A warm autumn weekend in the Apple Hill region offers a bumper crop of pup-friendly choices. Start by hanging your leash at a dog-friendly lodging such as the Mother Lode Motel, a newly renovated property with spacious grounds on the outskirts of Placerville, just five minutes from Apple Hill. Speaking of shops, be sure to check out the Pampering Pickle, a Main Street boutique specializing in gifts and goodies for dogs. For breakfast or lunch, few places can up the dog-friendly ante offered by Sweetie Pies, a Placerville hangout for four-pawed customers whose human escorts like to linger on the umbrella-shaded patio. Up in the Apple Hill community of Camino, Forrester Pub & Grill welcomes DogTrekkers on its warm-weather deck, where local wines and beers are featured alongside an eclectic menu specializing in hearty offerings such as Heidelberg steak, Hungarian goulash, sauerbraten and shepherd’s pie.
Story posted Aug. 17, 2011