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Looking for ideas for your Holiday Party or Event? Whether you are planning a company party, employee appreciation day or entertaining out-of-town guests, there’s plenty of options to choose from right here in the Bay Area. From Livermore’s gorgeous winery venues to San Francisco’s fun tourist attractions, there’s something for everyone. Check out a few of our recommendations:

Concannon Vineyard

Whether you are planning an elegant corporate dinner, an intimate wine and cheese pairing, historic tour or team-building blending seminar, your guests will experience the best that Livermore Valley Wine Country has to offer! Concannon offers six stunning venues that feature indoor and outdoor locations and can accommodate up to 150 guests. Choose from a variety of private, guided tastings hosted by a Concannon Estate Ambassador. Each tasting offers a variety of incredible wines, in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by the beauty of the historic estate. Corporate Event Transportation

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Campo di Bocce
Campo di Bocce is a great venue in Livermore for private parties and social events. They offer 8 World Class, State-of-the-Art bocce courts, traditional Italian cuisine, a superb wine list and friendly atmosphere of casual elegance. Make your Holiday party a hit by reserving several courts to compete against each other. You can also reserve a semi-private room facing the vineyards or situated next to the bocce courts. Small Groups
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Bay Area Brew Tour
Hop on a brew tour with Black Tie and discover the season’s flavors – The perfect alternative to wine tours if you’re looking to try something New! Reserve a private tasting and tour, sample flights of local brews, learn about food pairings and even speak with brewmasters in a laid-back environment. Here are a few of our favorites: Schubros Brewery in San Ramon, Eight Bridges Brewing in Livermore, Tap 25 in Blacksmith Square Livermore, Altamont Beer Works in Livermore, Caps & Taps in Dublin. Build Your Custom Brew Tour.
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Union Square San Francisco
Looking for a fun activity to do during the holidays? The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is a San Francisco holiday tradition and will re-open November 4, 2015! It’s the premier location for outdoor ice skating amongst the vibrant lights and popular shopping destinations in San Francisco. Group rates and private parties are available. This is an experience perfect for entertaining out-of-town guests – Make a day of it with dining and shopping in the city. Reserve a Car
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BY SUSAN ROSE

Black Tie Transportation CEO Bill Wheeler is an open book. If you ask him how to succeed in chauffeured ground transportation, he’ll happily tell you: “The secret to anyone’s success is that they care,” he says. “If you care enough, then you can teach your people to care and it becomes an easy business: Show up on time with a clean car and a professional chauffeur. That’s it.”
 
It’s that simple … and that difficult. Nearly three decades of experience have prepared Wheeler for most anything, including the dot-com bust and the explosion of the tech community in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area where the company is located.

 
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Photo Left: Like father, like son: CEO Bill Wheeler (left) with his son William at Concannon Vineyards in Livermore, Calif. (with one of Black Tie’s buses from Grech Motors)

Photo Right: Wheeler stands amongst his latest fleet additions: BMW 740Li sedans

Del Corazon Orphanage
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Wheeler’s Second Act
Running a successful company and putting the right people in place was the impetus for allow-ing Wheeler some time away from the business to focus on other interests. For Wheeler, that meant philanthropy. From 2002-2012, he traveled solo to more than 35 countries via motorcycle. Inspired by a friend who was afflicted with cerebral palsy, he cofounded the charity Del Corazon (“from the heart”), which focuses its efforts on providing mobility assistance to young people throughout North, Central, and South America—19 countries so far with Peru next on the list. The charity also supports the School of Imagination, a preschool for children with speech and developmental issues based in Dublin, Calif., as well as El Oasis Orphanage in Baja California, which Wheeler discovered on a motorcycle trip. Three times a year, the Del Corazon founders do a “Costco haul” worth about $15,000 to help the orphanage with supplies, mattresses, bedding, and electronics.

Read the Full Article on Chauffeur Driven

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San Francisco 49ers will play the first game on their New Home Turf at Levi’s

Stadium on August 17.

 

AVOID THE MAYHEM

Have you been to Levi’s Stadium yet? Gameday traffic and public transit can be

a nightmare. Avoid the hassle of navigating through traffic, planning your route

and the crowded public transit. Black Tie will take care of it for you!

 

Sit back and relax in one of our luxury vehicles. Black Tie has the largest fleet in

Northern California, perfect for small groups or large corporate events.

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PARKING

Black Tie’s chauffeurs have designated pick up and drop off locations and will

coordinate with you for the best escape route.

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Transportation as low as $25 per person*

Includes gratuity, taxes and fees.

*Based on 5 hour charter in  a 31 or 40 passenger Coach with full occupancy.

 

Book your 49er Gameday Ride Today with Black Tie for the Best Gameday Experience!

Sounds Like Summer: Bay Area Concerts Coming Your Way! Black Tie will take you to the concert in style.

Book your ride with Black Tie and receive $40 OFF YOUR RIDE Now through August! Any vehicle with 4 hour reservation!

 

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August 5-6 at AT&T Park in San Francisco

 

 

 

JustinTimberlakeJustin Timberlake – 20/20 EXPERIENCE WORLD TOUR
August 11 at SAP Center in San Jose

 

 

 

PaulMccartneyPaul McCartney – OUT THERE TOUR
August 14 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco

 

 

 

BrunoMarsBruno Mars – MOONSHINE JUNGLE TOUR
August 15 at SAP Center in San Jose

 

 

 

EarthWindFireEarth, Wind & Fire – NOW, THEN & FOREVER
August 25 at Mountain Winery in Saratoga

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bay-areaLiving in the Bay Area comes with its perks. There is the weather, the topography, the food—and most would say that the people who live in the Bay Area are a perk within their self, too.

