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Norcal pet friendly

Our list of fun places to take your pooch in Northern California continues…

 

10. Russian River (Guerneville, Sebastopol, and Armstrong woods)

Cici and I just took a one day quick trip across the 37 from Vallejo to Sebastopol, Bodega Bay and Armstrong woods. We ate some delicious turkey burgers from Sequoia Drive-in, loved the beach and the woods, did a drive-thru. And we also went to two author events at Book Passage. The weather at the beach was cool and the weather otherwise was sunny and not too hot. Enjoyed the day, and it was a lot of driving for me in one day.

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11. Sacramento  (Rancho Cordova) 

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We would have to add that the Red Roof Inn in Rancho Cordova has slid downhill in a bad way (garbage left all over the property, bugs in the rooms, etc.)  too bad because we used to like to stay at this moderately priced motel which offers weekly rates. It is certainly a better option than Motel 6 but that is not saying much. The Comfort Inn in Folsom Lakes would be a better choice for a higher price, in my humble opinion. at least you get breakfast. And we had problems with their beds (hurt my back both times I stayed there in different rooms) so maybe LaQuinta Inn is the best choice for a higher price of course.

we love that Panera’s opened up nearby the Red Roof Inn. They have a drive-thru service and dogs are allowed on the patio. They also donate their nightly leftovers to charities / food banks.

There are numerous green areas to walk the dog including at Rancho Cordova city hall and the library.

12. SF Bay area

You cannot take the dog on the ferries but seniors get half off if you are 65+. There are ferries to the Ferry building in SF, Larkspur and Sausalito

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http://goldengateferry.org/fareprograms/

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13. Healdsburg

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14. Silicon Valley  (Rosewood Sandhill)

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15. Point Reyes  (Sea shells by the seashore) 

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16. Gold Country, Murphys, Twaine Hart, Sonora

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17. Yosemite

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18. South Lake Tahoe

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19. Half Moon Bay

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20. Elks in Orick, Himalayan Yaks in Mendocino

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In Redwood National and State Parks, pets on a leash not exceeding six feet in length, under owner control, and without creating disturbance to visitors and wildlife are allowed:

  • On all road-accessible beaches (excluding dune habitat).
  • Within 100 feet of public roads and parking areas (but not on trails).
  • At designated picnic areas.
  • Within all road-accessible campgrounds.

 

21. We were going to go to Fortuna and see the Avenue of the Giants but instead opted to visit Paradise, Red Bluff, and Anderson to look at mobile homes in parks (to purchase possibly). It was a bust as far as buying a mobile home AND we enjoyed our stay at the Comfort Inn in Paradise a lot. The town seems to be pretty pet friendly. We passed quickly thru Chico from Skyway and it seems like a nice college town about 15 minutes from Paradise. The weather gets REALLY HOT HOT HOT in summer and then cold in winter. Paradise has a lot of seniors who retire there and some good restaurants. Well, we ate at the Italian Garden which has a bar and early bird special Italian food. I had the zucchini sticks and chicken parmesan (with soup or salad). Yummy. The people were nice and we saw some deer and rabbits in the early morning, too. Well, I did, I think Cici was too busy looking around and sniffing.

 

Driving up to Paradise from Sacramento area (Rancho Cordova is about 2 hours) we took the 99 and 70 thru Marysville and Oroville. The last 10 miles or so up to Paradise were a bit twisty windy. But on the way back, we took Skyway thru Chico and took the 5 up to Red Bluff and took the 5 back down south, thru Williams and Corning and Maxwell when we went home. The 5 seemed faster and more highway. The towns went by quickly. We visited the visitor center in Red Bluff who told us that the Olive Pit in Corning was a good place to eat. It wasn’t as far as I was concerned. In Red Bluff, a good place to eat was the Rockin R, home cooked food. I had a tuna melt with baked potato. Shari’s with pies was awful service and not great food, either (that was lunch).  The Comfort Inn in Red Bluff was fine, although the room set up was a bit weird. They were very helpful and the internet service was pretty much nonexistent (unlike the service in Paradise and Rancho Cordova).

101 things to do in Paradise

http://www.101thingstodo.net/paradise/

 

More about Butte County

 

http://www.buttecounty.com/attractions.htm

 

All in all, this is what Cici had to say about Paradise (yes, several paws UP) LOL

 

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here is some info about pet friendly Chico

 

http://www.trailblazerpetsupply.com/pet-friendly-chico/

 

 

What would you like to do with your pooch in Northern California?

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23 Pet friendly places (Carmel to SLO)

2. Carmel  has gone to the dogs

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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!

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

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

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

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6. Napa wine country 

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Dog friendly wineries Napa and sonoma 

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7. Bodega Bay  (yummy fresh seafood) 

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8. Cambria rocks

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

http://celiasue.com/2013/05/03/mamas-day-weekend-in-slo/

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

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23 Pet Friendly Places in Northern California

Northern California includes the Monterey Bay area, the Tahoe area and Sonoma County to the north, the Sierra Nevadas to the east, Lodi to the south, the Bay Area to the west, with Napa Valley and Sacramento in the center. Whether you want to travel in style (luxury), rough it up, or anything in between, you can find all kinds of scenic and fun things to do with your fur kids in these very friendly to dogs cities.  With Memorial Day coming up on May 25, this list will give you a lot of different options for weekend dog-cations.

