Dog-friendly California Gold Country

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

GoatHouse Brewing - Photo Credit: @melvaloney_phil
GoatHouse Brewing - Photo Credit: @melvaloney_phil

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 on the Placer County Wine Trail are north of Interstate 80 around Lincoln, Loomis and Auburn. more »

Much to Adore About Amador County Wine

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 County Wine Trail are situated in or near Plymouth, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley wine region. more »

Tuolumne County Heart of Gold Country

We can’t begin to count the ways you and your pup will be enchanted and entertained in the heart of Gold Country, but we can start you off on the Tuolumne County Wine and Craft Beer Trail, where we highlight five dog-friendly establishments, one of which is actually a lush, 160-acre preserve producing hard- and spirits. more »

Calaveras County: Sip and Swirl Along Highway 4

DogTrekker’s Calaveras County Wine Trail sports 24 listings and growing, with many wineries and tasting rooms situated in or near the hip and happening town of Murphys on Highway 4. Stroll down Main Street, and you’ll be amazed to find more than 20 opportunities to wine-taste with your pup by your side! 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 »

Yosemite is Open—Tenaya Welcomes You Back!

Yosemite is Open—Tenaya Welcomes You Back!

Yosemite National Park is open, including the valley, Highway 41 through Madera County, Fish Camp, Mariposa Grove and Glacier Point. The weather is cooling off for crisp fall evenings, and Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, just minutes from the newly re-opened Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, has tons of great fall activities to get you and your favorite four-legged friend outside. more »

Road Trip! Explore a Scenic Byway

Ebbetts Pass - Photo Credit: @andreaheyfron
Ebbetts Pass - Photo Credit: @andreaheyfron

Fall is a great time for a scenic drive, and California’s National Scenic Byways and Scenic Highways provide guaranteed enjoyment for the eyes plus limitless opportunities for hiking with your dog in gorgeous country. Study maps and guides before you go—and, as wildfire season continues, be sure to check out air quality predictions, as well. Here are three scenic routes that are sure to rearrange your senses and set tails a-waggin'. more »

Curl Up Off-Season in a Dog-Friendly Cabin

Lakes Basin Recreation Area - Photo Credit: @cmalexander
Lakes Basin Recreation Area - Photo Credit: @cmalexander

Cabin resorts—some rustic, some luxurious—have been hosting High Sierra vacationers for a century, and many are so popular in summer they can only be booked in blocks of a week or more. Come September, however, reservations open up, minimum-stay requirements are reduced and opportunity beckons. We’re partial to those in the uncrowded Lakes Basin Recreation Area straddling Sierra and Plumas counties about 50 miles northwest of Truckee. more »

Time to Revisit Yosemite With Your Dog

Photo Credit: Petra Jagodic (CC)
Photo Credit: Petra Jagodic (CC)

The Ferguson fire in Yosemite National Park that shut off the scenic Yosemite Valley for three weeks was fully contained on Aug. 19, and all entry roads through Tuolumne County (Highway 120), Mariposa County (Highway 140) and Madera County (Highway 41) are now open. Early fall is a great time to visit this iconic California attraction—and yes, there’s plenty for you and your dog to do together. #yosemitenow more »

Placer County

Hidden Falls Regional Park - Photo Credit: @lillyshertigal
Hidden Falls Regional Park - Photo Credit: @lillyshertigal

Hundreds of square miles of national forests and other public lands make Placer County a DogTrekker hotspot. Highway 49 runs south from Auburn, the county seat, to access 35,000-acre Auburn State Recreation Area hugging two forks of the American River. Hidden Falls Regional Park is delightful in fall even if the falls aren’t running, while at Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, you can hike to the river and watch the whitewater rafters go by. more »

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