If you’ve been hoping to get your kids interested in sports, there’s no better time than Spring. The weather is mild, the outdoors look glorious – it’s the best time for playing! Whether you’re a concerned parent that wants their kid to exercise more or one with a child interested in competitive sports – sports leagues are a great option either way.
According to WeddingWire, the most popular wedding months in the U.S. are October, September, and June, with October being favorite. Makes sense, because the weather’s pleasant then, and in October nature puts on a fantastic fall display. Are you planning a fall wedding in 2019?
SafeWise recently published a list of the safest cities in California, and we were both surprised and delighted to find that Danville came out on top. Danville CA has a total population of 44,897 and according to the 2016 FBI crime report statistics, it has 0.20 violent crimes per 1,000 people, and 8.13 property crimes per 1,000 people. Yes, you read that right!
Planning on heading out with your girlfriends for a fun night? Or you are looking for a quiet evening out with some good wine and tasty food – these deals are fantastic! If you weren’t planning on a girls’ night out in Danville, you will be now!
You live in Danville and you’re looking for a private school? Or, maybe you just moved in the area! With all the great schools here, this topic is sure to raise eyebrows. But there are several valid reasons for going private, such as: Is your child nearing school-going age and pre-school is starting to look like an option?
Have you been meaning to get your kids into a swim team? Swim teams are ideal for parents wishing to introduce their children to competitive swimming. They’re headed by experienced people, who train the kids and enter them into high-level competitions.
Given a choice most of us would probably prefer to stay home under a blanket during the winter, but what about when it’s warmer? There’s nothing quite like the outdoors during pleasant weather. Spring makes the scenery vibrant and colorful, with lush green grass, pretty flowers, chatty birds and the blessed, golden sunlight. Lazy summer days are best spent outside fishing, golfing or picnicking.
For those of you planning to make the most of the great outdoors in 2019, here are the best country clubs in Danville CA. Experience the outdoors & social life as you’ve never done before.
Blackhawk Country Club
Golf, tennis, swimming…that’s all good, but the Blackhawk Country Club even has its own lake in addition to all of that. Beautiful rippling waters, with black swans that look absolutely stunning. Don’t get too close though – swans can pack a mean punch with their wings. Not joking! If you’re lucky, you’ll also see other birds visiting – ducks and suchlike. One could sit and watch for hours around one of the many fire pits. There are 2 clubhouses here, The Falls, and Lakeside. The Falls is more casual with breath-taking views, while Lakeside is more reserved – but has 2 sub-dining areas that are more suited for watching games and golf on the tv’s or having a nice business lunch. Oh yeah, and the Men’s Locker Room at Lakeside has its own pool table room AND it’s own bar with TV’s, popcorn, and full access to the Lakeside food menu.
They have free WiFi, so you can post your workout in their newly built gym(2018) or game photos as you take them. And the swans are pretty photogenic too!
Diablo Country Club
We found this club the 2nd best of the lot. It’s undeniably one of the prettiest. From the rolling golf courses and neatly trimmed trees to the grand architecture and regal indoors…it’s a real treat to the eyes. If we had to describe the club in a single word, ‘magnificent’ would be the one that comes to mind.
They have all the usual stuff – golf, tennis courts, kids’ options, bocce, swimming pool, gym. Another thing we really liked about them is that they have a water recycling project going on at the club. We can get behind the idea of supporting an environmentally conscious club.
Round Hill Country Club
This popular country club has an 18-hole golf course and practice range, numerous tennis courts (with lights if you want to play after sundown), a heated swimming pool, a fitness center, and two bocce courts with seating arrangements. They also have dining options, and fun activities year-round.
It’s a pleasant place, located in Alamo CA, and the facilities are well worth the fees. The indoors are classy, muted – a pleasant change from the rest that lean towards showiness. Their staff is friendly and helpful – that was something we especially liked about The Round Hill Country Club.
Crow Canyon Country Club
This expansive country club has an 18-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts (with lighting), a heated pool for year-round use, a fitness center, aerobics center, and dining options. The outdoors are well maintained, with lush green grass that’s mowed down, and impeccable courts. The indoors are comfy and luxurious. If you’re here for a private event, you’ll be pretty impressed.
The food here is reasonably priced and delicious. After a day outside walking around and playing you’ll want something filling – and you won’t be disappointed. They too have free WiFi.
Didn’t find what you were looking for? Visit the club websites; they’ll have a lot more information than we could fit into this short article. If you’re looking for something a bit further away, stay tuned for our articles on other East Bay Area cities.
While a date night is stylishly conventional, daytime dates are a lot more fun. The cold weather can put a damper on things – especially if they’re outdoors – but we’ve got some date ideas that you’ll love! If you haven’t decided what to do on Valentine’s Day yet, maybe this’ll help.
