California Wine Country region

California Wine Country region

Skylar in the vines, Hopland CA. Photo by Roger Coryell.

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Discover Calistoga in Napa Valley: a VERY dog-friendly wine country city

A golden retriever sits on a sidewalk flanked by trees on a quaint street in Calistoga, Napa Valley. The storefront nearby is decorated with vibrant flowers. In the background, there are small shops, hanging signs, and fall-colored leaves on the trees. It’s an ideal spot for dog lovers looking to explore with their pets.

Napa Valley offers more than just great wine—it’s a top spot for dog lovers. Calistoga, in particular, is very dog-friendly. Here’s how you and your pup can enjoy this charming...

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Pawsport 2024: Sip some wine, support Napa Humane

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One of DogTrekker’s favorite wine country events has always been Napa Humane’s Pawsport, a dog-friendly wine tasting weekend benefitting its

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Step into the magic of Mendocino

Happy rottweiler in vineyard

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

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Was Calistoga really founded by a dog?

An old photo of a large dog walking down a street.

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...

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Four-paw fun with a view at Little River Inn

View from 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...

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Napa Humane Walk for Animals 2023

Maya at Pawsport 2018

Come support Napa Humane at the 12th annual Walk for Animals fundraising event at Yountville Community Park! This short stroll through town goes miles and miles for Napa Valley’s companion animals....

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Pawsport Yountville

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Join Napa Humane for a dog-friendly wine tasting weekend benefitting its life-saving programs and services for Napa Valley companion animals. Pawsport Yountville perks are valid for the duration of the...

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Vacaville is exciting, affordable and friendly for dogs

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DogTrekkers love exploring Northern California, and one regional destination stands out for its convenient location and four-paw experiences.

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Dog-friendly wineries near Vacaville

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Suisun Valley, known as the “Petit Sirah Capital of the World,” offers a bunch of excellent dog-friendly wineries. Here are seven places to enjoy a glass of wine with your...

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Placer County promises trails, thrills and tasty surprises

Placer County dog with hotel

Welcome to Placer County, a 1,400-square-mile playground where dog-friendly fun is always in season. From cosmopolitan Roseville and Rocklin,

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Family Dog Rescue: A Sonoma haven for special dogs


Sonoma's Family Dog Rescue is no ordinary animal shelter. Nestled in the property that was once once the Aberglen Pet Resort, this establishment stands as a sanctuary specifically for dogs...

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Ten terrific dog-friendly wineries in California

Dog in vineyards

Are you and your furry friend looking for the perfect day trip in California? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of ten terrific dog-friendly wineries in the Golden State,...

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Embrace the charm of coastal Mendocino: A pawsitively perfect spring coastal getaway with your dog

A dog is sitting on a hill overlooking the ocean on the Mendocino Coast.

A journey along the Mendocino County Coast is a feast for the senses, where the rugged beauty of the Pacific Ocean

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Rainy day fun: 10 indoor activities for dog lovers in Sonoma County


Our top 10 recommendations for rainy-day dog activities in Sonoma County.

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‘Tis the season at dog-friendly Stanford Inn

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Fall is a wonderful time to travel, especially to the North Coast of California. This holiday season, the Stanford Inn in scenic Mendocino is your “natural” choice for the entire family—including dogs,...

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Pets welcome here: Santa Cruz (video)

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From towering redwood groves to the surf-friendly shores of Santa Cruz County, California, see what makes this quintessential beach town so pet-friendly with Pets Welcome Here!

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Pet-friendly adventures in Santa Cruz (video)

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Tag along with Skyler the surfing dog as he sniffs out dog-friendly beaches, restaurants and hotels in Santa Cruz County.

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Dog days of summer (video)

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The adventures of our friends Lily and Chloe rafting on the Russian River.

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Sip and savor with your pup: Fall winery-trekking

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Explore an unfamiliar wine region or two, snag a picnic table or a fire-pit seat, talk wine, be social (you and your pup) and be informed.

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Mend your mind and thrill your dog in Mendocino County

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Mendocino County isn’t just about that beautifully sculpted coast. The inland regions are also gorgeous in a green and hilly kind of way.

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Woof it up in Vacaville

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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...

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Capital sipping experiences

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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...

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Win a Fort Bragg, Mendocino County Beach Dogcation®!

Enter to Win Beachcomber 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...

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Water Dog Sea Cave & River Dog Packages

Dog sailing on the Big River

Your dog deserves a vacation too! The Little River Inn is rolling out the red carpet for dog-lovers and their four-legged companions with their dog kayaking packages.

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Fort Bragg: Affordable and uniquely dog-friendly

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Northern California is known for dog-friendly adventures, and one destination really rolls out the red carpet for pups: Mendocino County. Coastal Fort Bragg is a great basecamp for exploring the...

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Mendocino’s Beachcomber Motel offers pet suites and dog park

Beachcomber Dog Park

The Beachcomber Motel & Spa in Fort Bragg has officially gone to the dogs with their latest addition of Pet Suites and a new, leash-free Dog Park.

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Eat, drink and be hairy: dog-friendly restaurants and wineries in Gilroy, CA

Dog-friendly restaurant table in Gilroy

Gilroy is fortunate to have many dog-friendly restaurants and wineries. No need to leave your dog behind to enjoy a tasty meal away from home—you can just wine and dine...

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Go coast crazy with your dog along Highway 1

Maya dog at Pismo Beach

California’s Central Coast starts in dog-friendly Santa Cruz County and winds some 350 miles south to Ventura County, just north of L.A.

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Become a water dog in Mendo County

Water dog on boat in Mendocino County

Ah, Mendocino! This Northern California county’s beautiful stretch of coastline is a perfect place to retreat to in summertime, especially when the Central Valley is a bit warmer (don’t forget...

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The best of Mendocino County

German Shepherd by historic location in Mendocino County

In sun-dappled Mendocino County, summer is in full swing! You'll find plenty of room to roam here, whether you venture to the coast for cool, clear air, or head inland...

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Discover Mendocino’s inland empire

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Interior Mendocino is dotted with redwood groves, wineries, off-the-beaten-path parks and small towns that extend a warm welcome to travelers with pets.

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Special adventures for furry friends in Mendocino

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Mendocino County has so many dog-friendly activities that you might want to stay a few extra days. The Skunk Train is a northern California classic that departs from depots in...

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Vacaville is wine country with an affordable twist

Panoramic view of Lagoon Valley Park in Vacaville

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...

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One dog-friendly Mendocino drive: Highway 128

Dog by Highway 128

Start your road trip at Cloverdale, turning off Highway 101 and heading west on Highway 128. This scenic route offers up many delights, including the Boonville General Store in southern Mendocino...

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Wag your way through wine country

Dog in a vineyard 

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...

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Mountain wineries that lead the pack

People and dog at a mountain winery

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...

