Welcome to Danville, California! This charming little town is located just east of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland. It’s not uncommon for visitors to fall in love with Danville’s eclectic mix of urbane and outdoors attractions. Visit us soon to find out why such a tiny little town has become such a huge hit with visitors.
Visitors in search of the good life should make a beeline for downtown Danville. The downtown area’s tree-shaded streets flanked by historical buildings are lined with chic boutiques and gourmet restaurants and cafes. Popular eateries include the Esin Bar & Grill for Mediterranean cuisine, the Peasant and the Pear for New American gourmet and fusion fare and Sideboard for Blue Bottle coffee and comfort food.
The town’s bar scene and nightlife is lively as well. You can get perfectly mixed cocktails at Martini Sky, ice cold brews at That Bar and imported ales from the U.K. at the Crown. On Saturdays, downtown Danville also hosts a Farmer’s Market where you’ll find a cornucopia of the Golden State’s finest fruits and vegetables along with artisan breads, cheeses, and preserved foods.
Once you’ve finished shopping and dining, why not take in a little culture? Danville is the cultural capital of the Tri-Valley area. You can watch a live performance at one of the town’s performing arts centers or gaze at the art on display at its galleries and museums. Nobel Prize winning poet Eugene O’Neill lived in Danville from 1937 to 1944. O’Neill’s passion for live performance still lives on at the Village Theatre. You can see everything from improvisational comedy to performances of O’Neill’s plays at this neighborhood playhouse. The Blackhawk Automotive Museum has a collection of historically significant and artistically-inspired cars that represent breakthroughs in styling, engineering, and performance. The autos on display are works of art, not commuter vehicles. During the summer, hundreds of local artists make their way to Hartz Avenue to set up miniature galleries for the Danville Fine Arts Fair.
Danville has more to offer than just urbane experiences. Many people visit for outdoor activities. The town is nestled in the sunniest part of the Tri-Valley, and is widely regarded as one the most scenic spots in the East Bay. Danville boasts almost 170 acres of parks and recreation areas. Highlights include Sycamore Valley Park for its waterfall and Hap Magee Ranch Park for its walking trails. Tao House, Eugene O’Neil’s residence, is now a national park. The playwright’s house sits in the hills and offers breathtaking views of the Tri-Valley. You’ll need to make a reservation to visit Tao House to catch the park shuttle that takes you to the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site. Mt. Diablo State Park is nearby. If you don’t feel like hiking up its nearly 3,900 foot high summit, you can also go for a bike ride or set up camp.
No matter what you decide to do in Danville, you’ll enjoy your stay in this charming town with a perfect mix of urbane and outdoors activities!