During the fall of 2014 Serena and I partook of a free flight, courtesy of Air Canada from Vancouver, B C. Canada to San Francisco, return.
On this trip, using my Fuji Pix ST6000 and her iPad, Serena took most of the pictures.
After visiting San Francisco we drove the I-80 & I-580 to the town of Livermore then backtracked to the town of Pleasanton where we stayed in a Hyatt House courtesy of the Tri-Valley Tourist Association.
The next day, also courtesy of the Tri-Valley Tourist Association we rode the Livermore Wine Trolley and then went shopping in the Livermore Premium Outlets.
I must mention the premium stores, though I didn't take any pictures.
It was a weekend of big sales - up to 70% off in some stores - so it took us nearly an hour to find a parking space.
We spent an enjoyable afternoon; browsing, shopping, and spending our gift account in many brand name stores.
We had lunch in their food court and later, before heading back to our hotel we purchased some take out and back at the Hyatt House hotel we relaxed in front of the large screen TV and paired our take-out supper with a bottle of red courtesy of the Tr-Valley association.
I really can't thank the Tr-Valley association enough for all their kindness and gifts and I certainly urge anyone who wants a pleasant holiday to vist their area, their; fine hotels, restaurants, and stores.
Shots around town - In no particular order
LIVERMORE PREMIUM OUTLETS - PARKING
LIVERMORE PREMIUM OUTLETS
For lunch we went to the China Max in the food cord and each had combo #2.
At the end of the day we went back to the food court and hit the; `Villa Italian Kitchen' (Caesar salad, Chicken Masala, meat lasagne), `Chicken Now' (Mashed potatoes, corn niblets), and `Japan Cafe'.
We took it back to our hotel suite and had enough food and wine left over that we enjoyed the remains the second night there.
LIVERMORE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
A replica of an old trolley took us to four wineries.
I'll start (here) with the second one and save the best for the last.
We hit this one a little after noon so we stopped for lunch.
We didn't sample much wine here as they had a wedding in progress, so we didn't get a full tour.
FREE PARKING - A CONVENIENCE TO ATTRACT
CUSTOMERS TO THE DOWNTOWN STORES
SIMILAR, BUT SMALLER
THAN THE ONE I DROVE IN VANCOUVER, B. C.
CROOKED VINE WINERIES - STONY RIDGE
ROSE BUSHES ARE OFTEN PLANTED AT THE END OF A ROW OF VINES
IF THE ROSES GET SICK IT IS A WARNIG TO TREAT THE GRAPES
The vist to each winery was one hour.
I think this third stop could have been dropped from the agenda.
It is just a space in a row building with no field of vines.
Most people didn't care for the taste of the wines and I didn't see anybody buy any.
OUR TROLLEY DRIVER - I'VE FORGOTTEN HER NAME
- A VERY CAREFUL DRIVER
This was the third, and possibly the largest, winery on the tour.
The tasting room was old but nicely appointed but small and crowded with two tours on hand.
Though the grounds were large there was not much to see.
The new restaurant was large but booked for a special occasion.
This tour stretched out to the end of the day but could have ended after 3/4 of an hour.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF FOWL THESE ARE
THE NEW RESTAURANT
I've saved the best for the last, which is where I think it should be on the tour.
Large tasting room tastefully (no pun intended) decorated, plenty of staff, and lots of vineyards out front.
Good tasting wines.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF GRAPES THESE ARE
STROLLING AROUND THE ROOM, WHILE TASTING THE WINE,
READING ALL THE HIDDEN LITERARY GEMS, WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY
Though I live in the heart of wine country, surrounded by wineries, I had never been on a wine tour.
However, I was expecting to see inside the winery and be told how the wine was made.
I also thought we would be walked through a field and explained to, how the crops were grown and cared for.
All in all I thought it was a good tour though I did find it a bit long and incomplete.
But let's not look a gift horse in the mouth, it was free and I do appreciate it.
All in all I thought it was a good tour.
My thanks to the Tri Valley Tourist Association
Shots around town - In no particular order
WELCOME TO PLEASANTON
THIS WING AND THE FRONT ENTRANCE FACE WEST
INTERSECTING PATHS RUN BETWEEN THE FOUR WINGS
EAST FACING WING
SOUTH FACING WING
NORTH FACING WING
NO ELEVATORS BUT ONLY TWO FLIGHTS OF STAIRS
PATIO OUTSIDE THE MORNING SELF SERVE KITCHEN
Each morning we sat in the sun
and partook of the full, complimentary, breakfast.
RECEPTION AND CONCESSION
ONE OF TWO BUSINESS AREAS
WIFI AND ETHERNET CONNECTIONS
Each evening, at the Hyatt House hotel we relaxed in front of the large screen TV
and paired take-out supper with a bottle of red courtesy of the Tr-Valley association.
WALK IN CLOSET
I know I repeat myself when I say `thank you' to the Tr-Valley association for all their kindness and gifts.
I certainly urge anyone who wants a pleasant holiday to vist the Tri-Valley area, their fine; hotels, restaurants, and stores.
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