Occidental is a perfect retreat nestled into Sonoma County’s wine country. Known for exceptional beauty, Occidental should be on everyone’s “must see” list. Occidental’s small town charm doesn’t stop them from having amenities. There’s a veterinary clinic in town, and more in the surrounding areas to take care of every pet’s needs. Occidental also features a walkable downtown, so bring a friend to hold your dog when you want to do more than window-shop this beautiful area!
If you’re looking to connect with Occidental’s natural world, take your pup for a leashed walk through LandPaths Grove of Old Trees. This brings Occidental’s rich natural history and resources to the forefront. This community cared for grove offers beautiful walking paths and a quiet atmosphere. Despite how far you seem from the city, keep your dog on leash inside the grove to preserve the well-tended plants--and to keep your best friend safe!
Staying the night in Occidental isn’t accidental, it’s luxury! There are several charming, dog-friendly places to stay, like the Inn at Occidental or The Bird’s Nest West Sonoma County. Your dog can join you in your restful retreat and you can rise ready to face the morning!
Downtown Occidental’s dining is not to be missed, and with Negri’s Original Italian Restaurant, your dog won’t miss out either! Bring them along to try out one of the favorites of the area. This restaurant is located in the heart of walkable Downtown Occidental. It serves a variety of foods that you’d expect from a high quality, but casual-leaning Italian restaurant. Start with some appetizers, soups, or salads, and move on to steak or pizza as your appetite dictates. Your dog can join you at the outdoor patio tables with a bowl of water while you sample these classic dishes.
Western Hills Garden in West Occidental is a beautiful and amazing place to bring your dog! There is a small admission fee, but you'll have full access to the gardens, woods, and ponds. There are guided tours, but if you want to get further away, you can trek out to a more remote corner. Dogs must be on leash on the paths, but there are more remote outer areas where they can be off leash, or while enjoying a pond. To preserve the work of the garden, off leash dogs should be under excellent voice control at all times.
In the Alliance Redwood neighborhood of Occidental lies Bohemia Ecological Preserve. This 1,000 acre natural landscape is a must-see if you’re planning your trip to Occidental in advance. Guided tours are the only way to access this property, but volunteers do operate them regularly. Just RSVP to be included on a hike through this gorgeous place. Make sure you mention your dog on your request! You’re going to want to bring plenty of water and a doggie bowl for your buddy. You’re also going to want to bring a camera, as this natural preserve offers unparallelled looks at the natural Californian ecosystem.
Russian River Meadows is just a 10 minute drive north of Occidental, in the neighboring community of Monte Rio. There, the Monte Rio Riverfront Meadow is a great place to visit with your dog, and is close to downtown Monte Rio. It offers a great view of the Russian River, which provides much of the moisture to the region's ample vineyards. You can walk the path close to the water or observe from a comfortable bench as the water, and life’s problems, float by. Excitable dogs will be happy that the meadow space is popular enough for people-watching!
If your dog needs an off leash dog park and nothing else will do, hop in the car and head to this neighborhood in Sebastopol, just fifteen minutes from downtown Occidental. The Ragle Ranch Dog Park inside the Ragle Ranch Park is the perfect place for your dog to stretch his legs! The park features shade and benches for humans, and fresh water fountains for everyone! The best thing for pups? A large, fenced in area where they can run and be free! This dog park is extremely popular, so if your dog is shy, you may want to leash up and head into the larger Ragle Ranch Park for a quieter walk.