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, this is the place!

The Bay Area is also your gateway to the beautiful wine county featuring Sonoma County, Napa Valley and the Tri-Valley Region, where everyone, two-legged and four, are welcome.

Sonoma County Marin County Napa Valley and Calistoga San Mateo County Santa Clara County East Bay San Francisco
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Set the Scene in Santa Cruz County

Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams
Loki in Santa Cruz. Photo Credit: Kim Williams

Just a short hop south of the Bay Area, Santa Cruz County is diverse and exceedingly dog-friendly. Variety is the name of the game when it comes to dog-friendly lodging and dining—as well as other options for a yappy, outdoor-centric getaway. Here are some suggestions to get tails a’wagging. more »

The Healing Powers of Healdsburg

Ziggy in Healdsburg. Photo Credit: @rocky_romero
Ziggy in Healdsburg. Photo Credit: @rocky_romero

What’s your pleasure? Cozy inns and memorable meals? Pre-holiday shopping? Wine tasting? You’ll find them all in Healdsburg, a charming and walkable town built around a plaza at the heart of the Russian River Valley. Scores of wineries are within easy striking distance of Healdsburg, but there are so many dog-friendly restaurants and tasting rooms in town (we’re partial to canine-welcoming Topel and Portalupi right on the square) that you might not even get into your vehicle until it’s time to go home. more »

Hiking Hills and Headlands

Marley at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Photo Credit: @tabitha3641
Marley at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Photo Credit: @tabitha3641

Every good bird deserves watching at Bodega Bay, and the 1.2-mile Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail is a great venue for walking your dog while sharpening your identification skills. The trail follows a levee around two ponds in a 14-acre revitalized saltwater marsh area. It connects to Doran Regional Park, a sandy, 120-acre spit that forms the northern border of Bodega Bay and features a 2-mile beach where leashed dogs are welcome to accompany you on an invigorating walk. more »

Hideaways by the Sea

Vader at Bodega Bay. Photo Credit: Danae Henrickson
Vader at Bodega Bay. Photo Credit: Danae Henrickson

There’s nothing like the non-stop sigh of the sea to instill a meditative state of mind. And in Sonoma County, there are dozens of places where you and your pup can bed down to the sound and sight of the restless Pacific. Closest to the Bay Area is Bodega Bay, just an hour and a half north of San Francisco. more »

Sonoma County Trippin’

Bobo at Rocky Memorial Dog Park. Photo Credit: @meagan_sturm
Bobo at Rocky Memorial Dog Park. Photo Credit: @meagan_sturm

You know where they are on the map, but when’s the last time you explored these Sonoma County gems with your four-legged friend? Start in Petaluma, a delightful community with an old-fashioned downtown and, in 9-acre Rocky Memorial Dog Park, one of the largest and most amenity-laden fenced canine playgrounds in the state. more »

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