Looking for some food and wine? DogTrekker has sussed out the stories of many dog-friendly restaurants, wineries, breweries and more for you here. Whether you want to take a tour of the vineyards, sip some ciders in a cozy spot, or just enjoy a dog-friendly patio dining experience—we have it all! So whether you’re looking for something close by or somewhere new and exciting, DogTrekker’s got you covered.

Find your oasis in dog-friendly Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs/@visitgreaterps.
If your vision of a perfect dog-friendly Palm Springs region vacation includes endless blue skies, awe-inspiring mountains, sparkling pools, swaying palm trees, and lots of tail-wagging fun in the sun, you've come to the right place: Greater Palm Springs.  Read more.

Brews and views in Humboldt County

Trinidad, Humboldt County. Photo by Humboldt County Visitors Bureau.
Humboldt County is best known for its Redwood National & State Parks, freshwater lagoons and rivers, beautiful beaches, and Bigfoot. Whether your BFF (Best Furry Friend) is a forest explorer, a river runner, or a beach babe, Humboldt County has everything for the perfect pet-friendly adventures.  Read more.

An unforgettable ride in Mendocino county

Kayla ready to board the Skunk Train. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County is known for its breathtaking beaches, wineries and even some redwood forests. Hop aboard a historic train with your pup. This adventure takes “Wanna go for a ride?” to epic excitement levels. The century-and-a-half-old Skunk Train starts in Fort Bragg and winds through redwood groves, panoramic trestles and along a stunning river canyon. Pups are welcome on both open and clos  Read more.

Wags and wine in Lake County

Lake County is known for its crystal clear lakes and explorable wineries. In fact, they have the most dog-friendly wine country in the U.S. with over 30 wineries that welcome your dog. Discover 3,000 acres of private trails at Six Sigma Ranch & Winery. There is plenty to sniff out, from grapevines and moss-covered oak trees to wild turkeys (and of course, wine for their people).  Read more.

A bird’s eye view for your pup in Del Norte County

Pups can ride the SkyTrail gondola. Photo by Visit Del Norte County.
Del Norte County is known for its Redwood National & State Parks, sprawling beaches and two wild rivers with plenty of trail fun, but check out some of their most unique dog-friendly attractions, trails and lodging.  Read more.

Dog-approved adventures in California’s north coast region

Frenchie hiking the redwood forests of the North Coast.
Our pups have discerning tastes: good sleeps, good eats and plenty of play. Just north of San Francisco, the ‘North of Ordinary’ counties of California – Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte – offer plenty of fun for both you and and your dog on the North Coast in Northern California.  Read more.

Get a taste of the town

Maya at the plank, Oakland. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Diverse cultural and culinary traditions define Oakland. The Town also offers delicious, dog-friendly dining options.  Read more.

Noyo Harbor Inn is inviting you this spring and summer!

Photo by Noyo Harbor Inn.
Year after year, DogTrekkers tell us that the North Coast is their favorite California coastal getaway and Fort Bragg is a popular home base for enjoying spring and summer canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. Welcome to the Noyo Harbor Inn where dog-friendly rooms overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and authent  Read more.

Close by dog-friendly dining in Fort Bragg

Beachcomber Motel fireplace decks. Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.
The cool thing about staying in Fort Bragg is the access to a wide range of dog-friendly dining options. From the Harborview Bistro and Bar, overlooking the scenic Noyo River, to the … Continued  Read more.

A dog day in vacaville

Start your unforgettable day with your dog in Vacaville, California. Kick off the adventure at Pure Grain Bakery (11 Town Square Place) with a freshly brewed coffee and a pastry … Continued  Read more.

Big fun in big bear lake

Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County might be an under-the-radar destination for Northern Californians, but in SoCal, it’s been a dear-to-the-heart, dog-friendly summer vacation magnet for more than a century.  Read more.

Dog-gone good dining at the Little River Inn

Maya on her way to dinner under the tent at Little River Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
After a day spent hiking the Big River Trail, swimming at nearby Van Damme State Beach, or simply lounging on your ocean-view deck, you’re bound to get hungry.  Read more.

Welcome to summer events!

DogTrekker at Bark in the Park, San Jose.
Check out these events for a cause! If you missed California rescue/adoption events this spring, no worries, the summer season is just beginning. DogTrekker.com's event section is filled with adoptathons, fundraisers, walks, costume contests, and more. From Bark in the Park in San Francisco, to the Dog Surf-A-Thon in San Diego, to all in for the Wild Blue Dog Fall Camp in Lake Tahoe.  Read more.

Greater Ontario restaurant week, yum!

B’s Maple House chicken and waffles. Photo by Greater Ontario Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
DogTrekker's newest city partner, Greater Ontario, is celebrating restaurant week this week through July 16. Check out the videos showcasing some of their delicious restaurants just waiting for you to try them!   Read more.

Four-paw fun with a view at Little River Inn

To make summer memories on the California coast, book a stay at the iconic Little River Inn. This very dog-friendly jewel just south of Mendocino overlooks the majestic Pacific Ocean, and it’s a short walk from state beachfront and trails. The locally owned resort has extended a warm welcome to couples, families and four-legged companions for more than 80 years.    Read more.

Chow down in greater Ontario

Hike, eat, chill. Photo by Lazy Dog Restaurant.
Pet-friendly restaurants provide outdoor patios to enjoy a great meal for the entire family, including your dog.   Read more.

