The largest county in the nine-county Bay Area is also the most diverse from a dog-lover’s point of view. In a single weekend, you and your four-legged friend can wander among ancient redwoods, romp on a national seashore, visit some of the state’s most singular wine-tasting rooms, enjoy patio dining and turn in for the night at a place that doesn’t just tolerate dogs, but actively courts them.
Sonoma County’s laid-back Russian River region is especially renowned for its dog-friendly atmosphere. In summer, happy dogs floating down the river in canoes or kayaks are a common sight. Many restaurants have added patios just to accommodate the dog-travel demographic, while several of the region’s Fido-friendly wineries stage high-profile annual events to benefit shelters and rescue groups.
In urban areas such as Santa Rosa and Petaluma, visitors will find plenty of off-leash dog parks where their furry companions can run off steam. Most regional and state parks welcome dogs on leashes, and only a handful of the county’s gorgeous state beaches are off limits to canine visitors.
So many wineries are dog-friendly these days that it’s rare to visit one without spotting a least a couple of canines wagging their tails while their happy owners swirl and sip. Sprawling Sonoma County offers many ways and places for the two of you to enjoy a wine-centric outing together, and you don’t have to go far from the historic Sonoma Plaza to get started. more »
If you have to ask, the saying goes, you can’t afford it. But if cost is no object and you truly want to impress your Valentine, and your dog, look no farther than Carneros Inn
, a bucolic, luxury retreat surrounded by vineyards in the wine-growing region at the southernmost end of the Napa and Sonoma valleys. more »
DogTrekker.com is proud to bark about one of our early partners, Sonoma County, who was just named the top wine destination in the U.S. by TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards. With more than 370 wineries (over 20 of which are rated by DogTrekker.com as dog-friendly), 55 miles of Pacific coast and dozens of parks Sonoma is one of our top choices for a weekend destination. Throw in 500-plus eateries and 100-plus organic farms and it is no wonder we are raising our paw to Sonoma County. more »
Northern Sonoma County is home to hundreds of wineries, not to mention some doggone breathtaking scenery. Three major appellations are represented by Wine Road, an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Fido’s tail will be wagging no matter which one you choose to nip into on your next wine-tasting weekend.
Do you have a dog that loves the water? Why not let your pooch splash and swim as the first mate in your dog-friendly canoe? Russian River Adventures is Sonoma County’s best dog–passionate eco-adventure offering SOAR Inflatable canoes for a day on the river. Since 2003 thousands of four-legged canoe enthusiasts, and their owners, have enjoyed awesome days dog-paddling down the river.
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Music for Mutts Benefiting Lily's Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary
June 2, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Petaluma, California 94975
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Sonoma County Animal Care & Control Meeting with Pets Lifeline
June 25, 2013 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
100 W. Verano Ave, Sonoma, California 95476
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NorCal Pet Expo
October 19, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa, California 95404
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PetCare East Veterinary Hospital
2425 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, California 95403
Phone: (707) 579-3900
VCA Animal Care Center of Sonoma County
6470 Redwood Drive
Rohnert Park, California 94928
Phone: (707) 584-4343
1370 Fulton Rd
Santa Rosa, California 95401
Phone: (707) 579-5900
Sonoma Humane Society
5345 Hiway 12
Santa Rosa, California 95407
Phone: (707) 542-0882