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.
Wooden Valley Winery - Photo Credit: @egoldswo
When it comes to dog-friendly wineries, Suisun Valley wineries in Solano County are just a hop-skip away from Vacaville, San Francisco and Sacramento. This unpretentious “Rustic Wine Country” is one of California’s best-kept secrets and holds many surprises, including regional parks, a half-dozen dog-friendly tasting rooms and lots of farm-stands selling fresh regional produce. more »
Get your tails to Centennial Park in Vacaville to attend its dog park leash-cutting ceremony! The ceremony is on June 29 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be two parks: one for smaller dogs, and one for bigger dogs.
Be one of the first 50 park-goers and take home a free gift for showing up. And make sure to use the hashtag #dogsofvacaville on your socials - you might be featured in Visit Vacaville’s galleries! more »
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 »
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 »