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  • 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 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
    Niles Canyon Railway

    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 […]

  • Each city in the Tri-Valley offers its own insight into the area’s frontier past. In Dublin, Heritage Park and Museums is made up of Pioneer Cemetery; St. Raymond (1859), the region’s oldest Catholic church; the Murray Schoolhouse; and the 1911 craftsman bungalow Kolb House, now a museum. Other areas boast their own treasures: In Danville, […]

  • It was half my life ago when I met this incredible woman. She changed my life forever. I’ve worked for her, lived with her more than once, and we remain great friends and traveling buddies to this day. Tri-Valley native Judy Ashworth’s “Farewell to Bud” party in 1986 made famous today’s multi-tap establishments serving only craft beer, […]

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