Friday, December 15, 2017

Check Out These Budget-Friendly Hotels for Your Trip to San Ramon

Hotels in San Ramon, California

You’re visiting San Ramon, and you’re seeking a place to stay that is both comfortable and easy on the wallet. Of course, you know this can be a challenge – especially in the Bay Area! However, you can put your worries to rest. We’ve done the legwork for you. We put together some of the best rated, most budget-conscious places to stay in the San Ramon.

Hyatt House San Ramon – from $139/night

One of the top-rated hotels in the beautiful San Ramon Valley, the Hyatt House San Ramon offers short-term studio style rooms and long-term stay multi-room suites. Warm, contemporary styled rooms include fully equipped kitchens, workspace, and free wifi.

Hot breakfast is also complimentary and boasts options like cage-free eggs, all-natural bacon and sausage, greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and steel cut oats. A pool, hot tub, and 24-hour fitness center are ready for you when you’re ready to relax and recharge. Clean rooms, friendly staff, and easy access to the area’s business parks— all that for under $150 is tough to beat.

Residence Inn San Ramon – from $149/night

You’ll find comfortable, casual, and recently renovated apartment-style suites with fully equipped kitchens at the Residence Inn San Ramon. Functional, ergonomic workspaces in rooms also include free wifi access and are pet-friendly. Full, hot breakfast buffet is complimentary, and 3 nights a week the hotel hosts “mixers” – free social events with snacks and sips including local fare from food trucks (for a nominal charge).

Burn that breakfast off in the fitness center, pool, or on the basketball court. All of this along with a free business center, fire pit and BBQ grill access, quiet location and free parking help make the Residence Inn a top budget-friendly pick.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Dublin – Pleasanton – from $109/night

Just down the road from San Ramon in Dublin, the La Quinta Inn & Suites is another great option for both standard rooms and suites available. Each recently renovated room includes a microwave and refrigerator, comfy pillowtop beds, and workspace. The premium cable, wifi, and parking are all complimentary.

Wake up to “Bright Side” breakfast, complimentary DIY fresh Belgian style waffles, fresh fruit, muffins, bread, and unlimited coffee and fresh orange juice. Run some laundry in the guest laundry facilities while getting a workout in or swimming in the pool. Clean rooms and attentive, friendly staff are the “cherry on top” for this budget-friendly choice.

San Ramon Marriot – from $114/night

The San Ramon Marriot boasts redwood forest views while still providing easy access to the 580/680 freeways. Contemporary, California style greets you – and your pet – in comfortable, well-appointed rooms. Rooms start at $139/night, but tor roughly $20/night more, a concierge level room gives you access to the lounge, in addition to offering free continental breakfast, non-alcoholic beverages, hors-d’oeuvres, desserts, and late night snacks.

Room amenities include refrigerator, coffeemaker, and iron. Friendly staff, clean rooms, and great location make this hotel a great choice, but be aware you’ll need to budget extra for parking and internet access.

Best Western Danville Sycamore Inn – from $109

Just a few minutes North of San Ramon, the Best Western Danville Sycamore Inn provides scenic views of Mt Diablo. This hotel boasts large rooms with many options – from single king sized bedrooms to two queen beds and a patio with mountain views! Rooms feature microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. Larger suites also include ergonomic workspaces and patios.

The complimentary breakfast includes hot items like eggs, sausage, and bacon, as well as cold breakfast standards like muffins, cereal, fresh fruit and yogurt. Pets are welcome in specific rooms. Parking and wifi are also complimentary. While the Best Western doesn’t have its own fitness center on property, they do offer free passes to a nearby facility. Don’t feel like working out? Relax in the heated outdoor pool instead! Comfortable, quiet rooms, friendly staff, and convenient location give the Best Western extra points.