Greater Ontario 

When it comes to the “pawfect” road trip for Fido and the family, the cities, historic downtowns, and mountain trails of Greater Ontario are a real treat  Read more.

Canine-centered and eco-friendly at heart

Maya inside at the Stanford Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Sustainability is woven throughout the Stanford Inn experience. This dog-passionate, purpose-driven destination employs biodynamic and organic gardening methods,  Read more.

Wellness meets tail-waggin’ fun at the Stanford Inn

Few places match Mendocino’s natural beauty. The Stanford Inn stretches along 10 coastal acres here, framed by USDA-certified organic gardens, towering trees and Pacific Ocean views. Dog-friendly for 43 years and counting, this charming getaway by innkeepers Jeff and Joan Stanford offers an earth-minded experience with wellness programs, spa services, outdoor adventures and plant-based dining.   Read more.

Rancho cordova: a beer-lovers destination!

Photo by @adventure_rn.
Rancho Cordova, a suburban community on Highway 50 about 15 miles east of downtown Sacramento, is a great jumping-off place for forays into the Sierra foothills, as well as a beer lover’s destination in itself. It is the home of the Barrel District, a collection of 6 breweries, 2 distilleries, and a wine bar.   Read more.

Was calistoga really founded by a dog?

San Francisco’s Emperor Norton had his dogs Bummer and Lazarus. Calistoga’s Sam Brannan had Leonitus. Archive photo.
The charming Sam Brannan and Leonitus story In the early days of Calistoga, California, a man named Sam Brannan and his loyal Newfoundland dog, Leonitus, embarked on a journey to shape a … Continued  Read more.

Win a Fort Bragg, Mendocino county beach dogcation®!

Win a two-night DogCation® at one of the three Beachcomber Hotel properties in Fort Bragg: The Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge, or the Beach House Inn. In addition, each prize package will include a Skunk Train family pack, bike rentals, and a $100 gift certificate good at the North Coast Brewing Company. DogTrekker respects your privacy and will never sell or rent personal information.  Read more.

A pup-friendly patio with a view

Willie checks out the menu. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Dog parents love the riverfront patio at HarborView Bistro and Bar, the inn’s signature restaurant. Starters, brunch classics, and entrees showcase seasonal ingredients,  Read more.

Noteworthy on California’s north coast: the Noyo Harbor Inn

The Noyo Harbor inn is a Craftsman-style dream with spa treatments, waterfront dining and access to adventures for you and your four-legged family members. From here, it’s easy to explore coastal paths, canoe routes, train rides and restaurant patios across Mendocino County. Fort Bragg’s Noyo Harbor Inn is a spectacular – and seriously dog-friendly – basecamp for enjoying the season.   Read more.

Greater Palm Springs

Brunch at Boozehounds, Palm Springs. Photo by @visitgreaterpps.
Southern California’s most storied resort oasis is a sun-splashed playground known for history, scenery and exciting adventures.  Read more.

Concord taco trail

Mmmmm tacos! Concord has long been home to deliciously authentic, family-owned taquerias and restaurants. The Concord Taco Trail has 40+ places offering specialty and signature tacos including al pastor, carnitas, carne asada, crispy fish, grilled tilapia, vegitariano, and even filet mignon. Most of them are dog-friendly. Will you be the 2023 Taco Trail Champion? You have until October 15.   Read more.

Step into the magic of Mendocino

Mendocino County features 12 viticultural areas.
For an especially tasty excursion in dog-friendly Mendocino County, visit during the 2023 Harvest Mendocino festivities. From October 27 to November 12,  Read more.

Explore the Mendocino county beer trail

Paw-pular pubs: A dog-gone good time on the Mendocino County Beer Trail.
The dog-friendly wineries of Mendocino County are certainly worth a toast, and DogTrekker has covered these extensively in the past.  Read more.

Magic is real in pup-friendly Mendocino county

Kayla celebrating harvest at the Little River Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Mendocino County captivates those who travel with furry family members, and it has also enchanted DogTrekker readers for decades. With mist-cloaked valleys, ancient redwood stands, and stunning state parks that unfold along the coast and across inland peaks, you’ll discover magical landscapes at every turn. Our friends at Visit Mendocino County just unveiled a new website showcasing that magic.  Read more.

The dish on dog-friendly restaurants

Tshaka checks out the selection at Morgan Territory Brewing. Photo by StayPleasantHill.com.
Fuel up for the day’s adventures with a Starbucks puppacino, followed by the famous pupcakes at Batter ‘N Icing. Plan a  Read more.

Pleasant hill: it’s a dog’s world

Tshaka Zulu visits Pleasant Hill. Photo by Stay Pleasant Hill.
Pup-friendly Pleasant Hill puts Northern California’s best within easy reach. Hike scenic East Bay canyons with your furry friend. Hop over to San Francisco for family attractions and culture. Sample world-class wines in Napa, Sonoma or Livermore. Then, relax at Pleasant Hill restaurants and hotels that roll out the red carpet for dogs. Our friend Tshaka Zulu, a travel-loving Dalmatian, has cre  Read more.

