union hill inn, sonora, ca
big huge house, we stayed in the topaz room, my birthstone, lots of gold and brown, one couch and a loveseat, an elevated bed, several chairs, a bathroom with shower, the home is quiet, peaceful, there is a pool, a chapel where they hold weddings, and 4 rooms, and several other rooms including a tree house like room (the road house), all are dog friendly… cici was in dog heaven with steak, ground beef, beef and treats as dog amenities, plus lots of squirrels to chase.
lots of chocolates and amazing cookies in dishes and tea and coffee available 24/7…
supersized gourmet breakfasts,,, some of the best food I’ve ever eaten, REAL orange juice, yogurt with pears and walnuts, and yogurt with blueberries and bananas, an egg, feta cheese and chard dish, canadian bacon and scrambled eggs with pineapple salsa and a pepper and mashed potatoes dish plus toast and beef, and several types of breads (banana), apple fritters and brownies to go… extremely hearty… like being on a cruise !
the innkeepers barbara and her husband have two basset hounds, the older one has a hurt paw, the younger one did not meet cici
cici enjoyed exploring the property, chasing cats, deer and other wild critters…
we visited the visitor’s center, the historic town of columbia, a candle shop with kitties, thankfully cici did not see them, she met a couple of dogs in shops and it was hot hot hot temperature wise, it cooled down at night, but was 89 during the day, we visited a lake boat launch area, and there is a lake and cooler area at pine crest about half an hour away that we did not visit, dogs are welcome there… a dog park is being discussed by the town folk and they are hoping it will be open in a few months.
there are several dog hospitals and a pet shop that has treats, food, beds, toys, leashes and collars.
Lodging: A few really pet-friendly include The Groveland Hotel, Gold Lodge, Best Western Sonora Oaks, Hotel Charlotte, Columbia Gem Motel, Long Barn Lodge, Sonora Days Inn, Pesce’s Gardens, McCaffrey House B&B, Aladdin Motor Inn and most vacation cabin rentals, RV Parks and cabin resorts.
Hiking Areas: Pinecrest Lake, Dragoon Gulch Trail, Lyons Reservoir, Kennedy Meadows Resort (Trailhead to the Emigrant Wilderness and Pacific Crest Trail)
Wineries: (all outside picnic areas): Chatom Vineyards, Mt. Brow Winery, La Bella Rosa and Twisted Oak Winery (and in tasting room if well-behaved)
Restaurants with outdoor dining that allow pets: Most will allow dogs on leash in outside dining area if well-behaved dog. Jamestown: Locals Make Good, 1859 Historic National Hotel Groveland: The Groveland Hotel Sonora: El Jardin Twain Harte: The Rock, Cover’s Apple Ranch Columbia: The Frosty
Any other dog-friendly visitor areas such as dog parks: Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park (must be on leash in campgrounds and developed public areas) A dog park is in the development stage at Mary Leveroni Park on Hwy 120 in Groveland (route into Yosemite) which should be completed in Fall 2009.
Columbia State Historic Park allows pets on leash and even lets them ride in the stage coach… photo and info courtesy of Sandy Gordon
Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau… The child’s name is Joy Hughes from Chowchilla, California.