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Rendezvous Point: Meetings in the Tri-Valley

Businesses are discovering that, with its wide array of hotels, venues and after-hours fun, the Tri-Valley is tailor-made for meetings. Just minutes from the Bay Area’s commercial and technology hubs, its charming downtowns and scenic vistas are conducive to both work and play.

In Pleasanton, Dublin or Livermore, your group can enjoy easy access to restaurants, golf and wineries from such hotel venues as the AC Hotel Pleasanton, Hyatt House Pleasanton, Marriott Pleasanton, DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, Four Points by Sheraton Pleasanton, Holiday Inn Dublin and DoubleTree by Hilton Livermore.

For smaller gatherings, try the Best Western Danville Sycamore Inn, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Livermore, Hyatt Place in Dublin, Larkspur Landing Pleasanton or Courtyard hotels in Pleasanton and Livermore.

Don’t forget about the Alameda County Fairgrounds, one of the Bay Area’s largest and most adaptable event spaces. Located just blocks from downtown Pleasanton, the Fairgrounds has more than 100,000 square feet of convention-style space and open lawn areas to suit any kind of event, including both large and small gatherings.

Other versatile venues include Dublin’s Shannon Community Center, Livermore’s Robert Livermore Community Center and Ravenswood historic site, and the Danville Town Meeting Hall.

Looking for something memorable and different? At Danville’s Blackhawk Automotive Museum, elegant receptions are staged amid a fabulous collection of classic cars. Pleasanton’s Firehouse Arts Center—a 19th century brick firehouse recently reborn as a theater and art gallery—is another winner. For those looking to combine golf with business, Livermore’s Poppy Ridge Golf Course is a popular course where players can enjoy a catered banquet in a mission-style clubhouse with panoramic wine country views. The private Ruby Hill Golf Club and The Course at Wente Vineyards are also sure to make guests step their game up.

Remember, too, to include some grownup fun. Try team building on the track at Umigo Indoor Kart Racing, or combine an Italian banquet with bocce ball at Campo di Bocce or Bella Rosa at Garré Winery, both in Livermore. Pleasanton’s Casa Real and Palm Event Center in the Vineyard offer vineyard views.