5 Haunted Locations in Pleasanton to Visit 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!

4 Amazing Charitable Organizations Near Pleasanton To Support

We believe Pleasanton is one of the country’s best places to live and work, and we know we are not alone in that opinion.

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One of the reasons for that is the fact that the town is filled with amazing people doing amazing things – and yes, that includes some outstanding charitable organizations. Here are four that deserve your support:

Valley Humane Society

One of the best known animal welfare organizations in the region, the Valley Humane Society aims to find homes for animals in need, educate pet owners, provide an array of programs for pets and pet owners, and generally make life better for our furry friends.

They have operated in the Tri-Valley region since 1987, and have done so without receiving any tax dollars or money from national humane organizations.

The Valley Humane Society welcomes donations and volunteers. Volunteers can help care for or foster animals, help with customer service, help run youth programs, and more. 

Children’s Healthy Smile Project

As a dental office in Pleasanton, we can get behind this one! The Children’s Healthy Smile Project is dedicated to promoting good oral health in children. The group provides education kits to children of all ages, offers support for the Head Start program, and other efforts.

The Children’s Healthy Smile Project relies on corporate donations as well as donations by individuals.

Troops Direct

Operating out of neighboring San Ramon, Troops Direct specializes in providing equipment to soldiers in need serving overseas.

Offering more than just food and clothing, Troops Direct also sends medical supplies, hygiene products, and even generators. That is their entire mission: to offer support to those serving overseas with the goods and supplies they need.

Abode Services

Working from nearby Fremont, Abode Services has a simple yet difficult mission: to help eradicate homelessness.

Their method of doing that is to find and provide housing for families that are at risk, and to re-home families that have found themselves homeless. The end goal is to keep families together and get them back on track – in a home.

Abode Services accepts donations of goods and monetary donations, and they also enlist the services of more than 800 community volunteers. They have a wealth of volunteer positions available, from prepping and service meals to tutoring, administrative support, and more.

These four organizations are all worth your attention, and they are only the start. Pleasanton has some of the most generous people you’ll find, people who enthusiastically give their time and attention to those in need. There are many people doing great work in this area, and we couldn’t be prouder of that fact.

4 Great Escapes Near Pleasanton For You and the Family

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.

5 Places Near Pleasanton Where Kids (Sometimes!) Eat Free

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The kids are back to school. The daily grind has begun. You’re starting to go a little stir crazy. You’d like to get the family out for a night, but you’ve got to watch your budget, right?

Don’t worry, we have your back. Here are five places, all within a short drive, where kids eat free. Enjoy!

Casa Orozco
325 S L St, Livermore

If you live in California, chances are pretty good you and your family love Mexican food. If you want great Mexican without spending a lot, try Casa Orozco in Livermore. On Mondays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal – and you’ll love the food!

Simply Fondue
2300 First St #110, Livermore

Don’t let the name fool you. Yes, they have amazing fondue of all types, but that’s not all. There are many entrees to choose from, vegetarian options, and more.  

It’s easy to find something to love here. Take the family on Mondays, when kids eat free for the purchase of an adult Fondue Brunch or Fondue Feast.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
6654 Koll Center Pkwy, Pleasanton

If your family is a meat loving family, Dickey’s will be a treat. Huge portions of fantastic BBQ, with just about everything you can imagine, plus on Sundays kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. Good deal!

Emil Villa's Hickory Pit
3064 Pacific Ave, Livermore

We love good BBQ (can you tell?), so it’s no surprise that Emil Villa's made our list, too. It’s not just that kids eat free on Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult meal, though that’s a nice bonus.

It’s that their hearty meals are tasty, reasonably priced, and they are always willing to accommodate a family. In others, a good place to grab a quick and easy night out!

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
4550 Tassajara Rd, #A, Dublin

It’s not California without some fresh Mexican food, and Baja Fresh is a chain that does a good job of providing it. The food is good, the service fast, the atmosphere casual, and the prices are right. For families, look to Sundays for your day to make the trip, because that’s their kids eat free day.