While the rest of the country bundles up and heads indoors for the winter season, the Tri-Valley embraces the crisp air, clear views, and café lounging. Cozy up next to fire pits with a glass of wine, binge on warm comfort foods, and venture out to one of the clearest vistas in the entire world. Here are our favorite things to do during winter in the Tri-Valley.
Mt. Diablo State Park is a home to a variety of outdoor activities, gorgeous views, and even some head-scratching curiosities.
The mountain’s summit rises nearly 4,000ft above the rest of the Bay Area, acting as a gorgeous backdrop and centerpiece to the entire Tri-Valley. Given how low the foothills and surrounding area is, Mt. Diablo has some of the best summit visibility in the entire world. On clear winter days, visitors are able to spot the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Shasta and parts of Yosemite.
While you’re there, head into the Summit Visitor Center to see a variety of exhibits covering the ecosystem, topography & history of the mountain range. Check out or Mount Diablo Visitors Guide for everything you need to know before you go.
The Blackhawk Museum in Danville is not only a world class museum, we’d consider it five museums in one. Although this museum is known for its extensive classic car collection, it’s also home to four additional exhibits: Art of Africa, Into China, World of Nature, and the award-winning Spirit of the Old West. Spend hours exploring four floors of art, historical artifacts, and amazing displays.
View the museums, art galleries and historical sites located in the Tri-Valley with our Arts & Culture Guide.
Nothing keeps you warm like a glass of wine on a chilly day, and the Tri-Valley is home to more than 50 local wineries to taste at.
Vine Cinemas & Alehouse in Downtown Livermore isn’t just a great place to catch a flick, it’s the comfiest seat in town! Featuring local beers and wines, artisanal appetizers, and comfortable love seats in addition to regular theater seating, this isn’t your normal movie night experience.
While recent releases are often making appearances on Vine Cinema’s marquee, they also host live sporting events and celebrations like Superbowl parties and The Bachelor screenings. With a giant 30ft screen, the Vine has the largest sporting screen in the entire Bay Area!
Enjoy the thrills of ice skating without turning into an icicle at one of the indoor ice skating facilities in the Tri-Valley. Dublin Iceland (pictured above) and Tri-Valley Ice are both open year-round and rent skates to the public. Fun fact: Kristi Yamaguchi (the Olympic Champion!) completed a majority of her training at Dublin Iceland.
Check out our Indoor Activities Guide for more ideas.