Many Northern California residents and visitors blast through Solano County without ever turning off Interstate 80. And that’s a shame, because beyond the urban areas lies a largely rural region richly endowed with farms, wineries and public lands ready for you and your pup to explore.
Whether you follow segments of the Bay Area Ridge Trail
, look for elk at Grizzly Island Wildlife Area, hike to your heart’s content at Benicia State Recreation Area
or hole up waterside and watch ships pass through the Carquinez Strait, you won’t run out of new sights to see with your dog at your side.
A favorite destination for canines and their people is Benicia, a waterfront town named by Dog Fancy magazine as one of the nation’s top 10 most accommodating communities for canines. But the biggest surprise, perhaps, is Suisun Valley, a short drive from Vacaville
, and a verdant agricultural area with dog-friendly wineries, farmstands and even pumpkin patches where you can sample home-grown produce and introduce to new sights and smells.
Tiny Tawny in Vacaville. Photo Credit: Brendon Connelly
Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their picnic areas. more »
Don’t you love it when you stumble across something great that you never knew about before? That’s the feeling that takes over upon entering Lagoon Valley Park
, 470 acres of open space just off Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Fairfield. The park includes the historic Pena Adobe, oldest structure in Solano County; plus picnic areas and a hiking trail that will take you and your leashed friend 2.5 miles around the namesake lake. There’s also a fenced, off-leash dog park. Another prize find for DogTrekkers is Rockville Hills Regional Park more »
An attraction of pastoral and historic interest easily accessible from Vacaville is Rush Ranch Open Space
a 2,070-acre open space now administered by the Solano Land Trust.
Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their people around the complex of historic ranch buildings where interpretive activities are staged on the third Saturday of each month. more »
People and pups interested in history have a couple of great options within a half-hour’s drive. The Western Railway Museum
, on a rural stretch of Highway 12, is a fascinating living-history museum that aims to help visitors envision what transportation in Northern California was like a hundred years ago.
Well behaved tail-waggers also are invited to join their people on an electric train trip through the peaceful Montezuma Hills over the original historic main line of the Sacramento Northern Railway. Bring a picnic to enjoy at this great family destination! more »
Photo Credit: Liz Anderson
Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their picnic areas. Wooden Valley Winery’s
courtyard patio is an especially pleasant place to sit and sip with your pooch. more »