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.
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 »
Winery life, Laujor Estate Winery. Photo Credit: @laujorestatewinery
Lake County is dominated by – you got it – one of the largest bodies of water in the state. But Clear Lake, a popular vacation destination, is just one piece of a diverse county that is coming on strong as a fast-growing wine region with laid-back (and dog-friendly) appeal.
The Lake County wine-growing region blanketing the eastern portion of the county is further divided into seven AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), or appellations, each with its own sense of place. While best known for its sauvignon blancs, petite sirahs and big reds like tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon are gaining well deserved cachet. more »
Field of vines in Lake County. (CC) SP8254
The map of Lake County
is dominated by Clear Lake, a popular vacation spot with many dog-friendly places to cuddle up for a night or two with your best friend.
Water activities are of course a big attraction, but a wine industry has flourished here since the 1850s, and the region that calls itself California’s Undiscovered Wine Country
encourages visitors to explore its high-elevation wineries and in-town tasting rooms. more »
There it sits, a big blue puddle on the map about 75 miles due north of Santa Rosa. When’s the last time you and your furry sidekick visited Clear Lake, in Lake County? more »
We’ve all seen photos of bald eagles, but how many of us have had the thrill of spotting them in the wild? Cache Creek Natural Area, a patchwork of lands southwest of Williams and west of Clear Lake in Lake, Colusa and Yolo counties, is an off-the-beaten-track destination for DogTrekkers, to be sure. But the opportunity to spy eagles and elk while romping in the rough makes it a great winter hiking destination. more »