Wine Country Day Trip for Under $20

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Livermore_Valley Wine Trail-med.jpgSubmitted by the Tri-Valley, California  Convention & Visitors Bureau

Start your day in Pleasanton, CA at the farmers market on Main & Angela Street (Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm). Browse the vendors and sample fresh fruit and specialty foods. Afterwards, take a stroll along Main street to check out the wonderful art galleries, shops and more.

For a special treat, stop at the Meadowlark Dairy, the only drive-through dairy for a soft serve ice cream cone.  It is only $1.75 for a small ice cream cone.

Then, Head to Tommie's Deli and Sandwich Shop on 2nd Street in Livermore and order the Lite-n-Tasty, a small sandwich with (Bread/meat (4.oz.)/cheese & stuff) for only $6. Armed with your sandwich and maybe a piece of fruit from Pleasanton's farmers market, you are ready to hit the wineries for complimentary wine tasting!
Start your wine adventure on Greenville Road where most of the wineries offer complimentary tasting. 1st Stop? Bent Creek Winery, then head down the dirt road to Charles R Vineyards. Red Feather Winery and Little Valley Winery are next door neighbors and share a tasting room. Plus, Red Feather is open till it is a great spot at the end of the day. McGrail Vineyards and Winery features Cabernet Sauvignon, so if you are a fan of that varietal, this is a must. Give the winery dog, Bear, a scratch, he's a big german shepard bundle of love!

Alternatively, you can start at Fenestra Winery for a picnic in the shadow of their old barn, then head to Livermore Valley Cellars (LVC) and finish at Deer Ridge Vineyards.

So, wait, so far we have only spent $7.75! Next, to Del Valle Regional Park. Deep in a valley framed by oak-covered hills, with sailboats and sailboards skimming over its waters, Del Valle is like a lakeside resort only 10 miles south of Livermore. It's $6 per vehicle to enter the the park, but it's ABSOLUTELY worth the trip. And, if you can rent a canoe or paddle boat for only $10 for 2 hours. But, wait....that would make our total $23.75. Hmm...maybe this should be titled, A Fun Day Trip for Under $25??

As always, you can find information on fun things to do on the Tri-Valley Convention & Visitor Bureau website, including special offers, and an event calendar for the region.

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GREAT article! We will be visiting Amador, Lodi and Tri-Valley at the end of the month (July 2009) Thanks for the insite!


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