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

Dog running along a Santa Cruz County beach

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...

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Coastal Mendocino: Sustainable by nature

Kayla enjoying the sun at the Stanford Inn garden

Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Sustainable practices and cleaning products. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest.

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Dog-friendly dining in Fort Bragg

Firepit at the Beachcomber Inn

The cool thing about staying in Fort Bragg is the access to a wide range of great restaurants.

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Walk, wag and wine taste through Santa Cruz County history

Dog on Santa Cruz train

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...

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Wine taste at a historic winery

Santa Cruz 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...

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Can you Suisun? If you haven’t, go soon!

Dog in a vineyard

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...

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Fall is prime wine time

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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....

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Cruz Your Way to a Wine Heaven

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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...

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Celebrate 10 winery areas in Mendocino County

Kayla at a winery in Mendocino County

Nothing like a change of scenery to cleanse your soul! If wine tasting is on your agenda, know that Mendocino County

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Vacaville for visitors: packed with surprises

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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...

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Hiding in plain sight: the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Santa Clara Valley wine trail map

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,...

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Fall into Mendocino County

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

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Paddle with your pup in Mendocino County

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Coastal Mendocino County is stitched to rivers and ocean, but visitors aren’t restricted to just looking at the water.

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Mendocino: More than a day trip

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Mendocino County is a DogTrekker favorite for so many reasons. That is why we have partnered with so many hotels, inns, resorts, cabins and glamping properties over the years. You...

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Room to roam in Mendocino

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Lace up your hiking boots, load your pup into the car and get a grip on your leash: you’ll need it when you see how excited

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Raise a glass to the dog-friendly Delta

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Just 15 miles south of downtown Sacramento, the Clarksburg American Viticultural Area offers all kind of dog-friendly, small-batch wine-tasting experiences.

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Tail-waggin’ fun in Folsom and surrounding areas

People and dog on kayak in Folsom

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....

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Explore Sacramento’s ‘Big Back Yard’ with your pup

Dog at Sacto Capitol

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...

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Redwoods, railroads and Mendocino County magic

Skunk train

California Western Railroad lines have wound through majestic Mendocino County redwoods for 135 years.

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Rest and recharge in coastal Mendocino at the Stanford Inn!

Stanford Inn

Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly destination weaves wellness, relaxation and only-in-California recreation into each stay.

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Dog-friendly road trip: Highway 128, Mendocino County

Dog and person in sailboat in Mendocino County

Leaving Highway 101 at Cloverdale (Sonoma county), and heading on CA-128 West, this scenic road offers up many delights, from the Boonville General Store (think deli goodies from pizza to...

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Cooper loved to Travel

Cooper at the beach

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.

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Dog-friendly surprises in Solano County

Dog in a vineyard 

Taken aback by prices at Napa and Sonoma hotels and wineries? Stay in Vacaville at half the price and visit nearby Suisun Valley Rustic Wine Country,

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Time out (with oysters) by the sea

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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.

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Pumpkins patches and wine, oh my!

dog at pumpkin patch

There’s no time better than October to visit the Suisun Valley between Davis and Vacaville in Solano County.

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Cruz the Mountain Wine Roads With Your Pup

Dog cruising Santa Cruz wine roads

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,...

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Explore the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Man holding dog and glass of wine for  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...

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Mendocino wines on your mind?

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October is prime time to pack the corkscrew, the leash and your four-legged friend for a trip up north to Mendocino County,

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Dog daze of summer!

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Use or the DogTrekker mobile app to finds beach websites, park phone numbers and directions.

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Russian River adventures

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Russian River Adventures offers dog-friendly canoe rentals on the most secluded section of the River, where dogs are welcome in the water.

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Cuddle up with your pup in Mendocino County

Little River Inn, Mendocino.

Mendocino County isn’t day-trip distance from any metropolitan area, which, for DogTrekkers, means you’ll want to cuddle up with your pup at a dog-friendly lodging establishment.

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Dog-friendly attractions on the Mendo Coast

Dog in the Mendocino Coast Botanical gardens

The Mendocino Coast is rich in natural attractions, from beaches and redwood forests to vast networks of trails where you and your pup can hike to your hearts' content.

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Borrow a Buddy at the Beachcomber Properties, Fort Bragg

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The "Borrow a Buddy" program is a great partnership between the Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge and the Beach House Inn, all in Fort Bragg, and the Mendocino Coast...

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Leave no dog behind

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One simple mission has always guided DogTrekker’s work: Leave no dog behind, whether you’re on vacation or at a shelter.

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Go north to find dog-friendly cottages in Mendocino County

Little River Inn, Mendocino.

Visitors love Mendo for its mellow vibe, and it doesn’t get more mellow than at Little River Inn, a beloved getaway destination family-owned for five generations.

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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...

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Take Time to Wine Down

Dog and person at winery

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...

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Meet Faraday, a hospice story from Lily’s Legacy

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Meet Faraday. Rescued by two good samaritans from years wandering alone in the vineyards of central California, this lost soul with the gentle heart was taken to a local vet...

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Every dog has its day in Fort Bragg

Beachcomber Motel

The Beachcomber group of properties are a sure bet for visitors traveling to Fort Bragg with furry companions: The group includes three dog-friendly hotels.

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Growling for Guerneville in Sonoma County

Dog in dog-friendly Guerneville

Sonoma County is one of the biggest pieces of real estate in California, and its treasures span a geographic landscape stretching from the Russian River Valley to coastal communities and...

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Tri-Valley – Open Space and Wine Country for Your Dog

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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....

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Wag Tails for Oakland!

Wag Tails for Oakland poster

Yes, Oakland is a vibrant urban place to visit, but it’s not all about dog-friendly ale and wine trails, waterfront dining and hotels (more about that below). As dog-centric locals...

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Drifting About in the Delta

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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...

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Headed up Mendo County way?

Dog in Mendocino County

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...

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Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County

Dog at the Humane Society of Inland Mendocino

For almost 30 years now, the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County has been providing a safe haven for the county's critters in distress, finding them new loving homes, and...

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Mend your mind in Mendocino Village

Dog in Mendocino Village

A mere five minutes from Little River, much-photographed Mendocino Village, with its wealth of lacy Victorians and colorful saltbox cottages, is loaded with places to enjoy with your four-legged friend....

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Dog-friendly brags in Fort Bragg

Dog on Glass Beach Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg, the largest dog-friendly community on the Mendo coast has much to recommend, including the Beachcomber group of properties offering variety and value close to the sea. The Beachcomber...

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Get Your Float on in Sonoma Wine Country!

Dog with life jacket in boat on the Russian River

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...

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Airstreams, dog-friendly glamping and more

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Vintage travel-trailers, “glamping” tents and luxury yurts are part of an outdoorsy trend that is spreading all up and down California.   

