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23 Pet friendly places (Carmel to SLO)

2. Carmel  has gone to the dogs


Carmel, the pet friendliest city in the USA…   Where else can a pit bull eat lunch safely and comfortably next to family? Well, in Carmel, of course!



3. Monterey  (whales, dolphins and seals, oh my) Fishermans wharf 





4. Mendocino (tiptoe thru the tulips, one of 12 things to do)




5. Anderson Valley dog friendly wineries (Navarros, Toulouse) 


6. Napa wine country 



Dog friendly wineries Napa and sonoma 


7. Bodega Bay  (yummy fresh seafood) 



8. Cambria rocks



9. SLO  (a tiki boat, dogging it at the beach, and so much more)


see how we snuck Mama’s day in there, too…


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Summer Fun in Doggie Heaven

Enjoying Carmel with your best friend

Canine travelers and their best friends love Carmel for a good reason. It is the epitome of a dog friendly place. Rated #1 dog friendly town in USA. Below are some of the most dog friendly places, events and activities you can enjoy during your stay. And what better time to visit Carmel then during the summer when the living is easy. Temperatures in Carmel year round are in the 50-70’s so if you wanna get away from the heat, Carmel is the place to take your pooch to paradise.

Fun facts about Carmel


Every year around Halloween, the city of Carmel has a dog friendly parade to celebrate the city’s birthday. This year’s bash is their 98th anniversary. The Carmel Chamber of Commerce hosts this event.

Carmel beach

Carmel Beach. Ocean Ave and Scenic Road.  Carmel Beach is a doggie paradise and one of the few leash-free beaches in California. There are 120 parking spaces at the end of Ocean Avenue. It can be a very busy place and chaotic with lots of doggie pals to meet and play with. Spanning from Carmel Beach to Carmel River Beach, the Scenic Road path offers some of the area’s most incredible views of Carmel Point, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Carmel’s famous Cypress trees and white-sand beach.


Hiking trail and park 

Mission Trail Park

Rio Road and Ladera Drive, Carmel CA  93923

Hiking skill level: Easy


This is Carmel’s largest park at 35 acres, and features 5 miles of well maintained trails.  The trails wind through canyons and hillsides with five different habitats.  Mission Trail Park is a great place to take your dog walking and a wonderful place for bird watching.

There are five park entrances: Rio Road, 11th and Torres, Crespi Avenue and Mountain View Avenue, Martin Road, and 25800 Hatton Road, the location of Flanders Mansion and the Lester Rowntree Native Plant Garden.

Mission Trail Park has a forested canyon fed by a small stream, hillside meadows on the east, and views of Carmel Point and the Pacific to the west.

You can also hike with your dog at Garland Ranch Regional Park, just eight miles east on Carmel Valley Road. Waterfall Trail has lots of steps to get Fido good and tired or take Mesa Trail for a leisurely ramble. Dogs can be off leash if they are under voice control and there is plenty to sniff and explore.

Wine tasting

A Taste of Morgan wine tasting room is super dog friendly. It is located at Rio Road at Highway One in the Crossroads Shopping Center.  831.626.3700

Doggie shopping

Diggidy Dog at Carmel Plaza has all the doggies woofing and woofing, about all of the wonderful treats, dog food, toys, fashionwear and more. A place to pamper your spoiled fur brat. Be warned that there is a huge selection of delicious-treats strategically displayed at “K9-level” so keep your pup on a short leash or you’ll wind up wrestling things out of their mouth and then buying them.

Southwest Corner of Ocean Ave. and Mission St.

Carmel, CA 93921     (831) 625-1585

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Don’t Miss

The Fountain of Woof is right across the street (sort of) from Diggidy Dog at Carmel Plaza. Besides all of the shops and places to eat at Carmel Plaza, there are two major shopping centers in Carmel, at the Crossroads and the Barnyard. Many of the shops are dog friendly including The Cheese Shop, Pet Food Express, and others.

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Yappy hour

Doris Day’s Cypress Inn

Lincoln Street, Carmel, CA 93921

(831) 624-3871


Yappy Hour at Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The event is open to the public, locals and visitors alike.

Scenic drive and dining out

Pebble Beach 17 mile drive

  • Carmel: The toll booth is on San Antonio Ave
  • $10 per car
  • walk your dog and dogs are allowed in cars

2700 17 mile drive, pb, ca



At the Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach, you and your pooch can stay on the patio firepit area outside, have a drink at the bar and eat some goodies

From 5:45 to 6:30 PM, as you watch the sun set, you can also listen to the bagpipers play

 Pet friendly accommodations

Hofsas House

Between 3rd & 4th Ave
on San Carlos Street.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

Phone: (831) 624-2745

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38 Bavarian style rooms, some with fireplaces, others with ocean views, a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, meeting rooms and yummy fresh continental breakfast. Dogs are welcome in some of the rooms, for a pet fee of $25 per night for one dog, $40 for two. Pet amenities include dog treats and frisbees. Close to all of the shops in Carmel village, in walking distance to everything.


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Carmel Dog Contest

First, let me say, from my humble opinion, the AKC Westminster Dog Show seemed to be won by the furriest/hairiest dogs this year… Banana Joe and the sheep dog, the top two canines are adorable AND can you see their eyes??? 

