What do you get when you combine that famous California sunshine, world-famous vineyards, stunning geographic formations, and relaxed locals who know that the best kind of day is one enjoyed with your four-legged friend? The answer is Napa, California!
If you're looking for a dog park, then look no further than Alston Park, open from dawn to dusk daily. Providing both on-leash and off-leash areas, Alston Park is a local favorite. Other dog parks in the area include Kennedy Park Off-Leash Area and Shurtleff Dog Park.
Want to explore wine country? Many vineyards in the area welcome on-leash dogs, such as Chateau Montelena, Beringer Vineyards, and Regusci Winery. Several companies also offer canine-friendly dog tours. Small Lot Wine Tours focuses on hidden vineyards and back roads, while Napa Good Dog Wine Tour offers special treats for your pooch, including tennis balls and water bowls.
The Napa area is also home to some breath-taking natural formations. One of only three of its' kind in the world, the Old Faithful geyser is not to miss. Tickets are priced at $3-10 dollars, but on-leash dogs get in for free. There's also the petrified forest - a woodland park entombed in ash from a volcanic eruption. Dogs are welcomed at no extra charge.
Alta Vista is an eastern neighborhood in Napa that is country in the middle of civilization. Dogs love living in Alta Vista. This neighborhood has several parks with miles of walking trails and acres of green grass. The Oxbow preserve runs along the Napa River, and reminds dog and person how truly priceless our natural world is.The park is accessible via McKenzie Drive. Dogs must be on leash on these trails. Grapes, which are poisonous for dogs, grow everywhere in Napa, so be mindful of that. The numerous shops and restaurants in Alta Vista serve mostly the biped, but the Oxbow Public Market tolerates cultured dogs on leashes in the open areas.
The Linda Vista neighborhood is the entrance to the Alston Park located at 2099 Dry Creek. This large public park features an off-leash dog park. The fenced area gives dogs a chance to rub snouts with Napa dogs of all breeds. There is one enclosure for large and another for small dogs. Other parts of the park allow dogs to continue to walk leash-free as long as their human has taught them the proper etiquette of off-leash walking. The air of the park is fresh with the smell of rolling hillsides lush with grass, which is sure to please Fido’s ultra-sharp senses.
Soscol Gateway South is one of Napa’s few neighborhoods that is more commercial than residential. Soscol Gateway South has one of the two main pathways into the City. The neighborhood has a hotel with a large conference center, a large industrial park,and a college. Dogs know, though, that the best thing about the neighborhood is Kennedy Park located at 2295 Streblow. This park has fields that dogs are allowed to run leash-free. The park also has a skate park, playground, barbecue grills, and sand volleyball courts. The houses outside of the park have a few problems with crime, and dogs are pivotal in helping the police keep the pack safe.
This neighborhood sits at the eastern border of Napa with Silverado Trail on the west, and Imola Avenue on the South. Shurtleff is almost entirely residential. There is a dog in almost every single family residence. Dogs live in duplexes, and even some apartments in Shurtleff. All dogs in Shurtleff are ready to wag a tail for a chance to visit the Shurtleff Park. This dog park is an open run area, so dogs that are well-trained and obey voice commands can safely enjoy this amount of freedom. The park is a pawesome destination for exercise on some soft green grass on leash.
Westwood is located at the western border of Napa. This area has its roots in agriculture, particularly orchards. Dogs don’t live there as farm dogs any more, although they certainly do have plenty of op-paw-tunities to get some exercise! The Westwood Hills Regional Park is a destination to make a tail wag, and a human friend smile. This park has a 3-mile trail for dog and human to walk amidst the groves of oak trees. With an average of 260 days of sunshine a year in Napa, it is no wonder that human and dogs live happily ever after in Westwood.