Dog parents know that it’s not always easy to enjoy a true vacation when you have to leave your fur-baby at home. One thing that might make a glass of vino in a beautiful setting even better — the presence of your canine companion, resting its head on your knee, begging with puppy eyes for a sliver of cheese or a crumble of cracker (definitely no grapes, though).
For your next jaunt into Wine Country, bring your pup and stay at one of the many pet-friendly hotels. You’ll be better able to enjoy all that the property has to offer, knowing that your faithful dog is by your side. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite dog-friendly hotels, and with a range of sleek boutiques to luxurious resorts to cottages that feel like home, there’s something for everyone and every pup.
Located in the bustling Downtown Napa’s Riverfront District, Napa River Inn blends historical charm with modern day amenities. Its sixty-six distinct guest rooms are walkable to a number of local attractions, from world-class restaurants to wineries to views of the Napa River. This hotel also rolls out the red carpet for your dog with their Very Important Pet program, with custom-designed blankets, stainless steel food and water bowls, gourmet bones and biscuits made from Napa Valley wines, and pet sitters who are always at the ready.
500 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 251-8500
Archer Hotel Napa is one of the newer boutique hotels in downtown Napa. Boasting Charlie Palmer Steak and the Sky & Vine Rooftop Bar, there’s plenty to enjoy right there on the property (the lobster corn dogs are a must try). This dog-friendly hotel makes sure your pup also enjoys their stay with a doggy stay care package. And if your fur baby takes a shine to those cute, mustachioed slippers, don’t worry — they’re complimentary for guests, so Fido is welcome to chew, fetch, or slobber to their heart’s content. But if we may make a recommendation, the slippers make for a very cute prop for your pup’s next photo.
1230 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 690-9800
A stay at Solage means not only relaxing in style, but knowing that there will be plenty for your pup to do as well. With complimentary bicycles, you’ll be able to cycle leisurely around Wine Country with your doggie in the basket. Then come home after adventuring to treats, goodies, and even custom designed beds for you and your canine. The highly rated Solbar is also dog-friendly, so they’ll be right at your feet while you dine al fresco. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is saying no to those puppy dog eyes during breakfast.
755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 226-0800
Bardessono is located just a hop and a skip away from famous dining destinations such as Bottega, Ad Hoc, Bistro Jeanty, and The French Laundry. While Thomas Keller’s famed joint may not allow dogs, Bardessono’s pet package includes information about dog-friendly wineries, and other fun things to do with your dog in the area. Once you and your pet have explored surrounding Yountville, rest assured that you’re going home to ultimate luxury — all guest rooms at Bardessono are spa suites, designed to transform any room into your personal spa. You can relax with an in-room treatment or uninterrupted soak in the tub while your pooch reclines in similar luxury on the plush dog bed.
6526 Yount Street, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 204-6000
For a stay with a little more character, look no further that the Calistoga Motor Lodge & Spa. Fun, bright, and hip, there’s plenty of space for you and your dog to explore. Their spa, MoonAcre Spa & Bath, is right there on grounds as well, so you can get a mud treatment, facial, or aromatherapy soak without being too far away. And with the treats that come in their doggie welcome package, your pup may not even notice that you’re gone.
1880 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-0991
Carneros Resort & Spa is a hotel that has both charm and luxurious amenities in spades. From high-end dining to stellar spa treatments to a beautiful pool, you won’t run out of things to do here. Booking one of the premiere cottages means you have your own fenced yard, which makes it easy and more home-like for you and your dog. And with heat lamps and tables and chairs, you’ll be able to enjoy a glass (or a bottle) in your own private slice of Napa Valley.
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 299-4900
SENZA is the perfect blend of upscale chic with bed-and-breakfast community. Modern and sophisticated, each suite feels like a private getaway. Many look out onto beautiful vineyard views, so there’s ample room for your pooch to stretch her legs. And with such luxurious touches as an in-suite fireplace, catered breakfast with Bouchon pastries, and a nightly wine hour, you could conceivably never leave SENZA all weekend and still have a stellar Napa Valley trip.
4066 Howard Lane, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 253-0337
If cozy comfort is more your speed, Beazley House in Napa Valley has an impressive reputation for its dog-friendliness. The staff at this charming bed and breakfast go out of their way to welcome your pooch, with a special bag of doggie treats on check-in, and even setting aside a special part of the dining area so your dog can dine with you. We recommend booking in the Carriage House for its immediate access to the garden so your canine can be as comfortable as possible.
1910 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 257-1649
Lavender welcomes with a touch of the French countryside, and an easy walk to all of Yountville’s offerings. Whether you and your pup cozy up to the in-room fireplace, bask lazily in the garden sunshine, or lounge on the inn’s wraparound porch, Lavender is the perfect amount of cozy chic. Only one of the rooms is dog-friendly though, and it’s in high demand, so be sure to plan ahead for your trip to Wine Country with your four-legged bestie.
2020 Webber Avenue, Yountville, CA 94599, (707) 944-1388
Don’t forget that while we love our pooches, not everyone is a dog person, and many places have rules for keeping your pup on a leash. But that’s no reason not to do it in style. We like these Found My Animal leashes, which are beautifully hand-dyed in New York and strong enough to withstand hundreds of pounds of pull. And with an option to secure the leash around your waist, you’ll be able to walk the dog and keep your wine glass full.
Cover photo courtesy of SENZA