Very, very nice. We have lots of coffee places in CV now and none of them are as nice as this one. Nicely prepared coffee and outstanding baked goods. They actually remember their repeat customer's preferences which is a touch of a time gone by. Nice but quite small shop that is out of the way for me but worth the trip.
It's not the world's greatest coffee but it's still better than Starbucks. The baked goods could be slightly nicer quality as they are kind of like things you could pick up in Costco in massive quantities. I enjoyed the lattes and had an interesting Mexican Hot Cocoa but my husband was not thrilled with the quality of his hot cocoa saying he felt it could have had more of a cocoa taste to it. Bodi's does have a very nice atmosphere. Quiet and sunny in the back with a nice area for kids to play while their parents chill out on the comfy couches. Some WiFi would help this place be more hang-out worthy but overall it's not a bad place to grab a cup.
I had a very chilly facial here. The aesthetician used ice cold creams on my face and wore gloves which made it pretty icky. I had an okay massage here but nothing special. There are better spas. I recommend the Purple Orchid in Livermore for better service and nicer surroundings.
I won't name the instructor we had but she was woefully inattentive. She tended to make or take multiple cell phone calls during the expensive half hour of instruction and often cancelled at the last minute or substituted a disinterested teen to teach my child instead and at the same rate.
Thoughtfully curated. The excellent permanent collection + some really interesting rotating exhibitions make this a can't miss experience. If Rodin is your man, you are definitely in luck. They have a very large collection both indoors and out with the highlight being the impressive Gates Of Hell in the Rodin sculpture garden. The cafe is delicious and mostly organic. The shop is nice too. A great, cheap day out with better art than the SFMOMA, The DeYoung or The Palace of The Legion of Honor and on a more human scale.
It's a nice idea: the kid-friendly hair salon. The problem is that the haircuts themselves are not any better than what you could get at a Supercuts or even a local barber's. I took my kid here 4 times and had 3 different stylists. None of the results were very good. Don't waste your money. Try Great Clips for hair in Castro Valley. My kid has never had a bad haircut there and even if that happened, I would only be out 12 bucks as opposed to the 20-something dollars (not including tip) that Cool Tops would charge.
I had a very chilly facial here. The aesthetician used icy cold creams on my face and wore gloves which made it pretty icky. I had an okay massage here but nothing special. There are better spas. I recommend the Purple Orchid in Livermore for better service and nicer surroundings.
My kid always gets a great haircut here for only $12. Courteous and professional service. Walk right in, no appointment needed. We have had some bad haircuts in CV but this place is a good experience for my kid, every time.
The Patterson Ranch house is a large, beautifully preserved 1857 Victorian house. The entire park includes a farm, a large forest and the house itself. There are large, ornate gardens, beautifully preserved farm buildings, the old railway stop and trains to ride (horse-drawn). The farm also features lots of happy-looking farm animals you and your kids can help to feed at certain times of day. There are loads of drop-in activities and seasonal activities on any weekend including a very thorough house tour. The ranch is also home to a flock of migrating Monarch butterflies that roost in the eucalyptus forest each winter. A naturalist is available to show you around the site on winter weekends and will answer all your butterfly questions.
Overall this place is a wonderful day out with lots to do and see. You can rent party areas out for birthdays and BBQs for a reasonable fee. I definitely recommend it.
I want to like this museum but always end up half-liking it and half-wishing it were better. It's in a good location in SOMA with lots of nearby transit links which always helps. Nearby is the Metreon and the Moscone convention center.
The building itself is rather sadly dated looking. It was built in the late 1980s and definitely looks like it rather than timeless or innovative.
The permanent collection has a few West Coast worthies in it like Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Bechtle but otherwise it is built upon a solid backbone of the same old, same old. You have your standard issue Matisse and your standard issue Paul Klee, Magritte and De Kooning but none of them are earth-shakingly good. Merely adequate. It was as if they were purchased because a MOMA has to meet certain standards with its permanent collection. I wish museums would make merit-based acquisitions instead. The DeYoung suffers from this kind of curating convention even more so than the SFMoMA. Some of SFMoMA's new acquisitions are interesting but most of them aren't. Keep an eye out for the occasional good show like the Anselm Kiefer exhibition currently on. It's a nice retrospective but marred slightly by the hand-holding of the placards and media niches that tell you what the art is about, rather than letting you decide for yourself. I like my museums to assume I can make up my own mind on these matters and just show the work off to best effect. The cafe and museum store are very good.