When your dog is begging for a getaway, there’s no better place to have a hell of a time than Carmel by the Sea, California, rated America’s most dog-friendly city.
Located just a few hours south of San Francisco, the city of Carmel offers visitors many fun pet activities and places to stay for four-legged friends and their owners.
Here are eight dog-friendly activities to enjoy with Fido and Fluffy…
l. All dogs roam free on Carmel Beach… It’s located right at the foot of Ocean Avenue and is officially called Carmel Town Beach. Dogs romp, swim, run and hunt here in abundance. At certain times there are also dog clubs where a pack of dachshunds or other dog breeds have fun in the sand.
2. Carmel is where the art is… Many of the art galleries in Carmel welcome pets.
The Blue Dog Gallery has paintings of blue dogs by artist George Rodrigue…
3. Pet shops where dogs rule and drool.
A dog and cat boutique, Diggidy Dog is a really fun specialty pet store that stocks baked goods, clothing, costumes, toys, treats and so much more that your pooch will be wagging his tail and wanting to come back for more. Located on Mission and Ocean Avenues, across from Carmel Plaza.
The Raw Link at 26549 Carmel Rancho Blvd. (near Barnyard mall) is the place to go for raw pet food. They have freezers stocked with delicious organic and healthy treats and aisles stocked with freeze-dried, canned, dry and dehydrated foods and supplements. Call 831-626-7555 for more information on courses, training and events.
Chateau le Paws at 244 Crossroads Blvd. takes pet pampering to a whole new level. This is an upscale dog boutique that offers art, baked goods, beds, books, bowls, clothing, collars, and pillows for both cats and dogs. They also offer nursing services.
4. Only in Carmel is Carmel Canines, a mobile pooch salon and health spa that offers canine manicures and pedicures for four-legged, furry creatures.
5. Eat together
Owned by Doris Day, the Cypress Inn welcomes well-behaved dogs in the lobby for breakfast with their owners. They also offer a daily Doggie Cocktail Hour in the Library Bar. The Cypress Inn displays a “Dictionary of Dogs” near the fireplace just in case you want to read up on your spoiled pooch breed.
Cypress Inn (800/443-7443)
And there are a variety of restaurants where Fido can sit outside next to you, and Forge in the Forest even has a menu for your four-legged companions.
Restaurant Die Schmiede im Wald (831/624-2233)
6. A few places to rest yourself and your pup’s paws
The Vagabond House Inn offers dog amenities including a portable dog bed, take-along toys, treats, bowl and scarf. Breakfast is delivered to your door in the morning and there is a wine and cheese tasting in the lobby in the afternoon. Stay in a two room suite with a queen bed, couch, desk and fireplace. There is also a refrigerator, a coffee maker and a dining table. The luxurious bathroom has a full shower and separate bath and Elemis toiletries. Some rooms are at street level, so you can easily take your dog outside.
Svensgaard Inn offers European ambience, 35 guest rooms and suites, half of which are pet-friendly, some rooms have fireplaces and jetted tubs and kitchens. There is on-site parking, which is very important in Carmel. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and biscuits are available in the lobby in the afternoon and a delicious cold breakfast is delivered to your room until 8am. There’s a sparkling pool, as well as a grassy courtyard and plenty of pet amenities, including the barking treat jar in the lobby.
Hofsas house is a four-storey house in Bavarian style a house built on a hill overlooking the sea. It is a family run and oriented inn with artistic murals in keeping with the Carmel community. There are 38 rooms, 19 are pet friendly. Dogs are allowed at the pool with their owner. There is a meeting room for 25 to 30 people for business meetings, women’s groups, knitting groups, sewing groups, quilting groups and the meeting room has a fireplace and a fully equipped kitchen. An inn with a sense of what the Bavarians call cosiness. Carrie is the landlady.
Happy Landing Inn is a delightful and quaint inn just steps from the pet-friendly Carmel Beach. Two entrepreneurs, Dawn and Diane, are the hosts. There are seven rooms and all are pet friendly. Breakfast will be served at your door around 8:30am.
7. Don’t forget to visit the famous Woof fountain at Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue where your pooch can slurp. Call 831-624-1385 for more information.
8. And if your dog wants to be a star, attend the casting call for the next official Carmel Dog Calendar. Call 800-550-4333 for more information.
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