Each night, a familiar cast of characters descends on Dee Dee's Bar and Grill, eager to take part in what the hangout does best: delivering plates of spicy chicken wings alongside tall beers and cool mixed drinks. The family-owned establishment exudes familiarity and a neighborhood-spot vibe by doling out free shots for birthdays and driving local patrons home on Fridays and Saturdays with a complimentary shuttle service. In addition to drinks and eats, Dee Dee's also hosts weekly karaoke nights, DJs, and live bands that play whatever audience members have stuck in their heads.
Nestled in the corn fields and orchards off Highway 113, Jess Jones Vineyard invites passersby to clink glasses in a rustic setting. Vintner Jess Jones and his wife, Mel, have been growing grapes on the property since 1997. At first, they sold the fruit to outside buyers, including area winemakers. Starting in 2004, though, they began keeping some of the harvest so that Jess could produce his own varietals, drawing on skills he honed through the University of California, Davis winemaking program.
Today, the couple continues to ferment juice into wine. Visitors can fill bottles directly from barrels of zesty merlot, crisp chardonnay, and tawny port, or relax in a tasting room that one Patch.com writer described as "not pretentious, although decorated with many news articles and accolades garnered by the winery."
Out on the high seas, pirates never come upon a 1950s-style diner where they can take a break from buccaneering, but at Playland, youngsters pretend-searching for lost treasure in Pirate's Cove can. The cove and diner are two of Playland's themed play areas; at others, kids don princess regalia or shop for pretend-food at the market. Each of the whimsical settings act as a stage for littluns to play out scenes concocted in their outsized imaginations, all the while building social skills and cognitive abilities.
While children play, parents can boost their energy with a caffeinated drink from the espresso bar or relax with a magazine in the lounge. A separate laptop workstation allows adults to get some work done. Playland even houses a used clothing store that stocks gently used children's and maternity clothing.
The aptly named Preserve Public House seems to preserve a simpler time beneath its open-beam ceiling, among its rustic pieces of furniture, and within its exposed-brick walls. Using local ingredients whenever possible, Preserve’s chefs celebrate the artistry of cuisine with sandwiches such as the slow-smoked brisket sandwich with garlic aioli, barbecue sauce, and caramelized onions on an acme bun. Like the Easter Bunny’s bathtub, the eatery’s taps flow with a rotating sample of 21 microbrews and keg wines from breweries such as Lagunitas, Rogue Brewery, and Stone Brewing Company. Preserve Public House also hosts regular events such as local crop swaps, and beer celebrations in their bread-truck-turned-beer-garden.