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Wine With Your Pup

Enjoying a glass of wine with your dog (no wine for the dog)

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...

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Much to Adore About Amador County Wine

Dog in vineyard with glass of wine in Amador Wine Country

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...

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You’ve Got A Wine-Tasting Place in Placer County

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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...

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More Than Fool’s Gold in Folsom

Dog hanging out in Folsom 

Just a blink up Highway 50 from Rancho Cordova, Folsom is a Gold Country gateway rich in pioneer history. It boasts tons of recreational opportunities, a captivating Old Town district...

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Strike Gold With El Dorado County Wines

Collie and small dog in El Dorado County

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...

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Wine Down With Your Dog By Your Side

Dog and a wine bottle at a dog-friendly winery

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...

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Get a taste (and a sip) of the dog-friendly delta

Dog Sitting at a table

The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta (often referred to as the California Delta) is a maze of navigable waterways winding from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay.

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Wags N Wine Holiday Party, Huntington Beach

Wags N Wine Holiday Party, Huntington Beach – Dec. 13

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Dogs welcome at Yountville tasting rooms

Dog at unfriendly Lambert Bridge

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.

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It’s a Dog’s Life in Santa Cruz Wine Country

Dog and person on surfboard in Santa Cruz

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...

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Lake County hideaway

Black and white dog in a vineyard

“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...

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Gold Country Treasure Hunt

Dog at Gold Country Treasure Hunt event

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...

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Mendocino County ‘hole in one’

The Madrones guest room

The Madrones, an Italian-style enclave in the Mendocino County town of Philo, is a multifaceted destination with a tasting room, five pet-friendly “guest quarters,” a wellness spa and a dog-friendly restaurant, Wickson Restaurant, specializing in...

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Gateway to Farm and Wine Country

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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...

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Take A Stroll Through History

Dog on hill with fog behind

Don’t you love it when you stumble upon something great that you never knew about before? That’s the feeling that takes over upon entering Lagoon Valley/Peña Adobe Regional Park, a...

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Call it a Night in the Tri-Valley

Dog in Tri-Valley hotel lobby

Sure, you could commute from the Bay Area or Sacramento, but why not make a weekend of it? After a day of hiking or touring the wine or craft-beer trails,...

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Not All Tri-Valley Trails Are Made for Walking

Dog on a Tri-Valley Food trail

Think of a trail, and you probably envision a path for hiking or biking, right? In the Tri-Valley, however, not all trails are made for ambulating from place to place....

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Wine time! Paws up for these Mendo wineries

Dog in a vineyard

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...

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Dog-friendly Lake County adventures

Dog with dog toy at lake

Clear Lake, that big puddle of blue in the middle of Lake County, is a popular vacation destination for families, but it’s hardly the only body of water in the...

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A Big Bark For Sebastopol’s Barlow

Dog and person by The Barlow entrance sign

It’s easy, it’s pretty and hiking its 1.8-mile length will burn off just enough calories to allow you to splurge on a meal at The Barlow, a complex housing more...

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All wine, no whine at these Lake County wineries

Woman with dog at winery tasting

While water activities are of course a big attraction in Lake County, more than 30 wineries, most with dog-friendly picnic areas and tasting rooms, welcome visitors in what is one...

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A big bark for Sonoma’s Bart Park

mustard flowers grow in Sonoma vineyard

Sonoma County is well endowed with public lands where you can spend quality time with your furry friend, but not so well known are the private preserves that welcome hikers...

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Furlong Gulch, Sonoma County

Dog prints in the sand at Furlong Gulch in Sonoma County

Furlong Gulch, Sonoma County. Furlong Gulch is one of several beaches you’ll come to as you travel along the 17 miles of beaches extending from the Vista Trail 4 miles north...

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Noyo Beach, Mendocino County

Dog running in the waves at Noyo Beach in Mendocino County

Noyo Beach, Mendocino County. Legal places to romp off-leash with your dog are few and far between on Mendocino County’s gorgeous coastline, but one place you can unclip and let...

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Swirl, Sip and Savor at Santa Cruz’s Dog-Friendly Wineries

Dog next to Sant Cruz Dog-friendly winery sign

First-time visitors to Santa Cruz County usually have beaches in mind. But once they discover wines of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, one of the oldest in the state and...

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Raise a Toast to Oaktown Beer and Wine

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Local flavor is what Oakland is all about, and the city’s urban wineries and craft breweries, many housed in renovated warehouse spaces, warmly welcome patrons with well behaved dogs.

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Noyo Harbor Inn, Fort Bragg

Sheepdog at Noyo Harbor Inn

Fresh from a six-year, $1.6 million renovation, the Noyo Harbor Inn, a 15-room, craftsman-style B&B, accents its more than century-old heritage with refreshed décor complimenting its historic character. Set on...

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New Dog-friendly Hotels in California

Dogs on veranda in a dog-friendly hotel would like to thank all DogTrekkers who contributed to our 2018 reader survey. You let us know that one of the topics you’d most like us to address this...

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Paws for a Napa Valley Overnight

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,...

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Napa Valley Camping With Your Dog!

Dog under tent tarp in Napa Valley

Lodging choices in Napa Valley run from extravagant, five-star resorts to budget motels, but for that certain brand of DogTrekker who prefers to rough it a bit, there’s another alternative: camping....

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Like Art? Leash Up and Feast Your Eyes

Dog in front of sculpture

Napa Valley isn’t all about food and wine; it’s also a magnet for artists and art lovers from around the world. Combining a dog walk with a little art appreciation...

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Lots to see and do in downtown Napa

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Potential visitors to Napa Valley tend to think first of vine-covered hills dotted with wineries, wineries and more wineries. They’re all here, of course. But it would be a shame...

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It’s a Wonderful Life For Bella

Bella on a dog bed

Just in time for the holidays, we received this heartfelt account from reader Alison P.: On October 4 I opened your email newsletter, Treat Your Dog to Autumn Adventure...

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Where to Cruz With Your Pup

Dog trying to take sip from wine glass

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...

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Waterfront Hotel
Urban Wine Trail Hotel Package

Waterfront Hotel, Urban Wine Trail Hotel Package A trip to Oakland isn’t complete without tasting a little local flavor. Arrive to the Waterfront Hotel with this exclusive vacation package and...

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Take Time to Coast

Dog at a coastal lighthouse

Mendocino County is mostly rural, and its extensive patchwork of public lands encompasses everything from national forests and state parks to dog-friendly preserves administered by the Bureau of Land Management....

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A toast to Mendo festival season

Dog by a fireplace

Would you believe more than 1,000 varieties of mushrooms grow beneath Mendocino’s ferns and redwoods? It’s true—and also best to let the experts identify what’s edible and what’s not! You’ll...

