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23 Pet friendly places (Carmel to SLO)

2. Carmel  has gone to the dogs


Carmel, the pet friendliest city in the USA…   Where else can a pit bull eat lunch safely and comfortably next to family? Well, in Carmel, of course!

3. Monterey  (whales, dolphins and seals, oh my) Fishermans wharf



4. Mendocino (tiptoe thru the tulips, one of 12 things to do)


5. Anderson Valley dog friendly wineries (Navarros, Toulouse)

6. Napa wine country


Dog friendly wineries Napa and sonoma

7. Bodega Bay  (yummy fresh seafood)


8. Cambria rocks 


9. SLO  (a tiki boat, dogging it at the beach, and so much more)

see how we snuck Mama’s day in there, too…


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Gold country pet friendly

There is still gold in them THAR hills. When you are looking for a peaceful, quiet, and relaxing getaway, you will definitely want to visit the Courtwood Inn, high on a hill, overlooking the forest and the town of Murphys. It is a new lovely modern and spacious log cabin home with a tennis theme. The pet friendly room is downstairs (the Davis Cup) so that you and your pooch can come and go through the outside patio door.

Each of the five rooms offer Microsilk spa tubs and fantastic views. Our bed was so high, I needed a step stool to get in and out of it. And Innkeeper Chris Parker provided wonderful wines and cheeses for an afternoon refreshment and a delicious fruit parfait with yogurt and Dutch baby egg dish for breakfast.

Cici was very fond of Chris from the start. She slobbered on her and just followed her around to be near her. Of course Chris DID give her lots of attention and a toy and treats.

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Innkeepers Chris and Larry Parker, former tennis instructors, are planning to offer tennis courts and lessons by summer of 201. They also offer wine tours to some of the 23 wineries in the area.

Pet friendly wineries include Twisted Oak, and others.

Pet amenities: a gift basket filled with a toy that Cici chewed up immediately. There were also some gifts for me. A few samples were held for me at the Art on Main store (a necklace) and a spice sample at the Spice Tin. And a collapsible water bottle that can be filled up.

Louise, the K9 Personal shopping Assistant at the Dog Store on Main Street is an extremely gracious, knowledgeable and kind shopkeeper. She fitted Cici with a brand new harness and leash (purple) and we discussed tips on handling dogs (which I will write about in another blog post). She offers a full range of dog items and accessories from food to treats, toys and clothing. She totally believes that dogs are miracles with paws.

You can read more about the inn and/or book your reservation here:

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Relaxing Spa in the Desert

If your dog could speak s/he would tell you to Leave the hustle, bustle, traffic, noise and smog behind and bring them to The Dog Spa Resort and Wellness Center for a fun time together. The DogSpa is the pet friendliest place on the planet, never mind Palm Springs and it is for both humans and canines. Talk about dogitude. The place oozes dog friendly vibes. For one thing, dogs go unleash everywhere, there are no pet fees, no restrictions in terms of size, weight and breed, and you can leave the dog in the room if the dog will behave.

That does not mean there are no rules. Guests are reminded not to feed their dogs in public, no treats in common areas, to pick up after their dogs, and to supervise their dogs at all times. The DogSpa is the brainchild of Paula Terifaj, a holistic vet, who knows dogs, knows dog body language and she watches out for any problem dogs. She wants the DogSpa to be a really fun relaxing place for everyone. She also rescues dogs and wants to get the many dogs in shelters adopted into forever homes.

“I wanted to create some place unique, different, a really dog friendly place for people and their four legged family members, to unwind, unplug and relax with fresh air, sunshine and mineral water pools,” she explained. The soothing mineral water is what really attracts people to this area. Year round swimming in a hot springs pool and getting a stress-releasing massage, who could ask for anything more?

Paula bought the intimate hotel in 2009 and spent two years renovating it to her specifications. There is a dog park that is fenced that dogs can enjoy. Dogs Vacation Free here. And if your dog happens to fall into a pool with you, well then, whoopsie. This resort takes dog friendly into a whole other realm.

The point is for you and your dog to share the experience. You do not want to have your dog stuck in some kennel or room while you are away having fun. People benefit from the whole experience and their dogs get to be part of it, too.  Imagine lazy days lying in the sun, swimming in the pool, enjoying the hot tub, and your dog is lying on a towel next to you relaxing, too.

