California is going to the dogs. More than 4 out of 10 of all families in California have extended their family with a friendly canine companion. Escondido is no exception and with a population of approximately 150,000 people this translated to almost 60,000 dogs. But not only the residents are amiable towards dogs; the entire city of Escondido is considered pet-friendly.
There are many dog-friendly places in town, to the delight of the owners. Wine lovers can visit the Bell Marie Winery for a picnic with a good wine and a variety of nice cheeses or the Intertwined Bistro & Wine Bar. Another local suggestion is the Vinz Wine Bar that even has a special menu for dogs.
The May Flower Dog Park is agreed to be the best place for dogs to unwind in Escondido, California. The park is divided into a section for large dogs, a section for small dogs and a gated area for dogs all sizes and is well-maintained.
The natural surroundings of Escondido offer a wide variety of vegetation types, all of which can be witnessed at the Daley Ranch Preserve, a humongous conservation area managed by the city of Escondido. Dogs are allowed to join their owners as long as they are on a leash. Another great way to enjoy the day with your furry friend(s).
Escondido’s Montiel Park is an off-leash dog park that has a nice, large fenced in area for your pooch to run around and socialize with other doggies! It also has a watering station for dogs and a drinking fountain for their human companions. Grape Day and Westside Park are local, on-leash areas where you can walk your pup. Local animal communicator and intuitive healer Cindy Richardson holds frequent workshops to help you understand what your pet is thinking, feeling or trying to say. These can help strengthen the bond with your pooch, or improve his quality of life by addressing needs you may not have known existed.
This quaint neighborhood is home to Hollandia Park, which offers walking paths and plenty of open space to enjoy with your pooch. It also includes a dog park with a separate area for large and small pups! Woodland Park is another place you can take your pup on a nice walk, but they must be leashed here. Richland also hosts an annual Canine Capers Talent Show including: Cutest Little Dog, Best Trick/Talent, Most Look Alike, Best Costume, etc. All donations and profits made go to help disperse vision and hearing kits that help prevent hearing and vision loss.
Five miles west of Escondido is the town of San Marcos, which offers residents and their pups access to nearby Hollandia Dog Park that has two areas for small and large dogs. The remainder of the park has plenty of open space and walking paths you and your doggies can enjoy together. The Kiwanis Club of San Marcos holds an annual pup parade in December that you can walk your dog in! The parade route is 2 miles long and holiday outfits or costumes are strongly encouraged. Camp Run a Mutt provides cage free, 24 hour doggie daycare that refuses to use kennels.
Mesa Rock is a spacious neighborhood that offers some dog-friendly activities. Belle Marie Winery at Wine Haven provides a very dog-friendly atmosphere where you can appreciate a wonderful selection of wines and bring along your pooch for a picnic to enjoy the scenery and solitude. If you’re looking for a more casual outing, Walnut Grove Park offers waking paths and open space to walk or play fetch or frisbee with your four-legged buddy. Catch one of their dog-friendly events like Paws with Friends, a fundraising event that benefits the local parks and recreation departments.
This scenic California neighborhood is surrounded by natural wonders that can be enjoyed with your best furry friend! Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is 784 acres that offers visitors 11 miles of trails, picnic areas and scenic mountain viewing areas that can be enjoyed by you and your dog. However, since all wildlife and natural resources at the reserve are fully protected, the reserve require all dogs be leashed. Del Dios is also directly next to Lake Hodges, where you and your pooch can walk the perimeter and take in the views of the huge lake, or hike the Del Dios Gorge Trail!