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Chow Down With Your Oakland Chowhound

Rosie brunching at Barlago - Photo Credit: @linsertorte
Rosie brunching at Barlago - Photo Credit: @linsertorte

If your dog’s like ours, she doesn’t care much for sitting still for long periods of time. Fortunately, Oakland’s environment is so stimulating she won’t have to, especially if you head to a venue like Plank, a new addition in Jack London Square sporting a huge, dog-friendly beer garden with bocce court. Also on the waterfront, Brotzeit Lokal Biergarten has a dog-friendly deck and more »

You Can Bet Your Bodega On This

Photo Credit: @therealcjyorkie
Photo Credit: @therealcjyorkie

Something special rolls around every fall in Sonoma County: Dungeness crab season, which starts in November and continues through spring. What, you’ve never gone crabbing with your dog? Most crabs are caught from piers where canines are banned, but one place you can both enjoy stalking crustaceans is the breakwater jetty at dog-friendly (leash and license required) Doran Regional Park near Bodega Bay. more »

What’s Cookin’ In Calaveras County

Photo Credit: kpucster (CC)
Photo Credit: kpucster (CC)

Any time’s a good time to head up Highway 4 to the hip and happening town of Murphys, but if you can be there in October, so much the better. That’s when the annual Grape Stomp Competition and Gold Rush Street Fair fills downtown streets with vendor booths and lots of people with bewildered dogs on the other end of the leash. It’s probably the first time Duke and Daisy (and maybe you?) have witnessed a bunch of people stomping around in wine barrels, so go figure! more »

Woofin' It Up in Tuolumne County

Murphy at Indigeny Reserve. Photo Credit: Nikki Coleman
Murphy at Indigeny Reserve. Photo Credit: Nikki Coleman

Like other parts of Gold Country, Tuolumne County is rich in history, rugged scenery and recreational opportunities. You can get some of both and soak up some local color too at First Friday Jamestown Art Walk-Wine-Dine & Music events, continuing through October, or 2nd Saturday Art Nights held year-round in historic downtown Sonora. Either town makes a great base for jumping off into a weekend of hiking, history and off-the-beaten path exploring. more »

Chow Down in a Valley Town

Cricket at Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar. Photo Credit: @crickitikitavi
Cricket at Three Sheets Craft Beer Bar. Photo Credit: @crickitikitavi

There’s no shortage of places in Tri-Valley to chow down at an outdoor table with your pup at your side. Enjoy the small town hospitality and laid-back vibe whether your choice is award-winning California cuisine, local farm-to-fork comfort food, rustic bistro classics or pubs featuring craft brews. Speaking of craft brews, nine out of the 14 dog-friendly breweries, tap rooms and restaurants on the Tri-Valley Craft Beer Trail serve food. Many are conveniently situated just off Interstates 680 and 580, in or near the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Danville. more »

What and Where is Tri-Valley?

Macaroni exploring Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. <br/>Photo Credit: @pennandpaww
Macaroni exploring Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.
Photo Credit: @pennandpaww

Three valleys and four cities make up the Tri-Valley region, which away from urban areas is characterized by rolling hills studded with gnarly oaks and sprawling vineyards. It’s less than an hour from San Francisco or Sacramento, straddling the line between Alameda and Contra Costa counties on the “sunny side” of the bay. Dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, wineries and craft breweries abound as you explore the three valleys—Livermore, Amador and San Ramon—from which the region takes its name. more »

First Stop: Start in Sacramento

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I'm 21 in dog years!. Photo Credit: @elbyandbart

The California capital makes a great jumping-off place for DogTrekkers poised for a trip to high country. Snuggle into a dog-friendly hotel, dine on a restaurant patio with your pup at your side, take a scenic hike on the American River Parkway, and you’ll be primed to head “up the hill” for your next stop on your high Sierra road trip. more »

Chow For Your Chow Chow (Or Any Other Breed)

Ariel at Park Bench Cafe. Photo Credit: @itsaweenieworld
Ariel at Park Bench Cafe. Photo Credit: @itsaweenieworld

Living in Huntington Beach, we’re spoiled with beautiful scenery and often perfect weather. Our canine friends are also spoiled, especially when it comes to dining options. Me and my girl Marilyn have enjoyed more than a few doggy dates around town. more »

Gourmet Chow-downs With Your Pup

Dining doggie
Dining doggie

The dog-friendly attitudes that prevail at Napa Valley wineries extend to many of the region’s famous restaurants, as well, meaning that as long as the weather is fair, you can dine at an outdoor table with Bodie at your side. Let’s start with the dog-friendly, Michelin-recognized places first. more »

All Paws Welcome on the Napa Valley Vine Trail

On the trail - Photo Credit: @nvvinetrail
On the trail - Photo Credit: @nvvinetrail

Looking for ways to combine hiking with wine tasting and a really tasty lunch? A new opportunity for DogTrekkers awaits along the newly inaugurated Napa Valley Vine Trail, a paved, multiuse path that eventually will stretch 47 miles from the Vallejo ferry terminal to Calistoga. For now, a 12.5-mile segment from Napa’s Kennedy Park to the tony enclave of Yountville is ready for feet, paws and bicycles, with only a short stretch requiring a detour onto city streets. more »

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