The Tri-Valley is an original blend of scientists, winemakers, and techies who call it home. Accessible from anywhere in the Bay Area, the "Sunny Side of the Bay" is minutes from San Francisco, but worlds away.

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September 4, 2019

Things to Do in Tri-Valley's Sunny Side of the Bay

From the top of famed Mt. Diablo, you can see the three valleys that give the Tri-Valley its name and shelter its four hubs: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, and Danville. Just a 35-minute drive from San Francisco into the East Bay, the Tri-Valley is an original blend of scientists, winemakers, and techies who call it home. "The Sunny Side of the Bay" is accessible from anywhere in the Bay Area, so you can experience local California minutes from the city.

Here is a brief introduction to a few of the many things to do while visiting the Tri-Valley:

Wine Country

Though lacking the high profiles of its northern neighbors, the Livermore Valley's wine region occupies a prominent position in California's wine history and its quality gives it a very competitive stature. All the way back in the 1840s, Robert Livermore first planted wine grapes in the valley. Today, the Tri-Valley wine country has blossomed to more than 50 unique wineries and continues to follow in the footsteps of its founders, priding itself on a love for quality wine and the personal touch that it demands. In 1981, Livermore Valley formed its Winegrowers Association, with members ranging from boutique, urban wineries such as McKahn Family Cellars to mid-sized wineries like McGrail Vineyards and industry giants like Wente Vineyards. For more information on Tri-Valley wines and the wine trail, click here.

Craft Beer

The Visit Tri-Valley offices are located on Pleasanton's Hopyard Road, fittingly named after what was once one of the biggest hop farms in the world. Though less well-known than Tri-Valley's famous wine country, Pleasanton's hop history is equally exceptional. The Pleasanton Hops Community utilized 1,900 acres of wetland from the late 1800s until the time of the first World War and Prohibition, creating a name for itself that was respected around the world. Craft beers have become a mainstay of foodie culture. The Tri-Valley area does not disappoint, with a variety of microbreweries and brewpubs to choose from. Twenty-five of these can be found on the Tri-Valley Beer Trail. Download a passport and choose between a free t-shirt, pint glass, or Dad hat for stamp collection from at least 10 stops. The trail includes stops such as Hops and Sessions in Livermore, Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar in Dublin, The Growler Pub in Danville, and BottleTaps Craft Beer (and food!) Experience in Pleasanton, to name just a few. For more information on Tri-Valley's craft beer scene, click here.

Downtown Shopping

When is the last time you actually strolled? The Tri-Valley's streets are filled with cozy boutiques and cafes that just won't permit any rushing around. Window-shopping in one of the distinct downtown areas showcases quaint Northern California character, with true retail therapy. Time slows down as you meander through, and the friendly staff puts you at ease. Hartz Avenue in Danville is just one example: sweet and vibrant, with plenty of unique treasures to be found. Try Bloom Space Vintage for all sorts of unique goods, including jewelry or light fixtures from a bygone era. For holiday shopping, Presence has been showcasing darling Christmas collectibles for over 30 years. For more information on shopping in Tri-Valley, click here.


The Tri-Valley is home to some of the best hiking, biking, golf, and water sports around Northern California. Visitors can enjoy unparalleled hikes, such as a trail to Murietta Falls. The top of this waterfall stands at around 3,000 feet and flows down a 100-foot rocky ravine. Lake Del Valle offers trails and other activities, like paddle-boarding and canoeing, and gorgeous picnic spots. Adventurers looking to take in incredible 360-degree views need look no further than Mt. Diablo State Park, with its namesake peak offering spectacular vistas toward San Francisco and across the valleys. For more information on Tri-Valley's park and hiking options, click here. And, check out the region's numerous scenic bike trails and biking options, including electric bike tours, here.

Food Trails

Are you up for a fun challenge while you explore dining options? In addition to its wine and craft beer adventures, the Tri-Valley also features a number of popular ice cream and coffee shops. To explore them, you can follow along the Ice Cream Trail and/or the Caffeine Trail. Download a passport for either at Visit Tri-Valley's site online to get started, and you may earn a free gift for your visits.

For even more suggestions on activities in the Tri-Valley, please visit, and find dining and hotel guides, maps, and access planning tools.

History and Flavor in the Tri-Valley

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