When you live in the Bay Area, you don’t need to worry about a long lazy afternoon, unless you want one of those, of course. There are things to do down just about every corner, from wine tastings to hiking, to shopping. You can even take a long drive to enjoy the scenery y of the area.

Whether this is your home or you are visiting the Bay Area for a short period of time, there are certain things to do in this region that you do not want to miss. Take advantage of the resources around you and make the most out of your time in the Bay Area.

Here are seven things to do that you won’t want to miss out on:

1. Livermore Wine Tours: Hire a limousine or party shuttle to take you on a Livermore wine country tour so you can see the region, taste the wine and get home safely.

2. Hike Tildon Park: Take a trip out to this 2,000+ acre wilderness park on the eastern side of San Francisco.

3. Alcatraz: This former prison is legendary, and supposedly haunted, yet many locals of the Bay Area have never bothered taking the time to see the sight.

4. Shopping: Downtown Walnut Creek is a premier destination for shopping and dining. Arrive in style and enjoy the day out of the house with friends by hiring transportation to bring you to this shopping area.

5. The 49 Mile Drive: Okay, so driving yourself 49 miles might not sound like pleasure, but on this designated scenic highway it is worth the gas mileage. Of course, hiring a driver to take you along the drive will only make it more enjoyable, and will allow you to concentrate on what is going on around you instead of just is what is on the road.

6. Farmer’s Markets: There are farmer’s markets all over the United States, but San Francisco and the Bay Area pretty much are known for having some of the best around. Bite into a juicy piece of fruit or grab some fresh veggies for your dinner while meeting people from the community.

7. Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Parade: This is the biggest St. Patrick’s Day festival west of the Mississippi. There are dancers, Irish-inspired food, live music and more.

Each of these events are fun attractions that help to make the Bay Area great. When planning any of these outings, think about your transportation options. Take advantage of shuttle and limousine services like those offered by Black Tie Transportation so you know you’ll always arrive in style and get home safe.

holiday-travelThe holidays mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. For some, they are a time to remember the wonders of days past and to reflect on the loved ones that we are grateful for having in our lives, as well as those who we miss. For others, the holiday season is a time of meditation, spirituality and religious appreciation. Still for others, the holidays mean it is time to shop, travel and dine.

Whichever of these are true for you, there is one thing that everyone shares in common—the traffic.

Managing Travel around the Holidays

Just about every person and their brother are on the road during the holiday season. They may be heading to the store, to visit a loved one or even off to the airport themselves. If you are planning on traveling this holiday season, you are going to have to plan ahead. Putting some forethought into when you need to arrive somewhere and how you hope to arrive will save you a great deal of stress come travel day.

Here are five tips to survive the holiday travel season:

1. Take advantage of professional driving services: The most dangerous aspect of travel is the other drivers on the road. You don’t just have to worry about your own stressors and distractions, but those that are occupying the minds of the person in the lane next to you. Let a professional driver care for these worries so you can concentrate on getting to your destination on time.

2. Being early is on-time: Expect delays everywhere you go, but don’t count on them. Make sure that you are getting to the airport with time to spare so you don’t get left stranded.

3. Schedule transport ahead of time: The holidays are a busy time period. Make sure that you are making arrangements to get to and then home from the airport long before travel day.

4. Ship packages ahead of time: Santa may arrive at his holiday destinations with presents in hand, but you don’t own your own flying sleigh. Airlines are incredibly busy, and your packages may get lost. If you are planning on arriving in town with presents, consider shipping them to arrive just before you. Considering the cost of checked baggage, this may be the cheaper option too.

5. Local? Take advantage: If you are not leaving town, take advantage of your local roads and stay off the highways as much as possible. This will help alleviate traffic for others, and will save you  a major headache.

Here is a bit of information sure to scare some of the holiday cheer right out of you. On the average day, about 100 Americans die in car accidents. That is a tragic number, as every single one of them can be considered an otherwise preventable death by people following traffic laws, paying better attention to the road and designating a driver as needed. Here is where this statistic grows sad: On Thanksgiving, that number is five times higher.

Holidays make driving dangerous. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and the days immediately surrounding the actual holidays are the biggest traffic times of the year. With everyone on the road, it is not surprising that the risk of car accidents go up.

This is all reason why it is essential that you are precautions and take steps to stay safe as you are on the road this holiday season. Here are a few ways you can do this:

  • Designate a driver: Holiday celebrations are great, but the drive home can be dangerous if the driver has been drinking. Take advantage of hired Bay Area transportation to get you home safely. This way none of your friends have to refrain from the fun.
  • Hire a shuttle: Keep the fun going on the road with a Bay Area party bus. This gives you and your friends the chance to continue enjoying yourselves as you get home safely.
  • Slow down on the road: During the holiday season, expect the unexpected. Pay close attention to the road and the speed limit so you don’t find yourself in an accident.
  • Wear your seat-belt: In most cases, when accidents do happen on the roads they do not have to be fatal. Wearing your seatbelt will keep you safe in case of the worst.

Throughout the holiday season there are a lot of Grinches on the road. Be cautious of this and don’t let any of them take you down with their road rage! Stay out of the way of cars that are speeding past you and don’t engage in any aggressive driving behavior. If you are uncomfortable near another driver on the road, slow down or pull over until they have passed you and then travel on again.

Safety first should be your number one priority during the holiday travel season. By being cautious on the road, we hope you can have a safe, happy and healthy holiday!