Perfect dog-friendly patios in Greater Palm Springs

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Welcome to the ultimate guide for dog lovers in Greater Palm Springs! As a dedicated pup parent, you’re always looking for the ideal spot to soak up some sunshine with your furry friend. Get ready to explore the most tail-wagging, paw-some dog-friendly patios that this SoCal oasis has to offer.    Read more.

Pups, plates and patios

Brunch at Boozehounds, Palm Springs. Photo by @visitgreaterpps.
In Greater Palm Springs, entire menus are created with canines in mind. Pups can order everything from egg bites and teriyaki  Read more.

Top dog-friendly breweries

Photo by Visit Greater Palm Springs.
Raise a glass (and a paw) to good times with your four-legged companion. Here are some of our favorite restaurants and breweries  Read more.

Plumas county: majestic peaks and pup-friendly trails

Plumas County extends along the southeast corner of the Shasta Cascade region, midway between Mount Lassen and Lake Tahoe. National forest covers more than 75% of this scenic county, with meadows, canyons, ridges and lakes that offer views of Sierra Nevada and Cascade peaks.  Read more.

Nick’s cove plans to rebuild the boat shack

For DogTrekkers familiar with Nick's Cove, located on Tamales Bay in West Marin County, the Boat Shack at the end of their 300 foot long pier has been an iconic and beloved feature. Sadly, a fire on January 7th of this year completely destroyed the Shack. Plans are now under way to rebuild.    Read more.

Plan a spring reset in the Shasta Cascade region

Middle McCloud Falls, Siskiyou County, Upstate California.
Turn travel dreams into real itineraries with the all-new DogTrekker.com. Your ultimate go-to guide for dog-friendly California adventure sparks inspiration while spotlighting destinations like the Shasta Cascade region (aka Upstate CA). This eight-county playground has more than a dozen national and state parks, plus countless trails, lakes, fishing streams, restaurants and hotels that welcome pu  Read more.

Pleasant Hill has gone to the dogs!

Sunol Regional Wilderness. Photo by Kevin Noble on Unsplash.
Pleasant Hill, California is one of the most centrally located and pet-friendly destinations in the San Francisco Bay Area, making it a great home base for pet parents who are eager to explore all Northern California’s many attractions, including some mountainous parks where dogs can roam off leash. To begin, Pleasant Hill has its own canine global travel critic, Tshaka Zulu, who recently shared  Read more.

The dish on where to chow down

Tshaka checks out the selection at Morgan Territory Brewing. Photo by StayPleasantHill.com.
Pleasant Hill has several tail-waggin’ good restaurants. Kick off a day of adventures with a Starbucks puppacino, followed by  Read more.

Four fabulous dog-friendly days in magical Mendocino

Mendocino County makes headlines for so many reasons, including its dog-friendly trails, rails, rivers, peaks and Pacific splendor. This wonderous playground presents unforgettable surprises, whether you’re hiking redwood-shaded routes, sampling local wines, touring a lighthouse or shopping at small-town galleries. With accommodations, amenities and activities tailored to four-legged guests, th  Read more.

California coasting with your dog

Summer in California means sandcastles, swimming, shoreline walks, and patio dinners at sunset – all with your dog in tow. As we look ahead to this year’s splash season, the DogTrekker team has put together pup-tested itineraries for some of the state’s best coastal destinations. Slap on the sunscreen and get ready to roll. Whether you want to surf, watch waves, or paddle tranquil rivers,   Read more.

Say cheers to pup-friendly tasting rooms

Jagger and Sierra at the Barn West Sacramento. Photo by @jaggerdwagger on Instagram.
Sacramento’s culinary stars include creative chefs along with innovative winemakers, brewers and distillers. Tasting rooms and taprooms dot the city’s  Read more.

Discover dog-friendly Pleasant Hill

Tshaka Zulu visits Pleasant Hill. Photo by Stay Pleasant Hill.
Pleasant Hill is a picturesque town with scenic views where you'll find a variety of dog-friendly activities that will keep both you and your furry companion entertained and happy. Here are the top 10 dog-friendly things to do in or near Pleasant Hill.  Read more.

Discover dog-friendly Oakland: A canine paradise

Cappuccino the Dog is a beloved statue located at the intersection of Alcatraz Avenue and Racine Street in North Oakland. The statue was created by artist Devyon Harrison and represents Cappuccino, a terrier-lab mix.
Oakland is a fantastic place to visit or live with your dog. It’s sunny when San Francisco is foggy, and it’s very dog-friendly when some communities try to discourage dog people. Some of the best parks (can you say towering redwoods?) to hike with your dog are right here, and the Oakland food scene with its dog-friendly diversity of delicious food and drink is not to missed. Let's look at all  Read more.

Water fun and wineries in Lake County

North checks out Clear Lake at sunrise. Photo by Jennifer Waicukauski.
Fresh air, bright skies and pretty scenery distinguish Lake County. Tucked about two hours north of San Francisco, it’s anchored  Read more.

Have a dog-gone good time at Folsom lake

Sacha enjoying the water in Folsom Lake. Photo by Gretchen Wolf.
While the rules for four-legged visitors vary across California’s state parks, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (SRA) offers a very pup-friendly experience.  Read more.

