Bleeker and Aero in Monterey. Photo Dave Kendrick
They say that Monterey Wine Country is "where great taste begins." We know from experience that it's also a great place to experience dog-friendly hospitality along the River Road Wine Trail. Rolling hills misted with morning fog create memorable panoramas, while the climate is comfortable year-round. Pack a picnic, a camera and a leash and invite Fido to share in the memories.
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 Estates Smith & Hook tasting room, featuring an expansive deck with sweeping views of the mountain-rimmed Salinas Valley. Wine Trail signs easily guide visitors along the picturesque route that begins less than an hour's drive from the South Bay. We bet you'll both have your heads out the window when you discover how much there is to do and see.
More suggestions for a yappy day:
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.