Amador County is extremely pet friendly; whether in town, at the wineries, hiking the foothills, or attending local events. Accommodations are available throughout the county for you and your four legged companion all year long.
From hiking trails, to lakes and rivers for swimming, whether you come for the day, the weekend, or a long vacation, Amador County offers adventures, history, scenic vistas, dog-friendly wineries, and a great place to romp.
Visit Amador County
. Discover the serenity of Amador County… where sounds of footsteps on the boardwalks echo off the overhanging balconies. Lean on a hitching post, where dirt once supported the hooves of horses. Imagine a time past, yet preserved, in the small communities that still dot these rolling hills.
Elevations from 200 feet to 9,000 feet make Amador County an endless playground anytime of the year. Amador is an oasis of relaxation, history and fun.
Staying in style.
Pitch your tent in a campground along a stream and pan for gold as the first settlers did, or slumber in a historic home on a feather bed surrounded by modern luxuries.
Food for thought
. A stroll though Amador's communities will lead you to locally owned restaurants and cafes, each with a unique flavor.
Sin with the Zin!
The silenced mines of Amador County have been replaced with world-class wines of the Shenandoah Valley and Amador County.
Shenandoah Valley, Amador County
Photo Credit: @jeffersonthedood
Follow Highway 49 south through Amador County for yet another take on Gold Country. You’ll find lodging at historic, dog-friendly establishments like Hanford House in Sutter Creek, the Imperial Hotel in Amador City and the St. George Hotel in the historic hamlet of Volcano, as well as contemporary Days Inn and Best Western properties. You’ll want to make a weekend of it, as the No. 1 attractions, wine and food, demand lingering. more »
Photo Credit: @lillytheaussie
Almost every public campground in California is dog-friendly, but that doesn’t mean your dog is welcome to hike with you, even on a leash. At most state and national parks, dogs are confined to paved paths, fire roads and picnic areas. If those rules don’t fit your free-roaming style, take heart: There are plenty of other places to camp and hike with your best four-legged friend. Here are two campground-rich areas in Northern California that get the DogTrekker paw of approval. more »
Baiocchi Wines - Photo Credit: @krispix3
Amador County, best known for its robust zinfandels and barberas, celebrates big reds with its annual Barbera Festival, an outdoor sip-and-stroll event set this year for Sept. 16 at Terra d’Oro/Montevina Winery in the foothill town of Plymouth. More than 80 wineries from all over the state will be pouring, while top restaurants will offer samples of their fare. Artists, musicians and vendors will of course be on hand, too. If you can guarantee your dog will be a good dog in a crowded situation, bring her along (but be sure to keep her leashed, provide water and—you know the drill—pick up after her immediately should the need arise). more »
Kona Bear visits Andis Winery. Photo Credit: @konabear_wolfdog
If there’s one part of California wine country getting an exceptional amount of buzz this past year, it’s Amador County—and specifically the Shenandoah Valley AVA, best known for its robust zinfandels. Most of the 20-plus wineries in this relatively compact area welcome dogs in their picnic areas if not their tasting rooms, but you’ll want to get settled into the night’s lodging before setting out to sip and swirl. more »
Penny and Kona, Mono Lake, CA. Photo Credit: @pianogin
There are many ways to get to the High Sierra, all of them scenic, some a little more leisurely and winding than others. If time permits and you like lots of diversion on a road trip, follow the Golden Chain Highway (aka Highway 49) south through Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa counties before cutting east through Yosemite National Park and taking Highway 20 (the Tioga Road) up and over 9,943-foot Tioga Pass. more »