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Dog-Friendly Amarillo Texas

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

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First settled in 1887 as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad and then a prominent stop along the famous Route 66 Amarillo today serves as the economic center of the Texas Panhandle region. The Amarillo Livestock Auction here is where cattle is bought and sold. 185 thousand people now live in Amarillo. Amarillo is a routine tourist stop along Interstate 40 coast to coast travel and a vacation spot on its own due to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the second largest canyon in the United States. There are a lot of things for people traveling with dogs to do here.

Palo Duro Canyon

Amarillo doesn’t boast the large fancy resort hotels but has a lot of quiet comfortable and pet-friendly lodging. There are pet-friendly La Quinta hotels in town,Best Western, Quality Inns and hotels from most of the major chains. An interesting choice for lodging is the pet-friendly Big Texan Inn which collocates with the famous Big Texan Steakhouse. The hotel allows pets and has an enclosed dog run in front of the hotel. There are also outdoor picnic tables where you can eat the 72 oz steak or other takeout food from the Big Texan Steakhouse next door.
Cadillac Ranch

If you are here with a Motor home or Travel Trailer then there is the Fort Amarillo RV Resort or the Amarillo KOA. Fort Amarillo RV Resort is the most central location. If you prefer tent camping then dog-friendly camping can be had at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Caprock Canyons State Park or Lake Meridith National Rec Area. One of the true highlights of a trip to Amarillo is a visit to Palo Duro Canyon so if you are dry camping you might consider staying there. It is about a half hour out of town.

Attractions in Amarillo are in the West Texas style. There’s the unique monument on private land to the city’s famous Route 66 days – Cadillac Ranch. These Cadillacs, planted nose first into the ground and painted and written on by visitors is something that you and your dog shouldn’t miss. It is located about 3 miles west of town on the Interstate. Elkins Ranch Cowboy Morning will take you, dog included, on spectacular tours of Palo Duro Canyon. The Amarillo Botanical Garden in town and the 175 acre Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge allow well-behaved, leashed dogs. Dog-friendly dining is available at a number of takeout restaurants. You can take food out from the Big Texas Steakhouse and eat it at the picnic tables at the Big Texas Inn next door or at a park nearby.

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the U.S. behind the Grand Canyon. Unlike the Grand Canyon you can drive your car into and around this canyon, hike up and down it with a leashed dog and camp throughout the park. There are steep as well as level trails. There is an outdoor Amphitheater in the canyon with major acts, often country singers. Dogs are allowed in the Amphitheater except during June, July and part of August. But there are big name concerts well into the Fall and in the Spring. There are horse back rides (sorry, no dogs on these) and dry camping for RVs or tents at a number of campgrounds in the park. The scenery in this park is fabulous and is well worth the stopover on a cross country I-40 trip.

Nearby places to visit with your dog are, to the west on I-40, Albuquerque New Mexico, to the east is Oklahoma City. Lubbock Texas is a short drive to the south.

Dog-Friendly Carmel California

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

You can be certain of few things always being true. One of those things is that Carmel California will rank at or very near the top of any national pet-friendly city list. It has been in’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 Monterey which is an easy drive to Carmel, but the treasure of Carmel is the small 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, Big Sur and the relatively larger city of Monterey which is also dog-friendly to the north.

Carmel Beach

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 Carmel City 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 fame.

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 pooch.

Dog-Friendly San Luis Obispo & Cambria California

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

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San Luis Obispo from the Air
San Luis Obispo is located about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles on Highway 101 or the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). It is a region that would be a farming region except for the fact that there are a lot of tourists. San Luis Obispo is also home to Cal Poly University. The town’s population is 44,000. There are also a number of other interesting communities around San Luis Obispo. Cambria, near Hearst Castle, is a well-known and dog-friendly destination. Also well-known and dog-friendly are Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and Paso Robles which lies on Highway 101 to the north of San Luis Obispo. You and your dog can find a lot to do in this region.

The most well-known hotel in San Luis Obispo is the Madonna Inn, known for it’s multiple theme rooms. This hotel is not dog-friendly, unfortunately. There are other dog-friendly hotels. However, the Best Western El Rancho hotel is and offers a nice base of operations if visiting San Luis Obispo. For dog-friendly delight the Cambria Shores Inn in Cambria and the Las Serena Inn in Morro Bay will welcome your dog to their establishments. Also pet-friendly are the Cayucos Beach Inn in Cayucos, the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach and the Morro Bay Sandpiper Inn. If you are looking for a dog-friendly vacation rental then try the Big Red House in Cambria or Central Coast Getaways for homes in the area. If you are camping in a Motorhome or travel trailer then consider the Pacific Dunes RV Resort of the Pismo Coast Village RV Park located right on the dog-friendly and car-friendly Pismo State Beach.

You can take your dog to a number of area vineyards or wineries if you would like to do wine tasting. The Changala Winery, Chumeia Vineyards, Tablas Creek Vineyard and Venteaux Vineyards are dog-friendly. Other attractions to take your dog to include the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and Lake Lopez Boat Rentals. There are a number of dog-friendly beaches in the area. Pismo Beach State Beach, the Cambria beaches, Cayucos State Beach and the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Rec Area are some of the dog-friendly beaches. If you want to shop with your dog you can find dog-friendly stores and patio restaurants at the downtown shops in San Luis Obispo and Cambria and the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets.

Dog-Friendly restaurants are available throughout the San Luis Obispo region. Tognazzini’s Dockside Too in Morro Bay specializes in seafood and is located right on the water. Big Bubba’s BBQ and Good Ol’ Burgers of Paso Robles have dog-friendly patios. There are also quite a few additional dog-friendly restaurants in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach. See’s directory for additional choices.

For off-leash fun there are a number of off-leash dog parks in the San Luis Obispo area. Heimann Dog Park in Atascadero, Cambria Dog Park in Cambria and Nipomo Park Off-Leash Area are some of these dog parks. There is also hiking with leashed dogs at Lake Lopez Rec Area, santa Margarita Lake Regional Park and Lake Nacimiento in Paso Robles.

Visitors with dogs to San Luis Obispo might consider a one hour trip south on Highway 101 to Solvang, a transplanted Dutch Village with delicous foods, neat shops and a great walking village.