Yountville is famous for Napa Valley wines, Michelin star-studded dining, amazing artwork & luxurious resorts to relax, unwind and enjoy being pampered. It’s also a terrific pet-friendly destination
Summer Parade with Dogs
Yountville loves our furry friends. The charming one street town leaves a welcome mat or Fido, Ginger and Butch, and a water bowl too.
It’s the only Wine Country town with a winery (Jessup Cellars) that hosts a summertime fashion parade for the best-dressed dogs. They call it their Dress to the K-Nines Stroll.
Located in the middle of town, guests can sip wine at the wine bar or relax with a sit-down, wine tasting in the spacious art gallery.
The owners of Jessup Cellars are three families in the healthcare profession. They give back to the community by hosting special events such as Dress to the Vines weekends and Art House Sessions.
Jessup’s winemaker Rob Lloyd is an expert at the art of blending. Try his 2011 Zinfandel. It’s bright with big fruit flavors and a pleasing finish. 6740 Washington Street – Yountville (707)944-5620 http://www.jessupcellars.com
Wine Tasting with Man’s Best Friend
Here are some more dog-friendly tasting rooms:
Girard Winery – Gaining critical acclaim for excellent wines at great values – http://www.girardwinery.com
Somerston Wine Co. – Home of Somerston Estate, Priest Ranch and Highflyer wines located high in the eastern hills of Napa Valley – http://www.somerstonewineco.com
Domaine Chandon – Discover a sparkling wine, the result of 250 years of winemaking innovation – http://www.chandon.com
Hill Family Estate – After three decades of farming grapes for some of Napa Valley’s finest wine producers, Doug and the family decided that their family should enter the wine business. http://www.hillfamilyestate.com
Bell Cellars – Anthony and Sandra Bell offer tours of their vineyards and barrel room before taking guests on a sensory training tasting. Smell fresh fruit, herbs and other delectables represented in wine flavors and aromas. They also offer a Winemarker for the Day class and cheese and wine tasting. Bell Wine Cellars is committed to handcrafting limited edition bottles of extraordinary wines. The tasting room is open daily 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.. Call to schedule a visit. 6200 Washington Street • Yountville • California • 94599 • (707)944-1673.
Pet Friendly Dining Venues
Outdoor patio picnics are available for pups and “parents” at Michael Chiarello’s NapaStyle.
At Hurley’s Restaurant, Chef Bob Hurley and team welcome dogs on the patio with a water bowl and a treat.
Pacific Blues Café welcomes dogs on the patio with a San Francisco Giants water bowl or a plain bowl, on request.
At Lucy Restaurant at the Bardessono, the Dog Menu includes three entrees and two desserts for pups dining on the Lucy Patio. They’ve also started a dog-friendly happy hour called Dog Bar. 2014 marks the second year of the program which runs late spring through October. From 5-7 p.m. guests can bring in their dogs for a special promotion: $25 includes light snacks and a glass of wine from Lucy Restaurant & Bar (for the owner) and a cookie for your pup. All proceeds benefit the local humane society. Lucy encourages everyone to post their favorite photos of their dogs and their visits to the Dog Bar to Lucy’s Facebook wall, too. Each week, the person that receives the most likes for their photo receives lunch for two at Lucy.
Other pup-friendly outdoor dining is available at Bistro Jeanty, and at two of Thomas Keller’s restaurants, Ad Hoc’s Addendum and Bouchon Bakery. Bouchon offers two kinds of gourmet dog biscuits alongside their regular delectables, made from freshly ground corn meal and wholesome chicken liver, then glazed with a touch of ketchup. Yummy and good for them, too!
Lodging with your Dog
The French country-inspired Vintage Inn welcomes pets of all kinds. The Inn’s Pet Fee includes pet bowls, a pet bed fashioned with cushions, and wrought iron doggy beds with mattresses on request. An amenity package with treats and other dog essentials is presented at check-in, and treats are always available at the front desk. In the morning, precious pooches can accompany their owners for Champagne breakfast on the Vintage Inn patio.
Lavender Inn welcomes dogs up to two per room and “Breakfast in Bed” is included in the Pet Fee.
At North Block Hotel, property mascot and canine greeter Pismo often stars in the hotel’s Facebook page postings. Guests who bring their canine companion will find a comfy pet bed, bowls and special treats, all complimentary.
The luxe Bardessono welcomes pets; the hotel’s Lucy Restaurant & Bar offers a Dog Menu and, in summer and fall, a dog-friendly happy hour called Dog Bar.
Walks and Hikes
Yountville is the best walking town for pets in Napa Valley, the perfect place for travelers and their four-legged friends to soak in the beauty of wine country:
Stroll over to Yountville Community Park–dog-friendly and right in town. Five parks in Yountville welcome pets. The “Yountville Mile” (the first segment of the Napa Valley Vine Trail) runs from the north end of town, south to Domaine Chandon, and pets are welcome. The Napa River Ecological Reserve Trail, one of the few dog-friendly trails on public lands in all of Napa Valley, is located on the Yountville Crossroad. Its one-mile interpretive loop trail has been called an oasis in wine country.
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