Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County

Dog Friendly in Santa Clara County15 communities comprise Santa Clara County and the Silicon Valley. A must-visit for DogTrekkers is San Jose’s Santana Row, or the park-like, and dog-friendly Stanford Shopping Center.

Santa Clara County is also blessed with tens of thousands of acres of dog-friendly parklands, including those within the Midpeninsula Open Space District. On top of that, virtually every community has a fenced dog park.
 
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Fall is prime wine time

Wine time with the pup
Wine time with the pup

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events.

Find tips and insights on dog-friendly wine areas ripe for visiting:

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Hiding in plain sight: the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Santa Clara Valley wine trail
Santa Clara Valley wine trail

The city of Gilroy is part of the historic Santa Clara Valley, one of California’s oldest wine growing regions and home to more than 35 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly. Even though some of Gilroy’s wineries have been around since the turn of the century, the region is still one of California’s best-kept secrets when it comes to wine tasting! more »

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 »

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 »

Fields of Fun in Gilroy

Dogs running in the field at Kirigin Cellars in GilroyLots of California wineries welcome dogs, but Kirigin Cellars near Gilroy goes above and beyond. "One of our goals is to be the world's most dog-friendly winery," says Maria Bruhns, who oversees the 94-year-old establishment's tasting room. more »

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