Calling all pupkin spice lovers—‘tis the season for leaf peeping with your pupper! And what could be better after a colorful drive around the Twin Cities than a glass of local wine with your fave furbabe on a gorgeous patio? Lap up the best that fall has to offer at these five Twin Cities dog-friendly wineries.
Note: We double-dog swear we checked that each winery listed below is operational and taking the appropriate COVID-19 precautions.
Buckle up and hang your head out the window on the beautiful trip down to Hastings’ beloved Alexis Bailly, Minnesota’s OG winery (in business since the ‘70s!). There’s plenty of space to chase your tail while enjoying a glass of the award-winning Voyageur and nibbling on some treats from their snack packs. Pre-registration encouraged!
A family affair since it was established back in 2010, Javens Family Winery is home to some sweet new furry friends who love to roam the property and come by for a few nice-to-meet-you sniffs! Enjoy the patio after the leisurely drive along the Minnesota River with a glass of Patio Prints (named for the winery’s own doggos). Reservations required.
If you’re drooling for a weekend away, why not head up to Lutsen and take in the Lake Superior sights? Are you brave enough to splash around in her crisp waters? Brr! Not to worry, a glass of Boundary Waters Red or a bottle of Herbie’s Blend cider (made with maple syrup) at North Shore Winery is sure to warm you up from the boop of your nose to the pads of your paws. Reservations required!
Good bois and girls alike will have a h*ckin great time at Waconia’s Parley Lake Winery, with enough live music, food trucks, locally-made cheese, and hand-crafted wines to tire out even the biggest floofers. Even better, you can take your hooman for a quick walk up the road to Deardoff Orchards and grab yourself some freshly-picked apples! And then take an EPIC nap on the way home. Reservations required.
If 2020 is doing you a concern, wander across the river and say henlo to our neighbors to the east while you curl up and relax at Cracked Barrel Winery in Hudson, Wisconsin. Word on the sidewalk is the wine’s the bees knees (no really, they have a wine called the Bees Knees). Between that and the wine country vibes you’ll get from the setting near the Mississippi, 10/10 would visit!
In the mood for mead? White Winter Winery proudly serves award-winning artisan meads along with hard ciders and spirits—all made with locally sourced ingredients! If your pup ruvs to cut a rug, he’s in luck; their Music on the Porch concert series will be rocking with live music all summer on their dog-friendly patio. Don’t furget to sniff out some of their fresh honey and maple syrup as a tasty souvenir!