Big Bear Lake: A cool canine retreat

Big Bear Lake, a hidden gem in the San Bernardino Mountains, is a respite for dog lovers seeking a cool alternative from the heat of the adjacent desert and Southern California areas. This picturesque mountain town, renowned for its mild climate and breathtaking alpine vistas, offers a refreshing escape for both dogs and those who follow.  Read more.

Win an Oakland DogCation® at the Claremont Club & Spa

For the second consecutive year, DogTrekker is proudly partnering with Visit Oakland to give away an Oakland DogCation®! Don’t miss your chance to win this incredible prize package featuring two nights at the pup-passionate Claremont Club & Spa, a Fairmont Hotel, plus a $100 gift card for food and fun at plank in Jack London Square. Enter now!   Read more.

Yosemite Mariposa County 4 day dog-friendly itinerary

Photo by Yosemite Mariposa County.
Yosemite Mariposa County is a premier travel destination for all adventurers, no matter how many legs they have. You and your furry companions will have numerous activities and amenities at the tip of your fingers, or paws. Here's a detailed itinerary for four pet-perfect days in Yosemite Mariposa County:   Read more.

Happy new year from dogtrekker.com

The new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hand. Or, maybe it’s in the paw of your four-legged best friend. However you document your 2023 travel aspirations and dreams, you can count on DogTrekker.com.   Read more.

Temecula: a southern California wine oasis

Temecula Valley. Photo by Leigh Castelli.
Think Southern California, and beach towns, mountains and desert landscapes come to mind. But wine country? Yep, that’s what you get in Temecula, a high-desert town about 60 miles north of San Diego.  Read more.

Woof it up in vacaville

So…what do you and your pup know about dog-friendly Vacaville and its slice of Solano County? Maybe not much if all you’ve done is zoom past the exits on Interstate 80.  Read more.

Capital sipping experiences

Sacramento is not only the star on the map of California, it’s a fabulous base camp for exploring wineries in and within a short distance of town (check out our list of great dog-friendly places to stay).  Read more.

Day 1: woof this way

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Yosemite National Park.
The open road beckons, the journey begins. Mariposa County is located within easy driving distance for most Californians.  Read more.

Raise a glass to the dog-friendly delta

Just 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, the scenic Sacramento River Delta opens up, city life slows to a crawl and the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area offers all kind of dog-friendly, small-batch wine-tasting experiences, along with a few good places to eat.  Read more.

Vacaville is wine country with an affordable twist

Dreaming of a wine country getaway without the premium lodging prices of Napa Valley and Sonoma County? Here’s an insider’s tip for DogTrekkers: Base yourself in Vacaville. Close to both established and emerging wineries, this Northern California community lives up to its “Small. In a Big Way” tagline. Find more dog-friendly things to explore in Vacaville: A hotel for ev  Read more.

Wag your way through wine country

Vacaville is an ideal basecamp for touring wine country with your dog. Nearby Sonoma County and Napa Valley get all the attention, but this region is also home to one of California’s best-kept secrets. The laid-back Suisun Valley is rustic wine country charm at its best, with vineyards dating to the 1880s and standouts like Vezer Family Vineyard and Wooden Valley Winery. Sunshine and landsca  Read more.

Fresh produce and new food trails

From high-end outlet stores to the dog-friendly Western Railway Museum to cafes catering to four-legged family members, Vacaville is a dynamic place to discover something new. There’s a budding food culture here, thanks to the surrounding agricultural bounty, and restaurants dish up fresh, unpretentious fare. Hop on the all-new Vacaville Taco Trail to sample the community’s diverse Mex  Read more.

Mountain wineries that lead the pack

Santa Cruz County is synonymous with sand and surf, but the county has an impressive variety of other gorgeous landscapes, too. Cruise inland for sprawling redwood forests, dozens of mountain wineries, and nearly that many microclimates. Out here, you and your canine companion can sip and chill, with wine for you and water for your pup. The highly regarded Santa Cruz Mountains appellation&nbs  Read more.

Santa cruz: waves, wine and wilderness—plus woof, of course!

Summer is here! What better way to celebrate than by hitting “cruz” control and having some fun? Load up your pup and visit sunny Santa Cruz County, the coastal destination with all kinds of adventures for you and your furry best friend. From running through the surf on a sun-streaked beach to chilling out at a local winery or brewery, and from hiking in the redwoods to dining on a pet  Read more.

Where to eat in Concord

Concord has a dizzying number of dog-friendly restaurants —nearly four dozen and counting! You’ll find several in the Concord Perro Trail guide, including Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Eureka!, Five Guys, Guadalajara Grill, La Piñata, Lima, Parkside Bar & Grill and Puesto. From burgers to tacos to pub fare and pizza (plus treats for furry family members, of course!), you&rs  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge for couples – summer

After spending a long day exploring the awe-inspiring Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, you’ll be ready to relax at the Ascent Spa at Tenaya Lodge. From soothing facial and body therapies to deep-tissue massage and relaxation time in the sauna, Ascent Spa has a full menu of calming services. Ready for dinner? Jackalope’s Bar and Grill features made-to-order burgers,  Read more.

Tenaya Lodge’s four-paw accommodations

You’ll fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. If you're planning to visit Yosemite National Park, including Badger Pass and other areas in the park that have restrictions on dogs, you have the option of reserving a limited spot at Tenaya Lodge’s indoor dog kennel.  Read more.

