Tri-Valley: The Sunny Side of the Bay

By: DogTrekker Staff
Dogs enjoying the vineyard
Photo Credit: Elsa Day

The sprawling San Francisco Bay Area, home to more than 7 million people, contains a surprising amount of green space, much of it concentrated in the rolling hills of the East Bay’s Tri-Valley region. 

Dog-friendly hotels, restaurants and wineries abound, and if you’re looking for places to stretch your legs, the East Bay Regional Park District manages tens of thousands of acres where you can do just that.

New and worth barking about is the Tri-Valley Beer Trail, a collection of 18 craft breweries, taprooms and restaurants in  Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, Dublin And Danville.

Fourteen of them welcome dogs on their patios (and some in their taprooms), and all offer a laid-back environment in which to savor new flavors and styles of locally brewed beers.

And here’s a bonus: Download the Tri-Valley Beer Trail passport, get 10 stamps from 10 different stops and turn it in for free goodies.

Wine tasting is another favorite pastime for Tri-Valley visitors, and with more than 50 venues tucked into verdant Livermore Valley Wine Country, you can easily make a weekend of it.

We’ve paw-tested quite a few that are dog-friendly and made them all easier to find with our interactive California Wine Country map.

Three we find especially worth barking about: El Sol, where Fido can join you on the patio for panoramic views of Altamont Pass; Fenestra, where you and yours can sip and nibble in a lovely picnic area; and Las Positas, where the dog-friendly picnic area boasts stellar vineyard views.

If your dog is the energetic sort, she’s bound to get restless watching you sip and swirl.

When it’s her turn to be the center of attention, cut her loose in one of Tri-Valley’s many off-leash dog parks. You’ll find seven of them in Livermore, four in San Ramon, one in Dublin, one in Danville and one in Pleasanton.

And don’t come to Tri-Valley without hiking shoes: You’ll want them for jaunts short and long in small preserves like 177-acre Acalanes Ridge Open Space or sprawling ones like Del Valle Regional Park, a 5,000 acre preserve with 67 miles of trails, a lake and many other amenities.

At these and many other regional parks, your dog can hike leash-free so long as she’s sociable and has a dependable recall.

Photo credit: Elsa Day