A dog named black lab mix named Jake greeted Cici and I. He was running around the pool with a ball in his mouth that he would not let go of come heck or mineral water. Cici also met one of Paula’s dogs, Brad Pit, a brown beagle and pit bull mix. He was guarding the area between the kitchen and the dog park (a relaxation area). We did not get to meet her other dog, Black Beauty.




We stayed in a luxury Suite 4 (with café kitchen).Cafe Kitchens feature a full sized refrigerator, ice, coffeemaker, microwave, toaster, sink, and dinnerware. There are only six unique rooms including Wellness rooms with purified water, air, magnet beds and so much more.




  • Two hot mineral pools kept at the perfect temperature year around. Large swimming pool at a comfortable 88° F and Jacuzzi at a therapeutic 102° F. Both heated without gas by an underground hot water well.
  • Complimentary health conscious buffet breakfast from 8am until 10am.

If you live in LA or San Diego and want to spend a weekend or vacation and enjoy the mineral hot springs pool in Desert Hot Springs (a few minutes from Palm Springs), then this IS the place to visit. It is only two hours from LA and San Diego and you can bring your pooch(es).


Speaking of dog parks, Paula suggests:

l. Be prepared and be vigilant.

2. Bring a spray bottle of water, know where there is a hose, or bring an air horn or a whistle to use if dogs are not getting along.

3. Be mindful

4. Keep your eyes and ears on your dog at all times.

5. Be aware of the weather. Dogs should NEVER be left along in a hot car and in the summer, the pavement may be too hot for their paws and can burn their pads.

If you are seeking a small intimate healthy environment to do workshops or seminars or retreats, you may be able to rent the entire property for a yoga workshop, a cooking, meditation, or healthy retreat.

Ask for the Double the Fun special as well as a dog spa gift certificate. You and your dog deserve stress-free pampering time!   Click on the link below to find out more.

You can also go shopping with your dog at The River (a dog friendly shopping mall in nearby Palm Desert, yes indeed)…

and there are hiking trails. Click the link below to find out all about the trails, dog park and where to eat with your pooch, too.


There are some other dog parks in the area in case you want to visit (but you will enjoy the one at the Dog Spa Resort more than any of the others, we betcha plus who wants to drive all the way to Palm Desert or Indio when you and your pooch came here to stretch your paws and woof it up !

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Fall is fun

Frost on the car windows and various colored leaves on the trees… that’s right, we finally made it back to Idyllwild and stayed at the Strawberry Creek’s pet friendly Bunkhouse. We’ve never been there before and not stayed in Idyllwild during Fall. The air was cool, crisp and fresh and our cabin was red-flanneled log cabin cozy with a small kitchenette and patio. Every morning, there was a knock on the door and a basket filled with yummy scones, apple juice and multi-grain oatmeal was my breakfast.


Unfortunately, my tummy did not enjoy the elevation and innkeepers Rodney and Ian had to leave due to a family emergency, so Cici got to watch me sleep and moan and groan for a few days. Not much fun for her. She would have much preferred chasing squirrels.




Along the way we discovered an amazing drink at Starbuck’s, something I will try to recreate… hot lemonade with passion flower tea, the best taste sensation EVER.

We also enjoyed a free night at the Red Woof Inn San Diego.


Idyllwild seems to have more pet friendly places than when we visited there a few years ago. And the page with listings are right on the Bunkhouse’s website, here….


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Carmel edge

When you travel with your dog, you can  hardly go wrong if you visit Carmel, a truly dog friendly place with dogs everywhere, miles of sandy dog friendly beach and lots of dog friendly stores and activities. Carmel has the canine edge that doggies love.


A wonderful place to stay right in Carmel are the Edgemere Cottages, a block from the beach.

take Hwy. 1 to the Ocean Av. exit turning towards Carmel. Go down the hill, through town and continue on to the bottom of the steep hill. There you will see a sign pointing to the 17 Mile Drive. This is San Antonio Av. Turn LEFT onto it and proceed 7 and a half blocks. Edgemere Cottages is on San Antonio between 13th and Santa Lucia on the left hand side

Check in is after 4 pm, check out noon

Gretchen and Doug are the innkeepers, very personable, friendly and knowledgeable.