Whether you are planning a stay in San Ramon or its surrounding areas for business or pleasure, let Sequoia Signs help with your display and signage needs. Contact us today for a quote!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Check Out What’s Happening in San Ramon Year Round

What's happening in San Ramon Year Round

San Ramon boasts plentiful sunshine, warm days, copious green space, and beautiful rolling hills. It’s a perfect spot for outdoor adventures and casual picnics in the warm California sun. Not surprisingly, there’s plenty to do year-round in the San Ramon area. Here are some of our top picks for events and activities in San Ramon:

Year Round Fun

San Ramon’s mild weather is perfect for outdoor pastimes. Spend an afternoon on a trail or pack a lunch to enjoy al fresco with friends. Here are just a few of the many things that natives and visitors can do year-round in San Ramon:

Las Trampas Regional Wilderness

Varied hiking trails wind through the hills, offering the breathtaking views and wildlife make that Las Trampas a popular destination for adventurous families and photographers alike. Spend the day exploring on your own or with friends and family, or steal away from the workday hustle and bustle for a quiet picnic lunch!

Forest Home Farms Historic Park

Explore Victorian life and get a taste of local history at the Forest Home Farms Historic Park. While the name is taken from the historic buildings dating back to the 1850s, there’s more than that in this beautiful space. Antique farming equipment, farm animals, free activities, and children’s programs make this park a hit for children and history buffs alike.

Canyon Lakes Golf & Brewery

This sprawling 18-hole golf course is a daily fee public course with competitive rates and a monthly membership available. Bonus— the club also features a full restaurant and microbrewery! Hit the green for a “work meeting” and then grab a brew and have a tasty lunch outdoors. That’s a great way to spend an afternoon in the San Ramon area!

Dougherty Station Library

The Dougherty Station library has everything you would expect from a great library – e-books, movies, and music available for checkout, as well as storytime and events for little ones, clubs and after-school activities for school-age kids, and even “adulting” classes on topics like resume building and interviewing.  Should San Ramon’s typically perfect weather be less-than-perfect, the Dougherty Station library is an ideal place to while away the afternoon.

Farmer’s Market

Foodies, rejoice! Every Thursday and Saturday, you’ll find more than fifty local growers and artisans who gather to share their wares at Bishop Ranch. Fresh fruits and veggies, honey, eggs, artisan cheeses, crepes, barbecue, and more await you.

Seasonal Activities

There’s no doubt that there is always something to do in the Diablo Valley, regardless of the season. Change up your routine with these season-specific special events:

Art and Wind Festival

This annual event blows into Central Park each Memorial Day weekend with amazing stunt kites, hang glider demonstrations, arts and crafts (including making your own working kite), delicious food from local vendors, and an impressive lineup of multicultural music and dance.

Summer Concert Series

Pack a picnic and enjoy some great live music with friends and family. You can even let the kids kick off their shoes and dance barefoot in the grass— after all, this is what summer nights are all about! Concerts begin on July 4th and run throughout the summer in Central Park. The Summer Concert Series features a variety of music styles from pop covers to oldies, country to Latin beats.

Tree Lighting at Bishop Ranch

Come get in the holiday spirit at the annual tree lighting at Bishop Ranch. The ceremonial lighting of the beautiful 70’ fir tree also includes a variety of activities and refreshments for both kids and adults – including play in the snow park with real snow!

Sequoia Signs is a proud part of the growing community of San Ramon. Let us help you get your Bay Area business the attention it deserves! Contact us today!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Booking a Trip to Concord, CA? Check Out These Budget-Friendly Hotels

Hilton Hotel sign

Planning your next family trip? Need to come to Concord for business? No fear—we have your hotel recommendations right here.

We get it. Travel can be expensive. From buying a plane ticket or renting a car to planning meals and outings, things can get pricey fast. Here are a few stellar hotels we recommend that won’t bust your vacation budget.

Crowne Plaza Concord

Located just next door to the Buchanan Field Golf Course and Airport, you can squeeze in a round of golf between business meetings or even take a flying lesson while you enjoy your stay at the Crowne Plaza Concord. Also, located in the center of the hotel, a beautiful indoor lounge area with a pool and multiple koi ponds feels like a little oasis at the end of a long travel day.

