When spring is in the air, the Bay area is brimming with marine and plant life. Defined geologically by three estuaries surrounding the city of San Francisco, the Bay area is a maritime environment with inflows of fresh water that create bountiful natural habitats for vegetation and sea life all year round. The richness of the bay is at its best in the vernal season, mirrored by the plentiful historical and cultural attractions of the area, with exceptional museums and dining options that can make the most sophisticated foodie’s mouth water. Fill the mind and stomach in Berkeley or Yountville before going offshore to the Farallon Islands to look for the sea lions and whales that call the bay their home. At the end of the day, retire to a bayside cottage or houseboat to make the most of spring in the Bay Area.