Say Hello to Yolo! The vibrant cities of Davis, Winters, and Woodland, plus the outlying communities in the gorgeous countryside, all have something to offer all year round. And whether it's dining in sidewalk cafes, exploring the natural beauty by touring verdant farmlands or walking quiet creek-side trails, you and your pups are sure to have a doggone good time in Yolo County.
Check out the dog-friendly Yolo County Wine Trail.
A delicate floral nose...
Sometimes a lovely May day beckons with a leisurely stroll, rather than a full-on hike. For DogTrekkers who enjoy spring blooms, few places bring richer rewards than the UC Davis Arboretum, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanical gardens bordering a paved path that runs for almost two miles along Putah Creek, a scenic stream burbling through the university campus on the edge of dog-friendly Davis. With so many plants in flower, you’ll have as many aromas to sniff as your dog, whose nose will naturally gravitate to places yours doesn’t. more »
In Yolo County, Interstate 80 runs right past the UC Davis campus and within ball-throwing distance of Sudwerk
, one of the state’s pioneering craft breweries. It’s worth making a DogTrekking date with both. On campus, take a stroll through the UC Davis Arboretum
, 100 acres of meticulously curated botanic gardens along the banks of Putah Creek, which flows through the sprawling campus. more »
Yolo County, best known as the home of UC Davis, is also an emerging wine region bursting with dog-friendly surprises. Start your explorations in the south part of the county along Highway 160, the “River Road.” A major destination here (and one perfect for a rainy day) is the Old Sugar Mill
, a repurposed beet-processing factory housing 10 dog-friendly tasting rooms and hosting special events many weekends. Nearby Miner’s Leap Winery
features a beautifully landscaped, dog-friendly outdoor seating area beside a picturesque old barn housing the winery.
New on the scene in the Clarksburg region is Julietta Winery
, whose tasting room, flanked with covered patios, is tucked into a bucolic rural landscape. Wines are made mostly from Napa-sourced grapes, and there’s often live music on Sundays. more »
Put your arm around your pooch and savor the fresh air, food and valley views to be enjoyed from Sacramento RiverTrain
’s dog-friendly open-air cars. Three-hour, themed daytime trips feature wine or beer tastings, picnics, “great train robberies,” pumpkin-patch visits more »
Yolo County - Photo: Robert Couse-Baker (CC)
You can’t know what you’re missing if you don’t pull off the highway, and for DogTrekkers speeding through Yolo County
on Interstate 80, there are myriad reasons to put on the brakes and clip on the leash. Youthful Davis
and historic downtown Winters
have been undergoing a renaissance of late, with dog-friendly patio dining and winery tasting rooms providing new excuses to explore and linger with your four-legged friend. Dog-friendly Woodland
is all about history and fun. more »