Paws for a Napa Valley Overnight

By: DogTrekker Staff
Dog and food on bed in Napa Valley

When it comes to dog-friendly lodging in Napa Valley, there are almost as many choices as there are wineries to visit. Start your search by sorting out your parameters regarding type, location, level of luxury, price, etc., then delve into the dog-friendly listings on

You don’t have to spend a fortune to spend the night here (hey, there’s a Motel 6!), but you can, at tony properties like Bardessono in Yountville, Calistoga Ranch, Carneros Resort and Spa or Solage. In the middle are a cornucopia of other dog-friendly choices, from B&Bs and boutique hotels to cabins, cottages and vacation rentals.

The town of Napa makes a convenient base for DogTrekkers who like a walkable, stimulating environment. Three B&B favorites within an easy stroll of downtown attractions are located on First Street. They include Beazley House (one of the first Napa lodgings of its kind), Blackbird Inn and Inn on First. Dog-friendly McClellan-Priest B&B, in a historic Victorian, is on Randolph Street nearby.

In the boutique hotel department, Napa River Inn enjoys a choice location on the east bank of the Napa River, within steps of numerous waterfront restaurants and entertainment emporiums. Andaz Napa, walking distance away, belongs to the Hyatt family of hotels. New kid on the block is the Archer Hotel Napa, a chic, 183-room retreat with a rooftop bar (opening soon) and Charlie Palmer Steak, a restaurant by the celebrity chef.

If your dog is on the small side (40 pounds or less), you’ll find luxury aplenty and a dog-friendly welcome, too, at the Westin Verasa, walking distance to downtown restaurants and tasting rooms and just across the street from the Napa Valley Wine Train depot. Embassy Suites Napa Valley, a bit farther out, is one of the most attractive properties of this brand we’ve ever seen, while Napa Winery Inn is a dependable and economic choice in a quick-off-the-highway location.

Moving up- or down-valley, the countryside opens up, the atmosphere is relaxed and the lodging choices in communities including Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga tend toward the intimate. One of the more secluded options is the six-room Hillcrest Country Inn in Calistoga, offering 40 scenic acres where you and your tail-wagger can romp to your hearts’ content. To top it off, a guest-friendly kitchen/barbecue area offers an economic and fun alternative to eating out. Meadowlark Country House, also in Calistoga, is another “leash optional” retreat that also offers clothing-optional sauna and pool for humans.

Many more Napa Valley lodging options can be found in our listings on

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