If spending a weekend or vacation without your four-footed friend is a deal-breaker, take heart: the Napa Valley is filled with hotels, resorts, and bed-and-breakfasts that not only welcome quadrupeds, but give them the royal treatment.
At Calistoga Ranch (Calistoga), guests with dogs receive a special wine bottle filled with dog treats as well as a dog bed and bowls for food and water. Canines can enjoy the resort’s applewood-smoked bacon scavenger hunt, and the Happy Tails newspaper offers helpful information on pet-friendly restaurants and shops in the area. The “Canine Culinary” room service menu features organic and gourmet dishes including braised short rib on brown rice, organic chicken tossed with fresh pasta, and the Calistoga Ranch burger, served raw or rare over steamed white rice.
Bardessono Hotel and Spa (Yountville) offers dog beds, bowls, toys, and dog treats. It also features fine dining for four-legged creatures at its Lucy Restaurant. For $12 to $15, you can choose among such treats as dry-aged beef sirloin and pearl barley, chicken breast with white rice, seared ahi tuna with bloomed quinoa, or applewood bacon and baby spinach. (Note that dogs are allowed on the patio but not inside the restaurant.)
The Carneros Resort and Spa (Napa) features suites with private, enclosed patios perfect for dogs to safely explore as well as many Fido-friendly areas on property. They provide guests with pet-waste bags, doggie bed, and bowl, and will assist in making dog-sitting arrangements. One dog per party is allowed, and a non-refundable deposit of $150 is required.
The Napa River Inn & Historic Mill (Napa) offers a VIP (Very Important Pet) program that includes food and water dishes, a sampling of gourmet treats, a pet blanket, and a supply of pick-up bags. They also provide a list of pet sitters and/or walkers, if you want to leave Fido while you go wining and dining.
The Archer Hotel (Napa) allows dogs up to 50 lbs. in its designated pet-friendly rooms. They’re not allowed in the restaurant, but are welcome at the rooftop lounge and lobby lounge while you enjoy your cocktails and bites. The Pampered Pet program is $150 per stay and includes a plush dog bed as well as a complimentary swag bag with a bone squeak toy, tennis ball, pet-waste bags, and box of Buddy Biscuits.
At the new Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa (Calistoga), your canines will receive dog beds, food bowls, and a welcome goody bag full of treats along with a guide to pet-friendly restaurants and shops in the area. The motel is also conveniently located near the forested Mayacamas Mountains for some great pup-friendly hikes.
The Meritage Resort and Spa (Napa) allows dogs to roam on leash through its public areas and surrounding hillside vineyards. For a fee of $50 per pet, per stay, it provides a plush dog bed and, a complimentary dog bowl and pet amenity bag with an assortment of organic cookies and potty pick-up bags.
The Westin Verasa (Napa) provides such amenities as luxurious dog beds with miniature Heavenly Bed duvets by Eloise Pet Accessories, plus other touches that will have pets feeling as welcome as their owners.
The Wine Country Inn (St. Helena) welcomes dogs in more than half of its rooms and allows up to two dogs (50-lbs. max each) per room. For a $100 fee per dog, it provides a dog bed, water and food bowls on stands, baggies for walks, and a locally made organic treat. In addition, 10% of pet fees are donated to the local animal shelter. (Note that reservations must be made directly through the Inn so that it can ensure a pet-friendly room.)
The Napa Winery Inn (Napa) welcomes four-legged friends with a gift bag containing pet treats and a toy, as well as pet beds and water bowls.
SENZA Hotel (Napa) welcomes pets with a one-time pet fee of $50 and supplies water dishes and environmentally friendly pet bags for clean-ups. No pets are allowed in the dining room.
Beazley House (Napa) can accommodate dogs in 10 of its 11 rooms and dogs are welcomed with a special basket of treats, food and dog bowls, sheets to cover beds and furniture, and doggie waste bags. All dogs are welcomed into the inn for the evening wine hour. There is a $40 pet fee per day.
The Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer (St. Helena) welcomes dogs on its north and south patios and provides a cozy dog bed, water bowl, and a welcome letter with recommendations on local dog sites and services.
At Lavender (Yountville), a Four Sisters Inn, there are limited accommodations for pets so it’s important to book your reservations directly and in advance. Many of the rooms have their own private patios. A non-refundable fee of $65 accommodates up to two well-behaved canines per room and includes breakfast in (dog) bed!
(Please note that at most of these venues, it’s not permitted to leave your pet unattended in your room. Early reservations are recommended for best availability.)