1. Tahoe Treats
Tahoe dog. Photo: Reno Tahoe
DogTrekkers love taking their furry friends to Lake Tahoe, and no wonder: North Shore or South Shore, dog-friendly lodging and activities abound. This year, we shared recommendations for places to Paws Overnight, get wet, hike and even get a chairlift assist on the North Shore.
Moving south, we checked out lodging, swim and play spots, prime locations for snowshoe excursions and places to explore with Fido along the Highway 50 and Highway 88 corridors. Stay tuned: we’ll sniff out more snowy getaways this winter.
2. Cozy Does It In Pacific Grove
Born to Run: Asilomar
DogTrekker readers gravitate toward cabin and cottage getaways where they can cozy up with their four-legged companions, and according to our analytics, their favorite destination for this kind of retreat is the town of Pacific Grove in gorgeous Monterey County.
And why not? It’s pure bliss to come back to a kitchen, a living area and maybe a fireplace after a brisk coastal stroll with your best friend.
3. Five Stars for Sonoma
Sonoma vineyard dog hiding in the shade
Two coasts, wineries galore, hip towns and the rushing Russian River make Sonoma County one of DogTrekkers’ most visited destinations. This year, we took you sniffing around downtown Sonoma, hounding around Healdsburg, pawing around Petaluma and, of course, enjoying some of the county’s many dog-friendly wineries. Look for more Sonoma surprises in 2014!
Dogs in theNavarro River near Albion
4. Wine, Waves, Wilderness and Woof
Ahh, the never ending magic of Mendocino County. This year we kept you updated on dog-friendly doings in Gualala; ways to explore that gorgeous, sculpted coast; romantic hotspots; how to enjoy Fort Bragg and even where to go kayaking with your four-legged friend.
Moving inland, we hit the hiking trails, the redwoods—and, of course, some of those glorious, dog-friendly wineries. Cheers!
Camping dogs near Yosemite
5. Yosemite on Four Paws
Although dogs aren't allowed outside campgrounds and paved roads and trails at Yosemte National Park, there are still numerous wonders to enjoy together. Tops among them is Yosemite Falls, where your leashed buddy is welcome to share views that will put a smile on your face, a crick in your neck and a wag in Fido's tail
Last summer’s government shutdown and long-lasting Rim Fire put a big dent in the Yosemite region’s tourist-driven economy, but we strived to kept you posted on developments and alternatives for family fun in the region. All is open again, so let the DogTrekking resume!
Brandi at El Doradio National Forest
6. Gold Country Rambles
California Gold Country stretches the length of the Sierra Nevada foothills, and we wandered all through it last year searching for newsletter kibble. From the Highway 50 corridor running through El Dorado County to moseying around in Mariposa County, telling all about Tuolumne County and following the rivers in Sacramento, we certainly got our paws wet. We hope you and your best buddy got a chance to dip in, too.
7. Magical Marin
Hiking the green, green hills of Marin County is a favorite pastime for Bay Area DogTrekkers. From redwood forests to ocean beaches