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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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,...more
Located in a tight "strip mall" with four other small restaurants, Brandy Ho's is an East Bay extension of a 30+ year old San Francisco institution. One item that sets it apart is the lack of MSG. You don't even need to ask. Excellent Sweet and Sour soup as well as Cachew Chicken with vegetable.smore
Contemporary Mediterranean is the ambiance, and the food is wonderful. Located in the back of a "strip mall" that is more like a group of independent businesses in the center of Danville (Clock Tower), the place is relatively hidden, yet easy to find.Very few restaurants in Danville command reservations on weekends, let alone during the week. Yet...more
Following an interior upgrade closure, China Paradise has taken over the former site of Ha's. the food however continues to provide Danville with excellent Chinese dining. Lunch, Dinner or Take -out they always deliver. I'm fond of the Mu Shu Pork, but everything I've tried has been greaat.more
Wonderful find. Small strip mall in San Ramon (next to Danville) this is an unlikely place for a restaurant of this quality. Rather small, but has gathered a great following since its opening. Now reservations are not only suggested, they are almost a MUST. Main dishes...oh...my wife loves the the Duck L'Orange; me, I prefer the more mundane (as...more
Unfortunately for us..Margarita's has closed. Max has been doing more Special Olympics fund raising in LA and has decided to move south.BUT A great new Thai restaurant has taken it's place so watch for tips on Similan Thai Cuisine Guacamole Fresca; This is more of a dip than a main course, but the fresh avocados, tomatoes, spices make it a...more
The recession was fast in claiming this restaurant. Since the loss of Margarita's a few years ago, we've been lacking a really good Mexican restaurant. There are a couple of ok ones, but none that are a "destination."The menu is not extensive but the dishes are prepared and presented very well. The tequila list goes on like most restaurant wine...more
Located in a large shopping "mall" San Ramon's newest pizza restaurant is quite interesting. It features very unique names for it's fare, all of which relate to snow boarding or surfing. The walls are decorated with boards and skis of all types. Most always I get fresh tomatos, garlic, onion and mushrooms with artechokes on part for my wife.The...more
The Blackhawk Plaza is being renovated and with the change, three new restaurants are coming into being. Stomp is the first to open. It features a small plate (tapas like) sharing menu and an excellent wine list. The location is in the middle of the Blackhawk Plaza overlooking the central fountain. The outside dining area has been expanded and...more
Father Nature's Shed has been an institution in Danville for years. It is primarily a breakfast/brunch place serving relatively good food. Any item on the menu with the word "shed" in it will likely feed more than one person.Hours: Mon-Thu. 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fri-Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Sun. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. I like their hot cakes. They...more
Each summer, downtown Danville comes alive every other Thursday night during July and August with "Hot Summer Nights."
This is a "car nut" extraviganza. It has expanded from the initial "oldies but goodies hot rod" car show to an even better show of "oldies" plus new offerings.
Dress Code: DUH...anything legal in CA....
UNFORTUNATELY due to the economy, Bella Interiors has closed their doors.E. Prospect Ave in Danville has had a major renovation in the last few years. Just behind Starbucks (on the corner of Hartz) is a small "mall" like retail area that has developed some wonderful boutique shops.Bella Interiors is relatively new and has some wonderful home...more
Bella Vino is a "boutique" wine shop that handles mostly "high end" and hard to find products. You need a rare port for that "special occasion" or a hard to find wine (try finding Hollywood and Vine in your local Safeway) and they will either have it on the shelf or get it for you.Friday and Saturday nights there is music. Typically a small Jazz...more
August brings on "Hot August Nights" and the Danville car show(s). Every other Thursday, Hartz Ave is closed for the show.
Danville, Alamo, Diablo, if you visit, Blackhawk, all enforce the speed limit quite well... just ask Latrell Sprewell (but, he was allegedly doing a bit more than the legal limit and allegedly took out another car in the process....now how DID that car get turned that way...and from the exit lane?)
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The "East Bay" can have a very high range in temperatures from morning to night. It is not uncommon to have a 20-30 degree shift. So a coat in the morning will give way to shorts and a T-shirt in the afternoon.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Watch the time of year. Normally April - October you can wear shorts during the day and only light coverings in the evening. My car is never however without a "wind breaker" just in case of a "cold snap" (lol...nothing like the NE thought).
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Depending on how wet the spring is there may be mosquitos but not many.
Photo Equipment: ALWAYS carry a camera. Especially in this area if you like cars. You will most likely see as many exotics as you would expect in Hollywood or Monaco/Nice during Festival.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mt. Diablo offers some great camping areas. Much cooler due to the 1000-2000 greater elevation, summer still offers great weather.
...climb, bike, or drive to the the top of Mt. Diablo. Only 3849 ft high but due to the geographic location and the topology of the surrounding areas you can see more land mass from the top than practically anywhere else in the US.If the air is right you can see hundereds of miles in all directions.more
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The Jero'l Salon & Day Spa can provide for your every need while visiting Danville. Located in "The Clock Tower" at the end of Diablo Road, it has served Danville for many years.The address is 301 hartz Ave, Suite 101. Tel. 925-820-6044 or web www.jerolsalon.com Living here? Still a little bit of country in crazy CA.more
A bit of everything can be found. There's a breakfast/lunch cafe, a gormet wine shop, a great Mexican restaurant/club, numerous boutique shops and a fantastic Sushi Restaurant (and I don't particularly like Sushi). The Danville Hotel has significant histtory with the town. (more to come here).In 20 years I've seen 3 restaurants and a major...more