Dog-friendly Dining Stories

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Dog-friendly Hotels, Camping & More

Dog-friendly Hotels, Camping & More

You’ll find dog-lovers and dog-friendly Yosemite lodging options throughout the region. To review them all, visit the lodging page on Yosemite.com, choose the general type of accommodation you prefer – hotels and motels, bed and breakfasts, cabin rentals or camping. Then use the Advanced Filter to show pet-friendly options inside and outside of the park. You can also use the feature to choose what area you would like to stay, from Yosemite Valley to Wawona and Fish Camp to Mariposa. more »

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 »

Sacramento's Dog-Friendly Outdoor Dining Scene

Sacramento

Sacramento’s restaurant scene, if not in full bloom, is at least budding again. No, you can’t yet eat indoors, but heated dining tents and patios have sprung up all over town, and with stay-at-home orders lifted and the weather generally mild, people (some accompanied by their dogs) are eating out again—socially distanced, of course. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorites. Pay them a visit with your pup and help save SAC restaurantsmore »

Dog, You’ve Earned a Yosemite Vacation!

Aspen visiting Glacier Point at Yosemite. Photo: Lauren Burtz
Aspen visiting Glacier Point at Yosemite. Photo: Lauren Burtz

Autumn is in full swing in Mariposa County, home of Yosemite National Park. The great news for DogTrekkers is that the park is open and the vehicle reservations required during the pandemic are no longer needed as of Nov. 1.

Crispy fall weather, light crowds and enhanced cleaning and safety standards are in effect throughout the county, making this a great time to take the family (including the four-legged members) on vacation. Check out our top lodging options and the specials they are now offering. more »

Outdoor Dining With Your Pup

Outdoor Dining With Your Pup

Sure, you can get takeout food delivered by DoorDash, Uber Eats, Grubhub or another service, but who wants to eat out of cardboard or Styrofoam when you don't have to? Instead, why not get yourself and your pup out of quarantine and enjoy some local-motion at a restaurant serving meals at outdoor, dog-friendly tables. 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. It is on the Sacramento River, adjacent to trails and attractions and makes a great base camp for a family getaway (see other dog-friendly lodging options here). more »

Chow Down in Sacramento

Chow Down
I'll have the chicken salad... Photo:Kennejima
Several years ago, Sacramento branded itself “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.” And no wonder: virtually every independently-owned restaurant in town prides itself on fresh ingredients sourced from Central Valley farms within just a few miles of town. With 2014 passage of a statewide law giving formal permission for dogs to join their people at outdoor bar and restaurant tables, it’s hard to find an eatery that doesn’t welcome DogTrekkers. During this unusual time, please call ahead to be sure your favorite dining spot is open, hours, safety precautions and more. 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 »

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 »

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