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.
Senior dog from Muttville
Rhonda Stallings, DVM, Arroyo Veterinary Hospital
You may be noticing that your lovely pup is getting grey around the muzzle, slowing down, or just not their usual happy self. Just like humans, pets age – but faster. By seven years of age, your dog can be considered a “senior” pet, but it can live many more years with a good quality of life because of advances in veterinary medicine. more »
Camping in California is surging in popularity with DogTrekkers, in part because privately owned campgrounds such as the award-winning San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA
have diversified to offer not just RV camping, but tent sites, camping cabins, dog-friendly full service lodges and resort amenities that appeal to a wide variety of vacationers. more »
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 »