Dog-friendly San Francisco Bay Area

San Francisco Bay Area

The 9-county San Francisco Bay Area just may be the most dog-friendly region in the world. From the coastal counties of San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and San Mateo where you'll find beautiful beaches to the hip, urban vibe with lots of canine-accommodating amenities in Oakland and the East Bay, this is the place!

The Bay Area is also your gateway to the beautiful wine country featuring Sonoma County, Napa Valley, the Livermore Valley and the Suisun Valley Wineries where everyone, two-legged and four, is welcome. Looking for a reasonably-priced place to stay while wine-tasting, check out Vacaville.

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Unsure about your dog on a train? Try a small-scale starter train

Redwood Valley Railroad in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. Photo by David McSpadden (CC).
Redwood Valley Railroad in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. Photo by David McSpadden (CC).

Don’t know if your dog will like riding the rails? You can always try a training ride on the Tilden/Redwood Valley Railway in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. It’s an authentic miniature steam train featuring more than 30 pieces of rolling stock. Call ahead if bringing a dog.

One of the East Bay Regional Park District’s three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. more »

Go take a hike: dog-friendly trails and parks in Gilroy, CA

Levee Trail. Photo by Visit Gilroy.
Levee Trail. Photo by Visit Gilroy.

Looking for some fun outdoor adventures you can share with your dog? Plan a getaway to Gilroy, California and find plenty of dog-friendly parks and hiking trails to explore. You will also find some nice camping options in the area. more »

Eat, drink and be hairy: dog-friendly restaurants and wineries in Gilroy, CA

Fernwood Cellars. Photo by Visit Gilroy.
Fernwood Cellars. Photo by Visit Gilroy.

Gilroy is fortunate to have many dog-friendly restaurants and wineries. No need to leave your dog behind to enjoy a tasty meal away from home—you can just wine and dine al fresco. Since Gilroy has a mild Mediterranean climate, you can enjoy a great Gilroy getaway with your pets any time of year. more »

Sit and stay: dog-friendly hotels and RV parks in Gilroy, CA

Best Western Plus loves dogs. Photo by Visit Gilroy.
Best Western Plus loves dogs. Photo by Visit Gilroy.

Whether you are planning to bring your dog along on a west coast road trip or a quick weekend getaway, you will find plenty of dog-friendly places to stay overnight in Gilroy, California. And you’ll also find lots of fun for your four-legged friends while you’re here! more »

Vacaville is wine country with an affordable twist

Lagoon Valley Park.
Lagoon Valley Park.

Dreaming of a wine country getaway without the premium lodging prices of Napa Valley and Sonoma County? Here’s an insider’s tip for DogTrekkers: Base yourself in Vacaville. Close to both established and emerging wineries, this Northern California community lives up to its “Small. In a Big Way” tagline.

Vacaville is just 45 miles from Sonoma and 30 miles from Napa—and, it’s about 15 miles from the wineries of Suisun Valley. Grapes have grown here since the 1880s, and newer tasting rooms are thriving throughout the valley. Explore by day, and then put paws to pillows at one of nine affordable, dog-friendly lodging options in vibrant Vacaville. more »

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