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.
Nut Tree - Photo Credit: @tankjanssen
When it’s mealtime in Vacaville, you’ll find many casual, dog-friendly options, from pizza and barbecue to Mexican, Italian and sandwich shops. Your most engaging option, however, might be the Nut Tree, a 72-acre, mixed-use development with retail space and 26 food and craft-beer options, many with dog-friendly outdoor seating. more »
Alamo Creek Bike Trail - Photo Credit: @makinusmile
Yes it’s primarily a bike path, but dog walkers will find much to enjoy along the shaded, 4.4-mile Alamo Creek Bikeway, which meanders through southern Vacaville and connects several municipal parks, including Nelson, Patwin and Beelard. Want to keep going? The trail intersects the Southside Bikeway connecting downtown Vacaville to the north and Al Patch Park (sports fields and restrooms!) to the south. more »
Coco at BackRoad Vines
Photo Credit: @coco.bean.frenchie
Taken aback by prices at Napa and Sonoma hotels? Stay in Vacaville at half the price and visit Napa, Sonoma or the nearby Suisun Valley Rustic Wine Country on a daytrip. At DogTrekker.com, we list nine dog-friendly lodging options, including the Hampton Inn & Suites Vacaville/Napa Valley, which doesn’t charge extra for pets, includes a hot breakfast in the rates and offers a “puppy love” package, as well. more »
Lagoon Valley/Peña Adobe Regional Park
Photo Credit: @itskalinotcali
Don’t you love it when you stumble upon something great that you never knew about before? That’s the feeling that takes over upon entering Lagoon Valley/Peña Adobe Regional Park, a 470-acre preserve just off Interstate 80 between Vacaville and Fairfield. more »
Clancy's Pumpkin Patch - Photo Credit: @littlecooperbear
What’s Halloween without a visit to a pumpkin patch, especially if the pumpkin patch doubles as a seasonal family theme park? Largest in Northern California is Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, offering enough activities to keep tails wagging all day. more »