Winnetka is a small neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley within the city of Los Angeles. Founded in 1922, Winnetka was once a small farming community, but is famous today as one of most culturally diverse neighborhoods within the city of Los Angeles. Due to the size of Winnetka, there is only one veterinarian clinic within the neighborhood limits, but there is a plethora of veterinarians in the surrounding neighborhoods to help keep your pup healthy and happy.
Winnetka is home to some great parks that you can take your furry
friend to for a great afternoon out. Check out Runnymede Park and let your dog
enjoy the fun smells and adventures he can go on. Runnymede Park is a whopping 58-acres of beautiful nature that includes a native plant garden with over 100 different types of flowers, plants and wildlife. The park is open from dawn until dusk for hiking and picnicing, and it has two picnic shelters and a paved trail for a pawsome afternoon.
Although Winnetka is a small neighborhood, it is in the greater
Los Angeles area where there are tons of things nearby that you and your pup can
do. Less than ten minutes away from Winnetka is Lake Balboa/ Antony C. Beilenson Park which is a fantastic park to visit. This park features amazing amenities, like a jogging path to walk Fido on, picnic tables, restrooms, and a multipurpose sports field which is perfect for fetch. Lake Balboa/ Anthony C. Beilenson Park is open from sunrise to sunset, which gives you more then enough time to explore and have a fun time.
The Winnetka Hart neighborhood is a great place to grab a bite to eat with your pup. Check out restaurants like Daglas Drive-In, which serves juicy burgers and has friendly service. Daglas Drive-In wants to take you back in time to when drive-ins were popular, so if you and your pooch don’t feel like sitting outside, you can have your food brought to your car. If you're looking for a quick dessert, then stop in at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and personalize your own ice cream for the two of you. Menchie’s has an outdoor patio that is 100% dog-friendly where your pooch will love relaxing with you.
Winnetka Kittridge has two great places to get your grub on with your dog. Fab Hot Dogs serves up some pawesome hot dogs any way you like, and you can even grab a plain one for Fido. They have tasty add-ons to make your hot dog perfect for you, like jalapenos or cheese. Roladin Bakery and Café has an extensive menu that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, and specialize in Mediterranean cuisine, desserts and coffee. Both dogtastic restaurants welcome your pup to join you for a nice meal out, and they will even bring a bowl of water out for your dog while you chow down.
Less than ten minutes out of Winnetka is the Tarzana neighborhood, and home of the Caballero Canyon Trail. This 3.4-mile hike has an elevation gain of 625 feet and lets you climb and explore the Caballero Canyon on the north side of the Santa Monica Mountains. This hike is perfect for beginners since the ground isn’t too rocky and the elevation gain isn’t too high. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings while you hike since the Caballero Canyon is home to snakes, hawks, and coyotes. Bring plenty of water for you and Fido, and don’t forget the clean-up bags.
Five miles from Winnetka is the Encino neighborhood, which is filled with some great hikes you can take with your dog. The Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park offers great trails to take Fido on. You have the option of taking a paved walking path, or you can hike up a rocky ridge. The hike will give you a beautiful view of downtown and the ocean. The Mandeville Canyon to San Vicente Mountain Loop is a five-mile loop that takes you through the upper areas of the Mandeville Canyon and into the San Vincent Mountain Park. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you as there is none available along the way.
Warner Center is next door to Winnetka and home to numerous dog-friendly restaurants that you and your furry companion can visit for a bite to eat. Check out eateries like Gaucho Grill, PizzaRev, or Senior Grandes which all have beautiful outdoor patios that your dog will love. If those three aren’t up your ally, there are plenty more to choose from, like Eureka, Veggie Grill, or Lucille’s Smokehouse BQQ which all love when your dog joins you for a nice meal out. They may even be kind enough to bring a bowl of water out for your dog to enjoy.