyond the bay to diverse cities with nightlife and trend-setting cuisine.

"I left my heart in San Francisco, High on a hill, it calls to me." —singer Tony Bennett

The Bay Area is also home to some of the world’s finest wine country, including Napa Valley and Sonoma, plus waterfront towns, dramatic beaches, and the tech-savvy southern end of the bay known as the Silicon Valley, where lunchtime ideas at Google, Facebook, and Apple, turn into the next brilliant innovation. 

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Luxurious spas, farm-to-table dining, and easy access to dozens of wineries—these Napa and Sonoma resorts offer the indulgent getaway you need

Ready for some “me time” amid decadent surroundings? Reserve your spot at one of these spectacular Wine Country resorts.

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See a stunning museum, shop, and feast in the Bay Area’s most outspoken city

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Sand, water, and kids—it’s a natural combination for easy family fun. This sandy dozen offers appealing, family-friendly features, such as calm water for new swimmers, tide pools for intrepid...

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World-class accommodations in world-class locations

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If there was ever a box of chocolates—and all of them delicious—it’s the rich collection of natural treasures, fascinating...

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Nested near the city’s cupola-topped City Hall, impressive performance spaces in San Francisco present some of California’s—and the world’s—...

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Tech savvy, international flair

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Livermore

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Where to release your inner fashionista

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Check these amazing experiences off your bucket list

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