10 Pet-Friendly Inns in California
SACRAMENTO, CA [March 25, 2015]—California boutique hotels and B&Bs make it easy to travel on vacation with four-legged friends. There are more than 70 pet-friendly member inns of the California Association of Boutique and Breakfast Inns (CABBI), many of which go out of their way to pamper pooches with special treats, blankets and more. Below are 10 of the most pet-friendly inns in the state; many more can be found at www.cabbi.com/pet-friendly/.
The first bed and breakfast in Napa--the venerable Beazley House, which first opened its doors in 1981--was also the first B&B in Napa to welcome dogs. Last year, the inn was honored as a 2014 Fido’s Favorite Award winner by the pet-friendly travel website BringFido.com. The Beazley House welcomes guests and their four-legged friends with a bowl of treats, a towels, sheets to cover the beds, pet waste bags, and a list of dog-friendly restaurants and wineries in Napa. At breakfast, dogs can dine with their owners in the gardens, their own rooms or in the Beazley House living room at a reserved table. Dogs are also welcome at the inn’s wine tastings each evening. An addition, the innkeepers can assist guests with finding pet sitters and local kennels as needed. The inn charges a pet fee of $40 per night.
Wagging tails are warmly welcomed at Fern Grove Cottages, which is nestled amid redwoods and gardens in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. The cottages’ resident golden retrievers, Yoshi and Carmello, are the official greeters and ensure canine guests are treated to the same outstanding service as human guests. Upon arrival, each dog receives a goodie bag with toys, treats, pet waste bags and a booklet with information on pet-friendly beaches, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-friendly wineries, veterinary clinics, doggie daycare, dog spa treatments and groomers. Dogs are permitted in select pet-friendly designated cottages, cottage porches, garden areas, and the lobby except during breakfast. The inn charges a pet fee of $25 per night per pet. Weight and breed restrictions may apply.
In Ojai, the intimate and elegant Lavender Inn has two pet-friendly rooms, one of which has its own small, fenced, private backyard. The innkeepers welcome furry, four-legged guests with dog beds, dog cookies, and a gift certificate for the dog boutique around the corner from the inn. Dogs are welcome in all of the inn’s common areas and its spacious yard. A pet spa and a dog-friendly park are located across the street from the inn, and the trailhead for one of Ojai’s more popular dog-friendly hikes is just around the corner. Ojai also has a number of restaurants with outdoor seating where dogs are welcome. Dog sitting services can be provided with two days’ advance notice. The inn charges a $35 pet fee per stay.
On the California Central Coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea has long been known as a welcoming destination for dogs, and Carmel Country Inn is among the most pet-friendly. Pets are welcome in all of the rooms and can follow their owners everywhere they go, including the lobby, kitchen and patios. One of the biggest perks for pups are the unlimited treats—both milk bones and non-wheat, all natural beef treats for those with allergies or sensitive stomachs. The inn provides sheets to cover the beds, listings of pet sitters, nearby doggie daycare facilities, pet-friendly restaurants, pet boutique and pet spas. Before departing, the innkeepers take a photo of each furry guest for their monthly pet photo album on Facebook; the photos are also displayed in their Very Important Pets Year Book and Wall of Woof.
Located near the north entrance to Yosemite National Park, the Groveland Hotel provides an ideal base camp for exploring Yosemite with four-legged family members. The inn has been pet-friendly since it opened 24 years ago, warmly welcoming pets in all of its rooms and common areas except for the inside dining room. Pet-friendly dining options at the inn are available inside the historic saloon or outdoors in the garden courtyard. For a pet fee of $20 per night, the inn provides furry guests with pet bedding, a bowl to use during their stay, and a souvenir toy to take home. Leashes are offered for sale in the hotel’s gift shop, and the front desk staff can help guests plan trips with pets into Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest.
Another pet-friendly option near Yosemite’s north entrance in Groveland is the beautifully renovated Hotel Charlotte. Since the new owners purchased the hotel in 2012, they have remodeled the lobby, restaurant and guest rooms, combining Old West nostalgia with contemporary sensibilities. Four of the newly-renovated guest rooms are now pet friendly. The hotel lobby is also pet-friendly and there are three tables within the dining room that are located in a pet-friendly section. Four-legged guests receive a freshly-baked doggie cookie and a special doggie blanket upon arrival. Behind the hotel is a park with trails that are perfect for walks, and Yosemite is just a short drive away.
In the Gold Rush-era settlement of Jamestown, the 1859 Historic National Hotel happily welcomes good-natured, house-trained pets. The proprietor is a pet owner himself and provides guests and their pets with a welcome basket that include dishes for food and water, biscuit treats, a pet bedspread, a towel and plastic waste bags. Pets may accompany their owners on the hotel’s vine covered patio for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. There are also a number of places around Jamestown where dogs are welcome, particularly on a leash. Pet-sitting services can be arranged with advance notice. The pet fee for the hotel is $25 per night.
Just south of Lake Tahoe in the High Sierra, Sorensen's Resort offers nine pet-friendly cabins ranging from cozy cottages to log homes to a vacation home that can sleep up to six. Pets receive tasty treats upon arrival along with food and water bowls for their room. The 165-acre resort is nestled in an alpine valley ringed by aspens and mountain peaks and offers boundless outdoor recreation opportunities, including trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The resort requires dogs to be leashed when out and about on the property or while waiting below the café deck while their owners enjoy a meal at Sorensen's Country Café.
Pets stay for free at the Elk Cove Inn & Spa on the Mendocino Coast. The inn offers a variety of pet-friendly rooms, including garden view rooms, ocean view cottages and ocean view suites. Doggy treats are provided at check in. The innkeepers also provide an essentials basket in the room which includes beach towels, sheets to cover the bed, a place mat, food and water bowls and pet waste bags. The inn has direct access via a set of private stairs down to a driftwood-strewn beach and all the sticks a dog could want. Guests must notify the inn at time of making the reservation that they are bringing a pet.
Pet owners with a taste for luxury and fine wine can bring their pets to the Carter House Inns near Humboldt Bay in Eureka. Pets are welcomed with an embroidered Carter House Inns dog blanket, a dog bowl and a bottle of water. The inn combines contemporary tastes with the gracious elegance of a bygone era. The inn’s critically-acclaimed Restaurant 301 has one of the best wine lists in the world, with over 3,400 selections and has been a proud recipient of the Wine Spectator’s most prestigious honor, the Grand Award, every year since 1998. The inn charges a pet fee of $50 per night.
To find more pet-friendly inns in California, visit www.cabbi.com/pet-friendly/.
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