Accessible to major highways, you won’t be too far from where you need to be. Check out deals and special packages for your stay on their website– we’re sure you will enjoy all that the Crowne Plaza has to offer without breaking the bank.

Hilton Concord

Looking for a hotel close to 680 that’s within 5 miles of Waterworld USA and also nearby to other major attractions like Six Flags Discovery Kingdom? The Hilton Concord is well-loved for its hospitality and friendly, welcoming staff. With a beautiful outdoor pool area for the kiddos and a fabulous restaurant which offers a wide array of wine selections, wood-fired pizza, and a full menu, plus a fully operational business center you will find exactly what you need at the Hilton Concord.

Whether you’re traveling alone on business or with your family, the Hilton Concord will be able to meet your needs. Here are some special deals, including WiFi, breakfast, complimentary drinks, and discounted rates at the Hilton, where affordability meets leisure.

Hyatt House Pleasant Hill

While technically in Pleasant Hill, Hyatt House is just a little south of Concord. We couldn’t leave it off of our list of hotels— this hotel offers visitors to our part of California such a great value! With a peaceful, contemporary aesthetic and kind, accommodating staff who spare no attention to detail, you will be sure to find the respite of Hyatt House worth it.

While most hotels these days feature a pool, business center, and fitness center, Hyatt House also offers a “sports court,” perfect for tennis or basketball, as well as a dog walk area and a complimentary hot breakfast.  You can blow off some steam, take your beloved pet for a walk, and get fuel for your busy day—all within the grounds of the hotel.

Looking for a longer stay? This is an extended-stay hotel complete with fully equipped kitchens, so Hyatt will soon feel like your home-away-from-home. More information can be found at their website.

Residence Inn Pleasant Hill Concord

Many hotels offer a host of complimentary amenities: free WiFi, free parking, or a free hot breakfast, but we were charmed by the offer for a beer or glass of wine on the house to help weary customers unwind after a day of travel.

Both family-friendly and pet-friendly, the Residence Inn Pleasant Hill Concord also offers an outdoor pool and barbecue area. We’re not the only ones who think this hotel is excellent: recent reviews give high ratings for both the staff and the cleanliness of the hotel. The Residence Inn also offers a full kitchen in-suite, so whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, you can maintain all the comforts of home. Check out the offerings of this fabulous hotel with great deals at their website.

While you’re in Concord, come check us out! Our signs can have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of your company, and that can leave a big impression on your customers. Let us help you make a positive impact on your business with sleek, professional-looking signage inside and out. Contact us today for more information, or just check out our website for more information!

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Tom’s Jambalaya

This is such a staple in our home that I thought I had posted it already, but I do not think I did.  There are probably a million ways to make Jambalaya and this one has no claim to authenticity or New Orleans.  In fact, my good friend Lisa from Yuma, AZ gave this to me years ago.  We love it and hope you do to!


3 boneless chicken breaks- cut up (1″ ) 1/4-1/2 tspn cayenne
1/4 lb cooked ham (I get 1/4″ slice at deli)- cubed 1 tspn file powder
6-8″ cooked sausage Andoulle or something smoked 1 1/2 tspn cumin
cut into half moon pieces 1 1/2 tspn fresh ground black pepper
4 Tbsn butter 1 tspn dried thyme
1+ large yellow onion -diced 3 cloves garlic -minced
1+ bell pepper – diced 2 cups brown rice
1 cup chopped celery 1 can chopped tomato
1 tspn white pepper 4 cups chicken broth
1 tspn dry mustard 4-5 bay leaves

This is really one of those recipes where you can add more of what you like or take away something you don’t.  I actually added corn to this batch which we liked.

