Bartholomew Park Winery and Trail

Bartholomew Park Winery

1000 Vineyard Lane
Sonoma, California 95476
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Local Phone: (707) 935-9511

Bartholomew Park Winery is situated in the heart of the 400-acre Bartholomew Memorial Park in Sonoma. A visit to the winery includes a sampling of Bartholomew Park’s premium wines, access to vineyard-view picnic grounds, hiking trails, and a museum chronicling the property’s illustrious history and current

The picnic grounds at Bartholomew Park overlook the vineyards and a replica of Agoston Haraszthy’s Palladian Villa, which was destroyed by fire around the turn of the century.

In the hills behind the winery are approximately three miles of dog-friendly hiking trails. A variety of indigenous California vegetation—oak groves, manzanita, madrone, redwood-shaded fern grottos, and fields of spring wildflowers—provides visitors with a generous sampling of the visual delights and natural beauty of Sonoma County. On a clear day, the view from Bartholomew Park’s trails extends to San Francisco.

Wander up through oak woodlands, grasslands and forest for views of Benecia Lake and Sonoma Mountain. Don't forget to go the extra 1/8 mile to Solano's Hideaway.

Please check winery website for days and hours of operation.

• Parking: Lot available
• Fee: None
• Water: Bring your own
• Best time of year to hike: Spring
• Distance: 3-mile loop

Dog rules: Friendly dogs allowed. Please clean up after your dog and keep them on leashes at all times.

Dog Access:

  • Dogs allowed in picnic area or patio

Dog-friendly amenities:

  • On-leash hiking trails

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Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Layla at the Annex Wine Bar, Sonoma. Photo Credit: Linda Peters
Sonoma County is one of California’s largest and most diverse regions—and one that can seem very close or very far away, depending on your time, destination and inclinations. For a day trip or quick weekend escape from Sacramento or San Francisco, the town of Sonoma charms with its historic square (no dogs on the grass, please), intriguing shops, dog-friendly sidewalk cafes and close-in opportunities for wine tasting. more »
Dog in vineyard
Photo Credit: Jon Clegg (CC)
Why take your dog on a wine-tasting excursion? Dogs like a change of scenery as much as their people do, and they’re welcome at almost every facility in winery-rich Sonoma County.

Three major north-county appellations are represented by Wine Road, an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Fido’s tail will be wagging no matter which one you choose to nip into on your next wine-tasting weekend. more »
Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma
Stylin Dog in Downtown Sonoma
Sonoma State Historic Park, which are clustered along Spain Street on the north side of the plaza. You and Spot are free to walk the square’s perimeter, so long as you stay off the grass and away from the historic buildings.   more »
Sonoma County is well endowed with public lands where you can spend quality time with your furry friend, but not so well known are the private preserves that welcome hikers and strollers accompanied by canine companions. Put organically farmed Bartholomew Park Winery at the top of your list. This little-known gem just a few blocks east of Sonoma Plaza sits at the center of a 400-acre preserve—known locally as "Bart Park"—with a three-mile trail wending through oak-covered hills and redwood groves and opening onto vistas of valley and vineyards more »
Dog sniffing treats at Three Dog Bakery in SonomaThe town of Sonoma gets a bad rap because of “no dogs on the plaza” rule, but the restriction, which applies only to the central square and the mission and buildings associated with Sonoma State Historic Park on one side, isn’t really as bad as it seems. You and Fido are free to walk the square’s perimeter, just so you stay on the other side of the street.

The checkered sidewalk tables at the Swiss Hotel, on the plaza’s northwest corner, are a great place for the two of your to linger and watch the world go by. Casual Italian fare and pizza from a wood-burning oven are the specialties, and you’ll likely exchange pleasantries with passers-by admiring your four-legged companion. Around the corner, on First Street, the very sunny-feeling Sunflower Caffe allows dogs at its sidewalk tables and in the more private garden patio area out back.

Basque Boulangerie Cafe, also on First and facing the plaza, is a bakery/deli that feels lifted straight from the streets of Paris. Just as in the City of Light, your dog is welcome to join you at a teeny outdoor table as you sip your espresso or enjoy your pastry, soup or sandwich. 

So what does Max get out of this? A visit to Three Dog Bakery, just off the square, will enthrall you both—in fact, it’s hard to say who will enjoy it more. Three Dog’s bakery cases are filled with wholesome, oven-baked treats that look so good you’ll be tempted to taste them, too. In back is the “Bulk N Bite Buffet,” where your pooch can sniff out his favorites and you can fill a bag to take home. 
Photo courtesy Three Dog Bakery

Story posted 4/2/12

Sonoma County is well endowed with public lands where you can spend quality time with your furry friend, but not so well known are the private preserves that welcome hikers and strollers accompanied by canine companions. Put organically farmed Bartholemew Park Winery at the top of your list. This little-known gem just a few blocks east of Sonoma Plaza sits at the center of a 400-acre preserve—known locally as "Bart Park" —with a three-mile trail wending through oak-covered hills and redwood groves and opening onto vistas of valley and vineyards.

Bart Park

The winery's intriguing history (it once was an annex of Sonoma's "Home for the Feeble Minded") is recounted in an intriguing museum whose exhibits include images from Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge and artifacts from previous owners who shared the place with 200 Angora cats. Keep a handle on your dog for the privilege of exploring the preserve unleashed. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it with a bottle of single-vineyard wine savored at a shady picnic table. (Tasting fee, $10, is waived with purchase of three bottles.)

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