You already know our neighbors: foggy San Francisco, gritty Oakland and wallet-crushing Napa Valley. It’s time to break out of the ordinary tourist routines and venture to Northern California’s Tri-Valley. Set amid rolling hills, vineyards and grand oak trees, Tri-Valley hasn’t let its explosive growth bury its classic American charm and undeniable wine heritage. Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville are bustling with events, restaurants, cafes, galleries, theaters and shops, so there’s never a shortage of things to do. From lively street festivals to the serene Livermore Valley wine region, it’s no wonder why Tri-Valley has been hailed as one of the hottest neighborhoods in America by Business Insider in 2013, and ranked as one of the top five of America’s 50 best cities to live in by USA Today in 2014. Accessible via three Bay Area commercial airports—OAK, SFO and SJC—and only 45 minutes east of the Golden Gate Bridge, “the Sunny Side of the Bay” has been a favorite getaway for the discerning, high-net worth mavericks of Silicon Valley. It’s time to see what you’ve been missing!
Alameda County Fairgrounds
Alameda County Fairgrounds is host to more than 3 million visitors annually for events such as trade and consumer shows, festivals, corporate picnics and sports events. The fairgrounds are home to the annual Alameda County Fair. There are 11 buildings available, ranging in size from small to very large (the largest is 32,500 square feet). The fairgrounds are in Pleasanton, California, which offers a small-town charm with big-city access. Event attendees often visit the historic downtown, the regional shopping center, and the extensive parks and recreational system.
Ken Mercer Sports Park
Ken Mercer Sports Park is a mixed outdoor sports complex and park that extends northeast of Hopyard Road along Parkside Drive in Pleasanton. It has a large variety of outdoor sports areas including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, softball and football fields, a basketball court and a volleyball sandlot. There are also playgrounds, batting cages, a skate park, picnic tables and a barbecue area. The park offers plenty of free parking along Sports Park Drive, a large grassy meadow for free play, plenty of trees and a perfect 2.3-mile loop for joggers, cyclists and dog walkers.