5 Spooky Hauntings to See Near Pleasanton This October

Take a walk around Pleasanton today and you’d never guess that it was once called “The Most Desperate Town in the West,” but it was.

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Some even say that much of Pleasanton is haunted. We’ve picked out some of the more interesting sights to see on a tour of haunted Pleasanton. 

Blue Agave Restaurant
625 Main Street

You might know them for their yummy food, but the Blue Agave is also known for being haunted, too! It’s one of the oldest buildings in town, and many years ago was owned by the Arendt family.

Mr. Arendt allegedly still haunts the place, with other apparitions, including one of a young girl, also taking up residence there. 

The Rose Hotel
807 Main Street

This gorgeous Main Street hotel has allegedly had ghosts mess with their lights, move around furniture, and other odd happenings. One worker even claims to have see a man walk down the basement stairs and then through a wall. Pretty weird!

Kottinger Barn
200 Ray Street

Once used as a jail with a secret underground tunnel connecting it to the local justice’s house so prisoners could be transported in secret, the Kottinger Barn is now a gift shop – a shop allegedly haunted by somewhere near 20 ghosts.

The ghosts are supposedly of old criminals and bandits, so they’re probably not the kind of spirits you want to mess with!

Dental Offices
219 Division Street

If you have to have ghosts, they might as well be helpful ghosts.

Built circa the 1880s, the ghosts here supposedly help deliver helpful things around the office and warn the doctors there of danger, including once helping a doctor spot a potentially dangerous fire before it got out of control.

Town Center Books
555 Main Street

We can’t think of a better place to be haunted than a bookstore. So many great opportunities for ghostly shenanigans!

Here, there are said to be floating lights, odd cloudy substances fogging up windows, books getting moved around, and more. Maybe the ghosts are just looking for something interesting to read!

11 Cool Facts You May Not Know About Pleasanton

We’re not telling you anything you don’t know when we say Pleasanton is a fantastic place to live and work. We love serving our patients here. The town and its people are amazing in every way.

But here are 11 things you might now know about our gem of a community:

  • This one is no secret: Pleasanton is widely considered one of the best places to live, ranked #4 in the country by USA Today in 2014, #63 by Money in 2010, and in 2009 by Forbes.

  • Pleasanton is also financially comfortable. In 2013, NerdWallet named it the third richest city in the U.S.

  • Before there was Pleasanton, it was Alisal, located where Rancho Santa Rita is now.

  • The early town of Alisal was once called “The Most Desperate Town in the West.”

  • Despite what you may have heard, the town didn’t get its current name because it’s a nice place to live. It was actually named after Major General Alfred Pleasonton, a friend of Alameda County justice of the peace John W. Kottinger.

  • But wait, you say, Alfred Pleasonton’s name is spelled differently. That’s right! Thanks to a typo by the U.S. Postal service, Pleasanton has the spelling you know today.

  • The highest recorded temperature in Pleasanton was a whopping 115 degrees. Wow!

  • Pleasanton has been home to a great number of famous and influential people. Among them is Phoebe Hearst, mother of famed mogul William Randolph Hearst, who was spoofed in Orson Welles’ legendary film Citizen Kane.

  • None other than John Madden, perhaps the best known football commentator in history, has also called Pleasanton home.

  • Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert is also from Pleasanton.

  • Many huge corporations call Pleasanton home, including Workday, Ellie Mae, Roche Molecular Diagnostics, Blackhawk Network Holdings, and Veeva Systems.

As you can see, Pleasanton is an endlessly fascinating place with lots of fun trivia attached to it.

We have a great community, and that’s thanks to the great people who live here. We’ve been serving the community for years, and hope to do so for many more years to come. We love Pleasanton!

7 Signs It's Time To See Your Dentist

Let's be honest, very few people like seeing the dentist. They'll invent any reason possible to avoid it!

