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, and the Livermore Valley, where everyone, two-legged and four, is welcome.

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Outdoor Gilroy: More Than Just Garlic!

Outdoor Gilroy: More Than Just Garlic!

Gilroy, a small city near the coast in Santa Clara County, might be known as the garlic capital of the world, but it’s also filled with dog-friendly open spaces ideal for spring exploration. Mount Madonna County Park, encompassing 4,605 acres 10 miles west of Gilroy, rising to 1,900 feet in elevation and offering panoramic views of highly varied terrain. For a good workout, choose the Sprig Lake Trail, which has an elevation gain of 600 feet over 3 miles. more »

Benicia Gift Card Program 2020 Supports Local Businesses

Shop Benicia
Shop Benicia

The City of Benicia has long been a DogTrekker favorite for daytrips and the occasional overnight stay. This hidden gem of the San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia has it all: a quaint, historic downtown, wonderful "retail therapy" shopping and lots of dog-friendly fun.

The City has now launched Shop Benicia, an eGift Card program designed to reward people for supporting small local retailers in Benicia while providing the public with a safe and convenient holiday shopping experience. The gift cards can be redeemed at any participating business in the city.

Cards can be purchased online, used personally  or sent to loved ones as gifts via email or text messages. In addition, the City has donated $10,000 of free bonus gift cards for gift cards purchased from Shop Benicia. Purchased cards never expire, City bonus cards expire February 28, 2021. more »

Dog-Friendly Surprises in Solano County

Maya & Friends
Maya & Friends

Taken aback by prices at Napa and Sonoma hotels and wineries? Stay in Vacaville at half the price (or, just make it a day-trip) and visit nearby Suisun Valley Rustic Wine Country, a verdant Solano County agricultural region where you’ll find numerous dog-friendly wineries offering outdoor, socially distanced tasting opportunities. more »

Explore the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Dogs Welcome Along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail
Dogs Welcome Along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Now here’s a wine region that’s hiding in plain sight. The Santa Clara Valley (also known as Silicon Valley) is one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions and home to some 34 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly.

The city of Gilroy, known for its famous garlic festival, is your home base for exploring the region; just follow the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail signage to craft your own tour. more »

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

The Contra Costa County town of Concord calls itself a “Northern California Original,” and it’s easy to see why. With a booming craft brew scene, creative dining options and a thriving music scene (it’s the birthplace of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the Concord record label), quick access to thousands of acres of open space and massive Mount Diablo looming in its backyard, it’s an East Bay oasis for outdoorsy types. more »

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Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

DogFest 2021 - 1st Virtual Doggie Dash
April 19, 2021 to April 25, 2021

San Francisco, California 94117
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Tailwags & Handbags, An Online Benefit for Pets Lifeline
April 26, 2021 to May 3, 2021

Sonoma, California 95476
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Walnut Creek

ARF's Animals on Broadway Virtual Pet Festival & fundraiser
May 23, 2021 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Walnut Creek, California 94598
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Berkeley Humane Pints for Paws®
June 5, 2021
Berkeley, California 94710
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Emergency Services

Animal Internal Medicine & Specialty Services
1333 9th Ave
San Francisco, California 94122
Phone: (415) 566-0540

Amador Valley Veterinary Hospital
1809 Santa Rita Rd., Ste. M
Pleasanton, California 94566
Phone: (925) 462-3646

Big Dog Rescue - Penngrove

Penngrove, California 94951
Phone: (707) 665-0332

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