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Top 200 Places: The Village at Squaw Valley

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

The Village At Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley
Olympic Valley,

This European style village is very dog-friendly. You can ride the Gondola in the summer with your dog, take in a pet boutique store Tails by the Lake, enjoy numerous outdoor restaurants with your pup and browse the various stores with your leashed dog. There is a miniature golf course sprinkled throughout the walkways where kids and adults can play mini-golf with your dog along for the fun. And throughout the summer there are events such as music festivals and outdoor movies on a large screen where you and your dog are welcome for most events. Check out their website at for more information and event schedules. The village is located at Squaw Valley USA just off Highway 89 between Tahoe City and Truckee in the north Tahoe area.

Top 200 Places, with tens of thousands of places listed to take your dog to, will be releasing on it’s Dog News blog, Facebook page and on Twitter a list of 200 Top Places that you can take your dog in the U.S. and Canada. This list, while intended to highlight top places that are especially pet-friendly, is not designed to be the absolutely top 200 places that we could find, but a sampling of the top places so that all regions, types of attractions, hotels, B&Bs, vacation rentals, parks, beaches, shopping and more can be considered. No doubt each of you will find many other places not on this list or our full list of dog-friendly places at Please let us know about them by commenting on the blog or emailing us at You can also let us and our readers know if you agree or disagree with the selections, or your experiences there. Please keep in mind that places often change their policies regarding dogs and thus may have different policies at any time in the future.

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Squaw Valley CA: Peaks and Paws Festival this August 27 & 28

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

Enjoy a weekend with man’s best friend featuring live bluegrass, wine tasting and mountain events

The Village at Squaw Valley is paying tribute to man – and woman’s – best friend with the 2nd Annual Peaks and Paws Festival on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28, 2011. Dogs and their owners can enjoy lively bluegrass music, delicious wine and an array of events and demonstrations specifically designed for furry friends. A line-up of some of the region’s most popular bluegrass acts will play in The Village each day from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with outdoor events kicking off earlier in the day. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

The Dead Winter Carpenters will headline the festival along with a lineup of hit bluegrass acts including Montana Slim String Band and Brothers Comatose. The music compliments the perfect setting for sipping wine, sampling craft beers and enjoying the stunning mountain views.

The Peaks and Paws Festival hosts an evening wine tasting in The Village at Squaw Valley from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28—featuring savory and unique wines from 12 vineyards. The wine tasting costs $25 per day, with all proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. Refreshing Lagunitas beers are also available for $4 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The festival’s pet-partner events will kick off on Saturday, August 27 with the Mutt Strut – a 3K run for dog owners and pets. The run will start and finish in front of Squaw Dogs in The Village. The Mutt Strut costs $5 to enter, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society. People without pets are also welcome.

Peaks and Paws welcomes two new pet-friendly hikes this year. On Saturday, August 27, people and pets can join a guided hike around High Camp, exploring the wildflowers and wildlife that live at el. 8200 feet. On Sunday, August 28, there will be a guided hike through the cascading waterfalls of Shirley Canyon. Both hikes start at 1 p.m. and are free of charge, though a Cable Car ticket is needed to access Saturday’s hike.

Sunday, August 28 also welcomes Peaks and Paws’ inaugural Fetch Fest at Cushing Pond. Starting at 3 p.m., the Fetch Fest will be a timed ball retrieval contest to see which dog can retrieve the most tennis balls from Cushing Pond before the time runs out. The Fetch Fest has a $5 entry, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society.

To further support the Humane Society and those pets in need, this year pets can get their very own “Pet Pass” to ride the Cable Car. While the summer Cable Car is free for all well behaved and leashed pets, a minimum $15 donation to the Humane Society now gets dogs and cats their very own novelty pass with their picture on it. Pet Passes can be purchased in Squaw Valley’s Special Tickets Office.

Weekend Music Line-Up

Saturday, August 27
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Kate Gaffney Duo
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Montana Slim String Band
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Dead Winter Carpenters

Sunday, August 28
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Greenstone Quarry
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Blisses B
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Brothers Comatose

Peaks and Paws Festival at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
Stay at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in one of their dog-friendly rooms during the Peaks and Paws Festival. $108 per person, per night. Package includes a delicious breakfast buffet, and the Inn is walking distance from the Peaks and Paws Festival at The Village at Squaw Valley. Click here or call 1-866-366-7261 to book.