Welcome to Walnut Creek
Upscale urban living with idyllic natural surroundings
Following the Mexican-American war, many settlers arrived in the region after the U.S. annexation of California. In 1849, William Slusher became the first American to establish the area after building a residence on the west bank of Arroyo de las Nueces (known as Nut Creeks). It was first known as The Corners but later became Walnut Creek thanks to the abundance of Walnut trees. Today, Walnut Creek is renowned for its sophisticated culture, luxury homes, and bustling downtown district full of exceptional restaurants and upscale retail stores.
What to Love
- Thriving downtown district
- Upscale shopping centers
- Outdoor recreational activities
- Excellent restaurants
Walnut Creek residents enjoy an urban atmosphere with a small-town feel thanks to its small size and green surroundings. Locals have access to a variety of activities due to the diversity of offerings available in the city. Those living here can visit several local attractions, participate in community events or hike the famous Mount Diablo. It is a well-developed city that offers residents easy access to the outdoors and business districts.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Located in the city is one of the many Ruth's Chris Steak House
upscale chain restaurants. This renowned steakhouse is known for serving the finest custom-aged cuts of USDA Prime beef in an elegant setting. Diners at Ruth’s Chris can expect an extensive selection of steak and chops accompanied by delicious seafood entrees and desserts.
For a more intimate and casual setting, visit Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar
. It is a charming bistro and wine bar offering small plates of international cuisine. The restaurant encourages guests to explore the menu and share small portions to experience a taste of different cultures.
offers delicious Peruvian fare and is well known for its open-flame rotisserie chicken, seasoned with a custom blend of spices and herbs. The restaurant’s interior boasts a casual atmosphere and a rustic, woodsy design. On the menu you will find lomo saltado, ceviche, churrasco and more.
One of the most popular sites within Walnut Creek is The Broadway Plaza Shopping Center
. It is a luxurious high-end outdoor mall featuring various department stores, luxury apparel stores, specialty shops, and restaurants. It is a great place to shop for renowned brands and stroll around.
Things to Do
The Walnut Creek Annual Walnut Festival can be traced back 86 years and continues to thrive thanks to the support of community volunteers. The festival aims to raise funds for city infrastructure and recreational and educational programs through community events like the upcoming 2023 crab and tri-tip feed.
The Art & Wine Festival is another major festival in Walnut Creek. The festival offers free admission and features bay area music, food, art booths, award-winning wine vendors, local brews, a festival train, an interactive kids' zone, and various other attractions.
The Walnut Creek Running Festival is a major local event highlighting the community’s active lifestyle. The running festival features a five-kilometer run, a ten-kilometer run, and a 13-mile half marathon. At the end of the event, there is a post-race festival and an award ceremony for course winners.
Heather Farm Park
offers excellent outdoor recreation opportunities for families. Several amenities and facilities are available within the 102 acres of land that make up the community park. Notable amenities of Heather Farm Park include a swimming complex, skate park, playground, sports field, equestrian center, fishing pond, lake, nature center, and famous gardens.
Local theatre performances can be enjoyed at the Lesher Center for the Arts
. The center is elegant and houses a variety of stages for drama, dance, and literature events. The Bedford Gallery, also part of the Lesher Center, hosts art walking tours.
Enjoy a round of golf at Boundary Oak Golf Course
. The golf course boasts beautiful scenery, hosts tournaments, and offers a taproom and a gift shop. The venue is an excellent choice for weddings.
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