We stayed in the Piccadilly cottage and found out that the difference between these two cottages is that Piccadilly has steps leading up to the bathroom and kitchen and Devon cottage does not (we had our choice to stay at either and I should have mentioned that stairs are challenging for me. oh well… The cottage was roomy, comfy and very clean.



This B&B has been pet friendly since the 1990’s. Gretchen’s parents bought the property in 1964. It already was a B&B called Edgemere. Gretchen and Doug have been the innkeepers since 2008.

There are four rooms, three are pet friendly plus there are innkeeping cats.

The inn has many repeat guests who come back year after year, for anniversaries, festivals and just to visit Carmel whenever they can. Anita and Dick from NYC are a couple who have been coming to the inn since Gretchen was a little girl in 1965. Anita: “It’s fun for us and very nostalgic. We love it here.

“Whatever excuse, we just want to be here.”

Gretchen loves collecting cook books (and there are a lot of them on her shelves). She is a home cook and baker and makes delicious breakfasts. The first morning we had a fresh fruit salad with strawberries, bananas, apples, grapes and blueberries. There was a choice of juices from V8 to orange juice. And an asparagus quiche (she has modified the ingredients by adding sour cream and nutmeg) with a Mississippi spice muffin (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, applesauce and chopped nuts) plus coffee or an assortment of teas (herbal and caffeinated). She uses local ingredients from farmers markets. The hospitality is superb. During breakfast each guest was asked for their preferences which were cooked to their liking. Second breakast was a fruit salad, scone and scrambled eggs with or without ham, onion, cheese and veggies. She loves to cook from scratch and it shows.

Her mother collected antiques which are on display everywhere throughout the cottages.

Cici and I enjoyed the one block access to the beach, nice walks and beautiful sunsets. Two doggie bowls for food and water were left out in the kitchen and the bed and couch and chair were covered with sheets.




All in all, if you are visiting Carmel and IF they have a vacancy, you should definitely check into the Edgemere Cottages.

Split-level cottage with two sleeping areas
Queen bed on lower level with flat-screen TV/DVD player 
Gas-log fireplace
Sofa-sleeper bed and kitchenette on upper level
Windows and doors opening onto beautiful gardens
One bathroom with tub/shower

Continental breakfast with fresh organic fruits, sweet breads, with quiche or egg dish
Orange juice and fresh ground Pleasant Morning Buzz coffee
Warm atmosphere, garden views and classical music

(831) 624-4501
(866) 241-4575




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Got Squeaks?

wow, this was a very difficult box to open but once we did, Cici and I were beyond words excited and delighted, woof woof woof

we have received and reviewed a few of these monthly boxes and liked them. But this one has the MOST goodies of them all !!! Plus, you can customize the boxes. And  subscriptions start at $32/mo and go up to $61 depending on how many pets in your PawPack and how many months you commit to upfront.

Cici has been chewing on an old slipper that is threads basically, not much left to chew on (well, besides the other toys she chewed open to get to the squeaker in a few minutes)

and in this pawbox, are a few toys that she is chewing on that last longer than a few minutes…

happy dog !!!!

And these toys and treats are easy to take with you when you travel with your pooch. Keeps them busy chewing away.

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a very strong rope (twisted) toy, good karma rope toy

Steph’s mom, green puppy organic cotton “biscuit”  (well, she really likes the squeak squeak squeak of this one)

silver Planet Dog Orbee-tuff double sided tuff (fill with treats)

the “hot dog” she was able to chew up and yellow stuffing is falling out, oh well

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plus there were two kinds of treats

Buddy biscuits by Cloud Star, peanut butter soft chews

True chews, premium chicken jerky made in the USA

a water bottle

Harry Barker facial spray for that refreshing au d’canine scents

Ear wipe cleaner

a large clip for a dog food bag

Lavender stick

Organic doggie bar

Did we mention how much we love love love this paw pack ?   Your pooches will never forgive you if you don’t sign up to get them some.

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Mt Shasta pet friendly


The best times to visit: spring and fall when temps are moderate. in summer, temps get into the high 90’s and 100’s, pooches paws can get burned on the pavements so beware and prepare if you plan to stay in town during the summer… there are lots of lakes and hiking trail activities to cool off, camping and of course Mt. Shasta.


