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Mt Diablo.

I’m really excited to interview Trish Snowden of Stay Pleasant Hill about Pleasant Hill, California. Trish’s tips for the best things to do in Pleasant Hill are awesome because she was drawn to this corner of the Bay Area to become the CEO of the local visitor’s bureau. She previously worked for a hotel in the area and loved the small-town feel, friendly people and proximity to San Francisco and wine country.

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Pleasant Hill, California

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Stay Pleasant Hill, the local visitor’s bureau. They have a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Getting around Pleasant Hill

Oakland International Airport (OAK) is the local airport, and Pleasant Hill is about a 40-minute drive away. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Trish says that, even if you’re staying downtown, it’s a good idea to rent a car. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

When you only need a car for a couple of hours, you can rent by the hour with Zipcar. Join now to get $25 loaded into your account.

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Gourmet dining at Wence’s. Photo courtesy of

Places we talked about on the Pleasant Hill, California podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Trish Snowden about this part of the Bay Area of California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Pleasant Hill, California
  • Green dots = best things to do in Pleasant Hill, California
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Pleasant Hill, California

Who is Trish Snowden?

Trish grew up on a farm in Minnesota and heeded the calling of the big city when she was 21 and moved to California, sight unseen! She has always been fascinated with learning about new places and other cultures, which is probably why she was called to hospitality as a career! As the CEO of Visit Pleasant Hill, Trish is thrilled to promote Pleasant Hill as a desirable destination for travelers wanting to visit the SF Bay area.

During her 30-year career in the hospitality industry, she has held many leadership positions. Trish has been an award-winning General Manager for several Bay Area Marriott Hotels as well as Sunrise Senior Living facilities. Additionally, she is a Certified Professional Life Coach, has been involved with Rotary, is a current Board Member for the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce, volunteers for many different community organizations, and has served as a Senior Advisory Council member, a Diversity Council member, a Mentor in multiple programs.

Best things to do in Pleasant Hill CA - Trish Snowden

To learn more about this area, check out the articles below:

You can connect with Trish on her website and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Trish’s tips for Pleasant Hill.

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Best things to do in Pleasant Hill CA - Trish Snowden - Photo courtesy of Pleasant Hill Blues Festival

Photo courtesy of Pleasant Hill Blues Festival.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Hudson Valley NY - Amanda Dana headshotListen to the next episode when Amanda Dana of Hudson Valley Tourism shares the best things to do in Hudson Valley, New York. In this episode, Amanda and I talk about visiting the Vanderbilt Mansion, booking a stay at Mohonk Mountain House, an award-winning Victorian castle from 1869, and hiking out to Kaaterskill Falls to admire its beauty. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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