Dog Friendly Wedding Venues and Accommodations
It’s increasingly popular to include dogs as ring bearers (and even best pup or pup of honor), in Wine Country weddings. That’s because dogs are downright awesome and loves of our lives, of course, but also because Sonoma County offers so many pet-friendly wedding venues like wineries, private estates, and parks.
But what to do when Fido isn’t walking down the aisle? He needs a nice place to stay, and likes some entertainment, too. Fortunately, there are many pet-friendly hotels throughout Sonoma County, plus many gorgeous wineries that welcome him with treats to eat and gardens to explore.
Here’s a snapshot of just one prime area, the Wine Road, Northern Sonoma County. Wine Road is an association of wineries and lodgings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys of Northern Sonoma County, a region rich with scenic bi-ways and back roads. Travelers can also have Wine Road's real person concierge, Laura, plan a dog-friendly itinerary.
Your dogs will thank you for including them in your adventures. And as Wine Road communications director Mysty Stewart notes, the money you save on not hiring a pet sitter can be spent on more bottles of wine, restaurant meals, and treats for your pup.
Fern Grove Cottages, Guerneville
The Sandman Motel, Santa Rosa
Inn at Occidental, Occidental
Be sure to request a dog-friendly room when booking your stay, and ask if the property provides a doggie goodie bag, food and water dishes, bedding, and any other amenities. Most properties have lists of pet-friendly beaches, wineries, restaurants, and parks in the area, too.
Acorn Winery, Healdsburg – allows folks to let their dogs run free in the vineyard.
Amista Vineyards, Healdsburg – as another bonus, you can attend their annual fundraiser to support Santa Rosa’s dog assistance nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence.
Balletto Vineyards, Santa Rosa – also check into the yearly dog walk through their vineyards, held every “national dog day” on Aug. 26.
DeLoach Vineyards, Santa Rosa – has beautiful gardens and a small livestock area.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sebastopol – pups are welcome on the lawn, patio, and in the tasting room.
Friedeman Wines, Sebastopol – located in The Barlow, an arts and culinary center that is very dog friendly with lawns, gardens, and patios at wineries, restaurants, and breweries.
Lambert Bridge Winery, Healdsburg – the bucolic spot offers dog beds, plus spectacular grounds for strolling and picnics.
Mutt Lynch Winery, Windsor – all the wines boast dog-themed wine labels, and dogs are welcome in the tasting room with water, treats, and toys. Employees bring their own dogs, too.
Paul Mathew Vineyards, Graton – water bowls and treats await on the backyard tasting area where you can picnic with your dog. The tasting room is also located close to a walking trail.
Sbragia Family Winery, Healdsburg – dogs are welcome in the tasting room, on the patio and in the vineyards.
Please keep your well-behaved dog on a leash, and be aware that many wineries are home to dogs of their own. Plan some extra time, too, to take Fido on a nature walk; many wineries offer beautiful gardens and/or trails.