East Bay Area

East Bay Area

Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties are collectively referred to as the East Bay. We add to that Tri-Valley and the cities of Concord, Pleasant Hill and Vacaville. Recreational opportunities with dogs find high expression in the East Bay Regional Park District, which includes 1,200 miles of trails in Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
East Bay
Solano County is filled with farms, wineries, wildlife areas and coastal trails, all dog-friendly and ready for you and your dog to explore together. The city of Vacaville has a pack of dog-friendly restaurants and lodging properties and the historic town of Benicia has been named one of the nation’s most accommodating dog-friendly towns.
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Unsure about your dog on a train? Try a small-scale starter train

Redwood Valley Railroad in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. Photo by David McSpadden (CC).
Redwood Valley Railroad in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. Photo by David McSpadden (CC).

Don’t know if your dog will like riding the rails? You can always try a training ride on the Tilden/Redwood Valley Railway in Berkeley’s Tilden Regional Park. It’s an authentic miniature steam train featuring more than 30 pieces of rolling stock. Call ahead if bringing a dog.

One of the East Bay Regional Park District’s three oldest parks, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youngsters. more »

Vacaville is wine country with an affordable twist

Lagoon Valley Park.
Lagoon Valley Park.

Dreaming of a wine country getaway without the premium lodging prices of Napa Valley and Sonoma County? Here’s an insider’s tip for DogTrekkers: Base yourself in Vacaville. Close to both established and emerging wineries, this Northern California community lives up to its “Small. In a Big Way” tagline.

Find more dog-friendly things to explore in Vacaville:

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Explore Concord with free doggie visitor’s guide

Explore Concord with free doggie visitor’s guide

“Dogs Welcome Here!” isn’t just a tagline in Concord. Pups are central to the community’s fabric, and you’ll see that in the way hotels, restaurants, breweries, bars and parks put out the welcome bowls for four-legged visitors.

In fact, this dog-friendly city just produced a dog-gone great guide to the Concord Perro Trail. Named in honor of the community’s Hispanic heritage, the free, downloadable map covers Concord’s very dog-walkable downtown plus nearby parks and open spaces.

Here are some of our favorite places to hike, eat, grab a drink and stay in Concord:

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Where to drink in Concord

Pup at Epidemic Ales. Photo by Visit Concord.
Pup at Epidemic Ales. Photo by Visit Concord.

Have you heard the one about the dog who walks into a bar? Bartender nods and says, “Hey dog, haven’t seen you in a while. How are things going?” Dog looks over and says, “Ruff.”

In Concord, finding a dog-friendly place for a pint isn’t “ruff” at all. Download the Concord Perro Trail map for an at-a-glance guide to all the options. Start at the Hop Grenade Tap Room on Todos Santos Plaza. more »

Where to hike in Concord

Photo by Visit Concord.
Photo by Visit Concord.

DogTrekkers tell us that hiking is their favorite activity when visiting new destinations. Happily, Concord has so many hikes that you’ll want to stay a few extra days. The trails of Briones Regional Park unfold to the west of town. Lime Ridge Open Space stretches across the southern landscape. Both Baldwin Dog Park and Newhall Park Paw Patch welcome pups within the city. Get historical with the Concord Historical Society’s self-guided walking tour. more »

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