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Wine Country Vacation with the Pup

A happy pup and its owner at one of Mutt Lynch Winery's events

Though all of these wineries are accepting
of dogs, here are a few rules of etiquette
when bringing your dog to a winery:  
Always leash your dog unless the staff at
the winery specifically states that it is OK
for your dog to roam free.  
Call ahead and mention that you are
bringing your four-legged friend. While
some wineries don’t mind serving you and
your dog without a reservation, others may
not admit you two.
Do not bring an aggressive dog. If your
dog is known to be aggressive toward
humans or other dogs, it could lead to a
bad ending not only for you, but also for
other guests.

Pet care can often present a problem for dog owners about to go on vacation. Caring in-house dog sitters are hard to come by and many of us know how hard it is to part with our pet at a boarding facility.

So while making vacation plans, consider a trip to wine country — for both you and your dog — and visit one or more of these dog-friendly wineries.

Dutch Henry Winery is an excellent option for you and your pet. Its exceptional service has landed it the number one spot in Napa Valley in the Dog Lover’s Companion Book. While this winery does not allow dogs inside the actual building, the staff will be happy to set up a picnic table outside for wine tastings.  

At Eberle Winery, you might just be greeted by Cabernet and Syrah, the owners' two pet standard poodles that roam the property. Here, your pooch is allowed in both the tasting room and on the deck, so you are free to enjoy the winery to its fullest while your dog makes a few new friends.

Kirigin Cellars is another great option for your four-legged friend. Kirigin not only allows dogs on the premises; it also hosts a variety of dog-related events for your pooch. This winery also allows your dog to explore 11 acres of open space without a leash. So, if you don’t feel like being attached at the hip to your pup, this is the winery for you.

Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards not only welcomes dogs but also offers a flavored water tasting event for them. So your dog can enjoy a delicious drink along with you. These water tastings are offered on the regular dog hike events.

Perhaps one of the best options for dogs in Napa Valley is Mutt Lynch Winery. If the name isn't enough of a giveaway, this winery does far more than just allow your dog to tour with you. At Mutt Lynch, a portion of the profits go to animal shelters.  Here, wine tasting isn’t just for enjoyment, it's also for a good cause.

If you don’t feel like driving all the way up to wine country, then stay closer to home by visiting Oak Mountain Winery in Temecula. Bring your dog for some fun activities.

Looking for a place to rest your paws for the night? Complete your doggie getaway with a stay at one of these pet-friendly hotels in Napa Valley:

Beazley House is one of Napa’s best dog-friendly bed and breakfasts. Beazley House offers rooms both in the Carriage House (which has direct access to the gardens) and in the mansion for you and your pet. Pet fees are $30 per night with a limit of two dogs per room. :: beazleyhouse.com

The Carneros Inn in Napa is a great option for an extended stay. Charging a $150 cleaning fee, The Carneros offers a great and affordable option for you and your furry friend. :: thecarnerosinn.com

The Inn on First offers three amazing dog-friendly rooms. Charges include a $50 fee per night per dog, with an extra $10 for each additional furry friend. :: theinnonfirst.com

Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga also allows your pup to visit. A $100 refundable cleaning deposit is required, along with a $25 nightly charge to house dogs. Brannan respectfully asks that you mention your pup during booking. :: brannancottageinn.com

Also in Calistoga, The Chanric Inn permits pooches for a fee of $50 per dog per night. The Chanric also has a doggie room service option. For an extra $10 per night, The Chanric will deliver food for your dog to your room. :: thechanric.com

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