It’s winter, and I don’t know about you, but we at DS sure don’t feel like going out in the cold. However, the winter is the perfect time for eating at a restaurant. Skip the monotony of making meals at home every day, and treat yourself to a nice meal outside – albeit indoors, where it’s nice and warm.
This time, we thought we’d make a list of the best sushi restaurants in Danville. So here you go – here are the top 4!
- Sushi Bar Hana
Simple and unimposing, The Sushi Bar Hana is a classic favorite. It’s open Monday to Friday between 11:30 AM and 9:30 PM, save for a break from 2-5 PM. They have unique, delicious food, a lovely atmosphere, and very courteous staff. Whether you’re out with your family or with friends for a girls’ night out, the Sushi Bar Hana is a great stop. Mind, though, that there may be a small queue during peak times (think weekend nights) because it’s a smallish restaurant. If you’re in a hurry you can pop over to the next one, which is…
- Kibo Sushi
The restaurant is situated at 125 Hartz Avenue and has a diverse menu with very reasonably priced items. If you’re looking for deals you can check out their Yelp page, as they often give out free stuff when you check-in. The current offer is 1 free Crispy Gyoza. We highly recommend their shrimp lollipop!?
The place has dairy-free, gluten-free and vegetarian options, and is family-friendly. So basically, it’s great for just about everyone. It has plenty of parking space, serves some alcohol, and the staff is friendly and understanding.
- Akira Bistro
The Akira Bistro is on San Ramon Valley Bvd, and some of the things they can do with noodles will blow your mind. That wasn’t an innuendo – their noodle dishes are just really, really good. Their prices are super reasonable, they’re open at roughly the same times as Sushi Bar Hana, and they hit the sweet spot between ‘incredible’ and ‘repeat-worthy’, so you’ll like it there and want to keep returning. They have their full menu up on their website, so if you want to plan in advance, go right ahead.
- Blue Gingko Blackhawk
Family-friendly and spacious situated in Blackhawk Plaza, this one’s another favorite. They have a sushi bar at the restaurant, and their sushi is practically unbeatable. The Blue Gingko has a wonderful ambiance, with perfect lights and comfortable seating arrangements. The food’s not only Instagram worthy, but a treat on the taste buds. The crab balls, in particular, are to die for!
Compared to the others on this list the Blue Gingko may be a bit expensive, but the food and ambiance more than make up for it. The staff there is courteous and professional.
Most sushi places are family-friendly, so you can all head out sometime and give them a try. And if any of these places are offering great deals, we’ll be sure to let you know!
National Spouse Day is just around the corner (January 26), and Valentine’s Day is coming up in a month! It’s time to start thinking about gifts, and an awesome date night idea. There are only two days a year when you officially get to celebrate your partner, so you want to make them count.
To help you along, here are some of the best options for a date night in Danville.
- Wining and dining
The classic date. Take your partner out to a nice restaurant and treat yourselves to some great food, dessert, and wine. Great for old and new couples alike – you can talk as you dine, or quietly enjoy each other’s company. Popular options include Danville Harvest, Revel Kitchen & Bar, Locanda Ravello, and The Peasant & The Pear. Or, if you are looking to brush up on your vocal chords, McGah’s is the best piano bar in Danville!
- Watch a movie
A movie night is a great idea for a lazy date during winter. Sit back and immerse yourself in the movie’s plot for an hour while you munch on snacks. Netflix is convenient, sure, but it’d be a bit of a stretch to call it romantic. You can watch the latest movies at Century Blackhawk Plaza, Regal Crow Canyon Stadium 6, The LOT – City Center, and Cinemark Walnut Creek.
- Go shopping
Head out for a day of good ole’ window-shopping and store-hopping. Check out new businesses, get great deals, try out clothes before you buy them, and head back home with bags full of awesome new stuff! Amazon might deliver your stuff for free, but sitting hunched in front of your computer isn’t half as fun. Take your pick between the Danville Plaza, Danville Square, Green Valley Shopping Center – and lots of others!
- Stroll through a museum
The Danville area has some great museums. If you’re interested in art, history, and culture – and your partner feels similarly – you can go to a museum for a date. Some great ones include the Blackhawk Museum, Museum of the San Ramon Valley, Glass House, and the wonderful Lindsay Wildlife Experience. Most of them close around 4-5 PM, so you can get back home in time for a fancy homemade dinner!
- Go stargazing
Stargazing is super romantic – and it never gets old. Driving out and away with your partner and lying under the stars trying to spot familiar ones, contemplating the vastness of space… Step away from the noise of the city and enjoy the enveloping quietness of nature. Some great sites for watching stars or the sunset include Mount Diablo State Park, Heather Farm Park, Lafayette Reservoir, and Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area – all of which are a short drive away.
Whether you opt for the old familiarity of a meal at a restaurant, or the novelty of quietly watching the setting sun, remember that the goal of the evening is to spend quality time with your partner. Take the time to thank them, and tell them what they mean to you.