A river in Carmel?

carmel river inn The Carmel River Inn was built in 1934. In 2003 the property was purchased by Moonstone Hotels Properties and plans for renovations and additional cottages are in the making.

95% of the cottages are pet friendly… and have white picket fences, too…


The Cottages

Nestled throughout the 10-acre grounds of the Carmel River Inn, are cottages. Several feature a white-picket fence, others a wood-burning fireplace, and some have a kitchenette. Each of these eclectic cottages is named for a well-known character in California’s colorful history. Among these famous names, you will find such California historical icons as conservationist and photographer Ansel Adams, and controversial author Henry Miller.

we stayed in the newly renovated steinbeck cottage… with its own patio, whirlpool tub, fireplace, coffee maker, came with pet amenities, dog bowl with treats, waste bags and a ball, which cici loved… they also gave me a welcome bottle of wine… no breakfast… nice touches, fresh flowers, cute signs, sign above the bed said smell the roses…

like the other Moonstone property we stayed in Cambria (Cambria Pines Lodge), there were gardens and fountains everywhere… very quiet, peaceful atmosphere…

the location is off of hwy 1 just past Carmel valley road, beyond Rio road, and just down the street from the Barnyard and Crossroads shopping centers, where there is a very pet friendly winery tasting room (A Taste of Morgan), several pet shops, a pet groomer, holistic vet with doggie daycare, SPCA thrift store and other shops…

The Visitor Center for A Taste of Morgan is open from 11-6, EVERYDAY at the Carmel Crossroads Shopping Village, at Rio Road and US 1.
204 Crossroads Blvd, Carmel, CA 93923
Tel: (831) 626-3700

Cici and I dared to go back to Carmel beach one afternoon/evening… She played with two labs chasing balls and pups for about 1-1/2 hours, great fun for her…

dog friendly beaches of monterey bay

asilomar state beach
carmel city beach
carmel river state beach
garrapata state park
monterey recreation trail
monterey state beach

dog friendly restaurants of carmel

allegro gourmet pizzeria at the barnyard
anton and michel
bahama billy’s
bruno’s market and deli
buon giomo bakery cafe
caffe cardinale coffee roasting co.
carmel bistro
china gourmet
club jalapeno
da giovanni
hog’s breath inn
jack london’s grill
katy’s place
la dolce vita
le coq d’or
porta bella
the forge in the forest
tita’s cafe
village corner

doggie etiquette tips at restaurants

leash your 4 legged friend and tie them to a chair not a table.. try to keep them out of walkways… bring your own water bowl, pets are not allowed to drink out of restaurant glasses or dishes, avoid allowing your pet to socialize with other patrons unless welcomed…

Carmel Cafe Dining

I was invited to a meal sans Cici at the Cafe Demetra in Carmel, off Ocean Avenue and Lincoln… Owners/partners Faisel and Bashard have known each other for a long time. They are from Jordan and Syria. I met Faisel at Whole Foods in the Del Monte Shopping Center and he invited me to come on down. The cafe has only been open for nine months and is packed almost every night, so go early. It is a very small place but don’t let that stop you, the atmosphere is warm, homey, friendly and the food is FABULOUS !!!

Mediterranean food, Italian and Greek… I had the huge Greek salad for an appetizer, it was a meal in itself with creamy feta cheese and olives, authentic and divine. Then I ordered the Pasta Demetra with chicken, think Greek pasta… luscious… bread came with the meal with olive oil and I had no room left for dessert. I was tempted to try the Lamb, spanokapita, and other Greek specialty foods (sandwiches), kabobs, and the Italian specialties, various kinds of raviolis, lasagne, pastas and pizza, all in all, there is a lot of delicious sounding food to choose from and I would definitely go back there for another taste sensation. If you go, be sure to let them know that CeliaSue sent you !


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