With a long reputation as the “Culinary Capital of the Napa Valley,” Yountville has oodles to offer foodies and wine lovers alike. But that doesn’t mean Fido has to be left out of the fun. With these hot pet-friendly hotels and a wealth of pawsome activities, your pooch will whine for a trip to this wine country gem that is especially happening now during harvest season.
Nestled among the rolling vineyards of the Napa Valley wine region is the French country-inspired Vintage Inn, set on the 23-acre Vintage Estate, just steps from the dining tables of America’s most celebrated chefs in the legendary epicurean walking town of Yountville. The Vintage Inn welcomes pets of all kinds and will welcome your furry friends with pet bowls, a pet bed fashioned with cushions, and wrought iron doggy beds with mattresses on request. An amenity package with treats and other dog essentials is presented at check-in, and treats are always available at the front desk. In the morning, precious pooches can accompany their owners for Champagne breakfast on the Vintage Inn patio.
- $40 fee per stay
- No number/weight/breed restrictions
Embodying contemporary luxury and the simplified elegance of wine country living, Bardessono establishes a new paradigm in what it means to truly experience Napa Valley. The luxe hotel welcomes all pets and provides pet bowls, a pet bed, doggie waste bags and a welcome amenity at check in. The hotel’s Lucy Restaurant & Bar also offers a Dog Menu and the dog-friendly happy hour, Dog Bar, every first Tuesday of the month from May to October. A $25 cover includes a glass of Crocker & Starr Wine and light snacks from Lucy Restaurant and Bar. Crocker & Starr Winery has a new book called Wine Dogs of California out as well, and their three Vineyard Dogs will be present for paw signings. Proceeds from wine sales and from books sold benefit the Napa Humane Society.
- $150 fee per stay
- Limit two dogs per room
- No size/weight/breed restrictions
Other pet-friendly hotels include the Lavender Inn, which welcomes up to two dogs per room and includes “Breakfast in Bed” in the pet fee, and the North Block Hotel, which offers a comfy pet bed, bowls and special treats, all complimentary, to your canine companion.
If you’re visiting Yountville for the culinary allure, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Pets are welcome at some of Yountville’s hottest eateries and vineyards. If that’s not your cup of tea, take your pampered pooch shopping or your adventurous hound hiking in some of wine country’s most scenic settings.
Outdoor patio picnics are available for pups and parents at Michael Chiarello’s NapaStyle. At Hurley’s Restaurant, Chef Bob Hurley and team welcome dogs on the patio with a water bowl and a treat. Pacific Blues Café also welcomes dogs on the patio with a San Francisco Giants water bowl or a plain bowl, on request. At Lucy Restaurant at the Bardessono, the Dog Menu includes three entrees and two desserts for pups dining on the Lucy Patio. Other pup-friendly outdoor dining is available at Bistro Jeanty, and at two of Thomas Keller’s restaurants, Ad Hoc’s Addendum and Bouchon Bakery, which offers two kinds of gourmet dog biscuits alongside their regular delectables.
V Wine Cellar offers Sip and Swirl with Fifi, a wine boutique and tasting lounge. While visitors enjoy their private wine tasting on the patio, their dogs are treated to gourmet dog treats and water served in bowls made from recycled wine boxes. Hope & grace wines is also dog friendly and has a charming canine greeter, Romeo. At Cosentino Winery, furry guests can come inside and hang out at the tasting bar or, for a more scenic setting, the winery’s brand new patio, which is perfect for lapping up the Napa Valley sunshine and fresh air. Other dog-friendly tasting rooms include Girard Winery, Somerston Wine Co/Priest Ranch, Domaine Chandon and Hill Family Estate.
Michael Chiarello’s NapaStyle doubles as a boutique, offering gifts and souvenirs to all Yountville visitors, including four-legged friends. Here, you can buy your pooch feeders, bowls, pillows, treat jars and more.
Walks and Hikes
Yountville is the best walking town for pets in Napa Valley, the perfect place for travelers and their four-legged friends to soak in the beauty of wine country. Stroll over to Yountville Community Park, which is dog-friendly and right in town. The “Yountville Mile” (the first segment of the Napa Valley Vine Trail) runs from the north end of town, south to Domaine Chandon, and The Napa River Ecological Reserve Trail, one of the few dog-friendly trails on public lands in all of Napa Valley, is located on the Yountville Crossroad. Its one-mile interpretive loop trail has been called an oasis in wine country. Click here for a full map of Yountville’s pawsome trail offerings.