We all have our secrets: a favorite ice cream shop, the quiet woodland trail that few seem to frequent, a quirky museum, that hidden shoreline bench to soak up the sunset by the Bay.

Our region is rich with popular tourist finds, but sometimes it's the hidden gems stashed in lesser-known nooks and crannies that really make life here fun.

Please send us your personal picks for tucked-away treasures. Snap a photo and write up a short, 150-word (or less) description about why you love that special spot, then submit your entries online at the Bay Area Hidden Gems link at www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-living.

There's no real prize, just the fun of sharing your hideaways.

Here's the format:

Place: (What it's called.)

Where to find it: (Include address or cross streets.)

Description: (Tell us about your choice, in 150 words or less.)

Photo: (As a JPEG attachment.)

Your full name and city:

Your email and phone number: (These will not be published.)




Duende in Oakland has a terrific wine bar, coffees and an alluring Basque menu. (Photo by Anda Chu/Staff file)
Duende in Oakland has a terrific wine bar, coffees and an alluring Basque menu. (Photo by Anda Chu/Staff file) ( ANDA CHU )