Happy Friday Everyone...woohoo, TGIF!! :-D
Welcome to part two of my Napa excursion...
Luckily there are quite a few hotels and Bed & Breakfasts in the Napa Valley that cater to humans traveling with their canine pals, but after much debate, we decided to stay at the Napa River Inn!
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The Napa River Inn is located right on the waterfront in the historic Napa Mill and is an absolutely gorgeous, boutique hotel! It is within walking distance (aka, a few hundred steps) to tons of restaurants, cafes, and bars and just a couple of blocks away from the shopping district. :-D
It only cost $25 for me to stay the night and join their VIP Program (Very Important Pet Program), which included a bag full of delicious heart shaped cookies, a doggie blanket, bowls, and a placemat!
Our hotel room was quite spacious and had a seriously, comfortable bed!! ;-) As breakfast was included with the hotel room, we had it delivered to the room, and then took it out to the patio area to watch the waterfront and trains go by! :-D
Everyone that worked at the hotel was incredibly nice and very happy to meet me (they even took my photo to put on the website!)...the only problem we encountered was that our room was at the far back and so had a lot of noise from trucks and people! :-/ But, besides that...we thoroughly enjoyed our time there!
For dinner we went to The Pear, who serve absolutely delicious Southern Fair, because it was only a short walk from our room and they happily accept pups on their lovely outdoor patio!
Just check out the fondu appetizer that we ordered...um, yeah, I know you are totally drooling right now! And "yes" it was as delicious as it looks! ;-) Gouda and french bread...yes please!
The waiter not only delivered water to Domeek...he also gave me a tickle and dropped off a bowl of still water for me too! :-D
We highly recommend them and will definitely be going back next time we're in town!
After breakfast and before we hit even more wineries, we took a little tour of Napa...this little park was just up the road from the hotel.
It was a great place to have a tinkle and a sniff! ;-)
Then it was off to Napa's only dog park, but have no fear, they might only have one park...but boy-oh-boy is it awesome!!! :-D The fenced in park is called Canine Commons and it is inside of a 150-acre dog friendly open space called Alston Park!
They had two different sections: 1 for small and/or shy dogs and 1 for everyone else...hehehe! :-D Since I was feeling a bit tired, we decided to go into the small dog area where I met a super excited (and gigantic) Yorkie an Airedale, and another Yorkie! We ran around, chased one another, and did a whole lot of sniffing!
The park was incredibly large and had quite a bit of vegetation, so a whole bunch to see, pee on, and sniff!
They even had a couple of wadding pools in case you got hot! ;-)
Our final stop on the Napa Valley trail was at the Clos Du Val winery in Napa!
Clos Du Val was started 40 years ago and is proud to claim that they are a winery that marches to the beat of their own drummer! They do not follow wine making trends or influences, instead they hold on tight to what they love and believe in and therefore create incredible wines!!
We thoroughly enjoyed tasting their wine and talking to them, especially after learning about their pups too! :-D Domeek walked away with a lovely bottle of their classic Cabernet, while I trotted away with a Clos Du Val tennis ball (that I have subsequently destroyed...muahahaha!)!
I also enjoyed sampling some of their fabulous pet inspired furniture!! Oh yeah, I happily jumped into this wine barrel bed and took a snooze while the tasting was going on! Rough life, huh?! ;-D
I am happy to report that Clos Du Val is dog friendly all year long, so make sure to add it to that growing winery list!!
Well, there you have it...my mini-vacation to Napa! I hope that I have inspired you to do a little research and find the fantastic dog-friendly businesses in your vacation area!! :-D
Have a great day everyone!