Castle:  From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. and cross over I-5. You will come to a stop sign at the intersection of Old Stage Rd. which is in front of the Fish Hatchery & Sisson Museum. Turn left onto Old Stage Rd,. In ¼ mile the road will fork. Stay to the right onto W.A. Barr Rd. and continue past the Mount Shasta Resort golf course, cross over the Box Canyon Dam and turn left onto Castle Lake Rd. which is ¼ mile from the dam bridge. Continue on this road for 7 miles and you will arrive at Castle Lake.

McCloud River with three waterfalls

From the Visitors Bureau, go west on Lake St. to I-5 south towards Dunsmuir. Take the Hwy. 89 exit towards McCloud; drive past the town of McCloud and continue 5.5 miles to the “Fowler’s Campground Lower Falls” sign and turn right. The parking area at Lower Falls is 1 mile. You can hike to the Middle Falls and back to the parking area in about 1.5 hours, and hike to the Upper Falls and back to the parking area in about 3 hours. If you don’t wish to hike, you can drive to see the Middle and Upper Falls from the viewing areas off of the campground road which is located about ¼ mile before the parking area.

You can take your dog paddle boarding on Lake Siskiyou

Pet policy:

Pets are not allowed at the beach area, food service areas or in any lodging units.  Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort is a pet-friendly Resort.  We welcome your leashed, accompanied pets in any other area of the Resort, including the Marina

At Mt. Shasta City, Take Central, (#738) I-5 Exit. Go West, away from town to STOP. Turn LEFT, Bear Right after 1/4 mile at fork. Go past golf course and over dam. Entrance 1.5 miles on RIGHT



Lake Siskiyou Trail

Dogs are allowed anywhere on the network of trails within the Old Ski Bowl ridge line, where even in high summer you can usually walk to the snow. Rover has to be leashed at the Bunny Flat and Panther Meadows rest areas, and the only extended dog-friendly hike is the Gray Butte Trail, a 3.4-mile round trip out of Panther Meadows. This very special path, accessible June into October, crosses a sacred Native American site and takes in otherworldly stands of old-growth fir and mountain hemlocks to reach a saddle with expansive views. At an altitude of 9,129 feet, you’ll both be panting, but oh so glad you came.

Check in with the Mount Shasta Trails Association for other dog friendly hikes in the Mount Shasta region.

Dog Park

Mt Shasta City Park

From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St. to the traffic light at Mt. Shasta Blvd. Go left and continue approximately 1 mile until you see the Mt. Shasta Animal Hospital sign on the right. Turn left at the next street which is Nixon Rd. and then turn right into the Mt. Shasta City Park.

Mount Shasta

Mount Shasta is a very popular attraction. You can view the mountain best by taking the “scenic drive” which is 14 miles long and takes about 30 minutes driving time each way. From the Visitors Bureau, go east on Lake St.; pass the traffic light and continue several blocks where the road curves to the left becoming Everitt Memorial Highway. Continue on Everitt Memorial Highway for 12 miles where you will come to the Bunny Flat parking area and if the road has been cleared of snow, drive another 2 miles to the Old Ski Bowl parking area. The views are outstanding and you will see nature in its grandest.  Dogs must be on leash and are not allowed above 10,000 feet.

Sacred Sites

The “Mt. Shasta Sacred Sites Guidebook”, available at the Visitors Bureau. There are 13 sites considered to have special energy.

Lavendar farm has an on site dog


Dog Sledding


Campgrounds are generally pet friendly. The mineral springs is probably not.

Stewart Mineral Springs

Phone: 530-938-2222


Location: 4617 Stewart Springs Rd., Weed, California 96094

Soothing, hot mineral baths and/or revitalizing massage. 15 private bathing rooms where water bubbles up from the springs, is heated, and run into deep tubs for soaking as the mineral water purifies your body, a large wood sauna to complete the purifying process, and 3 massage tables to work out the kinks and ease your muscles. The bathhouse is surrounded by wide wooden decks overlooking the beautiful Parks Creek, where you may sunbathe and relax to the sounds of the rushing stream. Restaurant, Native American Sweat Lodge, Conferences and Retreats, lodging and camping available. 15 rooms, kitchen, cabins, teepee, rec. room. public showers. Resort is under pine trees next to Parks Creek. Mineral baths and large sauna. Native American Sweat Lodge.

