If you live in the Bay Area, you won’t have to put many miles on your car to explore some of the often overlooked dog-friendly communities in Sonoma County. From urban delights to rolling hills and glorious stretches of coastline, the county’s west side is doggone delightful. Before setting out, please note that Sonoma County requires all dogs in public places, including parks and beaches, to be licensed.
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RV Camping in Bodega Bay. Photo:Lisa Frischeisen
Follow the Pacific coast through Sonoma County and you’ll find plenty of gorgeous scenery to share with your best friend. Bodega Bay makes an ideal hub for discovering the region’s many attributes. Bed down at a dog-friendly property such as Bodega Coast Inn & Suites
, Sonoma Coast Villa & Spa
, Bay Hill Mansion B&B
or Bodega Bay RV Park
and prepare to get sandy, as you’ll likely be exploring nearby beaches and coastal trails. more »
Hanging out at the Sebastopol Apple Fair.(CC) e.t.
This West Sonoma County hub is fast becoming a DogTrekker favorite, particularly since the advent of The Barlow
, a dog- and family-friendly shopping district with over 38 outlets connecting consumers with local artists, food producers, winemakers, distillers and brewers. Tree-lined streets, grassy areas and lots of outdoor seating make it a fun place to explore with your dog at your side. more »
Dogs Playing at the dog park in Petaluma. Photo: LeeAnne Martin
This delightful town on the Petaluma River charms first-time DogTrekkers with a historic downtown whose sidewalks are set about with water bowls for visiting canines. Cuddle up at the historic Hotel Petaluma
to be right in the middle of the action, or move a bit away from the downtown core to the Sheraton Sonoma County Hotel
, where you can relax in a peaceful, resort-like setting. more »
Mack at Hood Mountain Regional Preserve. Photo: Laura Crocker.
Your first stop when visiting Santa Rosa should be the California Welcome Center
in Railroad Square
, where you’ll see a statue of Santa Rosa’s most famous dog, “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz’s Snoopy, and receive a dog bone for your own furry friend. more »
Fun for all at Strut Your Mutt.
On August 23, head for Treasure Island in San Francisco. Once you get there, join the happy throngs converging on the Great Lawn for the second annual Strut Your Mutt
festival, where you, Sadie, and your BFFs can take part in a walk or fun run and raise funds for animal rescue. more »