Dog-friendly Wineries

Dog-friendly Wineries

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Cooper Loved to Travel

Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay
Cooper at Manhattan Beach (aka Blufftop Beach), Half Moon Bay

From the editors: We thank John Poimiroo for this special tribute to Cooper, a passionate and loyal DogTrekker! Check out his adventures after the "more" below.

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Cooper loved to travel. You might say Dogtrekker.com was created for Coop.
 
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. Coop teamed up with Niki Frost when he was just eight weeks old. His mom had been rescued by Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue when she was pregnant with 10 puppies.
 
Niki relates that at seven months she took Coop to the vet, worried that his rough paws might need ointment. She recounted, "When I asked the vet, she grabbed his paws and looked at me in the eyes and said, 'This dog is not a house cat! His paws should be rough. He is made to swim in oceans, run in sand, climb on rocks and go on adventures. I would be concerned if they were not rough."
 
And so, Niki set out to assure that Cooper's paws never softened. Only her heart would do that.  She and Coop became avid DogTrekkers, though the jury is still out whether Coop loved the beach or the mountains more. more »

Dog-Friendly Surprises in Solano County

Maya & Friends
Maya & Friends

Taken aback by prices at Napa and Sonoma hotels and wineries? Stay in Vacaville at half the price (or, just make it a day-trip) and visit nearby Suisun Valley Rustic Wine Country, a verdant Solano County agricultural region where you’ll find numerous dog-friendly wineries offering outdoor, socially distanced tasting opportunities. more »

Mendocino Wines On Your Mind?

Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA
Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA

October is prime time to pack the corkscrew, the leash and your four-legged friend for a trip up north to Mendocino County, where the vineyards are blazing with fall color and the mood everywhere is as mellow as can be. The county’s 11 diverse appellations each express a style of their own, and while you can hardly sample them all in a weekend, you can choose an itinerary along one of the county’s “wine roads.”  more »

Cruz the Mountain Wine Roads With Your Pup

Dog-passionate Santa Cruz Wineries!
Dog-passionate Santa Cruz Wineries!

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

Explore the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Dogs Welcome Along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail
Dogs Welcome Along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Now here’s a wine region that’s hiding in plain sight. The Santa Clara Valley (also known as Silicon Valley) is one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions and home to some 34 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly.

The city of Gilroy, known for its famous garlic festival, is your home base for exploring the region; just follow the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail signage to craft your own tour. more »

Pumpkins Patches and Wine, Oh My!

Wineries, Pumpkins and Vacaville, Oh My!
Wineries, Pumpkins and Vacaville, Oh My!

There’s no time better than October to visit the Suisun Valley between Davis and Vacaville in Solano County. Not only are the vineyards ablaze; pumpkin patches, farm stands and other agricultural points of interest are in full swing. (Don’t miss Larry’s Produce, a vast produce enterprise with adjacent pumpkin patch.) 

The valley is just a ridge away from the famous Napa Valley, and its wines share many characteristics native to the shared climate. Suisun bills itself as “rustic wine country” and prides itself on providing friendly welcomes to visitors with dogs on the other end of the leash. more »

How About Those Mendocino Wineries and Brewpubs?

Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA
Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA

Mendocino County is known for its wines (and its brews, too) but as tasting-room openings and closures fluctuate in accordance with state mandates, DogTrekkers will want to pay close tabs before setting out to sip. As of July 13, all indoor facilities are shut indefinitely. In general, outdoor tasting is permitted, by reservation.. Keep up with the latest at mendowine.commore »

Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. more »

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 »

Winning Wineries in Redding and Shasta Cascade

Whispering Oaks Vineyard - Photo Credit: @winedogs_hq
Whispering Oaks Vineyard - Photo Credit: @winedogs_hq

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

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