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A Super Dog Friendly Spot in Downtown Sonoma To Stop By

written by ParoChak December 2, 2015
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma

Move aside Napa, your touristy crowded squares can never shine a candle to the understated beauty of Sonoma. Besides the obvious wine tasting and winery touring, the wine snob in you might want to explore downtown Sonoma, a place brimming with nostalgia, since Sonoma was our honeymoon destination  4 years ago (how time flies!). Downtown Sonoma is an electric mix of modern and old-school, and much like Carmel, is divided into charming small nooks and crannies with shady groves that reveal boutiques, restaurants and charming gift shops once you enter.

downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma

Downtown Sonoma is all decked up this time of the year in a warm, fuzzy cloak of holiday cheer. Stroll by the different stores, get a taste of local flavors from several restaurants, El Dorado, Taste of the Himalayas and The Girl and the Fig being our past haunts and favorites. Owing to the awesome Mediterranean weather (neither too hot nor too cold, just perfect) weather almost all year round, most dining places in Sonoma have secluded or adjacent outdoor dining areas and are therefore all pooch-friendly. We discovered a new gem La Sallete, a Portuguese restaurant with a beautiful patio and stopped by for a bite to eat.

downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma

Starting anything off with a good glass of red, specially a light Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, is always a very good idea, any time of the day! We got complimentary beet and butternut squash soup shots (so yum!) and opted for the hearty butternut squash soup splashed with the goodness of olive oil. Then it was paella for the main course and a side of fire-roasted brussel sprouts. Although we were too full for dessert, the kitchen was kind enough to send us out on a sweet note with two chocolate hazelnut truffles. Being Portuguese, the menu is not super vegetarian/vegan friendly but does have some meat free choices. For more flexible eaters, this place comes highly recommended for the food, ambiance and service. Plus, brownie points for being pet-friendly.

downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma

Stroll through downtown Sonoma to stumble upon natue’s marvel such as Ms. Sweety Patouti, a show cat cruising in style or stop by Sweet Scoops, a local ice-cream parlour specializing in seasonal flavors. Get your fill of art by popping into many of the art galleries or stop by Tiddle E. Winks Vintage 5 & Dime, a quirky, delightful little gift shop or better still pick some wine infused chocolates as gifts from Wine Country Chocolates who have bars and assorted truffles for gifting. Whatever it is that warms the cockles of your heart, Sonoma will have it waiting for you somewhere in it’s myriad squares, galleries, restaurants, boutiques and stores. Finally, if your hedonism still gives you the jitters, drop by the Corte Madera outdoor mall, a short drive from Sonoma, for some retail therapy. Read more of our dog-friendly wine country adventures in Calistoga and Sebastopol here and here.

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downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
downtown sonoma
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8 comments

Kamira Gayle November 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm

I love a quaint nostalgic town. Such a sense of peace and serenity and romance. I’ve always heard of Napa and Sonoma areas but never got the chance to visit. Great pet friendly suggestions. I wonder if any of these areas nearby were impacted by the recent wildfires? Nice that you were able to revisit your honeymoon destination. Congrats on 4 years!

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Lori Hilliard November 1, 2017 at 1:06 pm

Your travel posts are always filled with so many suggested stops and beautiful photos, they make me want to hop on a plane and go there. Extra points from me for detailing some of the best shopping spots.

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Debra Bailey November 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm

Sonoma looks like a great place to visit, with all the boutiques and shops. Glad you enjoyed your day and your meal. I know how hard it can be to find vegan options, even sometimes vegetarian options are hard to come by.

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Jill C November 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm

I was in Napa 2 years ago and it was an amazing experience, but Sonoma has been high on my list as well for a next trip. These images are beautiful and it sounds like an amazing little town!

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Amelia Johnson November 1, 2017 at 7:48 pm

I love how you capture the flavor of an area with your pictures and how you spotted the “husband drop off” sign…so funny and cute. California is definitely dog-friendly with the outside patios.

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Dear Mishu November 2, 2017 at 12:34 am

those are wonderful photos! I hope that area is still looking as beautiful after the fires, and hope you are safe!

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Shelby @ FTLOP November 2, 2017 at 2:14 am

Gorgeous statues!! Looks like the food was delicious as well. Look at those puppy eyes, how can you resist?

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Sweet Purrfections November 2, 2017 at 4:05 am

I wish I liked to drink wine and I would visit more of these unique and wonderful places. My taste buds are also so used to fattening Southern food that it would take me a little while to try some of the different foods. We don’t have as many dog-friendly restaurants in the South as you appear to have.

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