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Dog Days in Yountville

Dog Days in Yountville

When most people think about Yountville, a cozy little town tucked midway into the Napa Valley, they think Michelin-starred restaurants, luxury spas, hotels and world-class wineries.

 

But here’s something you might not know about this quaint burb: Yountville is dog-friendly.

 

Which means next time you’re thinking about spending a few days in this lovely little town, forget about boarding your dog and bring your pet with you. There are plenty of hotel choices that allow, even welcome, man’s best friend. And, as it turns out, lots of other places do too.

 

So what are you waiting for? Grab Fido and head out and explore all that Yountville has to offer.

 

Wineries

More than two dozen wineries and tasting rooms call Yountville home. In fact, the first vineyards in the Napa Valley were planted here by George Yount in the mid-1800s. Because of the various soils and microclimates in the area, Yountville produces world-class Sauvignon Blancs, hearty Cabernets and Petit Syrahs. Here are just a few that you and your four-legged friend can check out.

 

Domaine Chandon

What better way to kick off your trip than with a glass of sparkling wine? Take your dog on a stroll of the beautiful grounds with a glass of bubbly in hand or enjoy a tasting on the patio.

 

Cliff Lede
Just outside of downtown, Cliff Lede boasts a beautiful enclosed patio perfect for a relaxed tasting. The Back Room offers rotating art exhibits, and if you’re a classic rock lover (like Cliff

Lede), you’ll appreciate the music and memorabilia in the tasting room and garden.

 

Girard
Located in the heart of Yountville on Washington Street, Girard boasts a large patio great for wine tasting by the glass or the flight – and for people (and dog) watching.

 

Ma(i)sonry
An eclectic mix of art and wine, Ma(i)sonry is the perfect setting for you and your dog to relax and take in local artists and winemakers. The patio also offers a fire pit for those cool Napa Valley afternoons.  

 

Restaurants

With so many world-class wineries, it’s no surprise that the culinary scene in Yountville is second to none.  So after all that wine tasting, why not grab a bite at one of Yountville’s many outstanding eateries? There’s definitely something for everyone – even your dog.

 

Bouchon
Thomas Keller’s little gem smack-dab in the middle of Washington Street is quintessential Yountville. Opened four years after Keller’s celebrated French Laundry, Bouchon offers authentic French fare in a relaxed setting. Snag a table for you and your pup on the patio for brunch.

 

Hurley’s
Looking for some local color? Look no further than Hurley’s. A lively bar, spacious patio and delightful food with a Mediterranean flair welcomes the weary walker and their companion, four-legged or otherwise.

 

Pacific Blues Café
Another great option for outside and dog-friendly dining is Pacific Blues Café. A staple on bustling Washington Street for years, here you’ll find burgers, sandwiches and salads served in a casual, inviting atmosphere.

 

Other Options

 

Parks and Trails
After all the great wine and delicious food, it’s time to walk it off.  Hit the trails and explore all Yountville has to offer. There’s no designated dog park (yet), but all parks are dog-friendly and include litter bag stations and doggy drinking fountains at the two main parks, Yountville Community Park and Veterans Memorial Park. Picnic tables are available for reservation or grab a picnic lunch and a bottle of local wine and head to the bocce court.

 

The Yountville Mile
One great way to take in all the natural beauty Yountville has to offer is The Yountville Mile, part of the 47-mile-long Vinetrail, which plans to connect the entire valley with a walking and biking trail system. Running from the north end of town, south to Domaine Chandon, this one-mile loop is dog-friendly and offers just a glimpse of the natural beauty of the Napa Valley.

 

Yountville Art Walk
If your (or your pup) is a fan of art, look no further than the Art Walk to satisfy a craving for the local artistic talent in Yountville. Over the last few years, the town has installed more than 40 outdoor installations; most pieces are for sale, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Yountville Arts Fund.

 

So whether you choose to sit, sip and savor or explore and investigate, Yountville has something for every dog lover and every dog.

 

By Sara Moseley

 

Sara Moseley is a native Bay Area writer specializing in travel, interior design and healthcare. 

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