15 Fun Date Ideas in the Tri-Valley
Nestled within the Mount Diablo region of California, Tri-Valley forms a scenic ensemble of three valleys. A mere 30 miles east of San Francisco, this captivating area encompasses four distinct cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, and Danville, each boasting a rich history and distinctive charm. Date ideas in the Tri-Valley region are a delightful endeavour with a plethora of choices. Tri-Valley ensures that every couple can create lasting memories together.
Go on a Hike
Hiking dates are great because they are super personal and usually lead to gorgeous and romantic viewpoints. The Tri-Valley is the perfect place to spend the day outdoors, whether at the lakes or in the mountains. Pack up for a picnic, spend the day exploring Mt. Diablo, or head to Lake Del Valle to catch a beautiful sunset.
Gliding across the ice hand in hand is always a memorable skating date idea. There are two ice skating rinks in the Tri-Valley. Check out Dublin Iceland, located in Dublin, or Tri-Valley Ice, located in Livermore. Both rinks are open to the public and offer skate rentals at a low price.
Ride the Livermore Wine Trolley
Experience the unparalleled charm of traversing Downtown and Wine Country aboard the iconic Livermore Wine Trolley, an experience that promises a truly romantic and memorable adventure.
Get your heart racing at K1 Speed in Dublin. After you have crossed the finish line, check out its museum-quality collection of authentic racing memorabilia.
Hop on the Beer Trail
If you and your date are beer lovers, sign up for the Tri-Valley Beer Trail mobile passport and visit breweries and taprooms to earn some sweet beer swag. Visit five stops to take home a t-shirt, pint glass or dad hat.
Limitless Escape Games in Livermore offers three fun adventures: Sherlock Holmes: The Case of Baker Street Five, Pirate Adventure: Escape the Kraken, and Bank Heist: Diamond of Destiny. Test your date’s patience and sleuthing skills in this fun, cooperative activity.
Wine tasting with your partner is a must-try experience that fosters intimacy. There are nearly 60 wineries in the Livermore Valley Wine Country that can be easily reached through Lyft, Uber, or BART. For guided tours, the Livermore Wine Trolley will take you to three wineries (tastings included), provide you lunch at one of the stops, and even lets you take home a commemorative glass.
Impress your date by showing them your artistic side at a local paint and sip boutique. Beer and wine are also available for purchase at Pinot’s Palettes in Danville and Livermore.
Cruise Around Lake Del Valle
What is more romantic than a boat tour? Take your partner on a boat tour of Lake Del Valle, provided by East Bay Regional Park District. This tour is free of cost and starts at 1 PM every Saturday and Sunday from July 4 through September 6. This hour-and-a-half cruise around the lake will cover the lake’s history and the wildlife that resides in and around it.
Player’s Pub & Pianos in Danville is a hot spot for fun parties and sporting events throughout the year, like their MLB Mondays, Trivia Tuesdays, and Country and Cocktails Thursdays. Their weekend duelling piano performances are exhilarating. McGah’s duelling pianists take the stage every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM to play party-favourite tunes by request. Sing and dance all night with your partner at this fun musical establishment.
Visit a Modern-Day Speakeasy
Step back into time at Danville’s Auburn Lounge, a 1930s-40s-themed wine bar and speakeasy. While this elegant lounge is a great place to take a wine-lover, they also serve beer and craft cocktails. You will find a mix of traditional yet eclectic options on their small bite menu, like the Chicken Satay with Thai peanut sauce or the Italian-style Meatball Borghese.
Catch a Show
Couples with a strong passion for theatre and drama are in luck. Tri-Valley is home to an exceptional performing arts community. Visit Bankhead Theater in the heart of Downtown Livermore, Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton, or Village Theater & Art Gallery in Danville.
Go to a Comedy Show
They say humour is an essential factor in romantic attraction. Take your date to Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton. In addition to having a full bar, this club is within walking distance from the Dublin/Pleasanton Bart Station.
Beekeeping Workshop and Wine
Catch the ultimate buzz with your beau at Retzlaff Vineyards Winery by joining a Gerard’Z Honey Bees Beekeeping Workshop. This three-hour workshop covers the basics of beekeeping and building a honeycomb and hive. See-through hives allow attendees to take a peek into a live bee colony. The workshop ends by taste testing several different samples of honey made from the nectar of plants like the star thistle, wildflower, and black sage. Afterwards, head into the tasting room to sample wines from Retzlaff Vineyards Winery.
Olive Oil Tasting
For those looking for a unique tasting experience, The Olivina in Livermore offers a once-a-month tasting experience to the public. Visit the Olivina on the third Sunday of every month from 12 PM – 4:30 PM to tour their orchards and olive mill and taste their true Californian extra virgin olive oil. The Olivina also offer tastings from their booth at the Pleasanton Farmers Market on Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM year-round.