We just moved to Vallejo and nearby Benecia seems to be a very dog friendly place so that is where we will start off our list. Some places have more to talk about and some have less. This post will just cover Benecia, since it is new to us. In other blog posts, we will link to places we have already covered in other blog posts, so we will group some together.

Our countdown to fido friendly Memorial weekend begins today.

1. Pet Friendly Benecia (artists and their canine loving town)

BENICIA Heading south on Interstate 680, just past the Benicia city limit sign, you’ll see a giant billboard, all blue sky and golden sunsets, touting this very city as promising “a great day by the bay.”

Travel to its downtown waterfront, where boutiques and antiques shops beckon, where artists live and work
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/article2591729.html#storylink=cpy

One of Benicia’s main selling points – namely, its slow pace, homey feel, lack of pretension and centralized location, easily within an hour’s drive – to the masses of stressed-out city dwellers in San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.
Many, no doubt, are traveling with dogs. Up and down First Street, dogs and their human companions roamed. From a pair of bichon frisés named Peekaboo and Freeway, to Yorkie mixes named Olivina and Georgie, dogs took advantage of water bowls left out for them. They can explore (leashed) on the city green near the waterfront and frolic (unleashed) on the small beaches just off the First Street Promenade.

Skip and Dana Godwin, with black lab mixes Drake and Olive in tow, said merchants don’t bat an eye when someone walks through the door with a four-legged friend.

“It’s like Sausalito in that respect,” Skip said. “A lot of the restaurants have outdoor seating, and that attracts people with dogs. All the B&Bs and hotels are dog-friendly, too.”

Lynne Parella, owner of the upscale wine and craft beer bar, The Chill, allows dogs on her patio, as does the First Street Cafe, the restaurant at the Union Hotel and other eateries. Such openness to canines has earned Benicia the status of the fourth most “dog-friendly” city in the nation by Dog Fancy Magazine.

James Long, owner of Pups ’n’ Purrz on First Street, helped organize the annual A Great Dog Day by the Bay, featuring a Disc Dog competition, a toss-and-fetch tournament, an owner-dog look-alike contest and a dog beauty pageant. One item Long has trouble keeping in stock is cod sticks ($1).
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/travel/article2591729.html#storylink=cpy
Benicia: First Street Beach

OFF-LEASH DOG BEACH. Benicia is a waterside city located in the San Francisco Bay area just east of Vallejo. It has two off-leash beaches at the foot of First Street in the downtown area – one at the Promenade and the other south of the turnaround.

http://www.unionhotelbenicia.com/index.html

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http://www.bestwesternbenicia.com

Small pets are allowed, with a $25.00 non-refundable deposit per pet

Benicia Walking Tour: 

30 points of interests

Waterfront Promenade and First Street Green

Pedestrian and bike trails parallel to the waterfront, from Benicia Marina to West 14th Street

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Benicia State Recreation Area

1.5 Miles of the outskirts of Benicia on I-780. Take the Columbus Parkway Exit.

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The city of 28,000 residents — and an estimated 2,000 canines — is ranked fourth among the nation’s top dog-friendly towns, according to Dog Fancy magazine’s annual Dog Town USA contest.

Criteria used to select the winning cities included plenty of dog-friendly open spaces and dog parks, events celebrating dogs and their owners, ample veterinary care, abundant pet-supply and other services and municipal laws that support and protect all pets.

Benicia also has an ample number of veterinarians

Suisun Valley, a verdant agricultural area with many dog-friendly wineries, farmstands and even pumpkin patches where you can sample home-grown produce and introduce Fido to new sights and smells.

What’s a waterfront town without a dog-friendly beach or two? The pair of splash spots on the Carquinez Strait at the end of First Street in Benicia are nothing spectacular, but hey, they’re wet—and the community spirit behind them counts for a lot.

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in Benicia is a community of dog lovers who worked hard to create amenities such as Phenix Community Dog Park, and a pair of leash-free beaches on the Carquinez Strait at the edge of downtown. Many shops and restaurants along First Street, the main drag, welcome wet noses at their sidewalk tables. “You can get anything from pizza to filet mignon with your dog by your side,” says Canine Coalition founder Gretchen Burgess. Favorite meet-up spots include the dog-friendly Union Hotel and the eclectic First Street Café. Work up a pant by hiking the San Francisco Bay Trail along the coast, or trek from the dog park up to city-owned Lake Herman.

http://www.visitbenicia.org/businesses/restaurants

http://www.beniciadogs.com/dog_park_maps.php

http://www.visitbenicia.org/visitor/itineraries

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our new home

well, these last six months have been difficult, challenging and hard, to say the least. Without a home of our own, Cici and I had a tough time, sleeping in motels, in our car, and  wandering and wondering if we would EVER find a home we could afford to live in. Rents have skyrocketed and my Social Security retirement income check is not enough to live on.

