California Wine Country

California Wine Country

California’s wonderful year-round weather is as good for the wine we produce as it is for those who live and visit here. Abundant sunshine assures a long grape-growing season and world-class wines and vineyards that DogTrekkers and their four-legged companions find irresistible.

For detailed information about the area you're interested in visiting this fall, click on it in the map below.

Mendocino San Luis Obispo Sonoma Lake County Napa Yolo Livermore Valley Santa Cruz Monterey Sacramento Nevada Placer El Dorado El Dorado Calaveras readers have told us that visiting a winery with their dogs is the No. 1 attraction they enjoy. This map will help you explore California's wine growing regions. Our favorites include Napa Valley, Mendocino County, Sonoma County, Livermore Valley (Tri-Valley), Sacramento and the Gold Country and our partners on the Central Coast, Santa Cruz County and San Luis Obispo County.


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White Wine On A Winter’s Day

Navarro Vineyards - Photo Credit: @goldens_flutie_ferris
Navarro Vineyards - Photo Credit: @goldens_flutie_ferris

Mendocino County’s 47 wineries produce many reds, of course, but crisp viogniers and other whites are also specialties of the region. If visiting in winter, when inclement weather is a possibility, you might want to do a little homework in advance to select establishments that welcome dogs in their tasting rooms as well as in their outdoor picnic areas. more »

The Dining With Dog Conundrum

Oreo dines at Stanford Inn by the Sea. Photo Credit:
Oreo dines at Stanford Inn by the Sea. Photo Credit:

While most Mendocino County restaurants with outdoor dining venues allow dogs to curl up under the table with their owners, winter weather can throw that option a curve ball. In inclement weather when patios aren’t open, your pup can always wait in the car while you dine. Or—if you know in advance—you can take an unconventional route to an indoor venue. more »

Dog-Friendly Lodging For You and Yours

Dogs at play, Beachcomber Motel & Spa
Dogs at play, Beachcomber Motel & Spa

Mendocino County is big and diverse, but there’s something extra-soothing about making base camp within sight or sound of the sea. Settle into a king pet suite at the Beachcomber Motel & Spa in Fort Bragg, and both you and your four-legged loved one will enjoy direct access to the fenced, off-leash dog park right outside. Two suites have doggie doors opening onto gated outdoor kennels, and all pet suites come with a doghouse, pet beds and other woof-friendly amenities (not to mention fireplaces, microwaves, refrigerators and giant TVs for human occupants). more »

Fall Trekking in the SLO Lane

Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)
Benni in Morro Bay. Photo Credit: Bennilover (CC)

San Luis Obispo County encompasses just about everything California is known for, from mountains to ocean to wine country to laid-back vibe. Sure, you can shoot down from the Bay Area on Interstate 5 and Highway 46, but it’s much more rewarding to take the slow lane (Highway 101) all the way to Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and beyond. more »

Set the Scene in Santa Cruz County

Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams
Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams

Just a short hop south of the Bay Area, Santa Cruz County is diverse and exceedingly dog-friendly. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to dog-friendly lodging and dining—as well as other options for a yappy, outdoor-centric getaway. Here are some suggestions to get tails a’wagging. more »

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Auburn, California 95603
Phone: (530) 823-5166

Blue Oak Veterinary Hospital
125 Peek St., Ste. E
Jackson, California 95642
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9801 Old Winery Pl.
Sacramento, California 95827
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1002 Highway 68
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875 Oklahoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, California 93405
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Folsom, California 95630
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Banfield Pet Hospital
2375 Iron Point Rd
Folsom, California 95630
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Folsom, California 95630
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