Posts Tagged ‘Dog-Friendly’

A Dog-Friendly Tour Guide to Carmel California

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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 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.

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DogFriendly.com Releases Its 2013 Report Card for The Pet Travel Industry – Progress Was Made But There Is Still Work To Do

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Pet-friendly Hotels, Dining and Air Travel make big strides while Intercity Trains and Buses continue to fail the pet traveling public.

DogFriendly.com (http://www.dogfriendly.com), a publisher of dog travel guides, announced that it has graded the United States pet travel industry. And how did they do? That depends. Improving were hotels, restaurants, air travel, camping and shopping. Continuing to miserably fail are intercity trains and buses, which don’t allow pets at all. “The overall conclusion is that the United States has a ways to go to be as pet-friendly as Europe for traveling dogs and their human companions” said Len Kain, Editor of DogFriendly.com.

Lodging: A – Pet-friendly hotels available almost everywhere. B&Bs and Vacation Rentals are also available. Some hotels have special pet programs.

Campgrounds: B+ – Most campgrounds allow dogs, but there are restrictions. There have been improvements in pet access to state parks.

Airlines: B- The big problem remains – most dogs must fly in cargo. For smaller dogs, airports have pet relief areas and overall easier travel.

Nationwide Trains/Buses: F – What can we say? No dogs are allowed on Amtrak or Greyhound. Not even small dogs in carriers. In Europe, leashed dogs of all sizes are allowed on trains. This must change.

Local Transit: C+ – Small dogs allowed on many city public transit systems; Large dogs allowed on a few. In most cities it is possible but sometimes tricky to get cab service with a larger dog.

Parks: B+ – Many parks have eased restrictions on dogs. The exception is the National Parks. State parks are much better. Some city parks remain too restrictive.

Off-Leash Parks: B+ – There are over a thousand off-leash parks and most are open to visiting dogs; some require local permits and fees which makes it difficult for travelers.

Beaches: C+ – Most beaches don’t allow dogs. You can find a dog-friendly beach in most areas, but you have to look.

Restaurants: B – For the most part, the debate about dogs at outdoor patios is over and dogs are allowed. Many states and cities have clarified this recently. In Europe, a restaurant can allow dogs inside. Why not here?

Shopping: B- – Most open-air shopping centers allow dogs as do many stores. Indoor malls usually don’t. Can this change?

Attractions: B- – Some outdoor attractions allow dogs; most indoor ones do not. There are many things to do with a dog if you look carefully.

Pet Sitters: B – High end hotels often offer pet sitting. There are also doggy day care and day kennel facilities. Or you can call a pet sitter in the area you’re visiting.

Since 1998, DogFriendly.com has been providing information for people who travel with dogs world-wide.The company offers complete travel guides for thousands of cities. Find the dog-friendly guides on the web at http://www.DogFriendly.com, as a free iPhone app or Android app, a mobile website at http://www.DogFriendly.com/m and in ebook and paperbook formats.

Dog-Friendly San Luis Obispo

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Been working like a dog? Your pooch knows it too, and he wants you to take a vacation.

Join us in San Luis Obispo County, located mid-way between San Francisco and Los Angeles, where our communities will make you and your best friend feel like top dogs — from laid-back surfing haven Pismo Beach and artsy college hub San Luis Obispo to rustic wine town Paso Robles.

What’s our secret? In addition to being a dog-centric community, we’re the sort of place you simply want to be on vacation. We’re often on those “happiest” and “healthiest” places to live lists because we don’t take ourselves too seriously and we make time for pure play.

We know every dog has its day. Here’s how you and Fido can get yours:

New Dog-Friendly Visit San Luis Obispo County BrochureSniff out the best places to roam with your pal in the “Treat Your Dog to Pure Play in San Luis Obispo County” brochure. Earn a chance to win a VIP Top Dog Getaway, which includes several of these pet-friendly hotspots now through April 22, 2013 with our Top Dog Photo Contest. Share your best dog photo for a chance to win a stay at Cayucos Pier View Suites, including a wine tour via The Wine Line.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

– You and Fifi will stay in style with the “Celebrity Pet Package” at SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach, which features a five-acre lawn and direct beach access for pets. Starting at just $179 a night you’ll get plush dog bed and bowls, Canine Concierge welcome brochure, star-worthy gourmet dog treats, tennis dog bone toy and $30 Gift Card. For just $50 more get a paparazzi photo shoot on the beach.

– Poodles James and Ruby — Directors of Pet Relations at the Cayucos Pier View Suites boutique beachside hotel – are on hand to remind travelers that it’s a dog’s life with their “Top Dog” special. Starting at $249 per night get a bottle of local wine, two Top Dog Coffee Bar & Cafe specialty drinks plus access to their Doggie Zen Garden and dog friendly beach.

– Some pet friendly hotels have restaurants on-site, such as Marisol at The Cliffs Resort and Lido at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach or Paso Robles Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn in Paso Robles.

– Personalized welcome amenities await Fifi at Dolphin Bay and Holiday Inn Express – San Luis Obispo, and turn-down Buddy Biscuits offered at Hotel Cheval in Paso Robles.

– Your pet may take home amenities, from the Fog Catcher Inn in Cambria (dog bowl with logo and biscuit) and Bayfront Inn in Morro Bay (blanket, treats, toy for dogs and cats).

– Many hotels offer pet-friendly accommodations for a fee, with bedding, bowls and biscuits, such as the Pismo Lighthouse Suites, Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge, and Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge. For more pet friendly Pismo Beach hotels check out www.dogfriendlypismobeach.com

Pet Friendly Activities

– Teach your dog a new trick and try surfing on Pismo Beach. Maybe you can get some pointers from other four-legged surfers, from dogs to famous surfing goats Pismo and Goatee.

– Savor a little hair of the dog that bit you with several VIP dog-friendly wine country tours in the Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo regions, such as Breakaway Tour’s private “Dog Day Wine Tour.”

– Take a Tiki-Boat Tour with your little tail wager aboard Bay Cruisers, exploring Morro Bay Harbor’s otters, seals, sea lions and birds.

– Eat alfresco under the sun or stars with your canine pal, or do some pet-friendly shopping in some of our charming downtowns.

– Check out pet-friendly attractions, such as the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and Monarch Butterfly Trail.

– Feel like a kid again with a California bonfire, smores and drinks on Grover Beach with Beach Butlerz or other dog-friendly beaches.

– Go for a coastal hike in our many pet-friendly parks, such as Montana De Oro (“Mountain of Gold”), one of the largest state parks in California.

When you must leave your pet behind – such as “bucket list” spots like world-famous Hearst Castle® – he’ll feel like a lucky dog with our many great doggie day camps and pet sitters about town.

For more information to plan a trip to San Luis Obispo County with your pet, go to www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com.

For DogFriendly.com’s San Luis Obispo and Cambria Guide, click here.