With harvest season, or “crush,” upon us in California’s wine country, now is a great time to for pampered pooches and fine felines to stay at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa and visit nearby dog-friendly wineries.
The Jet Set Pets recently checked into the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa on a couple of occasions. We found oodles of four-legged guests in every size ranging from a Yorkie to a Bernese Mountain Dog on the well-landscaped grounds. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa allows no more than two animals per guestroom and charges a daily pet fee of $25 per room, per night. Call the Guest Service Supervisor at 707-939-2467 in advance of your arrival to have beds, bowls, treats and toys for dogs and/or cats in your room when you check in. Our Lucy was even presented a lovely gift basket (pictured left) containing all kinds of goodies.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is ideal for dogs who like to romp in the grass. Service animals are allowed poolside but not pets. But guests can have Fifi at their feet as they relax in one of the chairs made out of wine barrels in a grassy area near the hotel lobby. And pooches can hang out in the lobby with their pet parents as well.
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa prohibits guests from leaving pets in the room unattended (and even fines them $150!!). But the hotel can arrange for a pet sitter when you venture to its famed, 40,000-square foot Willow Stream Spa, its premier eatery Santé, the only restaurant in Sonoma to receive a Michelin Star as well as the AAA Four Diamond Award, or any other time.
If wine tasting is on your agenda, several local wineries will allow you to bring your posh pal with you. Some of the dog-friendly wineries in Sonoma County recommended by the Wine Country Dog Concierge are:
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards -This Santa Rosa winery requires pets to be leashed and on their best behavior. Pets are welcome in all areas of the Visitor Center, except the Dining Room. St. Francis offers its furry friends water and dog biscuits. Plus, it has a nice selection of pet-related merchandise in the gift shop.
This is such a dog-friendly winery that it hosts the 12th annual Blessing of the Animals event on Oct. 7, 2012 from 2 to 5 p.m. More than 200 animals (dogs, cats, birds and even an alligator) are expected. There’s also a “Winery Dog of the Year” contest (sign up by 3:00 pm to enter). There will be wine, nibbles, special guests and fabulous raffle prizes donated by local pet-friendly businesses. Admission is FREE. Last year’s event raised over $2,500 for the Sonoma Humane Society.
Kunde Family Estate: Dogs must be leashed at all times at this dog-friendly winery in Kenwood. There are some areas, such as productions and food service, that are off limits to all non-service animals. Kunde also offers four dog hikes every year that are lead by fourth-generation winegrower Jeff Kunde and his dog Riley. The final hike of the year takes place Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Hike along the Sonoma Valley floor, winding through oak woodlands, native grasslands and chaparral, while receiving an in-depth education in Kunde Family Estate’s sustainable wine-growing practices from grape to glass. The moderately strenuous hikes last approximately four hours, concluding with a much-deserved wine tasting and wine country lunch. Not only are the hikes a unique opportunity for dogs and pet parents to hike Kunde’s wine-growing estate, but Kunde partners with the Sonoma Humane Society and Canine Companions for Independence to make it a terrific outing.
Deerfield Ranch Winery: Dogs must be on leash at all times in the tasting room of this dog-friendly winery located in Kenwood. On weekends, you can usually find Walker, the winery dog (pictured left). The black, 12-year-old standard poodle loves socializing with his fellow canines friends.
Imagery Estate Winery: This dog-friendly winery in Glen Ellen requires dogs leashed at all times and that the pooches are people friendly.
For a few other pet-friendly wineries in other parts of the United States, check out the article 8 Wineries That Have Gone to the Dogs on VetStreet.com.
Have you stayed at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa with your pet or visited a dog-friendly winery with your little pal? If so, share your experience with The Jet Set Pets community in the comment box below.