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Paws for an overnight break in Mendocino County

Dog looking at Mendocino County scenery

The summer crowds are gone, cool weather has set in and Mendocino County lodging properties are tempting visitors with low-season specials.

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Urban rambles in Sonoma County

sunrise over marshland with low fog in Petaluma

The town of Sonoma, with its historic plaza surrounded by high-end restaurants and shops, is the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country. But wineries aren’t the only places in this sprawling county...

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Make time for wine in Lake County

oxer sniffing grapes at a winery

Lake County is dominated by – you got it – one of the largest bodies of water in the state. But Clear Lake, a popular vacation destination, is just one...

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Sunny Tri-Valley Wineries Welcome Dogs

Dog at a Tri-Valley winery

The Tri-Valley region, an hour east of San Francisco, is nothing if not full of surprises, especially when it comes to wine. Production is centered in the rolling Livermore Valley...

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A Cluster of Winery Finds In Gold Country

Dog at a winery in Gold Country

Wine grapes were introduced to the Sierra Nevada foothills during the Gold Rush years, when miners were thirsty for refreshment and farmers eager to provide. Today, the Sierra Foothills AVA...

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Carneros, Here We Come

2 dogs in Carneros

What part of the Napa and Sonoma valleys is closest to the Bay Area and Sacramento? The answer: Carneros, a wine-growing region and AVA (American Viticultural Area) that spans parts...

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Hop on over to Hopland

Dogs in two big red chairs in Hopland

Winery rich Mendocino County home to 10 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), a half-dozen of which are smaller regions lumped together under the over-arching Mendocino County label. While there are many...

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Kick Some Butte

View of Butte County scenary

Butte County, a quick 70 miles north of Sacramento via interstate 5, is more than just drive-by country. Besides being home to Chico, a vibrant college town; and Lake Oroville, second-largest...

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Visit a Family-Friendly Winery

Dog in a dog- and family-friendly winery

Little humans as well as parents and four-legged family companions will enjoy an outing to a winery with things to do besides sample fruit of the vine. These three are...

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Historic Folsom: Gateway to the Gold Country

Dogs frolicking in Folsom

Visitors know Folsom for the song made famous by the Man in Black, but no one sings the blues once they get to this historic little city at the western...

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Chow Down in a Valley Town

Dog looking at someone's latte

There’s no shortage of places in Tri-Valley to chow down at an outdoor table with your pup at your side. Enjoy the small town hospitality and laid-back vibe whether your...

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Pull Up a Pillow (and a Dog Bed) and Stay the Night

Dog asleep on a pillow

While the Tri-Valley region is within easy commuting distance of the Bay Area and Sacramento, after a day of hiking or touring the wine or craft beer trails, it’s always...

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What and Where is Tri-Valley?

Dog on patio at  winery in the Tri-Valley

Three valleys and four cities make up the Tri-Valley region, which away from urban areas is characterized by rolling hills studded with gnarly oaks and sprawling vineyards. It’s less than...

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Tri-Valley’s No-Whine Wineries

Wine bottle and dog in the Tri-Valley

A laid-back atmosphere and dog-friendly vibe prevail at many Tri-Valley wineries where you can both make yourselves at home. Most establishments are located in the picturesque Livermore Valley, one of...

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Tri-Valley: Eat, Drink & Chill After the Hike

Wine Barrels in the Tri-Valley

If you plan to put on your hiking shoes and head out to enjoy the East Bay Regional Parks mentioned in this issue, we have just the place to refresh,...

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Beach it in Mendocino County

Dog at a beach in Mendocino county

Whether you drive all or just some of the 102 intoxicating miles of Highway 1 hugging the Mendocino County shore, you’re sure to find many places to pull over and...

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Moseying on Mendocino waterways

Dog with lifejacket

There’s something magical about the Big River estuary near Mendocino—and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two- and four-legged visitors down the calm and inky river to the...

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Big Sur Alert

Dog on mountain at Big Sur

Last fall’s fires, combined with harsh winter storms, were not kind to the popular state parks along Highway 1 in the Big Sur region. Much of this scenic slice of...

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Weatherproof Wine Tasting With Your Dog

Dogs in fountain at a winery

Wineries in the Napa Valley number in the hundreds, and it’s a rare facility open to the public that turns away imbibers with leashes in hand. While some facilities relegate...

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White wine on a winter’s day

Yellow dogs and vines

Mendocino County’s wineries produce many reds, of course, but crisp viogniers and other whites are also specialties of the region, even on a winter's day.

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The dining with dog conundrum

Cute funny dog sitting at served dining table indoors

While most Mendocino County restaurants with outdoor dining venues allow dogs to curl up under the table with their owners, winter weather can throw that option a curve ball. In...

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Hideaways by the Sea

Dog next to Hideaways the Sea

There’s nothing like the non-stop sigh of the sea to instill a meditative state of mind. And in Sonoma County, there are dozens of places where you and your pup...

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Hiking hills and Headlands

Tolay Lake Regional Park

Every good bird deserves watching at Bodega Bay, and the 1.2-mile Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail is a great venue for walking your dog while sharpening your identification skills.

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Your trip to the wine country begins in Vacaville

hanging sign that reads "winery tasting room open"

Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their picnic areas.

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Cruise Control in Santa Cruz Wine Country

Dog by wine barrel in Santa Cruz wine country

The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, known primarily for producing pinot noir and chardonnay, is one of the oldest in the state. Close to 100 wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled...

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North Coast winery ramble

Yellow dogs in winery

If your dog is like most, she doesn’t give a sniff about how “approachable” the wine you’re sipping might be. She cares about how approachable the winery’s visitor facility is...

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Glamp it up with your pup in Mendocino

Dog by glamping tent in Mendocino County

In Mendocino County, Mendocino Grove is the place to glamp it up with your pup in Mendocino. On 37 wooded acres between Mendocino Village and Big River, offers roomy safari...

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Leash up for a fall trip to Mendocino

Dog in Mendocino village with white house in background

If peace, quiet and scenery are your vacation priorities, you’ll find plenty of all three in big, diverse Mendocino County—especially in September and October, when you’re likely to experience the...

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Folsom – Gateway to Gold Country

Dog with bridge in background in Gold Country

Yes, country legend Johnny Cash put Folsom on America's musical map—and soon there will be a 2.5-mile, Class I bike trail named in his honor. It will cross Folsom Prison...

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Go with the rivers’ flow

Dog wearing red life vest asleep in kayak

Your dog may not be able to paddle her own canoe, but you’ll have a blast paddling for her with an assist from an outfitter who knows how to help...

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Off-leash beaches for chasing waves

Three off-leash dogs frolicking at the beach.

For water-loving canines, nothing beats fetching a bright yellow tennis ball from the surf and romping full speed ahead on a sandy beach. But while there’s plenty of sand to...

