Livermore Things to Do

  • Views of Livermore Valley
    Views of Livermore Valley
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    Poppy Ridge Golf Course - views
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  • View of No. 1 at Wente Vineyards
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    Wine tours

    by Agraichen Updated Aug 14, 2015

    Livermore is the lesser known "wine region" of northern CA. Most of the wineries are much smaller than those found in Napa or Sonoma and many are small family operations. However many of the wines produced are outstanding. Big White House and John Evan are stunning examples of small but excellent family operations.

    Still tourists looking for a wine experience should tour the valley and visit a number of the wineries.

    The two largest, Wente and Concannon may be known to many wine consumers but the small locations have some great production.

    There is a small "tasting" room in the center of Livermore that holds 4-5 of the local small wineries. Maps of the area can be obtained so that visitors can find the actual wineries.

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    Tackle The Course at Wente Vineyards

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 25, 2014

    The Course at Wente Vineyard was voted Best of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine readers. Designed by Greg Norman The Course at Wente Vineyards 18 championship holes winds through rolling hills, grasslands and the Wente Vineyards of Livermore Valley. Touted as one of the most beautiful and challenging course in Northern California, we prepare to take on this exciting course.
    With an afternoon tee time, we first have lunch at The Grill in the clubhouse electing to eat inside. In The Grill’s relaxed casual setting we watch players finishing on Hole #18. Quickly, we learn that the front nine is primarily in the valley and along a steep hillside. Vineyards actually come into play as the course winds through the Wente Vineyards in the valley and hillsides. "Super Challenging" is the term to describe The Course at Wente Vineyards. A few holes in the valley give the false impression this can be an easy course. As soon as we play the holes with fairway landing areas hugging the steep hillside and an extremely elevated green, we quickly learn otherwise. Missing the landing area results in hillside shots from the thick deep rough or tall wheat like grass areas. The back nine starts at the top of a very steep hill which appears to be the highest elevation in the Livermore Valley Area. From the tee box we can see for miles across the valley of vineyards, grasslands and Livermore. The course still demands carefully placed shots on the holes atop the hill and as it winds back to the valley. The Course at Wente Vineyards provided plenty of golfing excitement. One recommendation is to get a yardage book to help know the “hints” for playing this course. We enjoyed our round of golf on this beautiful sunny afternoon.

    View of No. 1 at Wente Vineyards
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    Tee it up at Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 25, 2014

    Poppy Ridge Golf Course has a 4-Star Rating from Golf Digest “Best Places to Play Guide” and was also rated by Zagat Guide as one of the top 15 courses in the nation in value. A 27-hole Rees Jones designed course offers three challenging nines of Merlot, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.
    We turn off Greenville Road into the entrance of Poppy Ridge Golf Course. After a quick warm up we tee off on the nine-holes of Zinfandel followed by Chardonnay’s nine-holes for a fun day of golf. The rolling hills of Poppy Ridge create beautiful views of the course, adjacent vineyards and the Livermore area. Playing as a links Scottish style course, we find plenty of challenge yet a comfortable course. Following the hillside the course slowly ascends in elevation for more excitement. A few holes have the extra challenge of landing areas and hidden greens. One hole may play uphill to an elevated green and the next one downhill. There is little water on the course but plenty of bunkers. The GPS system provides excellent information for distances, “hints” on playing the hole and any potential hazards. In the true links fashion, there are few trees allowing for spectacular views from each hole. From the highest elevation on the Chardonnay Course, the view is awesome! Each hole is a vibrant green with white sandy bunkers woven among the tan grassy hillside and vineyards.
    Golf is great this day and we loved the courses. For lunch we stop in The Grill at Poppy Ridge for an excellent meal. The clubhouse has scenic views of the course and its surrounding vineyards. It’s fun to watch golfers on the finishing holes, while we enjoy our lunch.

    Poppy Ridge Golf Course - views
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    Taste the Amazing Wines of Livermore!

    by charlenemixa Written Jun 25, 2014

    We had a great time touring the various wineries in Livermore, over 40. They have a wonderful variety of wines and wineries to tempt and please any wine lover. Be sure to visit the website for the Livermore Valley Wine Growers Association for up-to-date information on their wineries and upcoming events. We found the Associations site and information extremely helpful for visiting the wineries of Livermore. We visited the following wineries on our visits:
    Wente Vineyards (note they have a couple of locations to visit), Charles R. Vineyards, La Rochelle Winery, The Stephen Kent Winery Tasting Room, Fenestra, Ruby Hills Winery Tasting Room, and Deer Ridge Winery and Tasting Room. Each winery had their specialty and each tasting room or venue brought it's on uniqueness to the wine tasting experience. Cheers!

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    Wine tour

    by Agraichen Written Jun 9, 2007

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    Livermore Valley is renowned for their wineries. Not as advertised as Napa or Sonoma they keep the cream of the crop hidden from the general tourist. Since the vally is so spread out a car is definitely required and a few days needed to cover all the wineries, but it is well worth it. there a many boutique wineries that produce only a few hundred cases a year. Yes, it a hobby to some to produce great wine in small quantiity.

