SENIORS TRAVEL THROUGH CALIFORNIA



Seniors Find Pleasanton Quite Pleasing

Pleasanton Pleasanton is a city in Alameda County, California, is a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. Senior travelers will find Pleasanton located about 25 miles east of Oakland, and 6 miles west of Livermore. The population runs just over 70,000.

The city is a major suburb identified by the U.S. Census as one of the wealthiest middle-sized cities in the nation and was included on Money Magazine’s list of the ’50 Best Cities to Live 2014’ and on 24/7 Wall Street’s list of ‘America’s 50 Best Cities to Live’.

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Pleasanton ranked #31 on Money’s annual list of the Best Places to Live, and #9 on the publication’s list of the Top Earning Towns in the nation. The rankings were determined on the basis of variables such as crime, education, employment growth, recreation, infrastructure, environment and housing affordability. The city just seems to have it all.

Seniors Find Scenic Vistas

Pleasanton kinda sits out there by itself just off of I-680 and straight north of San Jose. Pleasanton’s highly educated population and workforce reflect a community that values education and actively supports a preeminent school system which ranks among the Top 10 in California.

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More than 1,200 acres of surrounding parks, open space and hiking trails offer spectacular scenic vistas and abundant recreational opportunities. Downtown Pleasanton is a charming historic destination with more than 165 specialty stores and dining establishments.

The “official city guide” can fill you in on what you can experience in Pleasanton including nightlife, restaurants, shopping and things to do. Over 200 dining establishments in town are sure to satisfy demanding palates from cafes, dessert shops and pizza, to fine dining.

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Concerts, Festivals and Classy Wineries Draw Seniors

Pleasanton is enlivened by events like a free summer concert series, festivals and parades along Main Street, a weekly year-round farmers market, the attractive Callippe golf course, and an intimate performing and visual arts center. Senior visitors enjoy the Museum on Main and the local Farmer’s Market. Senior oenophiles (that’s wine lovers) will discover some classy wineries where you can do some sampling of fine California wines.

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Pleasanton was founded by John W. Kottinger, an Alameda County justice of the peace, and named after his friend, Union army cavalry Major General Alfred Pleasonton. Somebody got the idea that it needed to drop that “o” and changed the name to the present spelling.

This senior would be sure to search out the John W. Kollinger Adobe Barn that is on the National Register of Historic Places. It looks pretty neat. Set your GPS for Pleasanton when you are in the Bay Area and plan to spend some quality time enjoying the many amenities the city has to offer. -jeb

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