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From wine to bristlecone Pines

Dogs on the mountain

There are many ways to get to the High Sierra, all of them scenic, some a little more leisurely and winding than others. If time permits and you like lots...

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Camping, Sunset Style

Like many of us who read Sunset, you are most likely inspired and somewhat intimidated by those oh-so-perfect homes, gardens and recipes showcased on the magazine’s glossy pages and online....

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Beer or Wine, Rain or Shine

Dog next to drinks sign

Northern California’s love affair with craft beer and local wines just keeps getting stronger, with new breweries and wineries springing up all over Oakland and the Tri-Valley region.

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Lots to Wag About in Tri-Valley

Dog and person walking in the Tri-Valley

For those who live in San Francisco, Sacramento and most points in between, the Tri-Valley region, with its rolling topography and semi-rural character, offers a refreshing change of venue for...

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Treasure in Gold Country

Eden Vale Inn Not interested in snow? You, your significant other and the four-legged tagalong who can’t be left behind will find walkable serenity coupled with luxurious accommodations at dog-friendly...

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Take a walk on the wine side

Sasha at Foursight Winery in Philo

Photo courtesy: Foursight Wines Many Mendocino County visitors stay glued to the gorgeously sculpted coastline, but to do so is to miss out on star attractions such as the Anderson...

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And many more Mendocino County suggestions…

Bird watching in Mendocino.

Bird watching in Mendocino. Photo Credit: Angela Snoberger Over the past five years, has presented many stories on places to go and things to do with dogs in Mendocino...

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Chill out in Fort Bragg

Dog on Glass Beach Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg is the “big city” on the Mendocino Coast with 7,500 full-time human residents, many of whose households also count our-legged family members.

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Howl-I-Day Winery Party

Photo Credit: Brian Brooks (CC) If a visit to Sonoma Wine Country is on your December agenda, time your trip to take part in the Dec. 11 Ugly Sweater Howl-I-Day Party...

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Wags and Wine

Ruka enjoying the scenery at Clos Du Val Winery. Photo Credit: Meg S. Meg S. sent in a great photo of her dog Ruka at Clos Du Val Winery in...

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Vacaville, gateway to the wine country

chocolate lab sits at table with bottle of wine

Photo Credit: Liz Anderson Ready for some wine tasting? The verdant Suisun Valley, about 20 minutes from downtown Vacaville, is home to numerous wineries that welcome canine guests in their...

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Napa Valley leg-stretchers

hot air balloon in Napa Valley

Just because you’ve had your fill of food, wine and vines doesn’t mean your restless Rover is ready to call it a day. After all, there’s not much exercise to...

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Sip ‘n’ Sightsee With Your Dog

Photo Credit: JJ (CC) The Napa Valley wine region boasts about 120 wineries that welcome dogs on their grounds and/or their tasting rooms.

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Photo courtesy: Visit Napa Valley A destination as diverse as Napa County deserves an overnight stay, and there’s no need to leave Bella home no matter what your budget. Whether...

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Dog-friendly Tri-Valley Region Trails

The Bay Area’s Tri-Valley region, just 45 minutes east of San Francisco, is a sunny paradise for hiking dogs and their people, rewarding both with lots of wide open spaces...

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Sonoma County Regional Parks with your pup

hillside view in Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma County’s diverse network of regional parks is laced by more than 140 miles of trails leading to beaches, mountains, forests, lakes and meadows.

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Calistoga With Your Pup

Lupo at Castello di Amarosa

Photo credit: eLjeProks (CC) Famous for its hot springs and namesake bottled water, dog-friendly Calistoga is a relaxing but lively destination at the north end of the Napa Valley, also reached by a...

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Santa Cruz: As Much About Wine As Beaches

Photo credit: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious (CC) For many visitors, Santa Cruz County is as much about wine as it is about beaches. The Santa Cruz Mountains appellation, known for a cool...

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Paso Robles Passion

Photo credit: Jordan Carson San Luis Obispo County’s Paso Robles wine region was voted 2013's Wine Region of the Year by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine. And based on the number...

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Yolo County’s dog-friendly wineries

hanging sign that reads "winery tasting room open"

Yolo County, best known as the home of UC Davis, is also an emerging wine region bursting with dog-friendly surprises.

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Sunny, Convenient Livermore Valley

Dog with person at restaurant table in the Livermore valley

With 40-plus wineries tucked into a landscape of rolling hills and sun-dappled valleys, the Tri-Valley region's Livermore Valley Wine Country shares a landscape very similar to the more famous Napa...

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Apple Hill is Wine Country, Too

Photo credit: Miss Chien (CC) California Gold Country has it all: rugged scenery, historic towns—and a booming wine industry that offers myriad opportunities for DogTrekkers. September and October, when after-harvest...

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Fall Into Fall in Sonoma Wine Country

Photo credit: Linda Rose If you and your fur buddy have only a day or two to spend in large and diverse Sonoma County, it’s wise to pick a region...

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Exploring Napa’s ‘Ghost Wineries’

Photo credit: lizzie1326 (CC) Visit Napa Valley midweek or in fall/winter, and you’ll have an experience much different than on high-season weekends. And there’s no shortage of wineries that welcome...

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Wine, waves & woof in Mendocino County

Three dogs playing in the ocean

Mendocino wine country can be broadly divided into two areas: the Highway 101 corridor encompassing Hopland, Willits and Ukiah; and the Yorkville Highlands/Anderson Valley growing areas along Highway 128. You’ll...

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Green Inspiration at Cornerstone Sonoma

Kayla gets the cold shoulder from Cornerstone dog Anyone who loves gardens will be hearing a lot very soon about Sunset magazine making Cornerstone Sonoma, a garden and retail complex...

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No-Whine Wine Tasting in Sonoma County

Photo Credit: Jon Clegg (CC) Why take your dog on a wine-tasting excursion? Dogs like a change of scenery as much as their people do, and they’re welcome at almost...

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Cuddle Up With Your Pup

Photo Credit: smerikal (CC) Sonoma County has plenty of gorgeous scenery to share with your best friend, and plenty of places to make base camp if you’re able to spend...

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Stretch Your Legs In Sonoma County

Photo Credit: Mike Lewinski (CC) Like to scope out new horizons from a two- and four-legged point of view? The Sonoma County coast, the Sonoma Valley and the Russian River region...

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Paddling Mendocino county rivers

Dog and person on outrigger in Big River

Have you ever longed to kayak on a beautiful river but not been able to because you have your dog along? Come to Mendocino County, where it’s easy to go...

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All aboard the Mendocino Skunk Train

Skunk Train engine

One of the most entertaining ways to experience Mendocino County’s majestic redwoods is aboard the historic (and dog-friendly) Skunk Train.