ALL steps stirring frequently.  Cook chicken in the butter on med-high for 10 minutes, adding ham and sausage for last bit.  Add veggies and seasoning and cook for 10 more minutes.  Add garlic and rice and cook another 5 minutes.   Add broth, bay leaves and tomato. simmer (covered) 40-50 minutes additional or until rice is cooked. (add additional broth as necessary and stir occasionally- scrap bottom while stirring.)




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Friday, November 17, 2017

Channel Letter Sign for Just 40 Fitness in Pleasant Hill

We recently had the pleasure of working with the owners of Just 40 Fitness, a new line of great gyms in the East Bay.  They were opening their new Pleasant Hill location and called us to help with their signage.  We Met them on site and reviewed several aspects of the location where they wanted branding.  The project involved interior wall graphics, window graphics in addition to the wall signs, but this post will focus on the exterior.

Channel letters are a very common form of exterior wall sign and it is a common project for the team at Sequoia Signs & Graphics.  We always start by discussing the project with our customer to find out what they would like to see.  From there, we take a look at the local ordinance and any relevant sign plan to see if the owners goal can be achieved within the guidelines.  Most of the time this is not an issue, but occasionally we need to adjust our sizing or re-design our sign to make sure we have a good chance of approval.  Of course, the property manager is the first one to sign off and from there we go to the city for permits.

As the name suggests, channel letters are mostly letters formed from bent aluminum with acrylic faces, but there are often elements, like logos, that are not exactly letters.

The “channel” is formed by the aluminum and the LED lighting sits at the back.  In the above picture you with note a silver tag on the letters- this is a UL badge which ensures that the letters were made at a facility approved to make safe exterior lighting elements.

For this project, we made two signs.  One sits above the main entrance and faces the parking lot where most of their patrons will park and enter the gym.

The other set is on the back side of the gym, but this is the side that faces Pleasant Hill Road, so you might consider it the front in some ways.


Just 40 Fitness was a great company to work with.  We tried several variations to make sure we had the best design before we went for permitting.  In the end, we had two great signs and Just 40 Pleasant Hill is open and off to a great start.  If you are looking to get into shape or improve your health- you should definitely stop bu Just 40 Fitness.




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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Invest in San Ramon, CA – Here’s Why

Invest in San Ramon, CA

Are you looking for the perfect place to start a brand new business venture or expand your current one? San Ramon is a great place to make a new home for your company. San Ramon is family-friendly, with affordable real estate opportunities, growing businesses, great schools and parks, and lots to do.

With its fast-growing yet stable economy and its excellent location, along with the many diverse opportunities San Ramon already has to offer, you’ll quickly fall in love with all that San Ramon can provide.

Home to Strong Companies

San Ramon is already the headquarters to several large, very stable companies that will provide jobs and economic stability for years to come, which makes San Ramon an ideal place to expand or introduce your business.

San Ramon is the home to the headquarters for Chevron, which is one of the top six oil companies, and one of the 20 largest companies worldwide. San Ramon is also the location of the west coast headquarters for AT&T, which is also one of the 20 biggest companies in the world, and the seventh-largest company in the United States.

In fact, Chevron and AT&T employ about 20 percent of the workforce in the city. Additionally, San Ramon is home to the headquarters for 24-Hour Fitness, which has expanded internationally and has become an established brand in the booming fitness industry.

Two of the main reasons this is an important factor when looking to invest in a city are jobs and job security. These successful companies aren’t going anywhere, and they bring with them their many employees who live their lives in San Ramon, and they all work, play, and have families within the city.

With the presence of these companies and their employees come other businesses and employment opportunities in industries like food service, healthcare, media, consulting, and tourism. With such a stable, healthy economy, San Ramon is a perfect place to bring your business.


When the Bishop Ranch Office Park was built in the 1980s, it began a major shift for the city of San Ramon. Once a commuter town for larger cities in the Bay Area, specifically San Francisco, San Ramon was able to stand on its own.

Jobs began to grow and multiply, and today, over 21,000 people work in the Bishop Ranch Office Park each day with an estimated 16,000 jobs to be added in the next 15 years. Now is the perfect time for you to establish your company here in San Ramon.

