A sophisticated and tranquil retreat from bustling big-city life
Located 15 miles east of San Francisco, Orinda is known for its beautiful weather, fantastic community, outdoor recreation opportunities, and top-rated schools. The downtown district is bursting with restaurants and boutique shops, with the historic Orinda Theatre taking center stage. This family-friendly and welcoming community hosts numerous festivals and annual events and if you frequent enough family-owned restaurants, owners will be sure to remember your name and your order.
Encompassing 12 square miles with 19,0000 residents, Orinda is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own distinct character. A few notables are Orinda Country Club, Sleepy Hollow, Del Rey, El Toyonal, Charles Hill, The Downs, Glorietta, Ivy, and Wilder. With beautiful nature hikes just steps away from your backyard, Orinda is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts and features perfect weather year-round. Residents and tourists love Orinda and Forbes Magazine ranked it as the second-most friendliest town in America.
Orinda residents have top-notch dining opportunities. Many visit Genuine Goodness, offering grab-and-go sandwiches and treats, take-and-bake meals, and a specialty British pop-up shop. Ingredients are locally sourced and items are made fresh daily. Casa Orinda has been serving the area for 89 years and is famous for its fried chicken, prime beef, and Italian pasta dishes. Casa Orinda is Contra Costa County’s oldest running restaurant and a real treat to visit!
Stop by the Orinda Theatre Square for more dining and shopping opportunities. Be sure to visit Morrison’s Jewelry, a family-owned shop since 1923, and catch a movie at the historic Orinda Theatre. If you’re looking to experience a classic, visit Cal Shakes - the local outdoor theater and education center. With shows throughout the year in their open-air performance space and community workshops and events, Cal Shakes is a favorite destination for all ages.
The Orinda Community Center Park includes two playgrounds, three tennis courts, and a large open grassy area for picnics, soccer games, and events, like the free concerts in the park every summer. Residents also enjoy the weekly Orinda Farmers' Market on Saturdays and the annual 4th of July Parade over the summer.
For the last 16 years, the Orinda Classic Car Show has been educating the community and raising funds for local charities. The car show features over 200 American and European classic cars and is held annually in September. It’s a great family-friendly event to support the Orinda community.
Established in 1924, The Orinda Country Club is nestled in the foothills of Orinda and features state-of-the-art facilities, a renovated William Watson golf course, award-winning swimming and tennis facilities, and a delicious restaurant. Members enjoy luxury amenities in a historic Hacienda-style clubhouse.
Lake Cascade is located within the Orinda Country Club. People of all ages enjoy walking the 1.1-mile loop around the lake each day.
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