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River running with Rover

Dog playing in Howarth Park

Lakes are great and beaches are peachy, but there’s something special about splashing in a river. has explored quite a few with our furry best friends and want to...

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Meandering the Mendo coast with your dog

Retriever running along the beach at Seaside in Monterey County

While you can drive from one end of Mendocino County to the other in a morning or afternoon (it’s 102 winding miles from Leggett to Gualala on scenic Highway 1) this...

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Wind Up and Wine Down in Oakland

Jack London Square Summer days are great for long, lingering meals on the tail end of an outing with your pet. Lake Merritt, the large tidal lagoon in the center...

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Paws to the (Nice, Flat) Path

Dogs on flat walking path

Back in the day, Bosco used to love to join you in long-distance runs and near-vertical scrambles up challenging trails. Now, not so much — but he still needs regular...

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Dog-Passionate Folsom

Oscar having fun at Folsom Lake. (CC) T. Dibble Johnny Cash may have put Folsom on America's musical map, but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this...

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El Dorado County’s adventure loop

Dogs Lola and Leroy

Lola and Leroy on an adventure in Gold Country. Photo: M. Miller Next time you can wrangle a weekend away in Gold Country, head east on Highway 50, exit at...

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Dog-friendly Paso Robles Wine Country

Wineglass with dog etching

DogTrekkers touring the Central Coast wine country will leave with happy tails after stopping by any one of the area’s dog-friendly wineries. We’ve paw-tested quite a few that are sure...

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Travelling with Pepper Lukes

Pepper Lukes all Smiles at Cuvier DogTrekker, Anna Lisa, sent us photos of her lovely seven year old shih tzu poodle, Pepper Lukes. Pepper travels everywhere with her family, is very...

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Walking the wilds of Mendocino

Person walking dogs in redwoods

Hiking in the woods. Farley Endeman (CC) A big part of Mendocino County’s appeal is its hundreds of thousands of acres of dog-friendly public lands, which range from sprawling, 913,300-acre...

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Waves & woof on the Mendocino Coast

View of Mendocino Village and ocean.

A mere glimpse of Mendocino’s gorgeously sculpted coastline is all it takes to turn urban angst into rural revelation. The scenery is so intoxicating you can yappily spend a week...

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Mendocino’s inland empire

Skunk train

Many Mendocino County visitors stay glued to the scenic stretch of coastline between Little River and Fort Bragg, but to do so is to miss out on redwoods, wineries, off-the-beaten-path...

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Gold Country Getaways

Kennedy Meadows in Sonora. Rachael Moore (CC) On Highway 49 you’ll find a string of Gold Rush-era towns delightfully uncrowded at this time of year. While Sutter Creek and Jackson...

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Sounds Like Sonoma Wine Country

Overlooking Sonoma County. Angie Bartholomew (CC) Rural but sophisticated? Away from it all but not far from home? Sounds like Sonoma County, where cabin and cottage retreats are as much...

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Moseying through Mendocino County

Dog at Pt arena lighthouse

Happy dog in Gualala If you haven’t been to Mendocino County in a while, consider following coastal Highway 1 through a scenic wonderland touched by many trails where you and...

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Farm-to-glass delights

group of friends sit at a table with a dog clinking full wine glasses

With more than 200 wineries situated within a 75-mile radius of the state Capitol, Sacramento can lay claim to being a “farm-to-glass” capital as well as a capital of farm-to-fork...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in Placer County

Pescadore Vineyard. (CC) Howard Koons Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in Amador County

Amador County, best known for its robust zinfandels, is home to more than 40 tasting rooms in the Shenandoah Valley, Fiddletown, Sutter Creek, Willow Creek and Ione areas.

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Exploring Greater Sacramento’s Wine Regions

Sacramento's self-proclaimed title as "America's Farm-to-Fork Capital," and regional wineries are a big part of the picture.

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Dog-friendly Wineries in El Dorado County

Madrona Winery (CC) Stephen Curtin. Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in Livermore Valley

Retzlaff Vineyard, Livermore Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in the Gold Country

Gold Country - Somerset wine dog California Gold Country hugs the western slope of the Sierra Nevada and is home to hundreds of wineries. Many offer free tastings, intimate access...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in Napa Valley

QQ in Napa Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of...

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Dog-friendly Wineries in San Luis Obispo County

Paso Robles Wine Dog Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map...

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Dog-friendly wineries in Mendocino County

a dog wearing a bandana sitting in front of a bar.

Wine dog at Toulouse Winery. (CC) Mk30 Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking...

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Dog-friendly wineries in Sonoma County


Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of the county or...

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Water and More in Lake County

Field of vines in Lake County. (CC) SP8254 The map of Lake County is dominated by Clear Lake, a popular vacation spot with many dog-friendly places to cuddle up for...

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DogTrekkers visits the dog passionate Stanford Inn in Mendocino County

White dog on rug at Stanford Inn.

Sydnie and Siskiyou on the coast "If you're ever in the Mendocino area, I highly recommend the Stanford Inn. We went there with three of our fur babies, and were...

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Calistoga On a Leash

I Love Calistoga art. Photo by Tim Carl.

A welcoming destination with a rich history, the charming town of Calistoga caps the far north end of the Napa alley like a cork in a bottle. Recently named one...

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Dog-friendly Wineries: Just a Click Away

Dog ready for an outing

Here at, we’ve made dog-friendly wineries easier to find through a new, interactive map on our California Wine Country landing page. Clicking on the map of the county or...

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Bet on Bodega Bay

Dogs playing in Bodega Bay

Follow the Pacific coast through Sonoma County and you’ll find plenty of gorgeous scenery to share with your best friend. Bodega Bay makes an ideal hub for discovering the region’s...

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Scenic Sebastopol

Hanging out at the Sebastopol Apple Fair.(CC) e.t. This West Sonoma County hub is fast becoming a DogTrekker favorite, particularly since the advent of The Barlow, a dog- and family-friendly...

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KOA Welcomes DogTrekkers

Camping in California is surging in popularity with DogTrekkers, in part because privately owned campgrounds such as the award-winning San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA have diversified to offer not just RV camping, but...

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RV Resorts: Not Just for RVs Anymore

Petaluma KOA Photo courtesy Daniel Trumm (CC) KOA (Kampgrounds of America) has been a leader for decades in expanding its amenities to attract a broad demographic of vacationers. Most of...

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Wandering El Dorado County

Gus at Echo Lake. Photo: Kat Stan (CC) El Dorado County is one of the state’s most diverse when it comes to beguiling attractions. From dog-friendly wineries and hip historic...

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Russian River Adventures

Have a dog who loves water? Why not let her serve as first mate in a dog-friendly canoe?  Russian River Adventures, Sonoma County's premiere dog-passionate eco-adventure outfitter, welcomes four-paw passengers...