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    Livermore Wine Tasting

    by AlbuqRay Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    There are many wineries in the Livermore Valley Wine Country. You can find twelve of them just on South Livermore Avenue which curves into Tesla Road. There are five more on Greenville Road that curves into Crane Ridge Road. The Livermore Valley is one of California's oldest wine regions. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. Pioneer winemakers C. H. Wente, James Concannon, and Charles Wetmore founded their wineries in the early 1880s. International recognition followed when Livermore Valley captured America's first international gold medal for wine in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, putting California on the world wine map.

    The pictures here are from the well-established Stony Ridge winery, whose facilities are also used by the newest (Feb 02) Livermore winery, the Crooked Vine. The tasting area is part of the building with the fermenting vats and barrels. There is no charge for tasting, since the prices are reasonable and you will probably buy something you liked after you taste it.

    Turn Here Follow the Signs Barrel and Tasting Room Award Wining Wines Free Tasting
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    Altamont Pass Wind Farm in the Summer

    by AlbuqRay Updated Oct 7, 2006

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    In the summer time the hills near Livermore, California, turn "golden" (more like brown) from lack of rain. Grass fires can occur easily. One can see where they plow firebreaks (dark stripe around the towers in the picture) but also where the fires burned. I assume the wind generator towers were designed to withstand this threat. BTW, Patterson Pass Road is narrow (especially at the top) two-lane road and people still drive really fast on it...scary. Fortunately the road is not busy. These pictures were taken in October.

    Patterson Pass Road Burned Area Older Wind Generators Newer Wind Generators
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    Altamont Pass Wind Farm in the Spring

    by AlbuqRay Updated Oct 7, 2006

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    The Altamont Pass wind farm is the largest power plant fueled by wind in the world. It stretches north and south along the hills perpendicular to the old Altamont Pass Road and the I-580 interstate highway between Livermore and Tracy. Though the Altamont Pass wind farm still contains the world's largest concentration of wind turbines, it has been surpassed in electricity generation capacity by the wind farm in the Tehachapi-Mojave area. The ~6,000 wind turbines in the Altamont Pass farm currently generate 1 to 1.2 TWh (1,000,000,000-1,200,000,000 kWh) per year. There are issues now about aging wind turbines and raptor fatalities, but they are being addressed by using fewer, larger and taller wind turbines. It is a spectacular sight. I recommend Patterson Pass (south of Altamont Pass) for a better view and quiet road. These pictures were taken in March.

    View from Patterson Pass West Side of Patterson Pass East Side of Altamont Pass and I-580 Standard Wind Turbines Vertical Wind Turbines
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    Shadow Cliffs Regional Park

    by TouristOne Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    This park is surrounded by gravel Quarries. In fact that's exactly what it used to be. But now it is part of the regional park district. There are many things to do here at the park which include boating, fishing, hiking, sunbathing, volleyball, four-flume watersides, and much, much more. Bring your family, bring your freinds, and have fun.

    Keep in mind that the park is only open weekends during spring and fall, but is open daily dyring the summer.

    Park Hours: they variate please check website below.

    Park Fee: $6 per each vehicle.

    Dog Fee: $2 per each dog.

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    Sycamore Grove Regional Park

    by TouristOne Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    The Sycamore Grove Regional Park opened in the month of August, 1979. It is 742 acres of majestic hiking/bicycle trails; it offers horseback trails, as well as picnic areas thrughout the park. There are restrooms at either of the two enterances. One fo my favorite things to do, whenever I'm in town, is visitng Sycamore Gorve. It is a big part of my past, and a place I go to relax, with friends or just myself. It is a very peaceful, relaxing, and quite experience. So, If your ever by this way, take a few hours and enjoy.

    Park hours: open daily 7 a.m. to sunset

    Park Fee: enterance $2 per each vehicle

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    Downtown Livermore

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jan 1, 2006

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    Downtown Livermore is small enough that it makes a nice walk. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and historical buildings on First Street in the few blocks west of Livermore Avenue. The area has just undergone some construction and is looking very nice now with new gazebos, benches and green areas. Park in the lots behind the buildings on the north side of First Street. Sometimes (like for Halloween) they block First Street and have a big street party.

    First Street Looking West Park and Fountain at First Street & Livermore Ave Flag and Fountain at First Street & Livermore Ave Livermore Clock Looking West on First Street
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    Wente Vineyards

    by TouristOne Updated Dec 21, 2005

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    The Wente Vineyards Winery was founded by C.H. Wente 1883. Since its establishment it has grown from 48 acres to over 2000 acres of vineyards. The winery still remains in the Wente family. It's located deep within the Livermore Valley, and now apart from being exclusively a winery, it has become a popular tourist attraction, which includes a restaurant, a golf coure, Concert series, and host to many special events such as caterings and weddings. So go there, relax, and enjoy.

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  • Lake Del Valle

    by lubna-s Written Apr 22, 2004

    Located in the Livermore Valley is the picturesque Lake Del Valle...we love going to this little known park, well hidden in the greens. You can go boating and do a little bit of fishing too. They have clean benches and grills and basic necessities like restrooms and water fountains.

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    Go to one of the many...

    by Livermore Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Go to one of the many wineries. The Livermore valley has about a dozen good wineries, most offer free wine tasting at their vistor centers. Many Napa wineries,by contrast, charge for sampling their wines. Wineries such as Stony Ridge, Concannon, Ivan Tomas, Fenestra, all have tours and free wine tasting. Wente winery also has one the best restaurants in all of the east bay. They also have a championship, Greg Norman designed, golf course.

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