Pet Stores

Noah’s Ark Feed Barn

Phone: 530-926-6562

Location: 925 Lassen Ln., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet Grooming, doggie daycare and boarding

Furpurrsons Pet Resort

Phone: 530-926-0480


Location: 5821 Truck Village, Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Pet boarding. Doggie day care. Grooming and spa. Boutique. Large exercise areas.

Your dog has to have ALL its vaccinations including bordatella, a week ahead

They offer a spa package for dogs that includes a blueberry vanilla edible facial, hydrotherapy massage, bath, shampoo, $18 to $90, small to large dog

Stacey Chiment, co-owner helped me with this blog post. She was a lot more helpful than the Chamber of Commerce.

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Pet friendly lodging

Finlandia Motel

Phone: 530-926-5596


Location: 1612 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

The Family owned Finlandia Motel and Lodge offers spacious newly remodeled rooms, an authentic Finnish Sauna, hot spa, kitchenettes and view of the towering mountain. Now the family home is available for rental. Guests seeking accommodation with space for socializing, a fully equipped kitchen will delight in the three-bedroom, two-bath lodge. Larger groups can gather together around the living room fireplace and later retreat to 23 other deluxe or standard, pet friendly rooms. Price range $60-$250.

McCloud Hotel

Phone: 530-964-2822, 800-964-2823


Location: 408 Main Street, McCloud, California 96057-0730

Located only 5 miles from the Mount Shasta Ski Park and in the heart of historic McCloud , this boutique hotel has 16 rooms. All rooms have private baths, 4 rooms have 2 person Jacuzzi tubs. Rates range from $120 – $195 (for 2 persons) and include a full breakfast and a wine/appetizer hour from 4 – 5 PM daily. Dinner is served to both hotels guests and the public Thursday – Sunday evenings between 5:30 and 8 PM. Reservations are strongly suggested. Open year round. Pet friendly in the four first floor rooms (additional fee of $25 per pet).

Railroad Park Resort

Phone: 530-235-4440


Location: 100 Railroad Park Rd., Dunsmuir, California 96025

 Offers camping tent sites too.

Sleep in an authentic caboose and dine in antique rail cars beneath magnificent Castle Crags. Caboose motel open year round. The Dinner House/Lounge and RV campground are open spring through fall. Motel features pool, spa, and cabooses outfitted for your comfort. Many pet-friendly rooms. For reservations, info and photos visit our website at  pets $15.00 per pet/per night.

Swiss Holiday Lodge

Phone: 530-926-3446


Location: 2400 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

21 rooms. Rates $55-$150 plus tax. Continental breakfast, phones. Pool, hot tub, pets OK, cable TV (HBO) and WiFi. Refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers in every room. Rooms with views of Mt. Shasta; offer a kitchenette unit. Enjoy continental breakfast and use of community kitchen. AAA approved.

Strawberry Valley Inn

Phone: 530-926-2052


Location: 1142 S. Mt. Shasta Blvd., Mt. Shasta, California 96067

Relax, Revive, and Retreat at the Strawberry Valley Inn. Set in a picturesque storybook setting of stone rock siding, beautiful trees and flowers, with a backdrop of Mt. Shasta. This cozy boutique hotel is conveniently located near the town center close to shopping, restaurants, and endless outdoor activities. Each room is uniquely decorated with amenities such as suites, luxurious down bedding, cable TV, and ipod docking stations. Continental breakfast is served each morning inside the lovely historic Inn. Both individual and side by side massages are available in the Inn or guests can book an In-room massage. Morning stretch yoga and evening meditation are available seasonally.  Pet fee $15 per night


Mt Shasta Inn

Pets are welcome in the first floor guestrooms but not in the Lobby or Dining Room. There is a nice field across the street from the Hotel which is perfect for exercising your dog and we can provide plastic bags to pick up the icky pooh stuff which may then be deposited in our dumpster near the rear parking lot. There is a one time charge of $25 for your pet to join you in the room.


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