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DogTrekker’s best river adventures

Dog in canoe at Catch a Canoe in Mendocino

Among our favorite go-to spots is the languidly flowing stretch of the Russian River around Healdsburg. Russian River Adventures rents dog-friendly inflatable canoes for full-day trips where you can enjoy...

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Clearly Clear Lake

Clear Lake State Park sign in the spring

There it sits, a big blue puddle on the map about 75 miles due north of Santa Rosa. When’s the last time you and your furry sidekick visited Clear Lake,...

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The Gold Country’s Golden Chain Highway

Dog by the Golden Chain Highway

Sure, you’ve visited parts of Gold Country. But have you ever driven the entire 330 miles of Highway 49, the historic “Golden Chain Highway?” Considering all the dog-friendly places to...

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Make it Mendocino

Woman with dog resting on the terrace mountain chalet at sunset.

Dog-friendly vacation rentals in Mendocino County are as abundant as scenery is beautiful, so you and your four-legged pals should have no trouble snagging a retreat for a week or...

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Sunday in Sonoma Wine Country

The old proverb 'Let Sleeping Dogs Lie' doesn't apply at family and dog-friendly Larson Family Winery, located in the heart of of the Carneros region of Sonoma. Both Bubba and...

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“Tri” Something New

Pleasanton Ridge - Photo: Maverick Wyatt Myers Residents of the East Bay’s Tri-Valley region know they’ve got it good when it comes to open space, but the casual visitor buzzing...

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Nip into Napa

Grapevine in early winter

Sadie, wine tasting in the Napa Valley. Ah, wintertime in the Napa Valley. The crowds are gone and region’s many delights are yours for the taking. This is the season...

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Go For The Gold

Gracie at Dog and Pony Ranch. Photo courtesy Dog and Pony Ranch. The history books don’t say much about the ruff 'n' ready canines who kept lonely miners company and...

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Four Paw Salute to Our Sponsors

As we begin adding new Southern California regions in 2014, it’s important to give a shout-out to all of the destinations who partnered with us in 2013. These Paw-of-Approval destinations...

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Trekking in Temecula

Dog in a vineyard 

Southern California’s high-desert wine country is centered around the town of Temecula, 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 60 miles north of San Diego.

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Take a Bragg-adocious break

Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. Photo by Pawparazzi Pet Photography, provided by MGBG

With a whopping 7,500 full-time residents, Fort Bragg is the “big city” on the Mendocino coast. It’s also a very dog-friendly place, thanks largely to the tireless advocacy efforts of...

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Mendocino’s inland Charms

Chandelier drive thru tree

Drive north on Highway 1 from Fort Bragg, and you’ll soon leave the coast and turn inland. It’s about an hour to Leggett, where the road merges with Highway 101...

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Groovin’ In Gualala

Ocean stroll on the cliffs near Sea Ranch Lodge In southern Mendocino County, the village of Gualala makes a peaceful, fresh-air base for a low-key getaway. From high-end to budget, there’s...

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Sipping in Sonoma

The largest county in the Bay area is also the most diverse from a DogTrekker’s point of view. From downtown tasting rooms to Russian River wineries with sweeping views, our...

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Dog-friendly Wine Itineraries

Since the launch of, interest in dog-friendly wineries has soared, making them the most sought-after attractions on In an effort to provide you and your four-legged friends with the...

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Moseying Around Monterey

Bleeker and Aero in Monterey. Photo Dave Kendrick They say that Monterey Wine Country is "where great taste begins." We know from experience that it's also a great place to...

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Mendocino magic

Dog sniffing grapes on the vine.

Many Mendocino County visitors stay glued to the gorgeously sculpted coastline, but to do so is to miss out on star attractions such as the Anderson Valley wine region, an...

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Mendocino Coast Humane Society 2013

Dog coming through doggie door

Since we last checked in with the good folks at Mendocino Coast Humane Society, who have been pitching in since 2001 to help the county's critters in need, they've continued...

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DogTrekker is on the Road

Ella - Photo by Dave Kendrick The Bay Area Pet Fair and Adoptathon 2013, held last weekend at the Marin Center, was a fabulous success. was on hand both...

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Run Spot Run

Dog on a bike in Petaluma. The town of Sonoma might be the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, but wineries aren’t the only places in this sprawling county to visit with...

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Sniff Around Downtown Sonoma

Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma Sonoma State Historic Park, which are clustered along Spain Street on the north side of the plaza. You and Spot are free to walk the...

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Explore the countryside

Dog at unfriendly Lambert Bridge

The words “wine” and “Sacramento” may not seem to go together—until you realize more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms are situated within 75 miles of the state capital.

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Amazing Mendocino County

Dog in the Mendocino Coast Botanical gardens

If there’s one destination in Northern California that really rolls out the red carpet for your pooch, it's Mendocino County. Pet-friendly properties such as Stanford Inn by the Sea, Little...

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Dog-Friendly Hide-aways in Mendocino

Dog and two people in a cabin.

If seclusion is your thing, you’ll find plenty of it in big, diverse Mendocino County. DogTrekkers who love being shooshed to sleep by the waves should check out the possibilities...

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Pawsitively Perfect

We’re not claiming to be personally familiar with every campground in Northern California, but our experiences at these dog-friendly sites have been pawsitive enough to keep us coming back. Whether...

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Folsom For You and Your Dog

Johnny Cash may have put Folsom on America's musical map, but visitors don't sing the blues once they experience the vitality of this historic little city at the western gateway to California...

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Angles on Amador County

In summer, water rules, and Amador County offers many options, from Camanche Reservoir in the foothills to beautiful Silver Lake in the Eldorado National Forest near Carson Pass. If you’re...

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Rollin’ on a river with your dog

dog wearing life vest asleep in kayak on river with fog

How many times have you skipped an otherwise great activity because Spot couldn’t come along? Thanks to a handful of savvy Northern California outfitters, you don’t have to invest in...

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Paw of Approval Lodging appreciates feedback from our readers, and one of the most-asked questions we get is, “when are you planning to add the Central Coast, and more specifically, San Luis Obispo...

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Paw-Tested Wineries

Concannon Winery dogs With 40-plus wineries tucked into a landscape of rolling hills and sun-dappled valleys, the Livermore Valley Wine Country shares a landscape very similar to the more famous...

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Paws for a Rest

While the Tri-Valley region is within commuting distance of millions of Bay Area and Sacramento residents, those coming for special events often prefer to spend the night.

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The many sides of Mendocino County

Pt Cabrillo lighthouse

If there's one destination in Northern California that really rolls out the red carpet for your pooch, it's Mendocino County. Pet-friendly properties such as Stanford Inn by the Sea, Little...

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A Toast to Spring

Pups at Lambert Bridge So many wineries are dog-friendly these days that it’s rare to visit one without spotting a least a couple of canines wagging their tails while their...

