Pleasanton – The Name Fits
The city of Pleasanton embodies the changes that have come to the Valley in the past two and a half centuries. After the Gold Rush Anglo and other settlers intensified the farming, drained the marshes, and brought railroads to link the Valley with the rest of California and the nation. From a roadside stop named Alisal on the lands of the Bernal family’s Rancho El Valle de San Jose, it grew into a town when the Transcontinental Railroad came through the Valley.
Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from 1,200 acres of parks and open space and 24 miles of hiking and biking trails that wind through breathtaking views of hills and vineyards, or play your best round at award-winning Callippe Preserve. Enjoy year-round cultural activities that include festivals, concerts, a farmers market, the country fair and the elegant Firehouse Arts Center.
Visit historic Alviso Adobe for a peek into the region’s earliest days. Shop the nation’s top retailers at Stonebridge Shopping Center and top off your stay in downtown Pleasanton, where speciality shopping and outdoor dining merge a cutting-edge city with a small-town vibe. Enjoy the Ghost Walk at the Museum on Main or Meadowlark Dairy for a nostalgic drive-thru experience. It’s all here.
Named one of America’s best places to live by Money Magazine, 50 Best Cities to Live by 24/7 Wall Street, and among the 101 Most Comfortable Cities in America by Expedia, Pleasanton is an extraordinary place to experience.
Surprising fact: Before the Prohibition, the product of the Pleasanton hop fields for several seasons were purchased by Guinness, the London brewer and manufacturer of a pale ale exported to all parts of the world. Pleasanton hops commanded a premium at the London market.