Trip Time: 1-2 days
Gather your girlfriends and get away from it all in Livermore Valley wine country. Greenville Road has got everything you'll need for a fun-filled weekend, boasting a 27-hole golf course, a luxurious inn with a full service spa and plenty of boutique wineries.
On your first day, pick your treat, or plan on both: golf or spa. The gorgeous Poppy Ridge Golf Course is nestled in the middle of Livermore Valley wine country on Greenville Road, minutes from your hotel. The 27-hole Poppy Ridge Golf Course is a challenging but fair test for golfers of all abilities. Golf For Women magazine voted Poppy Ridge a "Women Friendly Golf Course."
Complement your stay at the Purple Orchid Inn & Resort with some luxurious pampering. The Inn & Resort is a rustic yet elegant 9,000-square-foot log structure located in Livermore Valley wine country. The inn features well appointed guest rooms offer a luxurious and romantic experience with fine custom fabrics, exquisite furnishings, luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton linens, down pillows and feather beds – most of which have fireplaces. Be sure to make an appointment for a relaxing spa treatment during your stay.
After an invigorating or relaxing morning, settle into the outdoor patio at Garré Winery & Café for lunch and feast on Mediterranean-inspired wine country cuisine. The Mediterranean menu includes Spanish Ceviche Tostadas, traditional Italian Pomodoro pasta, Greek Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich and French Baked Brie. Estate-grown organic herbs and specialty heirloom vegetables are emphasized, and local producers are utilized when available. After lunch be sure to stop into the tasting room to and purchase a bottle of estate grown small lot wines. Open for Lunch Monday-Friday from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm; Saturday-Sunday from 11:30 am - 3:30 pm; Dinner Friday 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
Spend your afternoon sipping wines from the burgeoning Livermore Valley wine country. Don't let the dirt road deter you from discovering one the best winemakers in the Livermore Valley. Charles R Vineyards , a small family-owned winery, is tucked away in a valley on an old mining road in Livermore. Here, you can enjoy handcrafted premium wines and meet the winemaker, Randy Bartlett and his family. The tasting room is beautiful and filled with local products. Be sure to buy a bottle and settle into a chair on the patio to enjoy with your girlfriends.
Wood Family Vineyards is a family-run winery located in the eastern foothills of Livermore Valley. Specializing in limited production handcrafted wines, Rhonda Wood is one of the sole female winemakers in Livermore. Be sure to try the 2007 Chardonnay, Para Mas Amigas (wine "for more girlfriends"), made for Rhonda's girlfriends who kept requesting a Chardonnay to drink.
Great memories are made with good wine and friends. McGrail Vineyards and Winery prides itself on being a boutique winery that is centered on family, friends, and fellow wine lovers. Be sure to stop here and taste the finest Cabernet in the brand new tasting room.