It can be heartbreaking to leave your fur babies behind while you travel. Calistoga has a solution to alleviate your guilt and keep everyone happy: many lodging properties and attractions welcome pets and their owners at a wide variety of hotels, wineries and attractions where you can make wine country memories with your furry friends instead of away from them.
Check in at one of several pet-friendly lodging properties! You can choose to stay at cottages and B&B’s like Cottage Grove Inn, Bear Flag Inn or Trailside Inn, or stay at a luxury pet-friendly resort such as Solage or Calistoga Ranch, both Auberge Resorts. You also have the option of camping or RVing with your pets at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and the Calistoga RV Park.
Once you’re settled, stroll through downtown and familiarize yourself with the lay of the land. Many of the shops are pet-friendly; just 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. Treats are available for the asking.
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.
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 listen to live music every night in the summertime.
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.
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.
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. Just next door is Maldonado Family Vineyards, a classic tasting room with a front porch and excellent wine.
Take one last excursion out of town and walk the Vine Trail from Washington Street in downtown Calistoga down to Dunaweal Lane (about a 1.5 mile walk). 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 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 croque madame and Coq au Vin. Standards such as assiette de fromages and tour de fruits de mer are given new life. Most exciting, perhaps, are the ‘instant classics’ of beef tartare and Shrimp Etouffee.