Soak up spring in Greater Palm Springs

Spring is officially here, and there's no better time to plan a getaway to Greater Palm Springs. This Southern California oasis offers a blissful, sun-kissed escape, and you'll find plenty of opportunities to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and soak up some rays with your furry friend in tow.  Read more.

Wag your way through old sac

Sacramento’s No. 1 tourist destination is as popular with locals as with visitors. And now that masks are off and smiles are on, it’s crazy hopping with activity again. The Old Sacramento Waterfront is loaded with history – it played a major role as a jumping off spot and supply center during the 1849 Gold Rush. With its waterfront location, wealth of historic buildings and protection as a s  Read more.

Walk, wag and wine taste through Santa Cruz County history

DogTrekkers tell us they like to look through the destinations we cover through a historical lens, and Santa Cruz County has it all. From the impeccably restored 19th century Victorians to old lime kilns that helped build San Francisco, Santa Cruz County has many unique and historical treasures waiting to be discovered, enjoyed, and sniffed – sniffed? Yes! Bring the pup along as yo  Read more.

Wine taste at a historic winery

Sip award-winning wines as your leashed pup enjoys the creekside courtyard of Bargetto Winery. Located in Soquel, Bargetto has been producing handcrafted wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains for nearly 90 years. Another local wine favorite with a touch of historical intrigue is Soquel Vineyards. Soquel Vineyards was established in 1987 by members of the same Bargetto family. Want to continu  Read more.

Take a walk in the historical downtown district

Just a short stroll from the contemporary shops of downtown Santa Cruz, you’ll find some of the city’s most elaborate Victorian homes along the charming, tree-lined Walnut Avenue. For more detail, download a hugely informative walking tour map from the City of Santa Cruz. After you strolled the historical neighborhood, head back downtown for some dog-friendly patio dining at&  Read more.

Can you suisun? if you haven’t, go soon!

While Napa and Sonoma bask in California wine-country publicity, Solano County’s “Rustic Wine Country,” aka Suisun Valley, deserves a place on your dog-friendly bucket list, too. The “hidden” valley is just off Interstate 80 near the dog-friendly city of Vacaville (40 miles from Sacramento, 33 from Davis, 52 from San Francisco), which you’ve likely zoomed past m  Read more.

Enjoy the great outdoors in Greater Palm Springs

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to travel more (with your four-legged best friend in tow), then start planning a getaway to Greater Palm Springs. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, this Southern California oasis offers a blissful, sun-kissed escape during the winter months, and you’ll find ample opportunities to get outside, enjoy the mild weather and soak up some rays.  Read more.

Fall is prime wine time

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events. Find tips and insights on dog-friendly wine areas ripe for visiting: Vacaville for visitors: packed with surprises Hiding in plain sight: the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Cruz Your  Read more.

Cruz your way to a wine heaven

There are so many wine-tasting choices in Santa Cruz County – more than 70 small-production wineries and tasting rooms in all – that narrowing down a dog-friendly itinerary can be a delightfully difficult exercise. Might as well pick a region, a theme and a “wine trail” to stay on course. There’s the Organic Wine Trail showcasing organic vineyards, for example.  Read more.

Vacaville for visitors: packed with surprises

Maybe you know Vacaville in Solano County as a place you see exit signs for as you zoom past on Interstate 80. But if you and your four-legged companion have never checked it out, you can’t know what you’re missing! Vacaville is an affordable base camp for DogTrekkers keen on visiting Northern California wine country. And, it's very dog-friendly!  Read more.

Hiding in plain sight: the santa clara valley wine trail

The city of Gilroy is part of the historic Santa Clara Valley, one of California’s oldest wine growing regions and home to more than 35 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly. Even though some of Gilroy’s wineries have been around since the turn of the century, the region is still one of California’s best-kept secrets when it comes to wine tasting!  Read more.

Chow down with a view

Many dog-friendly restaurant decks and patios in Mendocino County will contribute to making your trip more memorable. A favorite: the  Read more.

Fall into Mendocino county

Photo by Mendocino Grove.
California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County.  Read more.

Tail-waggin’ fun in folsom and surrounding areas

Just up Highway 50 from Sacramento, the city of Folsom is a superb dog-friendly destination with a handsomely renovated Old Town just a block or two from the Sacramento River. Cuddle up in dog-friendly lodging and spend a weekend exploring with your four-legged friend.  Read more.

Explore Sacramento’s ‘big back yard’ with your pup

As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities: Capital canine discoveries East to the foothills an  Read more.

Paws for dinner on the patio

Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Perched on the river’s edge, the inn’s Harborview Bistro and Bar offers indoor dining and open-air deck and garden seats. Pup-friendly patio spots fill up fast,  Read more.

The best dog-friendly cabins and cottages for your summer and fall trips

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin.
Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage and travelers are on the move with their pups. The top lodging choice for DogTrekkers this year are cabins and cottages. Here are stories that are some of our favorites. Yosemite: Tehaya at Yosemite Explorer Cabins Tomales Bay, Marshall, Point Reyes Mendocino Coast: Little Riv  Read more.

Only in California

Consider it a modern-day Gold Rush. California’s pioneering craft breweries attract travelers looking for liquid gold, in the form of unforgettable ales and lagers. You’ll find plenty of pup-friendly taprooms tucked east of Oakland, in Contra Costa County. Whether you’re checking out taps or nature trails, base yourself in Concord.  Read more.

