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33 Hours In Livermore, California (Part 2)

Why should you visit Livermore, California? There are so many reasons, we needed two posts to share it all! 

Continued from last week

City of Livermore 1849, Mosaic, Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Having over-indulged in holiday treats the night before, Hillary and I decided to go for a walk in my all-time favorite place in Livermore, Sycamore Grove.

Sycamore Grove Nature Trees Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

 

Trees Sycamore Grove Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

This regional park not only boasts beautiful landscapes of sycamore trees, but also wide fields, wildlife, a variety of plant-life, numerous walking trails (both paved and dirt), and a creek.  Well, technically, two creeks.  However, one of the creeks is named Dry Creek because…you get the idea.  

Sycamore Grove Oak Tree Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Blue Bird Tree Branches Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Mossy Tree Sycamore Grove Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Our plan to do a short walk was quickly abandoned as we wandered further and further from the parking lot, taking in the many beautiful sights.  We crossed paths with a couple who had seen a bobcat, found a family of deer, and thanks to the storm, encountered the aforementioned Dry Creek flowing like a river!  We tried to find a dry crossing, but it was not to be found.  So our adventure continued without shoes. 

Barefoot Converse Moss Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Sycamore Grove Bench Sunset Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Any excuse to find food is usually welcomed but this time, we had earned our hunger and sat down to enjoy Mediterranean food at Raging Falafel.  It is a newer lunch shop that is simple and delicious.  We had their chicken wrap and talked with the owners.  They are next door to Dandy Dogs, an establishment that has been the home of many post-little league game celebrations for years.  

Raging Falafel Mediterranean Food Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

After lunch, so we drove to Ravenswood Historical Site.  This Victorian estate offers free docent-lead tours of the main house, which was built in the late 19th century, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month (private tours are available by appointment).  

Ravenswood Estate Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

 

Antique Victorian Fan Bowler Hat Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Antique Sewing Machine Ravenswood Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

It also hosts an annual Ice Cream Social in August and a Yuletide celebration in December. The estate is framed against the backdrop of vineyards on the surrounding foothills and has been the coveted location for many weddings, events, and photo shoots.  

Tree Tunnel Ravenswood Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Vineyard Row Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Ravenswood Gazebo Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

We had nearly run out of time but we knew we had to pay homage to some vineyards and wineries before returning to Southern California .  We paused to watch the setting sun over the Olivina Vineyards and then continued on to Concannon Winery.  This winery was one of only a few wineries in the United States who remained in business during Prohibition.  Their secret to success…wine for the Eucharist!

Vineyards Wine Country Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Garre Winery Cafe Sign Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Vineyard Sunset Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Concannon Vineyard Livermore, California, Uncontained Life Dead Breakfast

The white house on the winery property (see photo) was actually moved to its current location.  Before that, it was used in the feature film Dead and Breakfast which happens to be the first feature film I ever worked on.  There is a story about defrosting a frozen dead beaver but I’ll leave that for another time.

Autumn Vineyard Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Purple Orchid Spa Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Heading deeper into wine country, Hillary and I drove past the Purple Orchid.  If you’re coming to Livermore and have the funds for a bit of a splurge, this boutique resort and day spa is a great place to stay and get pampered.  

Purple Orchid Resort Spa Sign Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Purple Orchid Resort Fountain Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

The next morning, it was time to get back on the freeway and journey home so we said our farewells to my family and started to find our way out of the town.  

Old Truck on Farm Livermore, California, Uncontained Life

Livermore Valley Wine Trail Sign California, Uncontained Life

Driving past the cowboy-boot-wearing-scientist riding his Schwinn with a bottle of merlot in his bicycle basket, we remembered our forgotten plan to tour the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  We’ll have to wait until our next visit.  Perhaps we’ll find out that it takes a lot of wine to make science?

 

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