The community of Middletown, California is home to nearly 1,500 people, and it's not far from bigger cities like Santa Rosa and Calistoga. Middletown got its name in 1875 -- it was well-known as an agricultural center, and it eventually became a popular resort destination for people who came to enjoy the natural hot springs in the area. Today, Middletown is home to retirees and commuters to bigger cities, and it still draws some tourists who come to visit the nearby Harbin Hot Springs in Lake County, California. If you enjoy spending time outdoors with your dog, it's hard to go wrong with the climate anywhere in California. Middletown doesn't have its own off-leash dog park, but there are dog-friendly spaces in town where you can take Spot for an on-leash walk.
The Middletown Trailside Nature Preserve and EcoArts Park is a 107-acre park full of opportunities for dog walking, horseback riding, hiking, and bird watching. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and leashed dogs are welcome to join you throughout the park. This park is at the base of the 2,351-foot Sugarloaf Peak, which is a 1.5-mile hike you can do with your dog in about 45 minutes. If an off-leash park is what you're looking for, there are plenty of those near Middletown, too!