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 through 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.
Photo Credit: Dog & Pony Ranch
DogTrekker showcases many different types of lodging and family experiences, but none quite compares with the farm stay adventure at Dog & Pony Ranch in Amador County. Maya, DogTrekker.com’s Director of Barketing, loves hiking on the 60-acre ranch, swimming in the dog-friendly pond, getting nose-to-nose with the horses, llamas, mini-donkeys and chickens (extensive fencing keeps dogs safely separated) and spending the evenings with her parents in the luxury lodge style home. The two-bedroom, 1,700-square-foot, single-story lodge, which sleeps up to six, has many amenities (including a jetted soaking tub and double shower). There’s also an option to rent just the 800-square-foot guest master suite and multi-use rec room. Only one party at a time is accommodated, so you and yours will be the only guests with either option. Hosted stays can include barn animal feeding, petting and learning plus romantic surprises and, ahem, “marriage proposal assistance” where your dog delivers a ring! Have your own horses? Bring ‘em along or ride one of the Ranch horses! Dog-friendly was top of mind with the property was developed. In addition to the swimming pond, hiking trails and other amenities on the property, the home has easy-to-clean stained concrete or tile floors and furniture that repels pet hair. Both the hosted guest house when the innkeepers are in residence and the private vacation rental if you or your dog need more privacy are easy to view and book on the Dog & Pony Ranch calendar. more »
Andis Wines - Photo Credit: @twopups_and_a_baby
This beautiful, rolling county southeast of Sacramento is highly regarded both for its wines and historic towns like Sutter Creek and Plymouth that beg lingering. Six dog-friendly wineries on the Amador County Wine Trail are situated in or near Plymouth, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley wine region. more »
Shenandoah Valley, Amador County
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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 »