Think of a trail, and you probably envision a path for hiking or biking, right? In the Tri-Valley, however, not all trails are made for ambulating from place to place. The region also boasts a Beer Trail, a Wine Trail and an Ice Cream Trail. Each is a collection of establishments, many of them dog-friendly, where you can indulge in your passion for brew, vino or tasty treats.
Tri-Valley’s new Ice Cream Trail is a collection of 16 outlets (one of them with a drive-through) selling cold creations so artfully distinctive that PopSugar.com, a pop-culture website, named it one of the Top 10 Food & Drink Trails in the country. You’ll definitely want to take a picture of your Instagram-worthy confection before taking a bite. A new promotion invites visitors to download a passport, visit five places on the trail, follow @visittrivalley, post five scoop pics (from different locations) on Instagram at #trivalleyscoop and receive a free ice cream scooper, in person or by mail.
On the Tri-Valley Beer Trail, a growing collection of 22 craft breweries, taprooms and restaurants from Danville to Livermore, aficionados can sample flights of local brews, learning about food pairings and speak with brewmasters in laid-back environments. This trail also has a passport program: It rewards patrons who visit 10 establishments with a free T-shirt or pint glass.
The Livermore Valley Wine Country Trail, in eastern Alameda County around the city of Livermore, counts more than 50 member wineries, more than half of them dog-friendly. Wente and Concannon, established in 1883, are the oldest continuous producers. They’ve been joined in recent decades by dozens of boutique wineries, each with a unique story to tell.
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