You already know our neighbors: foggy San Francisco, gritty Oakland and wallet-crushing Napa Valley. It’s time to break out of the ordinary tourist routines and venture to Northern California’s Tri-Valley
. Set amid rolling hills, vineyards and grand oak trees, Tri-Valley hasn’t let its explosive growth bury its classic American charm and undeniable wine heritage. Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville are bustling with events, restaurants, cafes, galleries, theaters and shops, so there’s never a shortage of things to do. From lively street festivals to the serene Livermore Valley wine region, it’s no wonder why Tri-Valley has been hailed as one of the hottest neighborhoods in America by Business Insider in 2013, and ranked as one of the top five of America’s 50 best cities to live in by USA Today in 2014. Only 45 minutes east of the Golden Gate Bridge, “the Sunny Side of the Bay” has been a favorite getaway for the discerning, high net-worth mavericks of Silicon Valley, so isn’t it time to see what you’re missing?
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Alameda County Fairgrounds is host to more than 3 million visitors annually for events such as trade and consumer shows, festivals, corporate picnics and sports events. The fairgrounds are home to the annual Alameda County Fair. There are 11 buildings available, ranging in size from small to very large (the largest is 32,500 square feet). The fairgrounds are in Pleasanton, California, which offers a small-town charm with big-city access. Event attendees often visit the historic downtown, the regional shopping center, and the extensive parks and recreational system.
Candice Browning, Event Sales Supervisor
The Course at Wente Vineyards
San Francisco Bay Area’s premier golf course, The Course at Wente Vineyards, opened in July 1998. Designed by golf legend Greg Norman, the 18-hole championship course is a picturesque, 7,181-yard, par-72, upscale, daily-fee golf course tucked away in the scenic Livermore Valley, 50 minutes east of San Francisco. With three distinct topographies, native woodlands, mature vineyards and rolling hills of natural grasslands, The Course at Wente Vineyards offers extraordinary visual panoramas and diverse play unmatched in the Bay Area. Designed for both novices and pros, The Course has played host to the Livermore Valley Wine Country Championship, part of the PGA Tour’s Nationwide Tour.
Cabe Jones, Head Golf Professional