Pair your love for wine with your four legged friends in the Santa Ynez Valley! As dog-friendly wineries are on the rise in California, dog owners who treat their canines like family no longer have to leave their pooches home when they head out to explore the vineyards. The Santa Ynez Valley is the ideal pet-friendly destination for you and your canine companion for wine tasting adventures and more. Many wine lovers know that dogs have been the real hosts at local wineries for a very long time, and so it is in the Santa Ynez Valley; you’re likely to find a loyal pup greeting guests and anchoring the heart and soul of the vintner’s offerings. So perhaps it’s time to share the love with your own canine family member? Pack up your pup, his leash and favorite toy and experience a getaway sure to make tails wag and wine tasting wishes come true.
Check out these local Santa Ynez Valley vineyards offering friendly dogs and their owners more than just exceptional pours...
Carivintas Winery in Solvang truly embraces the animal lover in everyone. Celebrating their passion for creating great wine with helping animal rescue organizations, Carivintas Winery showcases inspirational and heartwarming stories of rescued animals on the labels of their incredible bottles. A percentage of every animal-themed bottle of wine sold goes to a pet-friendly organization. Carivintas’ tasting room itself is truly pet friendly, offering dog treats, toys, beds and water bowls for your visiting pup. On the 2nd & the last Saturday of each month, they team up with the local Animal Shelter and have “Adoptable Pets” day featuring several dogs and cats with the help of many wonderful volunteers.
Kalyra Wineries offers some of the most magnificent views in the Santa Ynez Valley. A wonderful blend of imagination and flair make for a memorable tasting experience. Step up to the bar made famous in the movie ‘Sideways’ or venture out to its full-length deck complete with a tranquil dog-friendly picnic spot.
Firestone Vineyard in Los Olivos features a wonderful blend of fantastic premium tasting and idyllic picnic opportunities. Friendly dogs are cheerfully welcomed both on the vineyard grounds and in the tasting room.
Alta Maria Vineyards in Los Olivos, is a tasting experience where canine companions are welcome to stretch out and relax on the cool tile floor of the tasting room on-leash while you settle in for a relaxing afternoon of wine bliss.
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards in Buellton, is a rustic, creekside winery that some may remember from the movie Sideways. Friendly pups are welcome to relax inside the tasting room, as well as roam around outside on Alma Rosa’s magically scenic property.
Rideau Vineyard, Solvang. Small dogs are invited into the tasting room as well as outside while leashed, where guests can easily keep an eye on them. They also have a beautiful deck and outdoor seating for picnicking opportunities.
Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang always welcomes small, friendly dogs. Guaranteed something for every wine lover, Wandering Dog Wine Bar’s atmosphere is sure to make your tasting experience memorable.
Zaca Mesa Winery in Los Olivos offers plenty of options for you and your pup. Relax at their outdoor picnic tables or step up to the challenge of a game of chess on their life-size chessboard. Perhaps take a walk on the hiking trail with extraordinary views of the Santa Ynez Valley. Of course there is always the rustic tasting room to complete the experience.
Presqu’ile Winery in Los Olivos offers a friendly, modern and fresh atmosphere that pairs perfectly with the fantastic vintages. Friendly dogs are always welcome in their tasting room.
“A dog wags its tail with its heart.” — Martin Buxbaum
Join the town of Solvang in celebrating its annual Greyhound Fest
February 22 – 24
Word is the whole town is excited (right down to the Mayor, shop keepers and hotels) about the Greyhounds visit.
Festival highlights include the Solvang Streak, Saturday, February 23rd, featuring the amazing speed and grace of these beautiful sight hounds, shopping, a silent auction, the Greyhound Walk, the Blessing of the Hounds at the Santa Ines Mission, special speakers, a Greyhound Nose Work Demo, and many more festivities. For a detailed list of events check their website. All proceeds raised from the Solvang Greyhound Fest will benefit Greyt Legs, non-profit support group that aids various adoption groups with grants assisting Greyhounds.
A few extras for canines in the know:
Looking for a place for your pooch to strech and run off that extra energy? Check out Paws Park Off leash dog park in Buellton. Graciously supported by the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott through local volunteer clean up and donations, it is completely fenced with separate large and small dog areas.
Want to grab a bite to eat with your pup? Solvang is home to over 20 dog-friendly restaurants that provide outside seating for you and your canine companion
If your four legged friend needs a bit of down time, Santa Ynez Valley Pet Care specializes in aromatherapy massage and boarding.
Santa Ynez Valley Pet Friendly Hotel
Make it a true canine companion getaway and book your stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Take advantage of great mid-week rates, particularly for the Greyhound Fest events running the weekend of February 22- 24. Arrive early to explore the local area before the crowds! Watch Solvang come alive right before your eyes during Solvang’s Third Wednesday Celebration taking place February 20th with over 60 stores, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms offering special discounts and sales all day.
The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, a Certified “Pets Can Stay Hotel”, believes your pets are part of your family. All pets receive a special welcome and a Pooch Pack upon arrival. Your pet will feel pampered and at home with their Pooch Pack containing a food dish, water bowl, food scoop, dog tag, Frisbee, and doggie bags. Please let them know your pet will accompany you so that they may prepare for their arrival. There is an $80 non-refundable cleaning fee charged, $5 of which is donated to the local Santa Ynez Valley Paws Park – off leash dog park in Buellton.