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Wine Country Travel Guide
Top 10 Pet Activities & Attractions

by Courtney Cochran

The city of Napa boasts a newly revitalized riverfront district with plenty of restaurants, tasting rooms, boutiques and – crucially for four-legged visitors – miles of walking trails.

Napa Riverfront :
The city of Napa boasts a newly revitalized riverfront district with plenty of restaurants, tasting rooms, boutiques and – crucially for four-legged visitors – miles of walking trails.

Sonoma Coast:
With its Wuthering Heights-esque rugged beauty, the Sonoma Coast is easily one of the most gorgeous in the country. Throw the ball for Fido on the beach, then repair to a nearby restaurant to eat freshly shucked oysters alfresco – with Fido at your feet.

Lambert Bridge Yappy Hour Fridays:
Lambert Bridge Winery in Healdsburg famously hosts “Summer Yappy Hours” for canine-loving guests and their pooches, as well as other pet-oriented events throughout the year.

Mutt Lynch Hound Lounge :
Benefiting the Healdsburg Animal Shelter, Mutt Lynch Winery – which produces a wine called Merlot Over and Play Dead – hosts its annual Dog Days of Summer fundraiser, replete with special lounge area for dogs featuring dog beds.

Villa Chanticleer Dog Park:
Surrounded by Redwoods, Villa Chanticleer Dog Park near Russian River offers a fenced-in park area, nearby playground for kids and plenty of water for pups. A small-dog-only dog park called Badger Park can also be found within Healdsburg city limits.

Farmer's Markets:
Outdoor markets like those held regularly in the parking lot of Napa’s Oxbow Market allow owners and pets alike to partake of wine country’s sublime alfresco atmosphere.

Concerts in the Park:
Towns like St. Helena in the heart of Napa Valley offer free outdoor concerts in the park during warmer months. With lawn to spare, parks provide ideal settings for pet owners and their furry friends alike to take in the region's delights.

Patio & Picnic Dining:
With pleasant weather on offer much of the year, wine country is an ideal spot to enjoy meals outdoors. Whether you're picnicking or enjoying an outdoor meal at a pet-friendly eatery, you'll find myriad options to enjoy this activity with your pooch.

Hikes In the Hills:
Wine country is known for the beauty of its vineyards, but visitors who seek out hikes above valley floors are in for treats in the form of jaw-dropping views, flora and fauna aplenty. Take Fido along and head for the hills: you won't regret it!

Town Plazas:
Strolling around town plazas like Healdsburg’s lovely central park is an ideal activity for those with leashed four-legged friends. Lush lawns, picnic benches and shady trees fairly call out for your visit! Healdsburg gets into the pet spirit big time with events like "Bark for Life at Plaza Park," which invites four-legged friends and owners to the plaza for activities in support of pet cancer prevention.