Dog-loving residents of Oakland
have it all: tons of bars and restaurants with dog-friendly outdoor seating; an overall welcoming attitude toward canines; five fenced and five unfenced off-leash play areas; and a wealth of open-space trails, many of which don’t require leashes away from developed areas. If what you’re after is a hip, urban vibe with lots of canine-accommodating amenities, this is the place!
Want to visit some cool dog-friendly wineries? While Oakland's Urban Wine Trail
features wineries that are housed in renovated warehouse spaces, the wine quality is second to none as the grapes are sourced from all over California's Wine Country.
Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo Credit: @rufiosf
Don’t come to Oakland or the Tri-Valley without your hiking shoes! You’ll need them, along with a leash, to explore open-space preserves more »
Jagger D'Wagger exploring Danville. Photo Credit: @catlovesjaggerdwagger
Northern California’s love affair with craft beer and local wines just keeps getting stronger, with new breweries and wineries springing up all over Oakland and the Tri-Valley region. more »
Drake's Dealership date with Leopold. Photo Credit: Alysha M. Hoffman
If what you like in an outing with your dog is a hip, urban vibe with lots of canine-accommodating amenities, look no farther than Oakland. more »
Jack London Square
Summer days are great for long, lingering meals on the tail end of an outing with your pet. Lake Merritt, the large tidal lagoon in the center of town, is one of Oakland’s most popular jogging and dog-walking venues and a great place to go for a leg-stretch. Linger over an upscale lunch or dinner at Lake Chalet Seafood Bar
, a special-occasion venue; or indulge in Italian comfort food at Barlago Italian Kitchen
, where heated outdoor tables take the chill off the often brisk marine air. Tuesday-Friday happy hours feature discounted draft beers, wine and antipasti specials. more »
Benson out and about in Oaktown. (CC) Dave Schumaker.
Some cities roll out the “No Dogs Allowed” signs rather than the welcome mat when it comes to public gatherings. But not Oakland, which sports a “come one, come all” attitude that draws people and pets from all over the Bay Area. Oakland’s summer calendar is jam-packed with dog-friendly events. Here are five to put on your calendar: more »