pet friendly paso and cambria…

Cambria Pines Lodge is one of the Moonstone Hotel Properties… with hotels in Monterey, Carmel, and Oregon…

Smokey the cat greets you in the lobby… and snoozes frequently on the job…

We had a nice peaceful room/cabin with a porch, fireplace, two queen beds, ethernet Internet connection, microwave, coffee maker, and fridge, and lovely forest in the back, with deer, grass, great place to walk the dog…

Pet amenities were a bag filled with waste bags and dog biscuits…

had a lovely breakfast buffet with food from the restaurant made from organic produce from the gardens… Cici and I ate outside at a table with a fireplace, she ate scrambled eggs and sausage, I had the same with potatoes and pancakes.

This is a rustic historic 26-acre property featuring beautiful gardens, a full-service restaurant and lodging options, from honeymoon suites to family cabins. Proprietor Dirk Winter’s passion for fine horticulture is showcased across the grounds, including an organic kitchen garden, a literal “flower bed” and a new California native plant pathway to the affiliated Cambria Nursery and Florist. Several conference rooms can accommodate groups of various sizes. Outdoor fire pit gazebos are nice and nightly entertainment in the Fireside Lounge is popular with visitors and locals alike.

Located just across the street from the Lodge, Cambria Nursery & Florist offers complete floral services; an astounding array of unusual plants and succulents for all types of landscaping; and display gardens such as a “sea coast tolerant garden.” The nursery offers regular demonstrations and workshops for the general public, too, such as “How to Make a Living Birdhouse,” “Deer-Resistant Gardening” and “Gardener’s Boot Camp.” At the nursery entrance, visitors are greeted by the “Deer Resistant Garden,” which offers a variety of animal-deterrents such as the “fraidy cat” plant, which repels deer as well as cats and dogs with its repugnant fragrance.

Double doors wrapped in passion vine and nasturtiums open into the property’s California Certified Organic Farmers kitchen garden. Hedges of mint, chamomile and lavender line the pathway that winds through raised beds that are bordered with rock and terraced to follow the ground’s natural slope. Here, artichokes are planted with arugala and cilantro, peas climb trellises and summer squash sprawl. Parsley, chives and rosemary are tucked into every nook and cranny while beneficial flowers like yarrow and cosmos perform both ornamental and bug resistant functions.

The “Butterfly Garden” offers a habitat for both butterflies and hummingbirds, and the “Wishing Well Vignette” is a quaint setting popular for photo opportunites, especially for wedding parties.


As devotees of “habitat gardening,” or using bugs to catch bugs, the Lodge’s garden crew uses an extremely small amount of toxins in tending the property. They also use only trucked-in grey water for the grounds and are firm believers in organic gardening.

There are 152 Rooms Total with 12 pet rooms and a $25 a day pet fee (if you are bringing a pet, please call ahead of time and let them know at Reservations: (800) 966-6490)


There is a dog park in Cambria, and a doggie daycare

Estrella Boarding Kennels
Harmony, California
Phone: 805-927-7827

Paso Robles

Hotel Cheval is newly pet friendly hotel… all of the rooms are named after horses, the room we stayed in was called Whistlejacket… It is located in downtown Paso Robles in walking distance to a nice park.

Some of the amenities:
Fresh Baked Welcome Cookies
Complimentary Welcome Glass of Champagne in the Pony Club

Complimentary Breakfast:

Monday through Friday a Continental Breakfast of fresh fruit and pastries is delivered to your guestroom

Saturday and Sunday guests enjoy a Hot Buffet Breakfast in the Pony Club

California King Beds
Down comforters and pillows
400 thread count cotton sheets
Spa Robes & Slippers
Bamboo & Cotton blend towels
Temple Spa Bath Products

Some of the pet friendly wineries in the area include:

Harmony, Eberle and Red Soles

there is also a calendar with winery dogs…

Steve from Computer Stuff in Paso is a fountain of info… about Macs and computers in general so if you need to bring your sick computer in, need accessories or helpful information, go see Steve at 6th and Spring Street.

And his brother in law designed the curved architecture in the hotel cheval…

The Pet Department is next door and they have pet supplies, from food to dog beds and more.

Ten miles down the road toward Atascadero, off Hwy 41 is a wonderful pet friendly lavendar farm, with several dogs and seven cats… lovely organic lavendar plants, two varieties…


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5 responses to “pet friendly paso and cambria…

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  2. Cathleen

    came across your blog when I was searching for dog friendly wineries in Paso Robles. Love it!

  3. very nice blog, I am glad I found it

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