Dog-friendly Wineries

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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 »

Mendocino County ‘Hole in One’

Lord Sandwich and friends at Smith Story Wine Cellars <br/> Photo Credit: sandwichthedoodle
Lord Sandwich and friends at Smith Story Wine Cellars
Photo Credit: sandwichthedoodle

Talk about having it all beneath one roof…The Madrones, an Italian-style enclave in the Mendocino County town of Philo, is a multifaceted destination with three tasting rooms, five pet-friendly “guest quarters,” a wellness spa and a dog-friendly restaurant, Stone & Embers, specializing in wood-fired cuisine. Visitors with four-legged companions in tow will get a special welcome at the Smith Story Wine Cellars tasting room, where the resident goldendoodle, Lord Sandwich, reigns supreme. more »

Collect Stamps at Yountville Tasting Rooms

Collect Stamps at Yountville Tasting Rooms

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. This culinary mecca is chock-a-block with strollable tasting rooms and restaurants (most with dog-friendly outdoor seating). Some 19 tasting rooms clustered within a mile of each other participate in the Yountville Wine Walk, which awards prizes based on the number of establishments visited. more »

Gold Country Treasure Hunt

Vineyard Supervisor at Popie Wines <br/> Photo Credit: @popiewines
Vineyard Supervisor at Popie Wines
Photo Credit: @popiewines

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 Hunt, a contest taking place through December. The deal: Visit a member winery, find the “treasure” (it might be an artwork, an artifact or a physical feature of the property), take a selfie, post it on Instagram and be entered to win a $100 gift card. more »

Up the Hill in Placerville With Your Furry Sidekick

Lucy hoping for a bite at Jack Russell Brewery. <br/> Photo Credit: @tbutcherskitchen
Lucy hoping for a bite at Jack Russell Brewery.
Photo Credit: @tbutcherskitchen

The El Dorado County seat was named for the alluvial deposits that drew prospectors here during the Gold Rush. It’s nickname, “Hangtown,” relates to the lawlessness of the times. Today, however, it’s one of the most picturesque, bustling and dog-friendly of Gold Country towns. more »

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

Bonny Doon Vineyard <br/> Photo Credit: @bonnydoonvineyard
Bonny Doon Vineyard
Photo Credit: @bonnydoonvineyard

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 known primarily for pinot noir and chardonnay, they’ll be herding their four-legged buddies into some of the dozens upon dozens of winery tasting rooms sprinkled throughout the county. DogTrekker.com has rounded many of them up in a wine-trail itinerary heading north to south on Highway 1. more »

Hop On Over to Hopland

Suki and Fritzy at Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery. <br/> Photo Credit: @suki_theshiba
Suki and Fritzy at Jaxon Keys Winery & Distillery.
Photo Credit: @suki_theshiba

Winery rich Mendocino County is 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 dog-friendly tasting rooms scattered about, it makes sense for newbies to follow one of two designated “wine roads,” one tracing Highway 128 through the famed Anderson Valley, the other centered around the Hopland area on Highway 101. more »

A Cluster of Winery Finds In Gold Country

Boogie at Fenton Herriott Vineyards. Photo Credit: @hi_ericabrown
Boogie at Fenton Herriott Vineyards. Photo Credit: @hi_ericabrown

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 (American Viticultural Area) stretches from Yuba County in the north to Mariposa County in the south, with five smaller AVAs under the umbrella designation. Two of them, El Dorado and Fair Play, are in El Dorado County, within easy striking distance of Sacramento, gateway to the Gold Country wine country. more »

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