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Home to the beautiful cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon, Tri-Valley is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Visit Tri-Valley and discover endless possibilities. http://www.visittrivalley.com.


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Escape to Tri-Valley’s renowned Livermore Valley wine country for an overnight performing arts experience! With top-tier tickets, fine dining, overnight accommodations and other amenities, the Livermore Valley Wine Country Escape package is ideal for visitors in search of an enjoyable getaway.

The new package is available for ten upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater including dance, theater and comedy, as well as a broad range of music from the crystalline voices of Chanticleer and rich soul vocals of Lizz Wright, to the festive sounds of Mariachi Sol de Mexico and infectious country rock of Pure Prairie League.


The Wine Country Escape combines a pair of tickets for the performance, a gourmet three-course dinner for two at Sanctuary Ultra Lounge across from the theater with appetizer, salad, entree and a glass of Livermore wine, and an overnight stay (double occupancy) at the nearby Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham. A complimentary bottle of award-winning Livermore Valley wine, a wine tasting card for use at local wineries, and a Livermore Downtown Guest Pass for discounts at participating businesses are also included.

A $370 value, the two-person Livermore Valley Wine Country Escape is available on a limited basis for the unbeatable price of $259.

This special package is offered in conjunction with several upcoming performances at the Bankhead Theater:
Alonzo King LINES Ballet – Contemporary Dance with Global Artistry & Vision
Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Pure Prairie League – One of Country-Rock’s Pioneering Forces
Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Chanticleer “Love Story” – A Glorious Evening of Sheer Vocal Perfection
Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m.
Buffalo Rome Rodeo Weekend – Country Western Music with a West Coast Feel
Friday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m.

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Conveniently located 33 miles from San Francisco, Tri-Valley’s Livermore Valley Wine Country has a long history of winemaking tradition and more than 50 wineries.

For an affordable weekend adventure, visit Tri-Valley and the cities of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon. Check out our website for info on attractions, places to stay, events and exclusive deals!

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Several Livermore Valley wineries celebrated the opening of the Drought Resistant Garden Trail with a sign installation and toast at Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery on April 12. Developed in cooperation with the Alameda County Master Gardeners, the initial phase of the new trail includes the first of many local winery and event center gardens to feature native, drought resistant plantings.

Livermore Valley wineries at the grand opening of a drought resistant garden trail.

Lisa Meier of Las Positas Vineyards, Jim Ryan of Concannon Vineyard, Linda Ault of Cedar Mountain Winery, Chris Chandler of Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association, Nancy Rodrigue of Rodrigue Molyneaux, Glenn Matthews of Wente Vineyards and Shari Wentz of Alameda County Master Gardeners.

The gardens are open to the public and are a great way to experience Earth Day in Tri-Valley. Participating wineries include:

Cedar Mountain Winery: A wide perennial garden flanks both sides of the barrel room. The garden is filled with roses; especially captivating is the climbing rose Altissimo. Hardy penstemon and sages also fill the beds.

Concannon Vineyard: Playful topiary is the obvious theme of these gardens, where even mature Fruitless Mulberry trees are trained into arches and orbs. Drought resistant New Zealand flaxes, purple hopseed and daylilies are scattered among the olive trees. Concannon was one of the first wineries in Livermore Valley to use roses as detectors of molds and mildew in the vineyard.

Las Positas Vineyards: Many drought resistant grasses, including California fescue and Mexican feather grass are planted in this extensive landscape that also features Teucrium chamaedrtys (germander).

Rodrigue Molyneaux Winery: Avid gardener and winery owner Nancy Rodrigue is challenged by lack of sun in her landscape that features many garden “rooms.” With the advice of master gardeners, she has replaced ground covers with ceanothus and native deer grass. A border that runs along an outdoor seating area has been replanted with honey bush mahonia and various colored leafed heuchera that add color.

Wente Vineyards Estate Winery: A former parking lot at Wente’s Tesla Road location is now planted with hardy trees, shrubs and perennials that welcome guests to picnic. Outside the winery, white oleander and olive trees under planted with rosemary, lavender and agastache repeat in drifts along Tesla Road. Coffeeberry and heleanthemum are highlights of a corner garden in this lush space that features native and drought resistant plants.

