Dog-friendly Wineries

Dog-friendly Wineries

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Wag Tails for Oakland!

Photo: Instagram @thecharliebean
Photo: Instagram @thecharliebean

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 know, one of the pleasures of living here is proximity to many open-space preserves where you can flee the big-city hustle-bustle and revel with your pup in the shade of redwoods or atop grassy ridges with panoramic views. more »

Hideaway Finds In the Santa Cruz Mountains

Storrs Winery - Photo Credit: @ltkphotography
Storrs Winery - Photo Credit: @ltkphotography

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. more »

Go Soon to Suisun!

Wooden Valley Winery - Photo Credit: @egoldswo
Wooden Valley Winery - Photo Credit: @egoldswo

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. more »

Drifting About in the Delta

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Miner's Leap Winery - Photo Credit: @russ_hooper

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 grapes are the main crops). Numerous winery tasting rooms have cropped up over the past decade on both sides of the river, all of them dog-friendly. more »

Vet Buzz: Keeping Your Dog Cool On Hot Summer Days

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By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Dogs love summer fun just as much as we do. But being trapped in those fur coats without the ability to sweat can prove troublesome in the hotter months. To take away the worry of overheating your furbaby, here are a few tips. more »

Headed Up Mendo County Way?

Pond at The Other Place
Pond at The Other Place

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. more »

Living Local In Santa Cruz County

Big Basin - Photo Credit: Alice Chen
Big Basin - Photo Credit: Alice Chen

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 it’ll do: The former fire evacuation road, surrounded by redwoods, provides for a 7-mile round-trip trek on a paved surface that parallels Opal Creek for much of the way. more »

All Wine, No Whine At These Lake County Wineries

Langtry Estate & Vineyards - Photo Credit: @embeckwith
Langtry Estate & Vineyards - Photo Credit: @embeckwith

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 of the fastest growing wine regions in the country. While the region is best known for its sauvignon blancs, petit sirahs and big reds are gaining well deserved cachet. The Lake County wine-growing region blanketing the eastern portion of the county is divided into seven AVAs (American Viticultural Areas), or appellations, each with its own sense of place. more »

Dog-Friendly Adventures on Lakes and Land

The Lodge at Blue Lakes <br/> Photo Credit: @nima_and_jasper
The Lodge at Blue Lakes
Photo Credit: @nima_and_jasper

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 vicinity. Blue Lakes (Upper and Lower), just five miles away, are a pair of clear, spring-fed bodies of water ideal for swimming and fishing. Only human-powered craft or those with or electric motors are allowed (speed limit is 5 mph), but you can rent an electric “yacht” or pontoon boat from the Lodge at Blue Lakes and pile the family (dogs included) on board for a great day of cruising about. more »

Lake County Hideaway

Bed & Barrell at Stonehouse Cellars
Bed & Barrell at Stonehouse Cellars

“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. more »

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