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Trendsetters and Trailblazers’s Secret Places to Shop and Sip

Posted by Remy on April 19, 2018

If it were up to the local trendsetters and trailblazers no one would ever discover the hidden gems that are only 40-miles from San Francisco in the lovely Livermore Valley. The trendsetters would keep it to themselves that one of these awesome finds is San Francisco Premium Outlets® which is California’s largest outdoor outlet shopping mall. 

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What’s so great about this mall is that it’s home to discount factory outlets of well-known brands like Prada, Gucci, Versace, Coach, Kate Spade, DKNY, Clarins, and Burberry. Yes, brands that you rarely see on sale have whole stores dedicated to saving you money. Now you too can be a smart, savvy shopper who looks like a million but at a fraction of high-end retail prices!

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What the trailblazers don’t want you to know is that just a short distance from luxury discount shopping heaven is the Livermore Valley wine region. They don’t want you to know that Livermore Valley was the first winemaking region in California and Charles Wetmore's Livermore Valley dry white wine put California on the world wine map by winning the Grand Prix at the International Paris Exposition in 1889. Yes, over 100 years ago.

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The Trailblazers wouldn’t want you to find the 5000 acres of vineyards, or the 50 fantastic wineries tucked away between the rolling hills and picturesque canyons of Livermore. Unlike other wine regions of California, Livermore Valley has preserved its authentic charm and rural California spirit, so you can be sure that visiting these wineries will be personalized and intimate experience.

This special part of California has been a bit challenging for San Francisco visitors to see. There is no public transportation to the Livermore wine country and renting a car doesn’t make sense if you plan on wine tasting. Getting to the luxury outlets via public transit is a taxing experience and includes multiple bus rides and train stops. Who wants to deal with all that when carrying loads of shopping bags? And to experience both fantastic destinations in one day would be just impossible for most.

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Lucky for us, Gray Line has created a brilliant new daylong tour that gives you a rare opportunity to visit both the outlets and the wine country all in one spectacular day. After your 9 am hotel pick up, you’ll have the chance to take photos while crossing the iconic Bay Bride with sweeping views of Alcatraz and Treasure Island. First stop is the San Francisco Premium Outlets where you have plenty of time (4 hours) to browse the 180 stores and grab a bite to eat at one of the 15 dining locations.

After a pleasant morning of shopping, your afternoon is spent enjoying a guided tour of Livermore Valley’s wine region and where you are encouraged to taste 3-5 different wines at two of the finest wineries in the area. At each winery, you will learn about the expert winemaking techniques put into each exquisite wine you taste and explore the grounds of the vineyards.

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This is the first and only tour of its kind being offered to visitors staying in San Francisco.

What’s included:

  • Full-day trip from San Francisco to Livermore Valley Wineries and San Francisco Premium Outlets in Livermore
  • Drive over the San Francisco Bay Bridge for views of the Bay Area and Alcatraz Island
  • Free time for shopping and lunch at the San Francisco Premium Outlets
  • Wine tour and tasting at two wineries
  • Guided tour
  • Wine tasting
  • FREE Wi-Fi onboard tour vehicle
  • Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off for select SF hotels (must confirm at least 24 hrs prior)

Please Note

  • Winery locations and itinerary may change due to traffic or a previously booked special event at each site.
  • Buses are air-conditioned, and the size of the bus depends on the number of passengers booked for that particular day.
  • The minimum age for wine tasting is 21 years.

 

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