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Dog Travel Season in Napa Valley
Koki at Cuvaison Estate Wines, Napa - Photo Credit: annalynnc (CC)

It's Dog Travel Season in Napa Valley

Just saying the words “Napa Valley” is enough to conjure the good life—and what makes the good life even better at this time of year is elbow room. The valley exhales in winter. Hotels offer their lowest rates of the year, restaurant reservations are easy to come by and you’re likely to find yourself (and your dog) among just a few guests in a popular tasting room. Here are our suggestions for visiting Napa Valley during what locals call "Cabernet Season."

Where to Nod Off With Nina

Westin Verasa - Photo Credit: Sarah_Ackerman (CC)
Westin Verasa - Photo Credit: Sarah_Ackerman (CC)

While there aren’t quite as many lodging properties in the Napa Valley as there are wineries, the options, from luxury resort properties to charming B&Bs to all manner of hotels, can still overwhelm. Where to start? With your budget, of course. more »

Weatherproof Wine Tasting With Your Dog

Xena and Willow at Clos Pegase Winery. Photo Credit: @xenaandwillow
Xena and Willow at Clos Pegase Winery. Photo Credit: @xenaandwillow

Wineries in the Napa Valley number in the hundreds, and it’s a rare facility open to the public that turns away imbibers with leashes in hand. While some facilities relegate four-legged guests to their picnic grounds, others invite furry friends to belly up to the bar with their people (yes, Lucy, that’s a jar of treats on the counter…). Here are some weatherproof suggestions for winter wine tasting with a dog at your side. more »

Gourmet Chow-downs With Your Pup

Dining doggie
Dining doggie

The dog-friendly attitudes that prevail at Napa Valley wineries extend to many of the region’s famous restaurants, as well, meaning that as long as the weather is fair, you can dine at an outdoor table with Bodie at your side. Let’s start with the dog-friendly, Michelin-recognized places first. more »

All Paws Welcome on the Napa Valley Vine Trail

On the trail - Photo Credit: @nvvinetrail
On the trail - Photo Credit: @nvvinetrail

Looking for ways to combine hiking with wine tasting and a really tasty lunch? A new opportunity for DogTrekkers awaits along the newly inaugurated Napa Valley Vine Trail, a paved, multiuse path that eventually will stretch 47 miles from the Vallejo ferry terminal to Calistoga. For now, a 12.5-mile segment from Napa’s Kennedy Park to the tony enclave of Yountville is ready for feet, paws and bicycles, with only a short stretch requiring a detour onto city streets. more »

Pawsport Napa Valley is Back!

Pawsport Napa Valley is Back!

Pawsport Napa Valley returns May 18-21, 2017, benefiting Napa Humane. Springtime in Napa Valley, dog-friendly wineries and a great cause — what could be sweeter for you and your pup?

Pawsport is a four-day weekend of dog-friendly wine tasting, and each $75 Pawsport gets you $500 worth of exclusive wine tastings and winery discounts, not to mention dog treats, souvenirs, and lots more.  more »

Napa Humane 2017

Napa Humane 2017

Since we last checked in with Napa Humane, they've been working hard for the critters of Napa Valley. Besides working with local shelters and rescues to get dogs (and other species) into loving forever homes, Napa Humane offers community support resources to keep pets well and happy with the families they've already got—and prevent them from landing in the shelter system in the first place. more »

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Marin Humane Gala 2017

Marin Humane Gala 2017 promises to be a night of dramatic and inspiring storytelling about the animals—and people—whose lives are changed by the work of Marin’s oldest nonprofit organization. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

SF SPCA Pop-Up
February 1, 2017 to February 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
San Francisco, California 94111
Map & directions

San Rafael

Marin Humane Gala 2017
March 4, 2017 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
333 Biscayne Dr., San Rafael, California 94901
Map & directions

San Jose

7th Annual Bay Area Pet Expo™
March 11, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
344 Tully Rd., San Jose, California 95111
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San Jose

7th Annual Bay Area Pet Expo™
March 12, 2017 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
344 Tully Rd., San Jose, California 95111
Map & directions

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Canine Dental Health

Healthy teeth, happy dog! Photo Credit: Rennett Stowe (CC)
Dental development

Dogs have a set of baby teeth and a set of adult teeth just like people do. more »

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