Pints, passports, prizes and paw prints

To sample the region's craft brews, hit the Contra Costa County Beer Trail. Visit Concord and neighboring cities crafted a mobile passport that maps more than 40 breweries, taprooms and beer bars, including several that serve food. This month, collecting local passport stamps earns you exclusive prizes.  Read more.

Around keswick reservoir with your pup – Redding hikes

For a dog-friendly, close-to-town hike offering some unusual scenery, check out the trails around Keswick Dam, which creates an after-bay (Keswick Reservoir) for Shasta Lake. The water, released from the lower reaches of the lake, is very cold and turquoise-blue in color. Anglers and kayakers love it, but it’s not safe for a casual dip. The Sacramento River Rail Trail, which hugs the reservo  Read more.

Cooper loved to travel

In his ten years, this Lab/border collie/cattle dog mix traveled to seven states, but most of all he loved going anywhere DogTrekker recommended.  Read more.

Silicon valley through a dogtrekker lens

No, Fido, Silicon Valley is not just about Google, Facebook and other tech giants. It’s also home to a dog-friendly wine region that’s hiding in plain sight. Just follow  Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail signage to craft your own itinerary among 34 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms within 28 miles of each other. Be sure to check ahead, as some are closed to the public during the pandemic.  Read more.

Time out (with oysters) by the sea

Photo by Nick’s Cove Restaurant & Oyster Bar.
It’s oyster season! And it’s hard to imagine a more ideal place to enjoy a delectable dozen than at Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar.  Read more.

Cruz the mountain wine roads with your pup

Think “Santa Cruz County,” and you may not be able to distance yourself from its sand-and-surf image. But the county is in fact large and diverse, encompassing inland redwood forests, dozens of mountain wineries and almost as many microclimates where you and your canine companion can sip and chill (wine for you, water for your pup!).  Read more.

Explore the santa clara valley wine trail

Now here’s a wine region that’s hiding in plain sight. The Santa Clara Valley (also known as Silicon Valley) is one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions and home to some 34 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly. The city of Gilroy, known for its famous garlic festival, is your home base for exploring the region; just follow the Santa Clar  Read more.

Take a swim

What better way to beat the California summer heat than with a swim? There are great swimming holes all over Mariposa County, but maybe none that are better for dogs than Lake McClure and Lake McSwain in the southern Sierra foothills of Mariposa County. While your faithful companion splashes around, you can spend time fishing or swimming yourself.  Read more.

Outdoor dining with your pup

Sure, you can get takeout food delivered by DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub or another service, but who wants to eat out of cardboard or Styrofoam when you don't have to? Instead, why not get yourself and your pup out of quarantine and enjoy some local-motion at a restaurant serving meals at outdoor, dog-friendly tables.  Read more.

Hopping along the hopland wine road

Looking for a new region to explore with your pup? Time to hop on over to the Hopland wine region in Mendocino County. The18 tasting rooms on the Hopland Wine Trail, stretching roughly from Hopland at the southern end of the county to Willits in the north, are all dog-friendly—and are of course operating outdoors during the “purple” Covid phase.  Read more.

Take time to wine down

Bargetto is the oldest winery in Santa Cruz county, established in 1933 and still operated by the same family. (Hint: if you entered the DogCation® contest, you might just win a free tasting there.) Leashed pets are allowed on the Soquel Creek courtyard. You'll need a reservation, but all it takes is a phone call, so don't hesitate to make one!   Read more.

Wild blue dog camp

Still Booking for September 7-13, 2020   Does it break your heart to leave your best buddy behind when it comes to vacation planning? Then your vacation dream has come true! Wild Blue Dogs is hosting two amazing camps this summer in gorgeous Lake Tahoe. Wild Blue Dogs is a non-profit organization raising awareness and funding for canine cancer treatment.   Bailey at   Read more.

Sniff your way to the garlic capital of the world

Gilroy is a pet-welcoming destination that makes a great getaway any time of year.  The "Garlic Capital of the World" features outstanding restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, outlet shopping, and plenty of outdoor adventures for you and your four-legged friends. Start by booking a pet-friendly hotel room at Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn, Motel 6 Gilroy or Quality Inn &   Read more.

Concord: hike, drink, dine & unwind

The Contra Costa County town of Concord calls itself a “Northern California Original,” and it’s easy to see why. With a booming craft brew scene, creative dining options and a thriving music scene (it’s the birthplace of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the Concord record label), quick access to thousands of acres of open space and massive Mount Diablo looming in its backyard, it’s an East Ba  Read more.

Where to dine with your pup

Greater Palm Springs’ thriving culinary scene continues to evolve, with more and more food and wine enthusiasts—and craft beer lovers—discovering outstanding bistros and breweries. Like the diverse flavors found throughout the destination, pooch-friendly dining patios are plentiful, making it easy for you, family and friends to experience everything from casual eateries to fine d  Read more.

Big dog-friendly opportunities at big bear

After a hike at Big Bear Lake. Photo by Tommy Lisbin.
Just as Lake Tahoe is a vacation magnet for NorCal residents, so Big Bear Lake, two hours from LA, is a major draw for South State residents. Sister ski areas Big Bear Mountain Resort and Snow Summit are family-friendly magnets for skiers and riders, but there are many snowy options for DogTrekkers, as well.  Read more.

