You can be certain of few
things always being true. One of those things is that
California will rank at or very near the top of any
national pet-friendly city list. It has been in DogFriendly.com's Top 3
resort cities to visit with a dog every year, and has held the number
one spot about half the time. Carmel is made for a vacation with a dog.
It is not too hot, with moderate summertime temperatures and the ocean
fog cooling things off. It is not too cold in winter, so you can do the
outdoor activities that make up much of a great dog-friendly vacation.
But if weather was the only factor, there could be
lots of other places like Carmel. There are not.
If you are looking for a big four star resort hotel, Carmel is not the
place. There are some in neighboring
which is an easy drive to Carmel, but the treasure
of Carmel is the
inns and B&Bs, many of which are extremely
dog-friendly. The town is small, and easy to walk. You will
need your car for some of the attractions, however. You will want your
car for the famous Seventeen Mile Drive which takes you to and past the
world renowned Pebble Beach Golf Course and some of the most beautiful
coastline anywhere. You may also want to take short car excursions to
the beautiful Carmel Valley,
Sur and the relatively larger city of
which is also dog-friendly to the north.
In town, you can park your car
at your B&B and do most of your touring, shopping and, of
course, dining by foot. Perhaps the biggest jewel for the traveler with
a dog in Carmel is the
Beach. This is the main city beach and it allows dogs, and in
fact, it allows dogs off-leash. Usually, you need to choose the best
beach for people or the best beach for dogs. Not in Carmel as they are
one and the same. For other attractions, take in a walking tour of
town, visit the doggy happy hour at Cypress Inn, or shop to your
heart's content. Many stores in town will welcome your leashed dogs,
and you can shop in the Carmel Plaza, Crossroads Shopping Center or the
Carmel Village Shopping Area.
When it comes to
dining with your
dog, Carmel really shines. For a doggy menu along with a
"people menu" try the Forge in the Forest. It's like sitting in a
garden. One of our favorite restaurants in Carmel is PortaBella which
will bring your dog water in a champagne bucket and has a very well
covered and heated patio that will serve you and your dog well in any
weather. Other favorites for the four-legged crowd are Anton and
Michel's and the western themed Hog's Breath Inn of Clint Eastwood
Carmel is just a few hours from anywhere in the
San Francisco Bay
Area, about six hours from
Los Angeles and in a world of it's own for the vacationing
Happy Landing Inn
This pet-friendly Storybook Inn is located near the leash-free beach and the center of Carmel by the Sea. A continental breakfast is delivered to your room daily.
Carmel Country Inn
Spacious Suites, Cozy Studios all with fireplaces and most with whirlpool tubs where we serve a scrumptious breakfast buffet daily.
Carmel Mission Inn
Convenient pet friendly ground floor rooms. Nice walking path adjacent to hotel. Great central location and outstanding value.
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