Stunning vistas, world-class wines, the largest freshwater lake in California, the cleanest air in the U.S. and endless outdoor activities are waiting for you in Lake County.
This Northern California destination sits just north of the San Francisco Bay Area and has just about everything that a DogTrekker needs: wine, water, hiking, dining and local services catering to you and your pup.
Lodging options range from historic and modern hotels to lakefront resorts and lodges, vacation rental homes, family-friendly campgrounds, affordable motels and romantic bed-and-breakfast inns. Lake County is a popular location for weddings, anniversary celebrations, family reunions and special events.
Lake County is also known for producing wines of compelling quality and character. It is an ideal destination for the wine lover, with award-winning wines and dog-friendly wineries and wine tasting rooms that consistently receive rave reviews from visitors. Brew pubs are beginning to populate our communities and olive oil tasting is also popular.
Bed & Barrell at Stonehouse Cellars
“Agritourism”—an agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch—is as old as winemaking in California, yet there aren’t many places where visitors with dogs can spend the night on the premises. Bed & Barrel at Stonehouse Cellars, a winery/tasting room/B&B in Clearlake Oaks, Lake County, is an exception. more »
Blue Fish Cove Resort
Photo Credit: @thekingstonyard
If being on or near the water is a priority on your Lake County vacation, you’ll find options aplenty among the many family-owned and operated cabin resorts situated along the Clear Lake and Blue Lakes shores. Blue Fish Cove Resort on Clear Lake, for example, has pet-friendly cabins with lake views, full kitchens and private BBQ grills, along with amenities including a boat launch, fishing pier, beach, game room and grassy lawn perfect for a (leashed) romp. more »
The Lodge at Blue Lakes
Photo Credit: @nima_and_jasper
Clear Lake, that big puddle of blue in the middle of Lake County, is a popular vacation destination for families, but it’s hardly the only body of water in the vicinity. Blue Lakes (Upper and Lower), just five miles away, are a pair of clear, spring-fed bodies of water ideal for swimming and fishing. Only human-powered craft or those with or electric motors are allowed (speed limit is 5 mph), but you can rent an electric “yacht” or pontoon boat from the Lodge at Blue Lakes and pile the family (dogs included) on board for a great day of cruising about. more »
Langtry Estate & Vineyards - Photo Credit: @embeckwith
While water activities are of course a big attraction in Lake County, more than 30 wineries, most with dog-friendly picnic areas and tasting rooms, welcome visitors in what is one of the fastest growing wine regions in the country. While the region is best known for its sauvignon blancs, petit sirahs and big reds are gaining well deserved cachet. The Lake County wine-growing region blanketing the eastern portion of the county is divided into seven AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), or appellations, each with its own sense of place. more »
Lake County - Photo Credit: @mollylynn21
Summer and fall pass you by? Winter is a wondrous time for both wine tasting and cashing in your hiking chips, so why not take a gamble on an off-the-grid, off-leash destination? We talked about Lake County as “Wine Country Done Differently” in a recent wine country issue, so let’s focus on one of the best places in California for wildlife watching, and at Cache Creek Natural Area, a patchwork of public lands west of Clear Lake, you’re likely to spot bald eagles roosting or soaring and some of California’s last wild tule elk roaming in the rough at this time of year. more »