It's Cabernet Season in the Napa Valley!

Summer 2023

Calistoga has many pet-friendly lodging partners, attractions, wineries and restaurants that welcome pets and their owners. It can be heartbreaking to leave your four-legged friends behind while you travel, so bring them with you to explore Calistoga!  Create wine country memories with your fur babies instead of away from them with this pet-friendly itinerary.

 Day 1

Check-in at one of several pet-friendly lodging properties! You can choose to stay at cottages and B&B’s like Brannan Cottage InnCottage Grove InnBear Flag Inn or Trailside Inn, or stay at a luxury pet-friendly resort such as Solage, an Auberge ResortCalistoga Motor Lodge and Spa, or Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs. You also have the option of camping or RVing with your pets at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park .

Once you’re settled, stroll through downtown and familiarize yourself with the lay of the land. Many of the shops are pet-friendly; ask if your pet is welcome before you bring them inside. The Calistoga Welcome Center even has a dog bowl for your furry friend to get a drink of water before going on your way.

Enjoy a wine tasting beneath the redwoods at Romeo Vineyards & Cellars in downtown. Your pup will enjoy relaxing in the shade on the patio while you discover some wines; the service and the hand-painted murals are unbeatable. Or stop by Picayune Cellars and Mercantile just across the street to shop for truly unique merchandise from colorful socks to one-of-a-kind knives, and a wine-tasting streetside or on their spacious back patio where your dog can chill while you sip.

Day 2

A walk down the street will bring you to the outdoor dining area at Calistoga Inn, Restaurant & Brewery for delicious, seasonal cuisine. Take a seat on an Adirondack chair and watch the world go by.

Start the day off with breakfast at Bella Bakery. They have coffee and fresh pastries to enjoy with your pet at the outdoor café tables along the sidewalk. Head to Bennett Lane Winery with your pooch for a wine tasting. Be sure to make an appointment at  Envy Wines, where you can purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy on the Tuscan-inspired terrace. While you’re on Tubbs Lane on the north side of Calistoga, visit Old Faithful Geyser where your pet can enjoy the open air and sunshine and bark at the Tennessee fainting goats (rumored to be the best way to get the goats to actually faint!)

Find your way back into town for Saturday or Sunday brunch at Lovina on the pet-friendly patio primed for people-watching. Your furry friend will enjoy waiting for an occasional crumb to fall their way under this umbrella-adorned patio.

After lunch, get in a little exercise at the Petrified Forest, a mere 10-minute drive from Calistoga. This one-mile hike through new-growth forest and ancient petrified trees is well worth a visit. If you’ve worked up a thirst, head next to Hans Fahden Vineyards, just up the road. Stroll through their gardens and enjoy a wine tasting with your pooch by your side.

Back in town, hit Johnny’s Bar & Restaurant for drinks during happy hour. You’ll most likely want to stay put for dinner. The outdoor patio faces Lincoln Avenue so you’ll see locals and tourists alike strolling through town and enjoying Calistoga’s beautiful weather.

Enjoy breakfast seating outside Café Sarafornia, Calistoga’s famous diner. While you’re in town, visit a few downtown tasting rooms for casual wine tasting. You could also stop by Sam’s General Store for coffee drinks galore, pastries, mini-quiches, salads, sandwiches, and picnic items like chips, house-baked cookies, and other treats. And you pooch will appreciate the spacious patios on both sides of the shop.

August Briggs Winery has a beautiful outdoor wine terrace along the Napa River where you can enjoy the sound of the babbling creek and some delicious and unusual pinot varietals as well. Next door is Maria Concetto Winery, a new tasting room owned and operated by Maria Reznikova, with a luxurious tasting room featuring a portfolio of wines from Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties.

Day 3 

Take one last excursion out of town and walk or ride bikes down the Vine Trail from Washington Street in downtown Calistoga down to Dunaweal Lane (about 1.5 miles). Clos Pegase Winery is located on this main crossroad through the Napa Valley, an architectural marvel with sweeping vistas, a spectacular wine cave, Murano glass chandeliers, and incredible wines. The grounds are dog-friendly, so stroll between the giant columns and over to the 17th-century Renaissance fountain for a leisurely wine country experience.

Your last supper in town may be enjoyed with your furry friend at the outdoor patio at Evangeline, where fried green tomatoes are served in-season, and the fried pickles are available year-round. The menu features fresh, fun versions of bistro favorites like steak frites and more recently, the popular fried chicken to go! You will also find options for the vegetarian in your group, including roasted cauliflower and ratatouille risotto.

By the time you’re ready to pack up and go, your pet will feel as pampered as you do after a relaxing stay in Calistoga.