Also, San Ramon is a young city, full of vibrancy and diversity! While the nation as a whole is expecting a 17 percent population growth through 2030, San Ramon is expected to grow by 34 percent, and most of the growth is projected to come from those under the age of 44. As the population grows and diversifies, there will be a great need for businesses like yours to take shape in the city of San Ramon.

Location, Location, Location

Not only is San Ramon itself a strong city with a thriving business climate, but its location makes it fairly easy to access many other areas in northern California, and specifically the Bay Area. Growing your company in San Ramon puts you close to San Francisco and Berkeley as well as Silicon Valley.

San Ramon offers you and your customers the comfort, ease, and affordability of a smaller city while still giving you and your company access to larger cities, and giving those cities access to your company as well.

A Place Families Want to Live

Simply put, San Ramon is a wonderful place for families. With one of the top school systems in the state, and so much to see and explore, all while being a safe place to live and a great place to work, more and more families are choosing to live in San Ramon.

Not only does this set the stage for long-term economic growth, but it also means that whether you are looking for a place for your tech start-up or you want to open your own restaurant, there will be plenty of people looking to work for you, employ the services of your company, and check out what you have to offer.

Ready to stake your claim on all that San Ramon has to offer for an enterprising entrepreneur like yourself? You’ll need to spread the word! Contact us when you’re ready, and we will provide you with visibility, recognition, and style to set you apart.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

4 Signs You Should Invest in Concord, California

BART Transit System

Recently, the city of Concord has been in the running to be the headquarters of a major corporation. While competition is steep, Concord, California offers many benefits to any business looking to move into the Bay Area and thrive. Here are some of the signs that your business should be investing in Concord, California.

Sign #1: Concord Reuse Project Plan

The city of Concord has created an extensive plan to repurpose 5000 square acres across town, also known as the  Naval Weapons station. Here are some of the details of the Concord Reuse Project Plan to transform the Naval Weapons Station:

  • 6 million square feet of office and commercial space
  • 120 acres for a research facility or an academic campus
  • 12,000 housing units

The city of Concord also has 3 million square feet of existing office space available downtown near the Concord BART station.

Sign #2: BART

BART, or the Bay Area Rapid Transit, connects the city of San Francisco with the surrounding counties of Alameda, San Mateo, and Contra Costa- where Concord is located. BART makes transportation to and from the downtown area of Concord easy and efficient.

Companies looking to invest in the city of Concord should consider how a public transportation system increases the value of an area. Employees are attracted by easy solutions to get to and from work. With a growing global consciousness about the environment, many people look to greener solutions for transportation other than personal vehicles.

Sign #3: Class A Office Space

Concord offers Class A office space more competitively than any other city in the Bay Area. There are qualifying factors to be a Class A office space:

  • Well located
  • Best construction available
  • High-quality building infrastructure
  • Aesthetically pleasing inside and out
  • Professionally managed

Class A office space is 50% less expensive in Concord than in Walnut Creek and 4 times less than the same space in San Francisco. Concord even offers free parking. Combining the Class A office space with the reasonable home prices, multiple options for transportation and an educated workforce, Concord is steep competition for any city in the Bay Area looking to attract businesses to invest.

Sign #4: Helpful City Government

The city of Concord is highly motivated to help companies, small and large, save time and money when moving into Concord. The Concord Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development center are renowned for their one-stop permit services.

Concord’s leadership is eager to work with businesses to offer incentives and grants along with other developmental tools to make the growth of your business and the city of Concord the best possible arrangement. Some of these incentives and grants include:

  • Research and Development Tax Credit
  • California Energy Commission PIER Program
  • Industrial Development Bond Program for Equipment and Facilities
  • Contra Costa County Workforce Development Program

Sequoia Signs is ready to help your business move into the city of Concord. We provide the best quality custom signs for Concord and the entire Bay Area. Give us a call today to see how we can help you design and execute your company’s signs for your growing business.

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