Paws up for the mount diablo region

The dog-friendly East Bay communities of Concord and Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County have something very much in common:  both look out on Mount Diablo, an isolated peak that juts up almost 4,000 feet between the East Bay and the Central Valley. From the summit on a clear day (and there are lots of them in fall and winter, especially following a storm), one of the most expansive views in  Read more.

Tri-valley – open space and wine country for your dog

Three valleys and four small cities in the Tri-Valley (Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville) comprise this triangle-shaped region set amid rolling hills and valleys 35 miles east of San Francisco. This is dog-friendly wine country for sure, and it’s also blessed with tens of thousands of acres of dog-friendly open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD).  Read more.

Fall special at dog-friendly Stanford Inn

Maya inside at the Stanford Inn. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Autumn in Mendocino is one of the best-kept secrets by locals and there’s a good reason why. Beautiful days, cool nights and dog-friendly activities at your pup’s bark and call.  Read more.

Dogs chill while you dine at the ravens

Photo by Stanford Inn.
Stanford Inn is a standout in the dog-friendly world not simply because it was one of the first in California to roll out the red carpet for pets. It was also one of the first to adopt sustainable practices, helping to kick off the “green” revolution that resonates today. And it might just be the only vegan resort in the nation. If you’re an omnivore, don’t be put off, be a  Read more.

Go soon to suisun!

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.  Read more.

Drifting about in the delta

The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta is a boater’s paradise that in places feels like anther world. But you don’t need a boat to explore this rich agricultural region marked with old-time lift bridges, small towns and miles of levees that in the id-1800s transformed a once trackless wetland into 55 agricultural islands that still produce food for Northern California (pears and wine g  Read more.

Winning wineries in Redding and shasta cascade

The remote part of California east of Redding and Red Bluff, in the shadow of Mount Lassen, is one of the fastest growing but least known wine regions in the state. But there’s much to get to know, from producers with Redding and Oroville tasting rooms to dog-friendly boutique wineries way out in the country whose wines will surprise and delight.  Read more.

Hideaway finds in the santa cruz mountains

If you appreciate all things organic, mark your calendar for Saturdays and Sundays in September, when the Organic Wine Trail of the Santa Cruz Mountains showcases  certified organic vineyards and practices. Of eight member wineries, four have tasting rooms (three of them dog-friendly) with regular weekend hours, while the others are appointment-only.  Read more.

Headed up mendo county way?

Seclusion is the name of the game at The Other Place, a complex of four cottages on a 500-acre ranch outside Boonville overlooking the gorgeous Anderson Valley. The ranch is just three minutes from town, where Sheep Dung Properties has another dog-friendly cottage rental, Boonville Downtown. Bring groceries, books and your hiking gear and be prepared to explore and relax.  Read more.

Lake county dog-friendly restaurants

Summer is prime time for outdoor dining, and around Clear Lake you’ll find lots of decks and patios that welcome well-behaved pets. In Lower Lake, Danny’s Roadside Kitchen is a true “roadhouse”—no inside seating, just great barbecue with a cult following. On a healthier tack, Wholly Bowl in Lakeport has a dog-friendly patio and turns out good-for-you meals (think chic  Read more.

Cool it on a shasta cascade houseboat

Up for a splurge? Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in the state, is known as the houseboat capital of California, attracting guests from around the world, many of whom bring their dogs aboard with them. While houseboat vacations are not cheap, they’re certainly novel, and this year, with the lake full almost to the brim, is one of the best in a decade to give it a spin.  Read more.

Nothing to growl about at big bear lake

Photo by @colterandkenai.
Big Bear Lake in San Bernardino County is an under-the-radar destination for Northern Californians, but in SoCal, it’s been a dear-to-the heart, dog-friendly summer vacation magnet for more than a century. Perched at a slightly higher elevation than Lake Tahoe (6,743 feet vs. 6,225), it’s a purely snow-fed reservoir with clear water and lots of recreation options.  Read more.

Bass lake: a pet-friendly, Yosemite-area lure

Maya at Bass Lake. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Not far from Yosemite National Park via Highway 41, Bass Lake, tucked within the Sierra National Forest east of Oakhurst, Madera County’s major resort area and has been for more than a century. Five miles long and with much warmer water than lakes at higher altitude, Bass Lake has many dog-friendly vacation rentals as well as three canine-welcoming, lakeside resorts.  Read more.

Get your float on in sonoma wine country!

Nine miles. Four-plus hours of water time. Countless tail wags, big smiles. A float/paddle on a secluded section of the Russian River is a DogTrekker must-do for visitors to Sonoma County. With your water-loving dog on board in a custom-made SOAR inflatable canoe from Russian River Adventures, you’ll explore a secluded section of the waterway downstream from Healdsburg and linger at swimming  Read more.

Living local in Santa Cruz County

Every time we visit, Santa Cruz County gets more and more dog-friendly. And this year there are several new opportunities to bark about. Tops among them: As of a couple of years ago, dogs have a place to hike with their people at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, where they previously were confined to campsites and picnic areas. The North Escape Road isn’t a trail, exactly, but i  Read more.

