Healdsburg, CA is in the heart of wine country, surrounded by vibrant vineyards for as far as the eye can see. The residents of Healdsburg love only one thing more than their wine, and that's their dogs. Within the area, there are five veterinarians.
The number one attraction for dogs would be the Villa Dog Park, a 1-acre patch of land that allows your dog to run off-leash. Large oak trees encompass the small haven, which features waste bags, water fountains and trash bins. Humans even have a covered picnic area with benches and sitting chairs.
If you want a taste of wine country, bring your dog over to the dog-friendly Selby Winery Tasting Room, where leashed dogs are allowed inside. The restaurant has free dog treats and water for your dog while you enjoy some of the excellent wine.
These aren't the only wine-based dog-friendly places you'll find in Healdsburg though, like the Armida Winery and Mauritson Wines Vineyard. After a full day of activities, head over to restaurants with dog-friendly patios like the Dry Creek General Store, Bravas Bar de Tapas, and Barndiva.
For a truly unique experience, head to Russian River Adventures, a dog-friendly canoeing business. This adventure maker rents out canoes to people and their dogs, and even provides the lifejackets for both. Waste bag stations are at the beginning of the trip, so stock up before you head out! Once out on the river, your dog is welcome to swim off-leash and play along any of the shores and swimming holes. Be sure to bring plenty of water too, as you and your dog will probably get worn out by all the paddling and swimming.
If you live in the Lytton and Simi neighborhood on the east side of Healdsburg, you will want to check out Badger Park. Take note the park only allows dogs 17 inches and under, but it does provide a fenced in area for those dogs to run off leash. Doggie bags and water stations are available to patrons. Larger dogs can have some fun too in this neighborhood by heading to the Healdsburg Bar and Grill. The restaurant has a dog-friendly outdoor seating area and offers Korean barbeque, sandwiches, and milkshakes. Fido can even have some of the vanilla ice cream as a sweet treat!
Healdsburg Recreation Park sits in the Powell Avenue and University Street neighborhood of Healdsburg, taking up 4 acres of land. With long trails, shady trees, and a windy trail, the park is a great place to bring your dog for some outdoor exercise. Remember to keep Fido on a leash at all times throughout the park. Near the recreational center, you'll find waste bag stations and water fountains, while benches are easy to find throughout the park. West of the park is the Grape Leaf Inn, a small, dog-friendly 4-star hotel that allows pets with a pet fee, and offers free breakfast.
The western neighborhood of Skaggs Springs Road and Dry Creek Road is the largest neighborhood in Healdsburg. At the southern tip of the community lies the Riverfront Regional Park, a massive area with three lakes that are popular for fishing and trailing. Dogs must remain on a leash when entering the park, but are welcome on the beachfront and on the over 3 miles worth of trails. Humans must bring their own waste bags. Nearby, Quivira Vineyards offers a taste of the wine with gorgeous views and your pup by your side. Dogs must remain on a leash while at the vineyard.
The Windsor Town Green neighborhood is in the town of Windsor, about 6 miles from Healdsburg. In the center of the community is a small shopping area named after the neighborhood, the Windsor Town Green. The shopping area takes up about 4 acres of little shops and venues, all dog-friendly. The Mutt Lynch Winery here features a dog-friendly wine tasting room with dog-centric names. The shop has dog beds, free water and treats, and a portion of proceeds go back to dog charities in the area. The shopping area does not have waste stations or water fountains, so be prepared when coming here.