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The Tri-Valley Blog

  • Tri-Valley offers hundreds of delicious dining options, from comfort food to haute cuisine. Skip the fussy formality — make yourself at home as our restaurateurs take you on a culinary tour of the region and the world. All Hawaiian Afghan Indian American Italian/Pizza Asian Fusion Japanese Bakery Korean BBQ Malaysian/Singaporean Breakfast Mediterranean Burgers Mexican Cafe […]

  • 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 […]

  • March 23, 2015
    Family Matters

    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 […]

  • March 18, 2015
    Fore for Five

    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 […]

  • March 18, 2015
    Master Wedding Planner

    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 […]

  • March 16, 2015
    Let’s Get Sauced

    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 […]

  • March 16, 2015
    Game Changer

    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 […]

  • March 16, 2015
    Leading Lady

    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 […]

  • March 16, 2015
    Write On

    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 […]

  • March 16, 2015
    Hot Rod Heaven

    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 […]

  • There’s a fun and retro new way to experience the local wine country: the Livermore Wine Trolley. In addition to providing a unique and safe ride for tasting-room-hopping patrons, creator Brian Luke, a first-time business owner, is an advocate for the region by promoting local wineries and keying in out-of-towners on the local scene. “I […]

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