Wine with your pup

If you don’t live in Santa Cruz County, you probably know this gorgeous stretch of the California coast for its beaches, its stellar university and the namesake town that proudly embraces its somewhat eccentric reputation. But Santa Cruz County is also known for its mountains, its redwood forests and its wines, particularly the pinot noir and chardonnay that thrive in the fog-kisse  Read more.

Much to adore about Amador County wine

This beautiful, rolling county southeast of Sacramento is highly regarded both for its wines and historic towns like Sutter Creek and Plymouth that beg lingering. Six dog-friendly wineries on the Amador County Wine Trail are situated in or near Plymouth, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley wine region.  Read more.

You’ve got a wine-tasting place in Placer County

Stretching from Roseville to Lake Tahoe, Placer County is an up and coming wine region as well as a recreation magnet. Most of the 20 dog-friendly wineries and tasting rooms on the Placer County Wine Trail are north of Interstate 80 around Lincoln, Loomis and Auburn.  Read more.

Strike gold with El Dorado County wines

Although sprawling El Dorado County has quite a few craft breweries, it’s better known for its wine, apples and other fresh produce. The EDC Wine Trail features more than a dozen wineries on both sides of Highway 50 that welcome dogs and provide scenic rural vistas in the process.  Read more.

Fort fun!

DogTrekker.com reader Karen N. sent in a few photos of her dogs at Fort Funston, San Francisco's off-leash dog haven. Karen writes, "In my opinion, the most beautiful place in San Francisco. Since the area is all off leash, your dog should be very well socialized and have excellent recall."  Read more.

Wine down with your dog by your side

Monterey wines rely on warm sun, cool fog and nurturing soils resulting in intense varietal flavor. Chardonnay, pinot blanc and riesling are notable varietals grown near the coast, while reds are more common in the warmer southern areas. You can sample them all while your dog waits patiently (we hope!) by your side at dozens of pet-friendly tasting rooms from Cannery Row to Carmel to the Santa Luc  Read more.

Lots to do on dog-friendly cannery row

“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” So wrote John Steinbeck in his famous 1945 novel. “The Row” gets its name from a string of long-defunct sardine-canning factories, some of which have been converted into dog-friendly restaurants and hotels.  Read more.

Pleasant surprises in Pleasant Hill

Photo by @clearerphish.
This East Bay community of 35,000 is surrounded by hills that perfectly reflect its name. But while some may view its location (23 miles east of San Francisco and 73 miles west of Sacramento) as merely “close to" (as in “close to” the City by the Bay as well as Napa and Sonoma wine country), Pleasant Hill holds plenty of dog-friendly appeal on its own.  Read more.

Unplug and explore with Concord as a dog-friendly base

Photo by @thedoodriley.
This East Bay community of Concord has a vibe all its own, not to mention reasonably priced lodging and all manner of indoor and outdoor places to explore with your dog by your side. It might be discovering a new brew while exploring the thriving craft beer scene, trying poke for the first time or making an excursion into a nearby slice of wine country you never knew existed.  Read more.

Share a bite

Perfect weather for eating al fresco makes Greater Palm Springs an ideal locale to dine with your dog. In fact, countless eateries cater to pups with water bowls, treats, and plenty of social interaction—from casual cafés to fine dining under the stars. When happy hour rolls around, you’re likely to find a dog-friendly bar patio hosting yappy hour too. We’ve tracked down five top hotspots f  Read more.

Eat, drink, be merry with your dog by your side

Outdoor dining is an integral part of Sacramento culture, and restaurants with dog-friendly patios are too numerous to count. For walkability and a huge diversity of offerings, the Midtown residential/retail/dining/entertainment district just east of downtown is the place to explore. It’s where the see-and-be-seen action is for young people—and for DogTrekkers of all ages.  Read more.

Dogs welcome at yountville tasting rooms

Photo by Jetsetting Fashionista.
If you’re up for a special-occasion getaway centered on food and wine and can’t leave your four-legged other behind, consider the oh-so-chic Napa Valley town of Yountville.  Read more.

It’s a dog’s life in santa cruz wine country

Oh, the carefree life of a winery dog. It ranks high on our list of reincarnation fantasies. Yet in Santa Cruz County, which is home to over a dozen dog-friendly wineries, you needn't wait until the next go-round to enjoy a breezy life of leisure.  Read more.

Lake county hideaway

“Agritourism”—an agriculturally based operation or activity that brings visitors to a farm or ranch—is as old as winemaking in California, yet there aren’t many places where visitors with dogs can spend the night on the premises. Bed & Barrel at Stonehouse Cellars, a winery/tasting room/B&B in Clearlake Oaks, Lake County, is an exception.  Read more.

Gold country treasure hunt

Are you one of those folks who enjoys taking selfies with your dog wherever you roam? Add some fun to your quest by participating in the Placer Wine Trail Photo Hunt, a contest taking place through December. The deal: Visit a member winery, find the “treasure” (it might be an artwork, an artifact or a physical feature of the property), take a selfie, post it on Instagram and be entered  Read more.

Gateway to farm and wine country

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  Read more.

Wine time! paws up for these mendo wineries

OK, nobody can visit four dozen dog-friendly wineries on one trip! Nevertheless, that’s how many await along the Highway 128 and Highway 101 corridors. Pick a region and let serendipity be your guide as you spend a leisurely day wine-tasting with your pup.  Read more.



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