Martinelli Event Center: Property given to the Master Gardener Program by the county in 2000 now blooms as an example of beautiful landscaping in a dry summer garden. The University of California Alameda County Master Gardeners Livermore Demonstration Garden is divided into six areas: an oak garden, a flower garden, a dry creek bed garden, a garden that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, a wind garden and example of gardening on a berm.

Livermore Valley's winery garden trail.

Livermore Valley's winery garden trail.

Several other Livermore Valley wineries are actively working with the Master Gardener Shari Wentz to design and plant drought resistant gardens that will be included in future phases of the wine country trail.

“Although the program is still in the beginning stages, the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association and Alameda County Master Gardeners are excited about this cooperative effort and its potential,” said Wentz.

All of the gardens on the Drought Resistant Garden Trail are open to the public and the Master Gardeners Livermore Demonstration Garden hosts monthly classes. The Master Gardener program is part of Cooperative Extension, the outreach arm of the University of California through its Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide residents of Alameda County with information to help them garden in schools, backyards, nursing homes and other locations. Inspired by Earth Day on April 22, wineries around the state of California are celebrating ”Down to Earth Month” with hands-on workshops, eco-tours, green-themed events, special offers and tastings of eco-friendly wines. Explore “Down to Earth” events at and plan a visit just as California vineyards are coming alive with spring.

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The Tri-Valley CVB is offering an enticing Winter Weekend Getaway promotion for travelers.

Don’t let winter and rainy weather get you down. Winter is a perfect time to visit Tri-Valley. Cooler weather means a return of the lush green hills, beautiful colors in the vineyards and fewer crowds too. The Tri-Valley CVB has just announced a Winter Weekend Getaway promotion that offers a $50 Visa card for visitors who book weekend stays at participating hotels in Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

Here’s the scoop:

Visitors who book a weekend stay—Friday and/or Saturday night(s)—at a participating Tri-Valley hotel from November 1, 2011- January 31, 2012 must fill out the request form on the Tri-Valley CVB website to be eligible. Guests will receive the Visa card upon hotel check in. For more information, or to request the Visa card for a qualifying overnight stay, please visit: http://www.trivalleycvb.com/winter/.

Conveniently located within a one-hour drive from three major San Francisco Bay Area airports (SFO, OAK, SJC), Tri-Valley is an affordable travel destination known for its stunning wine country. The Tri-Valley CVB’s Winter Weekend Getaway promotion is just in time for several of the region’s most popular events, taking place during the winter months— much to the delight of foodies and wine lovers. Winter Weekend Getaway Visa cards are the perfect addition to a Tri-Valley weekend stay during Holidays in the Vineyards and Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week.

A few perfect options for using the Winter Weekend Getaway gift card right here in Tri-Valley:

Holidays in the Vineyards

A favorite wine country tradition by the Livermore Winegrowers Association, Holiday in the Vineyards, showcases local wines and tasting rooms with a festive holiday atmosphere. Artisan vendors, wine discounts and special activities at each wineries provide a unique, intimate way to experience the historic wine region during the winter months. This is an admission free event, but tasting fees may apply and vary by location.

Holiday shopping in charming downtowns

Take the stress out of holiday shopping by shopping in one of Tri-Valley’s tree-lined downtowns. Find the perfect, thoughtful gifts for family and friends in a gallery, boutique or artisan shop in the downtowns of Pleasanton, Livermore and Danville. Enjoy a day of holiday shopping with free parking and a relaxing pace. Downtown businesses are open for business all winter, but Pleasanton Downtown Association and Livermore Downtown Inc. are teaming to kick off the holiday shopping season the week before Thanksgiving with, Earlier than the Bird—a special event with in-store deals and free gifts, happening Saturday, November 19 from 7 am to noon.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 22-30, 2012.

Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week

From upscale wine country restaurants to charming downtown cafés and innovative local favorites, visitors to Tri-Valley can explore the region’s diverse culinary offerings without breaking the bank during Taste of Tri-Valley Restaurant Week, happening January 22-30, 2012. The eight-day celebration is part of California Restaurant Month and provides food lovers the opportunity to dine at Tri-Valley’s vibrant and distinctive eateries for a fraction of the normal expense. More than 25 restaurants are expected to participate in this year’s Taste of Tri-Valley.

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