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Local Information and Activities

When you’re ready to venture off this wonderful 60-acre getaway, there is even more to do within a 15-60 minute drive including uncrowded Amador County wineries, winter skiing at Kirkwood, casino and shows at Jackson Rancheria, cave exploration, golf courses, many nearby lakes and rivers, antique shopping, gold and historical sites, and much more.  Here are our top recommendations for Dog & Pony Ranch guests!

And if you're not staying overnight at the Ranch, we've also provided are some options for nearby lodging with distance to the Ranch, dog-friendly, etc.

Volcano Union Pub

Local Dining Favorites

dog-friendly Our favorite dinner is BBQ at home after a stop at Swingle’s Meats in Jackson (look for the steer statue just off Hwy 88). People drive long distances to buy the amazing marinated meats from our local butcher.

If you want to dine out or get takeout, here are our favorite nearby restaurants. Be sure to check current open dates/times (many closed mid-week):

Shealor Lake Hike

Local Favorite Activities

dog-friendly Our favorite activities are at the Ranch. Many of our guests never leave the Ranch once they arrive, with so many things to do here: hiking, swimming, relaxing, games, feeding the animals, and enjoying animal extras like horseback riding.

Here are some of our favorite things to do when we go offsite:

dog-friendly Indicates dog-friendly activity!