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Woof It Up with these Scenic Shasta Cascade Excursions

Mt. Shasta / Photo: @crazycoco_bcmix
Mt. Shasta / Photo: @crazycoco_bcmix

If you crave a change of scenery, you’ll get it many times over in the eight-county Shasta Cascade region. The lightly traveled North State is a treasure trove of mountainous scenery, history and small towns that charm. What’s not to like?  A paws-up warning: Dog access is restricted, to various degrees, at the places set forth below. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a woofing good time with your four-legged companion, even where leashes are required. Here we go with some suggestions. more »

Redding Family Fare (Dogs Included of Course!)

Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge
Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge

Bringing the gang to Redding? Bunk down at a pet-friendly hotel like the Sheraton Redding Hotel at Sundial Bridge or the Hotel Gaia in nearby Anderson. They’re both on the Sacramento River, adjacent to trails and attractions.  Either makes a great base camp for a family getaway (see other dog-friendly lodging options here). more »

Sniff Your Way to the Garlic Capital of the World

Dog-Friendly Trails in Gilroy!
Dog-Friendly Trails in Gilroy!

Gilroy is a pet-welcoming destination that makes a great getaway any time of year.  The "Garlic Capital of the World" features outstanding restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, outlet shopping, and plenty of outdoor adventures for you and your four-legged friends.

Start by booking a pet-friendly hotel room at Best Western Plus Forest Park Inn, Motel 6 Gilroy or Quality Inn & Suites Gilroy so you can stay and play for more than just one day. Then make your first stop the California Welcome Center Gilroy (in Gilroy Premium Outlets) for helpful maps, valuable coupons, and insider tips to make the most of your stay.

Taste your way along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, where many wineries like Kirigin Cellars, Satori Cellars, and Sarah's Vineyards welcome dogs (and may even have some special treats waiting for them!). Take a stroll through historic Downtown Gilroy and indulge in the town's signature spice at Garlic City Cafe. There are many other outstanding restaurants that also welcome dogs, from authentic Mexican food at Los Pericos and Victoria's Mexican Restaurant to Asian cuisine at Ginger Cafe and Saigon 2 Siam Bistro.

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors on dog-friendly hiking trails at Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park, Mt. Madonna, and the Uvas Creek Levee. You can even meet up with other four-legged friends at the Heartland Dog Park, which has separate areas for large dogs and small dogs.

Plan your great Gilroy getaway today at VisitGilroy.commore »

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

Concord: Hike, Drink, Dine & Unwind

The Contra Costa County town of Concord calls itself a “Northern California Original,” and it’s easy to see why. With a booming craft brew scene, creative dining options and a thriving music scene (it’s the birthplace of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the Concord record label), quick access to thousands of acres of open space and massive Mount Diablo looming in its backyard, it’s an East Bay oasis for outdoorsy types. more »

Where to Dine with Your Pup

Coachella Valley Brewing Co. / Photo: @djangotheterrier
Coachella Valley Brewing Co. / Photo: @djangotheterrier

Greater Palm Springs’ thriving culinary scene continues to evolve, with more and more food and wine enthusiasts—and craft beer lovers—discovering outstanding bistros and breweries. Like the diverse flavors found throughout the destination, pooch-friendly dining patios are plentiful, making it easy for you, family and friends to experience everything from casual eateries to fine dining with 9669. Here are a few of our favorite new picks. 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 »

Paws Up for the Mount Diablo Region

Photo: Instagram @foxandtheroo
Photo: Instagram @foxandtheroo

The dog-friendly East Bay communities of Concord and Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County have something very much in common:  both look out on Mount Diablo, an isolated peak that juts up almost 4,000 feet between the East Bay and the Central Valley. From the summit on a clear day (and there are lots of them in fall and winter, especially following a storm), one of the most expansive views in North America opens up. more »

Tri-Valley - Open Space and Wine Country for Your Dog

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park / Photo: Gregory Macias
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park / Photo: Gregory Macias

Three valleys and four small cities in the Tri-Valley (Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and Danville) comprise this triangle-shaped region set amid rolling hills and valleys 35 miles east of San Francisco. This is dog-friendly wine country for sure, and it’s also blessed with tens of thousands of acres of dog-friendly open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). more »

Dogs Chill While You Dine at The Ravens

Dining at The Ravens
Dining at The Ravens

Stanford Inn is a standout in the dog-friendly world not simply because it was one of the first in California to roll out the red carpet for pets. It was also one of the first to adopt sustainable practices, helping to kick off the “green” revolution that resonates today. And it might just be the only vegan resort in the nation. If you’re an omnivore, don’t be put off, be adventurous! What you’ll sample at The Ravens, the inn’s acclaimed restaurant, will turn your head and your mind. It starts with a cooked-to-order, plant-based breakfast (included in the rates). more »

Orphan Dog 2019

Meet Charoli! - Photo Credit: Orphan Dog
Meet Charoli! - Photo Credit: Orphan Dog

Looking for a puppy to be your constant companion? Here's little Charoli, who along with her five sibs is being cared for by Orphan Dog in Lake Countymore »

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