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Must See, Must Do in the Tri-Valley

  • It’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to Tri-Valley golf – which ones do you choose? The Sunny Side of the Bay is perfect for golf – and it has an abundance of courses to prove it. Which ones are absolute musts for true aficionados? Take a look at our list! Livermore’s famous Poppy […]

  • Ever sipped a California Chardonnay, Cab-Sauv or Petite Sirah? Thanks to wine pioneers Wente and Concannon, we bet you have. Take a close look, and it’s clear that the histories of the Concannon and Wente vineyards are as entwined as the vines in a block of old-growth Chardonnay. Both were founded in 1883—Wente by German […]

  • Few golfers know more about each break, dogleg and rough on the Tri-Valley’s 17 golf courses than former Round Hill and Crow Canyon head pro Larry O’Leary. So we asked him to handicap the local links. 1. TOUGHEST COURSE: We used to have a Nationwide Tour event at The Course at Wente Vineyards, and the scores […]

  • For Joyce Scardina Becker, nothing beats the big moments in life. And here in the Tri-Valley, there’s no shortage of those, thanks to a booming local wedding scene. Becker, author of Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding, is director of the wedding certificate program at nearby Cal State East Bay in Hayward. She’s also the owner of […]

  • 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 […]

  • Whether you go for the burnt ends or the make-your-own Bloody Mary bar, Sauced BBQ & Spirits is upping Livermore’s cool quotient. Brendan Scanlan and Barrett Gomes freely admit it: “We had no clue what we were doing” before opening Sauced BBQ & Spirits in Livermore. But between the live music every weekend and their own […]

  • Rodney Worth of The Peasant & The Pear stands on the patio outside his Danville restaurant and figures he’s in just about the perfect place for a chef to be. “I can get great tomatoes in Pleasanton and the best peaches in the world right there in Brentwood,” he says. “I can go to Point […]

  • Katie Marcel and the Livermore Shakespeare Festival are flourishing. As any good wine country resident knows, the key to creating a truly memorable blend is identifying the strengths of each grape and combining them to enhance the overall product. Fitting, then, that when Katie Marcel, the managing director of Shakespeare’s Associates, started scouting new locations to host […]

  • Theater buffs pay homage to the “father of American drama” at the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Tap into the region’s literary history with a visit to the gorgeous Tao House, the onetime home of America’s only Nobel Prize–winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill, who penned The Iceman Cometh and Long Day’s Journey Into Night from his […]

  • Head to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton on the right weekend, and you may feel like you’ve traveled back in time. A 1934 Ford with an original Henry Ford body sits just down the way from a ’69 Ford Torino with its hood propped open, revealing a shiny, beefed-up engine. Nearby, a father walks […]

  • All Aboard Tour the Livermore Valley Wine Country in a unique and fun way: on a decked-out wine trolley! Livermore Wine Trolley tours usually last 4-5 hours and includes tastings at three local wineries and a delicious made-to-order lunch in the vineyards. Learn about the Tri-Valley from a local: your guide will provide plenty of […]

  • For the ultimate in stylish travel, look no further than the historic and refurbished cars of the Niles Canyon Railway. The train runs each Sunday from April to August, from Sunol to the Niles area in Fremont. Each direction takes about 30 minutes, with a layover at the turnaround. If that isn’t enough old-school elegance […]

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