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Martin Resorts appreciates feedback from our readers, and one of the most-asked questions we get is, “when are you planning to add the Central Coast, and more specifically, San Luis Obispo...

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Woof it up in Wine-Country luxury

Dog at Carneros Resort

If you truly want to impress your Valentine, and your dog, look no farther than Carneros Inn, a bucolic, luxury retreat surrounded by vineyards in the wine-growing region at the...

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Cupid calls in Mendocino

A dog with a red heart. Valentine's Day.

If you’re in the mood for a secluded getaway—no traffic, few people, plenty of room to hold hands with your partner and roam with your dog—look no farther than a...

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DogTrekkers Four-Paw Salute To Our Sponsors

A recap of 2012 wouldn't be complete without a four-paw salute to the supporting sponsors of All of these destinations have partnered with us this year, helping to fund important...

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Road Trip

We know you like to travel with your canine companion; that’s what DogTrekker is all about. In the past year, we’ve loaded up our four-legged friends, hit the road and...

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Tail-Waggin’ Gold Country Farm Trails

For many Northern California families (dogs included, of course)  autumn wouldn’t be autumn without a trip to the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County, where pie shops, u-pick orchards,...

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Dog-Passionate Sacramento

Yellow lab Maya on the Sacramento River Trail

Dog-friendly California begins with Sacramento, as you will find out when you explore all the capital city has to offer, from hikes to scenic walks, dog parks to swim spots...

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Monterey Meanderings

Monterey County is vast, stretching south through Big Sur and east through the winery-rich Carmel Valley and into the Santa Lucia Mountains. You and your four-legger are sure to have...

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The grape side of Mendocino

Two Dalmatian dogs in a vineyard

Mendocino wine country can be broadly divided into two areas: the Highway 101 corridor encompassing Hopland, Willits and Ukiah; and the Yorkville Highlands/Anderson Valley growing areas along Highway 128.

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Sacramento and Beyond

The words “wine” and “Sacramento” may not seem to go together—until you realize more than 200 wineries and tasting rooms are situated within 75 miles of the state capital. Many...

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Run The River With Your Dog

Dog and his people on the Russian River Do you have a dog that loves the water? Why not let your pooch splash and swim as the first mate in...

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Sniffing Out Tasty Wine

If your dog is like most dogs, he doesn’t give a woof about the raspberry and leather notes that distinguish a 2009 pinot from its 2011 counterpart. What matters to...

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Sleep green

Bardessono hotel solar array

Northern California leads the nation in the number of hotels—more than a dozen to date certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program....

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A weekend for romance

Maya at Stanford Inn playing

If we had Valentine's weekend off, a significant other to share it with and the bling to do it right, we’d steer our sweetie—and the furry family member we wouldn’t...

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On being a good hotel guest

Woman with dog and luggage checking in to hotel

Too often, rules are in place because the human/canine parties who visited before caused trouble or annoyance to management or other guests.

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Dog-friendly Stanford Inn, Mendocino

Stanford Inn exterior

One of Mendocino's favorite dog-friendly inns is the Stanford Inn by the Sea. Featured in Oprah Magazine and more than 139 other publications, as well as on TV, this hillside...

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Pet-friendly Monterey wine country

Hungry dog waiting for food under outdoor table

A visit to Carmel Valley takes you right to the center of Monterey Wine Country, where a community of family-owned wineries welcome you and your four-legged friends.

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Who let the ocean in?

View from Whale Watch Inn

About 120 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1, the Whale Watch Inn in southern Mendocino County is a close-to-nature haven with ocean views from all 18 rooms.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch

Dog on beach by Sea Ranch

Sea Ranch was “eco-friendly” before Earth Day was even invented, and today as in its 1960s infancy, the low-key, architecturally distinct community attracts a clientele with “back to the land”...

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Pet-friendly Mendocino County

yellow lab sits on deck outside Stanford Inn entrance

If there's one destination in Northern California that really rolls out the red carpet for your pooch, it's pet-friendly Mendocino County. You'll find dozens of hotels, motels, inns, B&B's and...

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Pet Friendly Santa Rosa

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens roses

Welcome to Santa Rosa, where everything comes together: wine country and farm country, redwood forests and rivers, lakes and ocean. Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, Santa Rosa is a...

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Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County

Homeless puppy from a shelter

At its shelter in Redwood Valley, the Humane Society for Inland Mendocino County offers a safe haven for dogs and cats who find themselves in trouble.

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Pooches in Paraiso

A view of the countryside vineyards from a hill.

They used to call it Steinbeck Wine Country, and the views celebrated in "East of Eden" are just as bucolic as in the famous author's time. Nowadays, 12 wineries hugging...

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Bark for Bocce

Picayune Cellars dog

Gold Rush entrepreneur Sam Brannan founded Calistoga with the intent of harnessing its hot springs and making it the "Saratoga of California." In one of California history's most oft-quoted slips...

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Paws for a park

Experience the joy-filled sight of a golden retriever scampering gleefully towards you, its tail wagging merrily. In the backdrop, a lively group of dogs adds to the playful ambiance of the sun-kissed, pet-friendly dog park. This place is an enticing option for your beloved pet's recreative and socializing needs. - Dogtrekker

For such a large county, Sonoma has relatively few chunks of open space that dogs can explore with their people. But Hood Mountain, Sugar Loaf Ridge, and Tolay Lake are...

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Cuddle up in Monte Rio

Doodle dog on outdoor sofa in front of fire pit

This Sonoma County village on the Russian River has been welcoming San Francisco vacationers for more than a century and serves up sophistication along with big doses of rural charm.

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Who let the dogs in?

Dog at unfriendly Lambert Bridge

Sonoma County vintners are increasingly courting the dogtrekker demographic special dog-centric events for four–legged friends and the people on the other end of their leashes. 

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Russian with Rover

Russian River Adventures

With the crowds gone and only a few weeks left before the rainy season sets in, the romantic Russian River region beckons.

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Lots to Bragg about

Glass Beach

What can you say about a town that has its own dog park mayor, an ice cream parlor that provides free licks for Fido, and a 47-acre botanical garden known for...

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Wine with spirits

Regusci Winery

Tis the season for all things haunted, so why not evoke some ghostly spirits with your Cabernet? Delightfully secluded at the end of a long, win

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The Stanford Inn – authentically eco-minded

Enter a doggie paradise at dusk in the stunningly lush, flower-filled gardens surrounding the multi-story Stanford Inn. The vibrant blossoms create a delightful visual spectacle, providing an exciting adventure for both you and your four-legged friend to discover. - Dogtrekker

Since the early 1980s, the dog-passionate Stanford Inn owners Joan and Jeff Stanford have been guided by a purpose-driven, light-on-the-land mindset. That ethic influences everything at the resort, including room...

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