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Recs needed for Fremont, CA

VJA | Dec 13, 2009 10:36 AM

In February, I have to come to Berkeley for a meeting that happens to fall on my husband's birthday (and a Friday), so we decided to drive up Thursday night and spend the weekend.

I found an unbelievable deal on a fantastic hotel in Fremont, which is fine for Thursday night, but if we want to have a really special night out on Friday, are we fools for staying in Fremont? Should I just find a place in Berkeley or SF?

I don't have to be in Berkeley until 2:00 on Friday, so what would be a great brunch place in Fremont?
Are there any world-class restaurants near there for the birthday dinner, or should we stick with the original plan and go to Chez Panisse?
Any ideas for a really fun Saturday that wouldn't include driving into the city? What are the hidden gems in that area?

We are foodies, film/music buffs, I'm a big hiker, but he's not very active. Any thoughts on what to do?

All input and feedback is most welcome.

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