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    A Cozy Evening In

    July 15

    Who doesn’t love spending a cozy evening indoors after a full day of work or play? Here at Hotel Shattuck Plaza, we make it effortless to unwind.

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    Museums of Berkeley

    March 02

    Berkeley, California is a hub of knowledge and everything associated with it. As such, it boasts some of the finest museums in California, and guests of the Hotel Shattuck Plaza are never too far from the action. Below you will find some recommendations for museums that are such to educate and wow you.

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    Marvel at the Berkeley Botanical Gardens

    February 03

    Shortly after the University of California, Berkeley was founded in 1868, a small garden of plants was created to add a bit of floral variation to the campus. Over the next 150 years, this small garden would turn in a lush botanical garden housing hundreds of unique plants from all over the world.

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    Berkeley Restaurant Week

    January 06

    Find the perfect setting to satisfy your appetite and tour the foundations of “California Cuisine,” and dig into prix fixe meals at eateries across town.

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    The Telegraph Avenue Holiday Street Fair

    December 02

    All is merry and bright in the beautiful town of Berkeley. With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for holiday shopping! Located on the famed Telegraph Avenue next to the U.C. Campus, revel in delicious food, fine arts, and handcrafted gifts at the annual Telegraph Holiday Fair.

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    Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting

    November 04

    If you are visiting Berkeley for your Thanksgiving festivities then you won’t want to miss the Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting in the beautiful city of San Francisco on Friday, November 29th.

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    A Day For The Kids

    October 07

    When you're traveling with the family, Berkeley has the perfect spot for kids to enjoy their day by building new things, climbing obstacles, or even go ziplining.

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    Kick Off Autumn at the Solano Avenue Stroll

    September 02

    Since 1974, Solano Avenue has been widely considered one of Berkeley’s most happening hotspots for shopping, dining, and niche services, attracting millions of tourists each year. The Solano Avenue Stroll perfectly compliments this iconic district as the largest and oldest street festival in East Bay.

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    Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival

    August 05

    If you’ve found yourself in Berkeley, then you’re probably looking for the epitome of trendy, off-beat activities to tell your friends about later. The 20th Annual Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival, located on Shattuck Avenue, is just such a spectacle. 

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    Celebrate Independence Berkeley-Style!

    July 01

    One of the most highly anticipated events of the summer is finally here! Berkeley is well-known as a shining symbol of equality and patriotism for the city’s role in the Free Speech Movement. 

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    Stroll the Berkeley Rose Garden

    June 03

    If you’ve ever wanted to literally stop and smell the roses, then we know just that place. June in Berkeley is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and not just because of the mild, breezy weather. 

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    3 Nifty Facts About Berkeley

    May 06

    Berkeley is sometimes overshadowed by it’s hilly neighbor to the west, but our city is distinctly original all by itself. Read on to discover how Berkeley is a cut above the rest with these unique facts.

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    Bay Area Book Festival

    April 01

    The Bay Area is known for its literary flavor with no better representation of the artistry found here than at the Bay Area Book Festival.

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    Peet’s: The Birthplace of American Craft Coffee

    March 04

    Think Berkeley, and you’d probably think of activism, of counterculture. But in North Berkeley, a nondescript two-story building houses one of the city’s greatest traditions — coffee.

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