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Let’s Explore Livermore

May 9, 2012 12:00 AM

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Let’s explore Livermore! This East Bay city has it all – an historic downtown, tasty dining options and a thriving wine country built by families, some whom changed careers to try their hands at a way of life that’s shaped this ranching valley.

Riata Diner and Tavern
190 South “J” Street
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 294-9170
http://www.riatadinerandtavern.com

The Riata Diner and Tavern has breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is hearty food for ranchers; ribs, steaks and burgers. Don’t believe it? Check out the retired ranch hats that line the wall.

Zephyr Grill and Bar
1736 1st Street
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 961-1000
www.zephyrgrill.com

The Zephyr Grill and Bar offers lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour menu. The owner calls it ‘upscale comfort food.’

Vine Cinema
1722 1st Street
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 447-2545
www.vinecinema.com

Tired of movies and just popcorn? Vine Cinema serves food from the Zephyr Grill & Bar, as well as Livermore wines and microbrewed draft beer.

Blacksmith Square
21 & 25 South Livermore Ave
Livermore, CA 94550
www.blacksmithsquarelivermore.com

Visit the charming Blacksmith Square and you’ll find a number of great shops and wine tasting and dining spots.

Artistic Edge (inside Blacksmith Square)
21 S Livermore Ave # 113
Livermore, CA, 94550
(925) 454-0369
www.artisticedgelivermore.com

Artistic Edge represents a mix of local, regional and national artists. Here, shoppers can find unique artisan-crafted sculpture, jewelry, glass, photography and paintings.

Swirl on the Square
21 South Livermore Avenue #105
Livermore CA 94554
(925) 477-1400
www.swirlonthesq.com

Swirl on the square is a wine lounge offering outstanding local wines paired with small plates of food. Don’t miss the local artwork lining the walls. Wine is offered by the 1/2 glass, glass, and bottle, so no need to commit unless you want to.

Attitude Aviation
299 West Jack London Boulevard
Livermore, CA 94551-7637
(925) 456-2276
www.attitudeaviation.com

Attitude Aviation is a day-tripping adventure, extreme-style! Attitude offers complete training from basic pilot to full competition aerobatic training. Basic introductory flights begin at about $125.00 for a 1/2 hour flight with an instructor.

Duarte Garage Museum
155 3rd Street
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 449-9927

Livermore Heritage Guild
www.livermorehistory.com

Into history? On the third Sunday of the month, one of the oldest auto repair shops in the Bay Area opens to the public. The Duarte Garage was built in 1915 and it’s tied to the rich history of the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway in the U.S.

The Junction
47300 Mines Road
Livermore, CA 94550
(408) 897-3148

Step back in time at the Junction Bar and Grill — the only restaurant in the San Antonio Valley, Mines Road, and Del Puerto Canyon area south of Livermore. Their tagline reads, ‘as close to the Old West as you can get.’

E J Cattle & Feed
7900 Carneal Road
Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 960-9074

Connect with your inner cowpoke at this fun feed store. E J Cattle and Feed has all of your ranching needs. Kids will love the services for kids’ parties and birthdays, which includes pony rides and a petting zoo with lambs, chickens and more. YeeHaw!

Farmer’s Market
Downtown Livermore
www.livermoredowntown.com

You’ll find vendors galore at the Thursday night Farmer’s market. The locals call it Thirsty Thursdays because you can taste and buy wine from the local winemakers. Visit Downtown Livermore website to find out about all the activities.

Livermore Winegrowers Association
www.lvwine.org

Visit the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association’s website for a comprehensive listing of well-established wineries and tasting rooms, and DOZENS of charming, mom and pop wineries (most opened on weekends only – please check for times).

Livermore Valley Wine and Cycle Tours:
www.livermorewineandcycletours.com

Want to tour the Livermore Valley wine region by on two wheels? Livermore Wine and Cycle Tours caters to every fitness level.

Ruby Hill Winery (Mello Cielo Bus Tours)
400 Vineyard Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 931-9463
www.rubyhillwinery.net

To tour the property of Ruby Hill Winery by bus, check out their website. Groups learn about the fascinating history, the art and the science behind Ruby Hill wines. Don’t miss a taste current and future vintages.

Underdog Wine Bar
4590 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA
925 583-1570
www.underdogwinemerchants.com

Underdog Wine Bar is a wine lounge on the property of Concannon, one of the valley’s oldest wineries. Relax and soak up some of the area’s natural beauty while sipping on some of the best reasonably-priced wines in the region.

Here is a list of some of Livermore’s mom and pop wineries:

El Sol Winery
8626 Lupin Way
Livermore, CA 94550
www.elsolwine.com

McGrail Winery and Vineyards
5600 Greenville Road
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 215-0717
www.mcgrailvineyards.com

Tenuta Vineyards
633 Kalthoff Commons
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 960-1006
www.tenutawinery.com

Fenestra Winery
83 Vallecitos Rd
Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 447-5246
www.fenestrawinery.com

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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