Orinda’s culture, despite its park-rich landscape, doesn’t lack historical buildings such as:
- Orinda Theater
- California Shakespeare Theater
- Redwood Valley Railway
Before it became a residency for affluent workers in the tech sector, the city was the perfect rest stop for recreational activities and still holds the same spirit.
While Orinda can be associated with the summer heat of sunny California, it is much more dominated by microclimates due to its geography. It has a pleasant warm-summer Mediterranean climate with rainy and cool winters. While you won’t have a snowy winter, you’ll have cold and frosty mornings in areas with lower elevations. The temperature in the city hovers around 45℉ to 72℉ and rarely dip below 36℉ and 82℉.
Abundant with parks, Orinda attracts quite a lot of visitors, mostly hikers, and naturalists. Even if you aren’t a hiker, you’ll have a wonderful time at Lafayette Reservoir, one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. You can hike, fish, kayak, or run like a free spirit on a seemingly endless patch of green.