UNLEASH THE HOUNDS
Four dog-friendly destinations
Restrictions abound when you're traveling with Rufus. So we sniffed out some of the best Bay Area accommodations and activities where pups are more than welcome. Herewith, a few itineraries for you and your four-legged friend:
Mendocino Reserve Rosie’s Cottage at Little River Inn, where the real treat for you (and your pooch) is stunning views of the Pacific ($335 a night, plus a $25 pet fee). Hungry? Make reservations to dine together in the decidedly dog-friendly parlor. Restless? Cruise around the Big River on a Catch a Canoe self-guided tour; pups are permitted aboard.
Half Moon Bay Fuel up on fisherman’s stew (you) and homemade bones (Rufus) at the waterside Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Then burn it off at the nearby beach, where dogs can frolic off leash. Finally, check into one of the three ground-level rooms at the Inn at Mavericks, which boasts private decks overlooking the bay ($189 to $349 per night, plus a $25 pet fee).
Glen Ellen Let your pooch sink into one of the cushy dog beds provided at the year-old Olea Hotel, where he’ll also be greeted with a basket of treats, food bowls and you-know-what bags ($300 to $375 a night, plus a $25 pet fee). Then swing by any of the canines-allowed vineyards in the area. Our favorites are Little Vineyards and Kunde Family Estate.
Carmel Carmel has publicly dubbed itself the most dog-friendly city. But it?s the quaint Vagabond?s House inn that really gets our tails wagging ($175 to $355 a night, plus a $30 pet fee). Rufus will be greeted with a mat emblazoned with his name as well as a sherpa-lined blanket so he can snooze on the bed. A pet massage therapist is also on call ($75 an hour) to work out any soreness. (After a trip to Carmel Beach, perhaps?) For further indulging, check out the nearby pet shop Diggidy Dog for a canine-sized tartan jacket and iBone toy.