The Napa Valley rolls out the red carpet for its four-legged visitors who enjoy pet-friendly hospitality at many of the valley’s wineries, restaurants, and lodging establishments that provide extra special treats for human’s favorite companions. So, plan your Napa Valley getaway and bring the pups along to share the “pet-perks” year round.
Dogs are a big part of a vintner’s life and are welcome at many wineries in the Napa Valley.
Each fall, HALL Wines in St. Helena hosts Harvest Hounds, where four-legged friends socialize while their human companions and taste HALL wines, with proceeds benefiting Napa Humane. www.hallwines.com
Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena has an entire “winery” dedicated to Frenchie, owner Jean Charles Boisset’s French bulldog. While guests take in the Raymond experience at “Frenchie Winery,” pups may enjoy their own Napa Valley getaway in an outdoor, shady dog suite, complete with their very own wine barrel doggie bed. www.raymondvineyards.com
Starmont Winery and Vineyards unleashes a “Kids and Pets Eat and Drink for Free” wine pairing, where a parent may lounge in the open-air tasting room or by the outdoor fireplace while kids and pooches pal around by the fountain on the central lawn. The winery provides puzzles, jump ropes, and coloring books, as well as Frisbees and tennis balls for fetching. Sips and snacks rotate on a seasonal basis, but often include local goodies such as Strauss organic milk and Nana Joe’s granola bars, as well organic dog-friendly biscuits. www.starmontwinery.com.
St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery in Rutherford offers treats and doggie bandannas in the tasting room. Guests to St. Supéry are often greeted by GG the winery’s CCO or Chief Cuddle Officer. www.stsupery.com
V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena which is pet-friendly year round, also hosts an annual “Pamper your Pooch” day, complete with swag bags filled with dog treats, a photo booth, the “Most Adorable Dog” contest and free doggie bandanas. www.vsattui.com
Other Napa Valley wineries that roll out the red carpet for pets include Pine Ridge Winery, Peju Province Winery, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Jessup Cellars, and Clos du Val. A complete list of pet-friendly wineries may also be found at www.napavintners.com.
California Governor Jerry Brown, who is also the proud owner of two Welsh Corgis, “Sutter,” California’s “first dog” and “Colusa,” “Deputy First Dog,” signed a bill into law in January 2015 making it legal to bring dogs to restaurants as long as they remain leashed in an outdoor dining section and away from any food preparation.
Many Napa Valley restaurants feature al fresco areas to pamper your pet and welcome four-legged visitors who will dine in style. A few pet-friendly restaurants include:
In the city of Napa, Grace’s Table, Fume Bistro & Bar, the River Deck at Oxbow Public Market, Bistro Don Giovanni, and Angèle Restaurant & Bar all feature outdoor dining for you and your pooch. In St. Helena, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen welcomes well-behaved browsers, as does Lucy Restaurant & Bar at Bardessono in Yountville. Solbar at Solage and Calistoga Inn and Brewery in Calistoga both have outdoor dining areas ideal for dining with your four-legged friends.
Several Napa Valley hotels and resorts also welcome four-legged guests and provide special amenities tailored to their needs.
The Napa River Inn in downtown Napa offers their VIP (Very Important Pet) program featuring gourmet pet treats, a custom-designed blanket embroidered with the Napa River Inn logo, along with a place mat and stainless steel food and water bowls. The Inn also features a list of qualified pet sitters to help keep “the kids” entertained while parents enjoy a night out on the town. www.napariverinn.com
Bardessono in Yountville offers their “Bardogsono” package, which features an all-natural, lush PLAY bed fit to all sized pups, a house-made dog biscuit made by Pastry Chef, Tedd Romero, a designer hand-knotted, all-natural play toy by Harry & Barker, complemented by a bottle of Frenchie Wine from Raymond Vineyards. Bardessono also hosts a monthly DogBar the first Tuesday of the month May through October. The $25 cover includes a glass of Napa Valley wine and light bites from Lucy Restaurant & Bar. www.bardessono.com
Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer in St. Helena allows up to two pets (under 40 pounds) per room, and provides plush pet beds, custom pet bowls, doggy bags and treats. www.harvestinn.com
With advance notice, Solage in Calistoga offers pet-friendly accommodations for four-legged friends, including complimentary dog beds and food bowls available upon request. www.solagecalistoga.com
Other Napa Valley hotels and resorts that pamper pets include The Carneros Inn, The Chanric Inn, The Meritage Resort and Spa, North Block Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel Napa Valley, Chateau de Vie and The Vintage Inn. For a complete list of hotels, visit VisitNapaValley.com