Dog-friendly Wineries

Dog-friendly Wineries

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How About Those Mendocino Wineries and Brewpubs?

Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA
Maya Checks Out Saracina Winery, Hopland, CA

Mendocino County is known for its wines (and its brews, too) but as tasting-room openings and closures fluctuate in accordance with state mandates, DogTrekkers will want to pay close tabs before setting out to sip. As of July 13, all indoor facilities are shut indefinitely. In general, outdoor tasting is permitted, by reservation.. Keep up with the latest at mendowine.commore »

Rev Up In Redding

The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_
The good life, Shasta Lake. Photo Credit: @themurphdawg_

Redding (population about 100,000) is the Shasta Cascade region’s largest city, and it’s a great place to make base camp with your four-legged friend. The “must-do” activities: stroll the iconic Sundial Bridge, wander the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail, walk across the massive dam containing the waters of Shasta Lake, largest reservoir in California. 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 »

Winning Wineries in Redding and Shasta Cascade

Whispering Oaks Vineyard - Photo Credit: @winedogs_hq
Whispering Oaks Vineyard - Photo Credit: @winedogs_hq

The remote part of California east of Redding and Red Bluff, in the shadow of Mount Lassen, is one of the fastest growing but least known wine regions in the state. But there’s much to get to know, from producers with Redding and Oroville tasting rooms to dog-friendly boutique wineries way out in the country whose wines will surprise and delight. more »

Hideaway Finds In the Santa Cruz Mountains

Storrs Winery - Photo Credit: @ltkphotography
Storrs Winery - Photo Credit: @ltkphotography

If you appreciate all things organic, mark your calendar for Saturdays and Sundays in September, when the Organic Wine Trail of the Santa Cruz Mountains showcases  certified organic vineyards and practices. Of eight member wineries, four have tasting rooms (three of them dog-friendly) with regular weekend hours, while the others are appointment-only. more »

Go Soon to Suisun!

Wooden Valley Winery - Photo Credit: @egoldswo
Wooden Valley Winery - Photo Credit: @egoldswo

When it comes to dog-friendly wineries, Suisun Valley wineries in Solano County are just a hop-skip away from Vacaville, San Francisco and Sacramento. This unpretentious “Rustic Wine Country” is one of California’s best-kept secrets and holds many surprises, including regional parks, a half-dozen dog-friendly tasting rooms and lots of farm-stands selling fresh regional produce. more »

Drifting About in the Delta

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Miner's Leap Winery - Photo Credit: @russ_hooper

The San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta is a boater’s paradise that in places feels like anther world. But you don’t need a boat to explore this rich agricultural region marked with old-time lift bridges, small towns and miles of levees that in the id-1800s transformed a once trackless wetland into 55 agricultural islands that still produce food for Northern California (pears and wine grapes are the main crops). Numerous winery tasting rooms have cropped up over the past decade on both sides of the river, all of them dog-friendly. more »

Vet Buzz: Keeping Your Dog Cool On Hot Summer Days

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By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Dogs love summer fun just as much as we do. But being trapped in those fur coats without the ability to sweat can prove troublesome in the hotter months. To take away the worry of overheating your furbaby, here are a few tips. more »

Headed Up Mendo County Way?

Pond at The Other Place
Pond at The Other Place

Seclusion is the name of the game at The Other Place, a complex of four cottages on a 500-acre ranch outside Boonville overlooking the gorgeous Anderson Valley. The ranch is just three minutes from town, where Sheep Dung Properties has another dog-friendly cottage rental, Boonville Downtown. Bring groceries, books and your hiking gear and be prepared to explore and relax. more »

Living Local In Santa Cruz County

Big Basin - Photo Credit: Alice Chen
Big Basin - Photo Credit: Alice Chen

Every time we visit, Santa Cruz County gets more and more dog-friendly. And this year there are several new opportunities to bark about. Tops among them: As of a couple of years ago, dogs have a place to hike with their people at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, where they previously were confined to campsites and picnic areas. The North Escape Road isn’t a trail, exactly, but it’ll do: The former fire evacuation road, surrounded by redwoods, provides for a 7-mile round-trip trek on a paved surface that parallels Opal Creek for much of the way. more »

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