Right now, when the hills and vineyards are in their full fall palette and there's a wintry nip in the air, is a great time to pack up your pooch and head to Calistoga for a fun getaway.
Before El Niño arrives with much-needed but definitely trail-muddying downpours, there's still a good chance for an invigorating (and mostly off-leash) hike on the Oat Hill Mine Trail, with 8.3 miles of scenic vistas for you and lots of exploration options for Buster. For a more sedate walk, visit The Petrified Forest, where you can stroll among giant redwoods turned to stone over 3 million years ago.
With this year's harvest and crush over, you'll also find a relaxed vibe and personal attention at Calistoga's 26 dog-friendly wineries which welcome you and Daisy to enjoy the tasting room, meander around "everywhere," and stock up on fine wine for your holiday entertaining and gift-giving.
From December 5 to February 7, dog-friendly wineries including August Briggs, Bennett Lane, Castello di Amorosa, Clos Pegase, Laura Michael, Lava Vine, Summers Estate, and Tamber Bey are taking part in the Winter in the Wineries Passport series, an attractive way to get acquainted with Calistoga's winemakers, from large to boutique. (Some wineries require reservations; call to make arrangements.)
December 5 also kicks off the holiday season with Calistoga's epic Lighted Tractor Parade, following a day of fun (including Pet Santa!) at the Napa County Fairgrounds downtown. When the two of you have had enough festivities for one day, retire to your cozy, welcoming room and snuggle by the fireside before resting up for the next day's adventures.