Begun in only 2005, the Danville Concours d'Elegance car show benefit for Parkinsons appears to be on the growth path. More than double the entrants this year with grand auction prizes and the presence of Phill Hill made the event even more of a delight.
Part of the downtown Danvill main street is closed for this extravaganza of high end cars. Some new, some not so old but desirable and some....like the 1950 Ferrari Mille Miglia ( that Phil Hill won in one like) make this event a must see.
Now planning the 3rd annual for the first weekend in Oct 2007.
Each fall, Danville closes the entire down town main street for a craft festival. The festival attracts some of the areas most talented artist. Photographers, Jewelers and various other atisians from the Western part of the US decend on Danville for this fun weekend of arts, crafts and music.
Danville is not a large "city." A good 15 minute walk will take you from one end to another but in the process you may see some great cars or maybe even famous people. This is especially true in the summer when most of the "don't drive in the rain" cars appear on the town streeets.
It's not unusual to see the latest Ferrari, Lamborgini or Messeratti not to mention cars from "yesteryear" that have been restored just motoring down the street.
The Blackhawk (formerly Behring) Auto Museum is a definite must-see for auto enthusiasts. Typically over 200 of the finest restored vehicles in existance are on display. (Check out more of the collection in Las Vegas at the Mandarin Palace).
The museum is open Wed - Sun from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Holidays if observed on a Monday. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day.
Reciprocal agreements with other auto museums and the Smithsonian Institiute exist to always have a new theme on display in the additional historic and educational exhibits loacted next to the car museum.
We were told that Mt. Diablo used to be a place of worship both for the indians and the spaniards. The view is spectacular. But it was freezing cold up there, and we were summerly dressed :-(
On top of the mountain there is a tower built in the 1930-s, which contains a small museum, opening hours Wed. through Sun. 10:00am - 4:00pm.
We went by car, but you can go by bike, take a hike or ride horseback.
America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill, lived in Danville at the climax of his writing career and wrote his final and most memorable plays in the hills above the valley - The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. You need reservations, not only because of its popularity, but also because you need to meet and take a bus up into the hills. See http://www.nps.gov/euon/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm to make reservations and learn more.