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Spend Time in Dog-Friendly Corpus Christi Texas

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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Dog-Friendly Padre Island Beach

Corpus Christi is the deepest port in Texas. The port is home to the USS Lexington Air Craft Carrier. It is also the gateway to Padre Island National Seashore, with nearly 100 miles of pristine beachfront. Corpus Christi is a resort town with many beach going visitors. It is also dog-friendly with many dog-friendly beaches and activities.

There are many pet-friendly hotels in Corpus Christi. La Quinta has four dog-friendly hotels here and each of the other major chains has some hotels here as well. The Best Western on the Island, at 14050 South Padre Island Drive is pet friendly as is the Bayfront Inn at 601 North Shoreline Blvd. Other pet-friendly hotels are the Best Western Naval Station Inn in Ingleside and a number of Motel 6 and Studio 6 motels. If you are traveling to Corpus Christi with a motorhome or travel trailer then you have a number of choices in pet-friendly campgrounds. The Lake Corpus Christi/Mathis KOA in Mathis has a number of activities on site. Sea Breeze RV Park in Portland and Pioneer Beach Resort in Port Aransas are also choices with full hookups. If you are looking for tent camping there is the Padre Island National Seashore and Mustang Island State Park.

The tourists come to Corpus Christi for the beaches. So do dogs. Padre Island National Seashore is nearly 100 miles of undeveloped barrier island beach. 800,000 visitors per year come here. Dogs on leash are allowed throughout Padre Island National Seashore. It is about 45 minutes from Corpus Christi to the park. A closer beach park is Mustang Island State Park. This 3,954 acre barrier island park has 5 miles of beach. Dogs on leash are allowed in a few segments of these beaches. There is also a leash only beach in Cole Park in Corpus Christi. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge north of town is a 70,000 plus acre wilderness. Dogs must be on leash here and are only allowed on certain trails for their own safety. There are quite a few alligators in this park.

There are a few dog-friendly restaurants in town. The Sonic Drive In is one of our dogs favorites. Dotz Dawgs and Drafts is a 50s diner. You will also see antique cars here.

Other places that you may consider for a dog-friendly vacation near Corpus Christi include South Padre Island to the south and Galveston to the north.

10 dog-friendly hikes in SLO County

Monday, August 21st, 2017

From beaches to parks to hiking trails, San Luis Obispo County has plenty of spots where dogs can enjoy a hike with their best friends.
Here’s a list of popular Central Coast trails that are dog-friendly, provided they’re on a leash.
Click the links to find directions to each hike, as well as parking information, facilities, tips and more detailed descriptions.

(1) The trail: Black Hill, Morro Bay

One of nine volcanic plugs known as the “Nine Sisters,” this hike is perfect for a nice stroll that isn’t too strenuous or time-consuming. The climb is gradual with switchbacks. The hill offers views of the estuary, Morro Rock, Irish Hills and Cerro Cabrillo.
Distance: 0.6 miles round trip

Why it’s good for dogs: This short hiking trail is well-maintained and clearly marked, providing you and your canine companion and easy getaway from the everyday routine.

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Dog-Friendly Santa Barbara California

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

Dog-Friendly Santa Barbara California

Santa Barbara, the Queen of the California Missions, was founded in 1786. The current Mission was built in 1812 after an earthquake destroyed the last one. There was a large earthquake in 1925 and the entire center of town had to be rebuilt. It is now almost entirely a Mediterranean architecture. Santa Barbara has been a paradox for dog lovers. Most locals think it is dog-friendly, while visitors have their doubts. Due to a political “situation” Santa Barbara for many years was the main holdout in California about allowing dogs on outdoor patios. Recently this problem has been relaxed and dogs can find patio dining here as well as in the rest of the state. In addition, the beaches of Santa Barbara are not as pet-friendly as those south of here in Ventura County, but they are more pet-friendly than the beaches of Los Angeles 90 miles to the south. Today, Santa Barbara is dog-friendly in most respects.

Santa Barbara is home to many dog-friendly resorts and hotels. The San Ysidro Ranch is an upscale resort. The good news for dog lovers is this place is very dog-friendly. The bad news is it can cost $600 per night. They do have a Privileged Pet Program and even dog massages. For a more moderate but still high budget hotel with dog-friendly perks and doggy room service try the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort located right in town. The Best Western Beachside Inn, the Blue Sands Motel and the Secret Garden Inn and Cottages are also dog-friendly. For someone looking for a pet-friendly suite hotel for a long stay there is an Extended Stay America. Santa Barbara has a large number of pet-friendly vacation rentals as well.
Santa Barbara Dog Travel Guide

Botanical Garden

In Santa Barbara you can find a number of dog-friendly attractions. Explore Chumach Painted Cave State Historic Park and see Chumash Native drawings from the 1600s. Leashed dogs are welcome. You can tour the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden with your dog as well. Or explore the Stearns Wharf which is California’s oldest working wharf. There are shops and patios for food available to you and some of the stores will allow your dogs. If shopping is your thing, then explore the downtown State Street Shopping Area with your dog. There are a number of pet-friendly stores here including the world headquarters of Big Dog Sportswear, a famously dog-friendly chain. You can also shop with your dog at the La Cumbre Plaza Shopping Area.

Today it is easy to find dog-friendly restaurants in Santa Barbara. This was not always the case as the city health department parted ways with the Santa Maria Branch of the health department and with most of the state and stopped dogs from sitting on patios at restaurants in town. Now finding dog-friendly patios is not such a challenge. The Brewhouse Restaurant at 229 West Montecito Street has handcrafted brews and a menu of comfort foods for you – and a menu for your dog as well. Another extremely dog-friendly restaurant is the Summerland Beach Cafe in Summerland just south of Santa Barbara. This restaurant is set in a Victorian house with a large outdoor dining area. Summerland Beach, right across from the restaurant, is a dog-friendly beach as well.

There are a number of dog-friendly beaches in the area. Summerland Beach, 8 miles south of town, is one. Leashed dogs are allowed in Rincon Park and Beach on Bates Road in Santa Barbara, Arroyo Burro Beach and Goleta Beach County Park. There are a number of off-leash dog parks in and around Santa Barbara. The Douglas Family Preserve is an entire park where off-leash dogs are allowed.

Nearby Santa Barbara are Ventura and Ojai, the quaint Dutch town of Solvang and San Luis Obispo and Cambria.