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Lots to See and Do in Downtown Napa

Jack & Humphrey enjoy a sunny day at St. Clair Brown Winery
Jack & Humphrey enjoy a sunny day at St. Clair Brown Winery

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 to bypass the city of Napa itself. A renaissance over the past two decades has transformed what once was the utilitarian center of wine country into a visitor destination packed with pizzazz. Downtown Napa is walkable, dog-friendly and filled with surprises for two- and four-legged visitors alike. more »

Napa Valley Camping With Your Dog!

Camping in Wine Country - Photo Credit: @cswope18
Camping in Wine Country - Photo Credit: @cswope18

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. Whether sleeping in a tent, an RV or a rustic shelter, you’ll enjoy the valley from a unique perspective—and have money left over for a splurge. Here are three places to check out. more »

Paws for a Napa Valley Overnight

Piper at Archer Hotel Napa - Photo Credit: @piperthebabybear
Piper at Archer Hotel Napa - Photo Credit: @piperthebabybear

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, location, level of luxury, price, etc., then delve into the dog-friendly listings on DogTrekker.commore »

Like Art? Leash Up and Feast Your Eyes

Jack visits Napa - Photo Credit: @jackthecagolden
Jack visits Napa - Photo Credit: @jackthecagolden

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 is a great way to spend a day—and get some unique backdrops for your photos while you’re at it. Start with the 2017-2019 Napa Art Walk, called “Shifting Perspectives,” featuring 10 sculptures by artists from four Western states installed in downtown locations. more »

#MendocinoStrong

Poppy exploring Mendocino County - Photo Credit: @roderickranch
Poppy exploring Mendocino County - Photo Credit: @roderickranch

After a rough fire season that took out homes, businesses and lives, Mendocino County is bouncing back with a full helping of winter events and holiday cheer. The gorgeous seashore offers uncrowded respite in winter, while towering redwoods invite contemplation and dog-friendly wineries welcome visitors with treats for the pups and tastes for their people. more »

#NapaValleySpirit

Oat Hill Mine Trail - Photo Credit: @thepacklife.napa
Oat Hill Mine Trail - Photo Credit: @thepacklife.napa

Napa Valley is amazingly dog-friendly, with scores of wineries and restaurants welcoming four-legged visitors accompanied by humans. When it comes to hiking, head to Moore Creek Park, on the north side of Lake Hennessy near St. Helena. Among 15 miles of trails here is the serene, 5.6-mile Shoreline Trail/Alta Hennessey Loop, which traces the perimeter of this fresh-water reservoir with a jaunt into the hills along a dirt road. more »

#SonomaStrong

Tuck explores Hood Mountain Regional Park <br/> Photo Credit: @mollystichter
Tuck explores Hood Mountain Regional Park
Photo Credit: @mollystichter

While parts of Sonoma County were ravished by the October wildfires, residents are banding together to stand strong and welcome visitors to the vast majority of the county that was untouched by the blazes. Whether you come to spend a winter weekend in Santa Rosa or explore the Wine Road Northern Sonoma County, you and your four-legged travel companion will find a warm welcome almost everywhere you go. But before your dog can settle down in a tasting room or hotel, she likely needs some exercise. more »

The Grateful Table

DogTrekker.com Founders Dave & Roxanne Kendrick at Grateful Table
DogTrekker.com Founders Dave & Roxanne Kendrick at Grateful Table

On Nov. 21, more than 500 people gathered in a Domaine Chandon vineyard near the border of Napa and Sonoma counties to enjoy an open-air feast at a very long table and raise funds for wildfire relief. Fire responders, chefs, winemakers, tourism officials and many others gave time, energy and money to help those impacted by the October blazes. Visit California and Outstanding in the Field—along with host Tyler Florence and destination partners Visit Napa ValleySonoma County Tourism and Visit Mendocino County—were beneficiaries of the event, called The Grateful Tablemore »

Where to Cruz With Your Pup

Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery <br/> Photo Credit: @rubytuesday96
Alfaro Family Vineyards & Winery
Photo Credit: @rubytuesday96

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 its somewhat eccentric reputation. But Santa Cruz County is also known for its mountains, its redwood forests and its wines, particularly the pinot noir and chardonnay that thrive in the fog-kissed climate. Wineries and tasting rooms are sprinkled throughout the county, and dogs get a warm welcome at many of them. more »

Dip Into Some Desert Sunshine

Kayla at Baily Vineyard & Winery <br/> Photo Credit: Dave Kendrick
Kayla at Baily Vineyard & Winery
Photo Credit: Dave Kendrick

California’s desert regions are at their most compelling in winter, when cool weather and clear skies combine to energize people and pets alike. If you’re planning a trip, don’t think only of cactus and rock. Southern California’s high-desert wine country invites visitors with vines, wines and a swaggering touch of the Old West. It’s all centered around the town of Temecula, 60 miles north of San Diego, 80 miles east of Greater Palm Springs and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. more »

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