However, there are some great reasons to bite the bullet and schedule an appointment. Here are seven of them:

7) You Have Bad Breath

Sometimes it just takes a quick mouthwash or minty gum to cure it, but chronic bad breath can indicate that there is a more serious condition to address. Liver problems, kidney ailments, sinusitis, diabetes and more could trigger episodes of bad breath. 

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6) Because Oral Health Impacts Your Overall Well Being

Study after study confirms it: your dental health is intrinsically linked with your overall health. Your teeth and gums have an impact on a number of your body's other systems, including the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems. Good oral health means a better chance of good overall health!

5) To Get A Bright Smile

If you already have a bright smile, routine visits to your dentist are an essential way of ensuring you keep it. Even better, if your smile had faded over the years, your dentist can help revitalize it, making it bright and shiny again thanks to modern teeth whitening techniques that work far better than you imagine - and they're more affordable than you imagine, too!

4) You Have Bleeding Gums When You Brush

Notice a little blood when you spit out your toothpaste? That means it may be time to see a dentist. You don't need to panic -- bad brushing or flossing techniques can cause bleeding gums -- but it's best to have it checked out, because it can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition. Let your dentist in Pleasanton, CA check it out.

3) To Correct The Beating Your Teeth Have Taken

Your teeth may have gotten some wear and tear over the years. It happens to the best of us. Lots of coffee, plaque buildup, decay that has gone unnoticed or untreated - all of these things have taken their toll on your teeth. The good news is, your dentist can fix it!


2) To Avoid Losing Your Teeth

If you want to avoid losing your teeth, there is an easy way to do it: See your dentist more often. It all begins at home, of course, with good brushing and flossing habits. Next comes the regular checkups. Catching problems early is an essential ingredient to ensuring that minor problems don't become major problems - and trust us, it can happen if a lingering issue is left untreated for too long.

1) To Boost Your Self-Esteem

Nothing makes you feel good like looking good, and there is no better way to make a good first impression quickly than with a great smile. Your smile is the first thing most people notice about you, so getting a great smile means good first impressions, and good first impressions mean a boost in confidence – all from visiting your dentist!

4 Beautiful Spots Near Pleasanton to Visit this Summer

The name “Pleasanton” says it all, doesn’t it? If you can’t find a place to relax, enjoy time with the family, or to unwind with friends, you’re not trying! To help you along, here are four great local escapes worth checking out as the weather begins to warm. We guarantee you’ll enjoy them:

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Niles Canyon Railway, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol

A museum is one thing, but what about a museum that actually comes to life? One that you can interact with? One that lets you journey back in time to a history we’ve left behind? That’s what the Niles Canyon Railway offers.

Scenic trail rides through Niles Canyon on historic trains is a great way to spend a day. Add in rides that feature beer and wine tastings, educational rides, and much more and you’ll find that there are many ways to enjoy these rides on the rails.

Lions Wayside Park, First and Neal Sts., Pleasanton

Life in Pleasanton just wouldn’t be the same without Lions Wayside Park, one of the premier gathering places for people in the community.

The Friday night concerts are of course a major highlight and draw people from throughout the region, but this park is worth visiting on any day of the week. Nice open space, good spots to picnic, and a great spot to throw around a Frisbee and catch some sun.

G&M Farms, 487 E Airway Blvd., Livermore

A little fun in the outdoors with the family is often just what the doctor ordered, and that’s just what you can enjoy at G&M Farms. Enjoy a cornfield maze, a pumpkin patch (both seasonal), farm animals to interact with, pony rides, and much more.

They also do field trips for school classrooms. This is a great place to escape with the family, get outdoors for a little while, and maybe even learn a little something (in a fun way).

Rubino Estates Winery, 1188 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton

A stunning, sprawling facility that looks like it could have been plucked right out of Italy and dropped here in California, the Rubino Estates Winery has won awards and accolades for a reason.

Come for a tasting of their wines, or take a tour with a Duck Boat excursion through the vineyards. It’s a lot of fun and full of gorgeous sights to behold. And of course, there are fantastic food and wine pairings to be enjoyed.