Monterey County is vast, stretching south through Big Sur and east through the winery-rich Carmel Valley and into the Santa Lucia Mountains. You and your four-legger are sure to have doggone good times no matter which part of Monterey Wine Country you visit.
Suggestions for a yappy day:
• Pick up a brochure or let the signs guide you along the River Road Wine Trail. Sniff out Pessagno Winery, where the vineyard dogs come out to greet you; or Wrath Winery, where you and yours can enjoy a picnic and great views of the Santa Lucia Highlands. Another memorable choice is the Hahn/Smith Hook tasting room, featuring an expansive deck with sweeping views of the mountain-rimmed Salinas Valley.
• Cruise the Carmel Valley, stopping in at the Joullian Vineyards tasting room, built to architecturally resemble an old-world Burgundian stone church.
• Cool off in the sea air at Cima Collina in Carmel Village, where almost every business, from restaurant to hotel to shop, is dog-friendly.