St. Augustine Florida is America’s oldest continuously occupied European settlement. It was founded by Spaniard Pedor Menendez de Aviles in 1565. In 1702 most of St. Augustine burnt down and was rebuilt next to the fortress Castillo de San Marcos. This fortress dominates the downtown next to the harbor. St. Augustine today has the old town area, 40 miles of beaches and a population of about 16,000. It is one of the most pet-friendly destinations in Florida. Also, being on the north end of Florida just a bit south of Jacksonville it doesn’t get as hot as further south. For a dog with a lot of hair this is a good thing.
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Want to take your dog with you on the traditional start of the summer travel season? These places will get your dog’s tail wagging.
May 20, 2013 — DogFriendly.com (http://www.dogfriendly.com) today announced it’s recommendations for pet-friendly vacation destinations for you and your four-legged travel companion for a last minute trip for Memorial Day weekend. Dogs love summer vacation, as it offers them the opportunity to join you exploring new places and the weather is usually more supportive of outdoor activities. The places recommended here are very dog friendly and are convenient to most areas of the United States and Canada. All of these places have excellent pet-friendly lodging, activities, parks and/or beaches, patio dining, shopping and more.
If you are in New England consider Acadia National Park Maine, Cape Cod, or the White Mountains of New Hampshire. In the Mid-Atlantic areas to consider are the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Rehoboth Beach Delaware, Ocean City Maryland and Alexandria Virginia and Washington DC or a weekend trip to New York City or Philadelphia.
In the Southeast, Key West, St. Augustine, Savannah, Charleston, Asheville and the Smoky Mountains are good choices. In the South, try New Orleans, Austin, Galveston, or Amarillo Texas. For those of you in the Midwest, a weekend in Chicago would make any dog’s day, or you can visit Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula, Northern Minnesota, or if you’re willing to drive further the Black Hills of South Dakota.
In the Mountains, Colorado Springs or Aspen, Jackson Wyoming and Yellowstone, or Santa Fe New Mexico have many pet-friendly choices. Further west, try Sedona, the Grand Canyon or Tombstone Arizona, spend a weekend in pet-friendly Portland or Seattle or Sandpoint Idaho. California sports many top choices, including Monterey-Carmel, Lake Tahoe, Mendocino, Big Bear or if cities are your dog’s thing, San Francisco or San Diego.
Since 1998, DogFriendly.com has found, listed and highlighted pet friendly places where you can take your well-behaved, leashed dogs.DogFriendly.com offers a website, mobile, apps, books and ebooks.
DogFriendly.com has many other top pet-friendly places listed. For links to other top pet-friendly regions, see this list of City Guides.
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.
– 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.