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.
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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.
Image courtesy of Visit Folsom
Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River. Cuddle up in dog-friendly lodging and spend a weekend exploring with your four-legged friend. Get your bearings on Sutter Street (the main drag), where you can soak up some local motion at a dog-friendly taproom or restaurant. more »
Take your pup to the Clarksburg Wine Trail
Just 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, the scenic Sacramento River Delta opens up, city life slows to a crawl and the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area offers all kind of dog-friendly, small-batch wine-tasting experiences, along with a few good places to eat. If you’re not from Sacramento, it’s probably all new to you, so take a leisurely drive of discovery and find out more. more »
Dogs & families love Apple Hill
While parts of El Dorado County were impacted by the Caldor Fire in August and September, the Apple Hill Growers region north of Placerville (about 45 minutes from Sacramento on Highway 50) was spared. It’s 50-odd member farms, wineries and other establishments (almost all of them dog-friendly) kicked off the 2021 season in early September with regional events, individual grower events, kids’ activities and pumpkin patches galore. more »
Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure. Hundreds of labeled plants from around the world make this shady park a garden enthusiast’s delight, while somber memorials recall sacrifices made in war. Plus, there are great dog-friendly hotels nearby, like The Citizen Hotel, Best Western Plus Sutter House, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, The Westin Sacramento and others. more »
Bella visits the capital, image courtesy of Duroncelet
As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities: