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Mount Madonna County Park, Santa Clara County
Bring your tent or RV and make a weekend of it, or just come for the day. Any way you slice it, Mount Madonna County Park
, 10 miles west of Gilroy
in Santa Clara County
, contains all the elements, from ocean views to redwood forests, that epitomize Northern California. Spring wildflower season is perhaps the best time to visit this 3,688-acre preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains
, but in winter you'll have the place virtually to yourself. more »
Lots of California wineries welcome dogs, but Kirigin Cellars near Gilroy goes above and beyond. "One of our goals is to be the world's most dog-friendly winery," says Maria Bruhns, who oversees the 94-year-old establishment's tasting room. more »