Now back to my neck of the forest…

Carmel Dog Friendly Great Adventure

The dogs are lining up for the Carmel Dog Friendly Great Adventure contest. Join Peace of mind dog rescue (www.peaceofminddogrescue.org_) and all of the event sponsors at Cypress Inn in Carmel on Saturday, February 16th, 3:00pm – 5:00pm for the Kick-off Party & Registration. The contest rules and score sheets will be revealed at this kick-off party.

The contest runs from from February 16 – March 16. Registration fee is a $15 donation to POMDR. Over a dozen fantastic prizes for highest point earners. Points are earned from photos posted on the Carmel Dog Friendly Facebook page, walks attended, and pages “liked” and more. Get started by “Liking” Carmel Pet Friendly on Facebook and POMDR on Facebook.

Download your registration form here.

It’s never too late to join the contest! Prizes will be awarded at the wrap-up brunch at the Cypress Inn on Saturday March 23 at 11:00am.

Thank you to Event Sponsors: Signature Paw Spa, Cypress Inn, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, Parkview Veterinary Hospital, the Raw Connection, Outside the Box, Diggidy Dog, Signature Day Spa, Galante Vineyards, Carmel Mission Inn, Dametra Cafe, Gloria Jelladian Photography, Pet Food Express, Mundaka, Coastal Canine Magazine, Sarah’s Design and Marketing.


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happy tails to you, when we meet some day in Carmel…

simply,  the best country inns in Carmel…

Vagabond’s House Inn is located at:
4th and Dolores
P.O. Box 2747
Carmel, California 93921 USA
Phone: 831.624.7738
Toll Free: 800.262.1262


A modern 2-room suite with a queen bed, couch, writing desk, and a fireplace. Plus, a refrigerator, coffee maker and dining table. The luxurious bathroom has a full shower and separate tub, plus Elemis bath amenities. Best of all, this is street level making it easy to take your dog in and outside.

Superb service, doggie amenities include a portable doggie bed, toy, treats, bowl and scarf… cici chewed up the squeaky toy within the first hour… she loves to take all of the stuffing out.

breakfast, eggs, yogurt, cereal, toast, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, delivered to your door in the morning, plus tasty wine and cheese in the afternoon…  there is also sherry in the room…

the weather was really hot, hot hot… and the room we stayed in was nice and cool, with icy water in the fridge… fluffy robes, very modern furniture, and QUIET… everywhere else in Carmel has been noisy…  you could live here, it’s a real home away from home…  internet works really well and so does the tv…

took cici for a long walk down ocean avenue, the major street in town, and one woman was watering her plants but would not give cici any water. then another shop owner had a dish filled with dog treats outside, cici grabbed as many treats as she could.


we walked into town to visit the Fountain of woof at Carmel Plaza, Cici drank a little bit and seemed to want to take a bath in the fountain… we also tried to visit Blue Dog art gallery but they were closed. And she just LOVED (Hot) Diggidy Dog, a fun pet store, cici wanted to eat all of the treats they had in the store, which are quite a few. They also had doggie goggles, panties, costumes for Halloween, fresh baked goodies, freeze dried treats, and all kinds of doggie toys.

only in Carmel is there Carmel Canines, a mobile salon and health spa for pooches and Chateau le Paws, which offers dogs manicures and pedicures for th beloved four legged furry creatures.

Svendsgaard’s Inn
Corner of 4th & San Carlos Street
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93921

European ambience, 35 guest rooms and suites, half of them are pet friendly, some rooms have fireplaces and spa tubs, and kitchens. there is onsite parking which is important in Carmel.  there is coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies available in the lobby in the afternoon and a nice cold breakfast delivered to your room by 8 am consisting of juice, cereal, bagel, coffee cake, and yogurt …


Below is Peaches the pit bull registering with Paige (or getting treats from the fun barking treat jar the inn has in the lobby)…

Hofsas house

this is a family owned, operated and oriented inn… with artistic murals in keeping with the Carmel community. There are 38 rooms, 1/2 are pet friendly 19 rooms…  we stayed in a room on third floor with an ocean view and its own patio. Dogs are allowed by the pool with their owner. Carrie has managed the inn for the past eight years. She has a five year old lab named Cajun. there are family suites suitable for six people. there is a meeting room available for 25-30 people for business retreats, women’s groups, knitting groups, sewing groups, quilting groups. the meeting room has a fireplace and full kitchen, can be set up theatre or conference style.   there is a sense of what Bavarians call Gemutlichkeit…

when you book a room at the Hofsas House from October 15 to April 2009, tell them the incentive code is cici and you will receive 15% off excluding holidays and special events.


Once upon a time, Dawn and her dog, met Diane and her dog. They became fast friends and a few years ago, acquired the Happy Landing Inn in Carmel. This adorable and quaint inn is a few steps away from the dog friendly Carmel beach. The inn is like a touch of Solvang in Carmel.  There are seven rooms and all of them are pet friendly. Ours was compact and tidy with a view of the garden in the courtyard. Breakfast was served at our door and consisted of fresh juice and fruit salad and hot quiche and chocolate chip muffin with hot tea (your choice of beverage), nice and yummy, it hit the right spot (not the one on the top of cici’s head) but she also received a few treats. Dawn has been in the innkeeping biz for 30 years and diane is the sales/marketing partner.



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