A Local's Guide to Tri-Valley, California

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niles_railway.jpgWarm spring weather and affordable hotel rates make Tri-Valley, California the perfect getaway.  Armed with these local secrets, visitors are sure to have a fantastic experience.

SEE: Ride the Train to Old Hollywood, Sunol, California
Restored vintage trains make an hour long excursion through fields of poppies, lupine and wild mustard, traveling part of the first transcontinental railroad's route during the spring. The trains operate year long out of Niles Canyon Railway's Sunol Depot. Occasionally afternoon departures include wine tasting with local vintners.
Train run on Sundays only, check the website for schedules.

Insider Tip: Catch the early train in Sunol and ride to Niles. Once you arrive in Niles, jump on the vintage bus to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum for a peek at the memorabilia from a bygone era in movie history. The museum is an homage to the silent films made in Niles in the early 1900's including Charlie Chaplin's famous film, "The Tramp."

Niles Canyon Railway
6 Kilkare Road, Sunol, CA
(925) 862-9063

Niles Essanay Film Musuem
37417 Niles Boulevard, Fremont, CA
(510) 494-1411

Bocce_3_6228410.JPGDO: Play a Game of Bocce
Learn a new game with a long history. Evolving from its earliest known origins in Egypt circa 5200 B.C. to Bocce is currently the fastest growing ball sport in the world and the second most played ball sport behind soccer.  While in Tri-Valley, guests can learn the game for only $10 per person for 1.5 hours of play at Campo Di Bocce. The restaurant, nestled in Livermore Valley Wine Country boasts eight World Class, State-of-the-Art Bocce courts, traditional Italian Cuisine, and a large variety of local Livermore Valley wines. Or, stop into Garre Winery in Livermore and taste wine while playing bocce on the more rustic courts. The winery features an expanded cafe to include seating for 100 on the patio, and boasts a lawn and fountain area for pets and children.

Campo di Bocce
175 E Vineyard Avenue, Livermore, CA
Insider Tip: Every Monday Night is $10 Spaghetti Night featuring all you can eat & ceasar salad.

Garre Vineyard & Winery
7986 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA
Insider Tip: Friday nights are Vineyard Nights Summer Music on the Patio and Bocce Ball and Italian Dinner nights every Wednesday.

EAT: Frequent these amazing diners, pizza parlors and restaurants in Tri-Valley and get treated like a "regular".

Ask a local where you should have breakfast in the Tri-Valley and more than likely someone will tell you to start your day at Dean's Café. Located in the heart of historic downtown Pleasanton, Dean's is a family owned restaurant known for amazing omelettes and friendly service for over fifty years. ; Boasting one of the largest omelette menus (over 275 at last count) in existence this classic diner has big portions and affordable prices.
Dean's Café
620 Main Street, Pleasanton, Ca  
(925) 846-4222
Insider Tip: Order the Executive Breakfast, Two Eggs with Choice of Ham, Links,
Bacon or Country Sausage with Toast and Jelly for only $7.45.

gay90s_11.jpgPair a ghost story with great tasting Italian food at affordable prices, and you'll have Gay 90's Pizza & Co. Housed in one of the first commercial buildings in Pleasanton it has a long history so, it's no wonder to hear that they have their own resident ghost. The local urban legend goes that the upper floor housed a brothel for many years, and residents have reported seeing a "full figured ghost lady" in the front second story window. ; Spooky stories aside, the restaurant offers diners a menu of homemade pastas, sourdough pizzas, sandwiches and salads. An affordable dinner option, complete dinners start at $12 and include garlic bread, salad or soup, entrée and jello or bread pudding for dessert.
Gay Nineties Pizza Co.
288 Main St, Pleasanton, CA
(925) 846-2520
Insider tip: It is not on the menu, but if you ask for the "lunch special" you'll get a personal cheese pizza and a salad for only $8.25.

From the 1880's to 1913, Pleasanton was a world famous hop producing region. The Hopyard Alehouse and Grill recaptures some of that heritage in the small brewpubs located in San Ramon and Pleasanton. This neighborhood brewpub offers over 30 beers on tap and a casual menu featuring burgers, salads and sandwiches. Locals love this place so much it has been named Best Beer Selection, Best Place for an after work Drink and Best Pub for many years by the local paper.
Hop Yard Alehouse & Grill
470 Market Place, San Ramon, CA
3015 Hopyard Road, #H, Pleasanton, CA
Insiders Tip: Tuesday nights they have specials on beer where you can buy a pint glass of their featured beer in a special logo pint glass. You can keep the glass and get refills for $1 less that night.  

Eat in Dilbert's neighborhood.
A favorite for the carefree diner, Stacey's at Waterford offers a variety of seafood, pasta, meat, wood-fired pizzas, and vegetarian dishes, all served with a side of humor by Dilbert creator and restaurant owner, Scott Adams.
Stacey's At Waterford
4500 Tassajara Rd. Suite C, Dublin, CA
(925) 551-8325
Insiders tip: Every fourth Tuesday, the restaurant offers a Game Night, where you can borrow a classic board game or play the Nintendo Wii while enjoying Dilbert themed cocktails like Dogbert's Secret Elixir or Dilbert's Tie Straightener.

Stay: DoubleTree Club Hotel Livermore
Money might not grow on trees, but at DoubleTree Club Hotel Livermore, memories sure do. Take time out to create a lasting memory with a weekend getaway that's surprisingly affordable. The recently renovated hotel is conveniently located adjacent to I-580 and minutes from Livermore Valley wine country.
DoubleTree Club Hotel Livermore
720 Las Flores Road, Livermore, CA

Stay: Hyatt Summerfield Suites
Discover the all-suite hotel that not only knows you, it knows what you want. Namely, the things that make you feel right at home - a full kitchen, free high-speed Internet, plus a complimentary full breakfast each morning and Evening Social, Monday through Thursday. Nearby downtown Pleasanton offers fine restaurants and shops and wine tasting in scenic Livermore Valley.
Hyatt Summerfield Suites
4545 Chabot Drive, Pleasanton, CA

orchidretreat.jpgStay & Spa: Purple Orchid Inn & Spa
The Purple Orchid Inn & Resort is a rustic yet elegant 9,000 square foot log structure located in Livermore Valley wine country. The inn features well appointed guest rooms offer a luxurious and romantic experience with fine custom fabrics, exquisite furnishings, luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton linens, down pillows and feather beds - most of which have fireplaces. Be sure to make an appointment for a relaxing spa treatment during your stay.
4549 Cross Road, Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 606-8855

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