Hi, I’m Ellie and I’m here to tell you about pet friendly Sonoma County. If you have a pet like me, then you know we want to be with you all the time. Those who live and play in Sonoma County are in luck. This place is pawsome! Here are some of my favorites things to do and places to visit:
- There are several off-leash, fenced dog areas around here, like Sonoma Valley Regional Park (Glen Ellen): This 162-acre county park includes the Elizabeth Anne Perrone Dog Park, a fenced, one-acre, off-leash play area with a double-gated entry, dog drinking fountain, and a shade gazebo. The park also offers paved and dirt trails. Outside of the play area, dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
- Sonoma County Regional Parks: The county operates more than 50 recreational sites, and most welcome licensed and well-behaved dogs on leashes no more than 6 feet long. Highlights include: Doran Regional Park (Bodega Bay) with a two-mile stretch of sandy beach; Forestville River Access with a wide, sandy beach on the Russian River; the 195-acre Gualala Point Regional Park (The Sea Ranch) featuring open meadows mixed with coastal forests; Hood Mountain Regional Park (Santa Rosa) with 1,750 acres of wilderness and rugged trails for expert hikers (many trails connect to trails in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, which does not allow dogs on its trails); Riverfront Regional Park (Healdsburg) with trails along the Russian River; Steelhead Beach (Forestville) with a small launch and picnic area; and Sunset Beach River Park (Forestville) with a beach and picnic area.
- For pet friendly shopping, take your family to Cornerstone (Sonoma): Located in the southern end of the Sonoma Valley, Cornerstone is home to unique shops, a series of nine walk-through gardens (which are changed on a periodic basis), and the Sunset Magazine Outdoor Kitchen and Test Gardens. The entire Cornerstone site is pet friendly.
- Certain wineries also welcome dogs, such as Mutt Lynch Winery (Windsor): Dogs are honored guests at Mutt Lynch. Voted THE most dog-friendly winery by Bay Woof magazine, the winery regularly holds dog-themed events including Yappy Hours, a Canine Classic benefit hike/run, and its annual Dog Days of Summer open house. A portion of proceeds from every bottle sold is donated to local animal rescue organizations.
- If you don’t live here yet but want to visit, check out the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa (Sonoma). Pets are welcome. Contact the hotel directly to make advance arrangements. Pets must be on a leash at all times, cannot be left unattended, and are not permitted in eating areas or the pool. Maximum two animals per guestroom, and there’s a $50 fee per pet, per stay. Service animals are always welcome, and exempt from the daily charge and some restrictions. Beds, bowls, food treats and toys for dogs/cats will be placed in the room prior to your arrival. There are complimentary biodegradable pet waste pick-up bags available at the front desk.
For a full list of pet friendly Sonoma County businesses and places, check this article. If you’re headed to Wine Country this summer with your family, make sure to add a little time to check out the wine country properties available. Please call my mom, Nicki, at 707-953-9456 or reach her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be happy to entertain your pet while you see what’s available in this pet friendly place!