Coco at BackRoad Vines
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Taken aback by prices at Napa and Sonoma hotels? Stay in Vacaville at half the price and visit Napa, Sonoma or the nearby Suisun Valley Rustic Wine Country on a daytrip. At DogTrekker.com, we list nine dog-friendly lodging options, including the Hampton Inn & Suites Vacaville/Napa Valley, which doesn’t charge extra for pets, includes a hot breakfast in the rates and offers a “puppy love” package, as well.
Vacaville, by the way, is 20 minutes from Suisun Valley wineries, 25 minutes from the Carneros region of Napa Valley and 35 minutes from downtown Napa.
For many DogTrekking visitors, Suisun Valley, a rich agricultural area just east of Napa Valley, is Solano County’s biggest surprise, with many dog-friendly wineries and farm stands dotting the verdant countryside. Wooden Valley Winery, where the Lanza family has been producing wine for three generations, is a DogTrekker favorite with a landscaped garden/picnic area. Seven Artisans, GV Cellars, Chouinard Vinyards, BackRoad Vines and Blue Victorian are other places to put on your wine-tasting wish list. Be sure to check hours of operation, as not all tasting rooms are open on weekdays.
And what’s October without a visit to a pumpkin patch? Largest in Solano County (and one of the largest in the state) is Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, 11 miles east of Vacaville just off Interstate 80. Dogs aren’t allowed in the 45-acre “Largest Corn Maze in the World!” but there are enough other activities and attractions to make a day of it, including a kid zone with corn bath, straw mountain and kiddie maze; a pumpkin patch with thousands of u-pick gourds; and a scarecrow contest area. Open through October.
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