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Fun on Wheels

All kinds of mobile stores and tours are rolling into town. Catch a few of our faves.


Elizabeth Kinsey

Wine Bus
Hop on Mello Cielo, Ruby Hill Winery’s eccentric red- and-green bus. Kitted out with 14 seats crafted out of wine barrels, the bus takes groups for a 90-minute tour of the history and science of Ruby Hill wines, and to sample past and future vintages and amble through rows of vines. Tours are $25 per person, by appointment. rubyhillwinery.net.

Mobile Man Cave
Kick back inside this souped-up mobile man lounge. Four flat-screen televisions and three satellite receivers mean endless live sports, and there are more than 400 cigars to check out. The CigaRV rolls for bachelor parties, golf tournaments, office parties, you name it. cigarv.com.

Dogs on Wheels
Got after-hours munchies? Hit up Best in Show Mobile Vending carts after your pub crawl. They serve hot dogs (Polish, hot links, chicken apple, garlic), meatball sandwiches, and soups for hungry bar crowds. Parked in front of Mr. Lucky’s in Walnut Creek (Mon.–Sat. 9 p.m.–2 a.m.) and Danville’s Meenar Bar (Thurs.–Sat. 9 p.m.–2 a.m.). bestinshowhotdogs.com.

Bay Area Bookmobile
Step aboard the Lafayette Book Store’s big blue bookmobile. A bookstore on wheels, Big Blue (as it’s known) is a truck that sells books at farmers markets, festivals, schools, and book clubs. lafayettebookstore.com.

“T” Mobile
It’s blue and white, and its name is the Rig. If you spot the hip Oaklandish T-shirt truck, be sure to check out its wares. Hand-printed in Oakland, the iconic city pride shirts (the most famous being those with the oak tree logo) don’t just look cool, they help pay for community projects. The Rig is set up at the Grand Lake farmers market Saturdays 9 a.m.–2 p.m. oaklandish.com.

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