The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California.
Fall brings additional temptations. For one thing, it’s an ideal time of year to go houseboating with your pet on Lake Shasta or nearby Trinity or Oroville lakes. The reservoirs are full, the water warm and the fishing nothing short of epic. Most folks anchor out on a cove (you’ll have one all to yourself at this time of year) and let kids and pets play on shore while the barbecue grill spreads its aromas. Houseboat prices take a steep dive after Labor Day, making the venture much more affordable than during the summer high season. Dog-friendly pontoon boats are available for more brief getaways on those three lakes and Whiskeytown, as well.
If you’d rather have a landlubber weekend, consider spending a day or two exploring California’s newest slice of wine country. At least seven wineries between Redding and Oroville, all of them fairly new, welcome dogs in their tasting rooms and/or picnic areas, and getting to them will introduce you to scenic back roads you’d never otherwise find. Craft breweries and taprooms are coming on strong, as well. Redding’s Fall River Taphouse, with dog-friendly outdoor seating, is known for brews made with water drawn from the aquifer that feeds gorgeous Burney Falls, while Wildcard and Final Draft Brewing Co. also serve up innovative brews and welcome four-legged guests on their patios. (Wildcard’s 530 Home Town Ale, named for the Redding area code, can be sampled at many restaurants around town.)
For breakfast in Redding, head early to Coffee Bar and snag a dog-friendly outdoor table to enjoy your coffee drink and crispy waffles with raspberries before too many other DogTrekkers show up. Damburger (a local institution dating to 1938 and named for Shasta Dam) is great for a casual lunch, while Moonstone Bistro is more upscale and serves Sunday brunch as well as daily lunch and dinner on a dog-friendly patio.
When it’s time to put paws on pillows, take your pick of dozens of dog-friendly hotels and motels in Redding, and many more throughout the Shasta Cascade region.
Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_