Merging their passion for wine and “all things dog,” Brenda and Chris Lynch opened Mutt Lynch Winery in 1995. This year, their wine won double gold at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. As they’re settling into a new location with their rescue Greyhound, Patch, and their two kids, the winery continues to donate a portion of proceeds from every bottle to local animal rescue organizations and they still hold events like Yappy Hour, the Black Tie & Tails Gala and Dog-A-Palooza. With monthly dog events, your pup will be plenty busy at the vineyard.
Muttlynchwinery.com; bottles start at $10
Dog-friendly hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites. The hotel is within walking distance of the winery, with pet-friendly hiking trails and outdoor dog-friendly dining nearby.
This competition is unlike any other, it combines the three things dogs love most: their owners, toys and making a huge splash on a hot summer day. Dock Dogs is the top canine aquatic competition, they allow dogs of any size to compete in a choice of four different events and the competition travels all over the U.S. Take a trip to compete or wait for them to come to your state, find the list of dates and locations here and get ready for that signature wet dog smell.
Dockdogs.com; pre-registration $27 | on-site registration $30
Nothing says summer like a day—or seven consecutive days—at the beach. Take your four-legged friend to enjoy the sand and salt water at Longport Dog Beach, which is off-leash and open year round. Take a trip to nearby John F. Kennedy Park or eat seafood in an outdoor area.
Dog-friendly hotel: Residence Inn by Mariott
There’s no getaway like the great outdoors and there’s no vacation hub quite like Disney—get the best of both worlds at The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground. Dogs are welcome at full hook-up campsites in the 750-acre pine and cypress forest. In addition to the dozens of activities for humans, dogs can enjoy playing in the off-leash Waggin’ Trails Dog Park or they can accompany owners through the on-site trails. When it’s time to visit the Disney parks, Best Friends Pet Care will dog sit for you—if you could only get a break from the kids that easily.
Disney.go.com; average nightly rates: full hook-up campsite $69
One of only two leash-free dog parks in Santa Barbara, this “dog park” is anything but typical. 70 acres of hiking trails, beach and ocean waves mean endless excitement for your pup. Once you’re all worn out, take in the view from the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean or rehydrate at the doggie watering station.
Santabarbara.gov; free entry
Dog-friendly hotel: Casa Del Mar Inn
What's the only thing that dogs love more than being out in the woods? It’s being out in the woods with other dogs, of course. Take a mini vacation through Discover Outdoors and let your pup roam the great hiking trails of upstate New York. Don’t have a dog of your own yet? Discover Outdoors has partnered with the shelter Animal Haven to organize a hike with well-behaved puppies you can actually adopt. Can you think of a more perfect first bonding experience?
Hike & Hound; $89 | Hike with Adoptable Hounds; $110
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Asheville will earn a place in every traveler’s heart, canine travelers included. The Biltmore Estate, specifically, is the perfect escape. Featuring more than 250 acres of landscaped gardens and even more untouched land, the whole property is dog-friendly, except for the manor. After a long morning of roaming the grounds, let your dog rest in the free kennel with unlimited water while you tour the mansion. Don’t forget to stop by one of the several outdoor dog-friendly restaurants or the on-site winery and vineyard.
Biltmore.com; day pass $44
Dog-friendly hotel: Hilton Asheville Biltmore Park
Whoever said “you can’t teach an old dog a new trick” has never seen their old friend on a surfboard. Head over to Del Mar Dog Beach and take a lesson with Certified Surf Instructor Jill Nakano to bond and balance with your buddy.
Goodkharmasurf.com; hour-long lesson $50
Dog-friendly hotel: Lake San Marcos Resort