A Tri-Valley, California Man-cation

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men_golf.jpegIt is possible to getaway with the guys for a few days this summer without dropping thousands of dollars in Vegas. For a more economical, and certainly tamer trip, try the Tri-Valley.  The perfect weekend plan for the boys of summer includes golf, wine tasting, vintage cars, custom motorcycles and more.

PLAY: Hit the links at one of the 11 Public Golf Courses in Tri-Valley, California. Affordable green fees, challenging course and spectacular views are the hallmarks of Tri-Valley golf. Start by playing Callippe Preserve Golf Course . Situated on the picturesque Pleasanton Ridge, the course offers 18 holes of small ridge terrain and bountiful amounts of wildlife habitat areas. Want to play among the vineyards? Then make a tee time at Poppy Ridge Golf Course. This 27-hole Scottish Heathland course boasts 3 nines and a full service golf shop.
Callippe Preserve Golf Course
8500 Clubhouse Drive, Pleasanton, CA
Phone: (925) 426-6666

Poppy Ridge Golf Course
4280 Greenville Road, Livermore, CA
Phone: (925) 447-6779

DO: Wine Tasting in Livermore Valley Wine Country. One of the oldest wineries in Livermore Valley, the historic Wente Vineyards offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience every facet of the winemaking process. They also boast a Greg Norman designed golf course and award-winning restaurant on premises. The Steven Kent Winery produces a very limited number of wines that demonstrate the world-class quality possible in the Livermore Valley using only the best fruit and cooperage.

Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 456-2305

The Steven Kent Winery & La Rochelle Winery
5443 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 243-6440

DO: Suit up and challenge the guys to a race.
Upon arrival at Umigo Indoor Kart Racing, visitors get fitted with a racing suit. After a brief training, then race off!. With over 15 different configurations, Umigo offers racers the chance to test their driving skills on differing turn structures and speed levels.

Umigo Indoor Kart Racing
6538 Patterson Pass Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Phone: (925) 373-RACE

blackhawk.jpegSEE: One-of-a-kind "rolling sculptures" conceived by the world's leading designers and crafted by artisans. In every era there have been cars of special artistic and historic significance built to illustrate new ideas in styling, engineering or performance, or to satisfy a famous celebrity's individual taste. The exhibition at the Blackhawk Museum presents over 90 of these great cars as individual works of art.
 
Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, CA 94506
Phone: (925)736-2280

SEE: Walk through motorcycle history. Arlen Ness is without question one of the true originators, being among the best-known legendary motorcycle customizers in world. The Ness Family motorcycle empire is based in the Tri-Valley. Visit the World Headquarters of Arlen Ness Motorcycles and walk through motorcycle history in the upstairs museum.

Arlen Ness Motorcycles
6050 Dublin Boulevard, Dublin, CA 94568
Phone: (925) 479-6300

SHOP: Stroll a historic downtown and pick up some stogies.
Head to historic downtown Danville and pick up cigars at Danville Cigar & Fine Gifts. This great cigar shop also sells cigar related stuff as well as wines and ports. They also offer ports by the glass and have a great patio on the side that is equipped with heat lamps for cooler weather.

Danville Cigar & Fine Gifts
411 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA
Phone: (925) 831-8899

beer.jpegEAT: For whatever men crave, there is a dining experience in Tri-Valley to satisfy.
First, head to Hop Yard Alehouse, the neighborhood brew pub that offers over 30 beers on tap. The menu features "pub food" including burgers, handcrafted sandwiches and salads. Try the Sierra Madre burger, loaded with avocado, bacon and cheddar cheese and Garlic fries with your pint. Craving an authentic New York-style steakhouse experience? Haps Original Steakhouse is located in historic downtown Pleasanton and serves Certified Angus steaks broiled to perfection and expertly executed seafood.
 
Hop Yard Alehouse
3015 Hopyard Road, #H, Pleasanton, CA
Phone: (925) 426-9600
470 Market Place, San Ramon, CA
Phone: (925) 277-9600

Haps Original Steakhouse
122 West Neal Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925) 249-0781

Other guy-friendly dining choices include Back Forty Texas BBQ, Hooters and Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar. Looking for nightlife? Hit ShBoom in San Ramon and groove to hits from the 70's, 80's 90's and today. Or, cruise over to Bay Area Crown Billiards for a game of pool and a few drinks.

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