Goldilocks of location
Sometimes I just need to mellow out around town and grab a coffee on my way to the park. Other times I like to find an adventure that only takes a day – no lost vacation days or large hotel bills! Livermore is accessible to all the Bay Area job opportunities, while maintaining a small-town feel, and being so close to many other fun places. Being the goldilocks of location is one of my favorite things about Livermore. Every so often I’ll share my favorites with you!
Wine in Murphys, Ca
If wine tasting is a past time you are passionate about, you may be familiar with Murphys. When I visit Murphys, it takes me back to Livermore circa early 1990’s. There are 21 wineries, and 15 tasting rooms located downtown. The Gorgeous Chatom Vineyard is a favorite of mine for wine. Their 2011 cuvée is an incredible wine at a reasonable price. However, if you are looking for ambiance, unique gifts, or artisanal cheeses, then Lavender Ridge is the place to run to.
In addition to great wine, downtown Murphys has a good selection of restaurants, but my personal favorite is Doke Sushi. You can find it on Main street, next to Newsome Harlow Wines. There is not huge signage, so be careful not to miss it! The pictures in this post are from my most recent lunch there. Consider trying the cherry blossom roll (pictured), spicy tuna roll, or Yakiniku if you don’t love sushi.
*Side note – their paintings are incredible, and remind me of living in Hawaii. I need to find out who the artist is. If you are anything like me, you will want to take the octopus one home with you…
No trip is complete without dessert
UN.BE.LIEVABLE Ice cream. Find it at JoMa’s Artisan Ice Cream, across from Doke Sushi. Seriously guys, this place is so good that I truly just don’t have the words; you have got to try this! The staff is great, service is speedy, 16 ice cream flavors, 4 sorbets, and waffle cones (that make me wish I wasn’t gluten intolerant) freshly made on-site. If you feel like you need to walk off some of the calories, there are a lot of neat stores and antique shops to browse through. Have fun!