Cities with dogitude, a real atttude of dog friendliness, offer many welcoming amenities for dog owners and their pooches. Typically, there are a few large, green, clean and fenced dog parks with shade, trees, shrubs, bushes, pet waste stations, and water. Dogs are welcomed in stores and restaurants. Plenty of places for you and your dog to hike and roam off leash. Most importantly, does the city or town have pet friendly wineries? Below are my top picks.
When your dog is begging for a vacation, bring Fido to Carmel, known as one of the most dog-friendly towns in America. For many good reasons. Carmel beach is a great place for dogs to play off leash. Pet stores galore where dogs rule and drool like Diggidy Dog, a dog and cat boutique. Many restaurants allow your dog to eat with you as well as pet friendly inns such as Doris Day's Cypress Inn. And you gotta visit the famous Fountain of Woof at the Carmel Plaza on Ocean Avenue where your pooch can slurp it up to her canine's delight.
Where else but Mendocino can your dog tiptoe through the tulips at a Botanical Garden, get a free scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day at Cowlick's, sample some doggie perfume, go kayaking (paddle up Big River in a canoe from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too, located at Highway 1 & Comptche-Ukiah Road), and/or have a puppy vegan meal at the Stanford Inn (where your dog can dine with you in the lobby).
Dog friendly beaches are everywhere including Newport and Balboa Beaches. Three Dog Bakery is a fun place to go for doggie treats. The Fashion Island Mall features Muttropolis and other shops where dogs are welcome. What better place to stay with Fido than the luxurious Island Hotel.The Island is minutes from Newport Harbor overlooking the nearby islands of Balboa, Lido and Catalina and offers pet amenities galore including handcrafted doggie biscuits by Executive Pastry Chef Michael Owens.
Learn how to surf with your dog in Surf City USA. Huntington Beach is a mere 30-minute drive from Orange county. At Park Bench Cafe, your dog has its own menu. Favorites are bow wow wow and hot diggidy dog. You can eat outside at the patio where dogs eat at the same table as their owners. The city hosts wiener dog races in the Old World Village, every third Sunday. After hanging ten all day, there is no better place to rest your paws but The Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort.
A dog park behind city hall is a bustling place, with anywhere from 10-100 dogs playing, especially in the mornings. Guide Dogs for the Desert train service dogs at a storefront where you can look but don't touch the dogs. Many of the shops are pet friendly, inviting dogs inside and offering water bowls outside. Pet specialty stores abound including Cold Nose, Warm Heart. The pet friendliest inn to stay at is the charming Casa Cody Inn, in the heart of the downtown area. There are three cats in residence, Big Mama, Biscuit and Marmalade.
Do you like to travel with your dog? And if so, do you know where to go where there is a ton of dogitude? California is the state to explore.
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