10 Pet-Friendly Inns in California

SACRAMENTO, CA [December 10, 2018] — California boutique hotels and B&Bs make it easy to travel on vacation with four-legged friends. There are more than 60 pet-friendly CABBI-member inns, many of which go out of their way to pamper pooches with special treats, blankets and more.  Below are some of the most pet-friendly inns in the state; many more can be found on CABBI's website. Before traveling, please check each inn’s website for pet fees, restrictions, and notification requirements.

The Landsby in Solvang believes vacations are meant for everyone—including furry friends—and their Stay & Play Pet Package reflects their commitment to pet-friendly hospitality. Guests and their four-legged companions are welcomed by a plush chew toy made with durable canvas and eco-friendly filler, a bottle of Apollo Peak's Chardognay, waste bags and dispenser for walks, plus food and water bowls for use on the property. The property’s outdoor garden lounge space provides an oasis for human and non-human guests to relax.

Located about an hour north of San Francisco in a serene, sheltered coves on Tomales Bay Nick’s Cove and Cottages is not just pet-friendly, but pet-passionate. In addition to homemade dog pastries direct from the pastry chef’s kitchen (with BBQ oysters so the humans don’t feel left out), the inn treats pets like members of the family, with dog beds, a map of local dog-friendly beaches and trails, and muddy paw towels. Guests can even schedule a canine massage with a local pet masseuse.

At Mount Shasta’s McCloud Hotel, dogs are welcome to stay in any of the hotel’s 16 rooms and suites. The hotel’s Wagging Tails Welcome package includes a custom-made pet bed, dog bowl, and pet treat upon arrival. The picturesque park across the street makes for an easy daily excursion. Guest might also spend quality time with their pets while making s’mores around the gas fire pit, wandering through hidden nooks in the garden, or enjoying a lazy day on the McCloud River. The hotel’s on-site restaurant even offers a gourmet "paw" menu for the pampered pet, featuring organic chicken and rice or prime wild-foraged beef from Mount Shasta Wild.

On the California Central Coast, Carmel-by-the-Sea has long been known as a welcoming destination for dogs, and the delightful Carmel Country Inn is among the most pet-friendly. Each of its 12 romantic suites and studios is pet friendly—with no breed or size restrictions—and pets are warmly welcomed with a choice of unlimited dog biscuits during their stay, either milk bones or non-wheat, all-natural beef treats for those with allergies or sensitive stomachs. Photos of current canine guests are displayed on a Wall of Woof in the guest lobby, on the inn’s monthly pet photo album on Facebook, and in the Very Important Pets Yearbook. A 100% leash-free beach (Carmel Beach) is just a short walk away.

Nestled between the rolling hills of Rancho Murieta and the Sierra Nevadas, The Murieta Inn and Spa warmly welcomes dogs and their two-legged companions. Upon arrival, dogs receive a placemat, food, and water bowl. There’s even an on-site, one-acre park behind a fireside terrace for a peaceful walk with a furry friend (waste bags and disposal provided). Dogs are welcome in most common areas, including the spa, meeting rooms, fitness center, and the outdoor patio of the on-site restaurant. The 83-room boutique hotel is inspired by classic Spanish Hacienda style and features modern amenities.

Pets stay for free at the Elk Cove Inn & Spa on the Mendocino Coast, a historic mansion that became one of the first B&Bs 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, and the innkeepers also provide an essentials basket, including beach towels, sheets to cover the bed, a place mat, food and water bowls, and pet waste bags. Set back from the road and surrounded by native trees, a creek and the ocean, 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.

Pets are part of the family at Humboldt County’s Redwood Riverwalk Hotel, and canine guests can expect the same comfort and service as their two-legged traveling companions. Located in a quiet forested area right off Highway 101, the hotel is the perfect access point to the Humboldt Coast, home to the world’s oldest and tallest redwood trees. The Redwood Riverwalk recently added a dedicated on-site, off-leash dog park, and each accompanying pet receives a welcome gift upon arrival. Just 200 feet behind the hotel, the scenic Eel River levee trail provides a great walk for guests and their pets with gviews of the Eel River Valley. 

On a hillside overlooking Mendocino Bay, The Stanford Inn By the Sea, is a luxury, eco-friendly haven. The sprawling inn offers first-class amenities and views extraordinaire of the Pacific Ocean, Big River, and the colorful, on-site organic gardens. Among the inn’s many accolades is that it “tops the list of best dog-friendly vacations,” according to Sunset Magazine. Pets are greeted upon check-in with a welcoming hand-made treat designed to be digestion-friendly, stainless steel food and water dishes, and other surprises. One of the first B&Bs in California to welcome pets more than 36 years ago, the inn has hosted a variety of non-human visitors, with no weight or breed restrictions.

Sister hotels Hotel Charlotte and Groveland Hotel both offer pet-friendly lodging at the northwest gateway to Yosemite National Park. The historic Groveland Hotel was just renovated last year and features all-new furnishings that honors the hotel’s history with a modern vibe. The Hotel Charlotte offers cozy rooms in an authentic Old West hotel for an affordable price. Pet-friendly rooms are located on the lower level of each hotel. Four-legged guests receive a homemade doggie biscuit at check-in. The Groveland Hotel also has a beautiful tiered outdoor patio where pets can sit and relax with their traveling companions.

To find more pet-friendly inns in California, visit www.cabbi.com/pet-friendly/.

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