If you follow my adventures (and mishaps) on Instagram, @ChelseaLeonard, you know Stella, our 7 year old Golden Retriever, is a huge part of lives and if we are traveling by car, she is most definitely coming with us! Also, if you follow along, you know I am all about self-care and wine. An escape to Wine Country with my favorite people is one of my favorite self-care practices and if you are looking for a wine country weekend with your pup, below is some of our favorite stops. Let me know which ones I am missing!
Hotels and Resorts:
- Vista Collina: This resort is right on the line of Sonoma and southern Napa and it’s sister resort, The Meritage, across the street is equally dog friendly! The rooms are beautiful, the staff is super nice and for the $50 pet fee, you get your room extra cleaned, ’cause hair, a dog bed, dog treats and bowls to use during your stay! They have amazing amenities that you can read about below! This is definitely our go to spot.
- Other Options: The Westin Napa, Carneros Resort and Spa, and some of the most adorable finds on AirB&B and VRBO!
- Larson Family Vineyards: This place is so dog friendly that we became members! They have their own vineyard dogs roaming the grounds and welcoming you in the tasting room. This is such a relaxed winery with some really great table reds and some great characters that pour the wine. The backyard is fabulous with a ton of picnic tables (they sell snacks inside!) and cornhole!
- Judd’s Hill: This winery is also a micro-crush and has some of the most interesting varietals! The staff is so friendly and it was one of the most laid back winery tastings we have ever had!
- Rombauer: I know everyone goes here for the Chardonnay but, a little secret of mine, I am not a fan at all! Rombauer is up at the top of a hill (like, the TOP TOP) so it has amazing views, grounds and must try Reds! Look for anything from Atlas Peak and grab a Rombauer dog collar while you’re at it!
- Gunlach Bundschu: This winery has been around since 1858 which makes it the oldest family owner winery in California! They have a bunch of different tasting options and dogs are allowed all over as long as they are leashed so pack a picnic basket, grab a bottle of their Pinot Noir or Gewurztraminer (or a tasting!) and enjoy their amazing grounds!
- Summer Options: Schug Winery (amazing Sparkling Pinot Noir) , Roots Run Deep (gorgeous view!), Gloria Ferrer (an amazing view and some of my favorite bubbles!Make sure to try the ones you can’t buy in the store!), Pine Ridge Vineyards (amazing cabs!), Hall Vineyards (I love the St. Helena area!) and V. Sattui (Huge Grounds and anything and everything you would want to eat) and Wilson Winery (so many dogs to pet!)
Food and Entertainment:
- The Village: This entertainment mecca is attached to our favorite resort, Vista Collina. It’s a massive Grass area surrounded by nine tasting rooms, most of which are dog friendly (Gen7, Anarchist Wines, Foundry, and Cornerstone) and those that are not open for tastings, you can grab a bottle and sip it on the grass! They also have Fivetown Grocery where you can get fresh made sandwiches for breakfast or lunch and all your favorite picnic supplies! We grab some cheese, crackers, premade salads, chips and dip and chocolate, grab our favorite bottle (try the Golden Knights Sparkling from Foley Wine Society, it is only sold there or at Las Vegas Golden Knight Games and it’s sooooo good!) and enjoy a beautiful day with your pup! A few of our other favorite to try here is the Gen 7 Ibiza Sparkling, Foundry Cab Franc and Foley Country Cuvee!
- Bouchon Bistro in Yountville: An adorable French Bistro by Thomas Keller with an ever changing menu and some of the most delicious freshly baked pastries! You can’t go wrong with any of the breakfast sandwiches, a delicious equator coffee latte and, my favorite EVER, the strawberries and cream Scone!
- Bravas Bar De Tapas in Healdsburg: Reservations on the Outdoor Patio highly recommended! It’s (obviously) a Tapas bar with one of the larges menus we’ve seen and has been regulary voted as a top restarant in the Bay Area! Try the Goat Cheese Toast, Paella, Scallops, Roasted Artichoke and the Octopus!
- LaSalette in Sonoma– A Portuguese restaurant with an amazing menu and killer Wine List including some from Northern California and some interesting varietals from Portugal. The staff is incredibly friendly and I suggest taking a break from all the Cabs and Chardonnays and trying the Portugal flight! Some must-try dishes are the sea bass, the Feijoada Completa and literally every single dessert…