And now we are living in Vallejo with Kim and her sweet dog Ruby…who was coveting and yet found a use for Cici’s new bed (Ruby has her own bed but you know with dogs, Cici’s bed is better) :-)

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Well, this sums things up of the last six months a bit:

this video was created by and with much appreciation and gratitude to Donna Reynolds and Tim Racer of BADRAP… who posted it to their Facebook page and beyond…

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VALENTINE’S DAY has gone to the dogs

Valentine’s Day has gone to the dogs…literally!

 

From coast to coast, which state loves dogs the most?

 

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A special Valentine’s Day survey of U.S. dog parents showed the following:

 

INFOGRAPHIC: https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/doggy-love-index.html

 

Post a perfect Valentine’s Day with your pet, or comment on the findings of the infographic and you might just win some doggie treats for your pooch. yummy treats !

by the way, Cici loves these treats, she cannot get enough !!!

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How do your dogs help enhance your daily life?

How do your dogs help you become better people?

This year, let’s celebrate our wonderful animal companions by making February 13th Valentine’s Day For Dogs (#valentinesfordogs).

On this day, we make sure we’re also giving our pups the attention they deserve. How? I might take Cici out for a special walk, buy her a fluffy and comfy pet bed, or give her Milo’s Kitchen dog treats.

How will YOU connect with your dog this Valentine’s Day for Dogs?

The good folks at Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Milo’s Kitchen, and Canine Carry Outs have made it easy for you this year with a doggie Valentine’s Day card. Get yours today at https://www.bigheartpetvalentines.com/

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A romantic dog away

Finnegan and Blue, the 7 and 15 year old Golden Retriever and Aussie Shepherd mix greeted us at the door. They let themselves in and out of the house numerous times during our stay. And Finn opens guest room doors and lets dogs outside of their rooms upon occasion.

There is also an elusive cat. If your doggie has cat issues, like Cici, you might want to let them know in advance.

We enjoyed the lovely wine and cheese afternoon refreshment as well as the delicious breakfast of eggs benedict with country fried potatoes and fruit parfait, orange juice and our choice of hot beverage (tea or coffee).

Our room was cozy with a gas fireplace for heat as well as individually controlled heat and air conditioning unit on the wall. We had our own patio although it was too chilly to sit outside. The bed was nice and big and Cici of course joined me on it.

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From the beginning, in 1996, the McCaffrey House B&B in Twain Hart (about 10 miles north of Sonora) was pet friendly. Husband and wife Michael and Stephanie moved to Twain Harte from San Jose. He was a graphic designer seeking to retire and paint watercolors and Stephanie was an event planner. They often spent time in Twain Harte during the summers at Stephanie’s family cabin. When they moved onto the property, they tore the cabin down and designed the house that “we’d love to be a guest in.” There are eight guest rooms, three downstairs are pet friendly.

Some secrets to their success as innkeepers are to always take time off, make your home a sanctuary for your family and hire a housekeeper and innsitter. The best part of having an inn, Michael explained, is that they get to meet a lot of interesting people from all over the world and it’s a great place to live. Living in a tourist area is fun. There are no traffic jams. It is stress free, A slow leisurely pace of life.

People from all over the world have stayed at this B&B (countries: England, Germany, Asian countries, people who want to visit Yosemite, go hiking, biking, camping, horseback riding, wilderness adventures, repel down the rocks, go fishing and enjoy the outdoors at nearby Pinecrest Lake). Yosemite is about an hour away.

According to Michael, every season is different in this rural community and there are many pet friendly hiking trails, lakes and dining options including the Ephernson House, The Rock (a tavern) and Cafe Blossom that allow dogs on their patios.

The Sugar Shack is a yummy bakery about three miles up the road. In Pinecrest, Cold Spa Village and Mia’s restaurant are pet friendly. About 45 miles away, Kennedy Meadows (5,000 feet elevation) provides cabins, camping and a restaurant, (known for its Sunday night prime rib dinner), all are pet friendly.

The sugar Pine Trail is a good flat trail walk on with dogs.

McCaffrey House: 23251 Highway 108 – Twain Harte, CA 95383
The Inn is located 11 miles east of Sonora and one-half mile above the East Twain Harte exit on Highway 108. Do not turn into the town of Twain Harte) Turn right off of Highway 108 just beyond the 4,000 elevation marker sign. The McCaffrey House is approximately three hours from the Bay Area, four hours from the Monterey Peninsula, and one hour from the Central Valley

TUESDAYS ARE FREEStay any three nights that include a Tuesday and pay 1/2 price for Tuesday. Stay any four nights that include a Tuesday and it is FREE.Must call to book. Request at time of reservation. Holiday periods excluded. Subject to availability.

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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:

http://www.courtwoodinn.com/rooms_davis_cup.htm

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