The Central Valley is both California’s breadbasket and a jumping-off point for excursions to wine country, Gold Country
, the Bay Area
and Lake Tahoe
. Thanks to our friends at dog-friendly Visit Vacaville
for supporting the Central Valley Region pages on DogTrekker.com.
The Central Valley comprises parts of 11 counties and stretches from Kern County in the south to Vacaville
and Yolo County
just west of Sacramento, plus Glenn and Yuba Counties further north.
Check out the dog-friendly Yolo County Wine Trail
A delicate floral nose...
Sometimes a lovely May day beckons with a leisurely stroll, rather than a full-on hike. For DogTrekkers who enjoy spring blooms, few places bring richer rewards than the UC Davis Arboretum, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanical gardens bordering a paved path that runs for almost two miles along Putah Creek, a scenic stream burbling through the university campus on the edge of dog-friendly Davis. With so many plants in flower, you’ll have as many aromas to sniff as your dog, whose nose will naturally gravitate to places yours doesn’t. more »
If you’re one for “spoke and wheel” getaways, the centrally located state capital makes a great hub for day trips throughout the region. Of course, you and Sparky might find so much to do that you won’t even want to leave town. more »
In Yolo County, Interstate 80 runs right past the UC Davis campus and within ball-throwing distance of Sudwerk
, one of the state’s pioneering craft breweries. It’s worth making a DogTrekking date with both. On campus, take a stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum
, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanic gardens along the banks of Putah Creek, which flows through the sprawling campus. more »
Don’t you love it when you stumble across something great that you never knew about before? That’s the feeling that takes over upon entering Lagoon Valley Park
, 470 acres of open space just off Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Fairfield. The park includes the historic Pena Adobe, oldest structure in Solano County; plus picnic areas and a hiking trail that will take you and your leashed friend 2.5 miles around the namesake lake. There’s also a fenced, off-leash dog park. Another prize find for DogTrekkers is Rockville Hills Regional Park more »
Yolo County, best known as the home of UC Davis, is also an emerging wine region bursting with dog-friendly surprises. Start your explorations in the south part of the county along Highway 160, the “River Road.” A major destination here (and one perfect for a rainy day) is the Old Sugar Mill
, a repurposed beet-processing factory housing 10 dog-friendly tasting rooms and hosting special events many weekends. Nearby Miner’s Leap Winery
features a beautifully landscaped, dog-friendly outdoor seating area beside a picturesque old barn housing the winery.
New on the scene in the Clarksburg region is Julietta Winery
, whose tasting room, flanked with covered patios, is tucked into a bucolic rural landscape. Wines are made mostly from Napa-sourced grapes, and there’s often live music on Sundays. more »