Northern California’s Tri-Valley – Exploring Wine, Brews & Food

Have you heard of the Tri-Valley in California’s Bay Area? If not, you might know some of the cities within it like Livermore, Dublin, Danville, and Pleasanton. The Tri-Valley is located in the Southeast corner of the Bay Area. Just 30 minutes to both San Jose and Oakland. Like all of the Bay Area, the Tri-Valley is booming right now and new breweries and restaurants are popping up and their wine country that began back in 1883 is coming into its own.

Whether it’s a day trip or a relaxing weekend the Tri-Valley is another piece of the Bay Area that shouldn’t be missed. Especially if you enjoy food and wine as much as I do. Take a look at some of the places you’ll want to indulge on your trip to the Tri-Valley.

Note: Thank you to Visit Tri-Valley for hosting my trip to the area. As always, all opinions remain my own. You’ll find affiliate links in this post which allow me to continue to improve Traveling Nine to Fiver. I hope this article is useful for you.

Finding Wine in The Tri-Valley

One often overlooked wine country in Northern California is the Livermore Wine Country. Here you’ll find beautiful venues, lush vines, and delicious wines. On top of that, they recently started a “hop on, hop off” wine trolley that allows you to visit many of their wineries without having to figure out who is the designated driver.

Stop by Steven Kent Winery to sit on their patio and take in the sun with vines all around you, head up the hill a bit to McGrail Vineyards where you can play some bocce enjoy and their wines, all while taking in a view over the valley below.Things to do in the Tri-Valley. Where to eat and drink in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton and Danville, California. East Bay Area. Don’t miss Concannon Vineyards where you can enjoy wines or stop at Underdog Wine Bar on the property where they are pour 50 different wines from all over. Sit outside and enjoy a picnic or lunch at Underdog.

Exploring Local Brews 

Jump on the Tri-Valley Beer Trail where you will find local breweries and craft beer bars throughout the Tri-Valley area. Like much of Northern California, you’ll find great IPAs but also somethings those of who aren’t fans of the hoppy craze.

Stop by Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar to taste an array of local and California beers all while playing corn hole or enjoy the food trucks stopping by. Altamont Beer Works is a favorite of locals where you can taste a flight for just $6. Or if it’s a nice day stop by McKay’s Taphouse & Beer Garden for a great list on tap and the perfect place to spend an afternoon.Things to do in the Tri-Valley. Where to eat and drink in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton and Danville, California. East Bay Area.

Getting Your Foodie On Around the Tri-Valley

One of the things I was thoroughly impressed but around the Tri-Valley was all of the delicious food I had a chance to dig into. The area is only a stones throw from many of California’s agriculture regions which clearly inspires and supplies the delicious foods you will find.

If you’re around Saturday morning you can see this first hand at the Pleasanton Farmers Market where producers around the area bring everything from fresh produce to flowers to artisan foods. And make sure you don’t skimp on the free samples.

Then head down the street for a tasty lunch at Blue Agave Club where you can enjoy flavor-packed Mexican food and their well-stocked tequila selection for the perfect margarita.Things to do in the Tri-Valley. Where to eat and drink in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton and Danville, California. East Bay Area.

For a light lunch or tasty brunch swing by The Press Artisan Cafe. From their avocado toast to Eggs Benedict it’s the perfect morning stop.

In your evening stop by Revel Kitchen & Bar where you can spend your evening ordering tapas style and trying a little bit of everything. Start with one of their craft cocktails, then don’t miss their shrimp and grits, ahi tartare or the chicken wings. Plus dessert is well worth those extra calories.Things to do in the Tri-Valley. Where to eat and drink in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton and Danville, California. East Bay Area.

Indulging Your Way Around the Valley

Between the farm-to-fork food, the craft brews and local wine there are countless spots to explore around the Tri-Valley region. Pick one of the towns to explore on an afternoon or spend a weekend getting to know the entire area.

Since some of the highlights involve imbibing definitely consider booking a night at one of the local hotels so you don’t have to worry about driving home. I had a great stay at the Hyatt Place in Dublin during my trip. The cozy suite styled rooms were perfect for relaxing in the evenings and it was centrally located to explore the region.

What’s your favorite way to indulge on your travels? Food, wine, brews or something else? Leave a comment below. 

Things to do in the Tri-Valley. Where to eat and drink in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton and Danville, California. East Bay Area.Things to do in the Tri-Valley. Where to eat and drink in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton and Danville, California. East Bay Area.

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.