Visitors come to Livermore to enjoy its small town charms and lovely rural surroundings. It is also an hour away from wine country, not to mention a fabulous way to visit and see San Francisco.
There are many things for visitors to do here in Livermore such as shopping at the farmers market, enjoying seasonal events, visiting wineries and museums, outdoor recreation, and just strolling leisurely along the charming downtown.
Wineries in Livermore
Livermore is known for its more than 40 notable wineries that have established themselves here. From award-winning wines and naturally lovely surroundings, these wineries range from intimate family-run vineyards to wineries that have been in Livermore for decades. Top names include Wente Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Garré Vineyard and Winery, Retzlaff Vineyards, Fenestra Winery and Steven Kent Winery. Not only are these vineyards famous for wine tasting and visiting, but they host popular events as well. Wente Vineyards has an 18-hole course that threads it way through the vineyards, hills and natural meadows. Wente Vineyards stages concerts in an intimate venue; performers include by Foreigner, Sheryl Crow, Earth, Wind and Fire and more.
Holiday events are very popular in the Livermore Downtown. Starting in the fall, celebrations for Halloween and the winter holidays take center stage. Other annual events showcase the restaurants in the city such as the Taste of Downtown and the Amgen Tour of California.
Livermore also is a great place for people who enjoy active outdoor activities. There’s hiking, biking, camping and many opportunities for a nice picnic in the many open areas in and around the city. Livermore has dozens of neighborhood parks within the city limits with various facilities such as tennis courts and playgrounds.
Livermore also is situated in an area that has many open spaces and wilderness areas. One such fascinating open space is Brushy Peak Regional Preserve located at the California Delta and the Central Valley. The imposing 1,702-foot peak and its surrounding areas have a special significance to native Californians. Due to its strategic setting it was considered a sacred area and was situated at the center of a network of ancient trade routes that linked Bay Area Ohlones, Bay Miwoks, and Northern Valley Yokuts. They gathered around the peak to trade, meet socially, and to celebrate ceremonial events.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a large expanse of open spaces, parks, and natural preserves. There are 112,000 acres of land, 1,200 miles of trails and recreational areas which are open to the public for hiking, biking, horseback riding, camping, and water sports.
Livermore is an ideal combination of urban and country. The many outdoor activities, local attractions and public areas make it a great place to visit and live in.