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Weekend plans with Fido


Looking for Memorial weekend plans to have fun with Fido, check out our blog posts about these cities in and near LA:


The best way to see the Hollywood Sign is to drive up Beachwood Drive (north of Hollywood Boulevard). To reach Beachwood Drive from Hollywood & Vine, take Hollywood Boulevard east (a quarter mile), to Gower Street. Turn left (north) up Gower (three blocks, under the freeway) to Franklin Avenue. Turn right (east) on Franklin, then immediately turn left (north) up Beachwood Drive, into the hills. It’s a long, twisting drive. To reach Beachwood Drive from the Hollywood (101) Freeway, take the Gower Street exit, then turn right (north) up Beachwood Drive.  The Sign is clearly visible most the way up Beachwood, although the hills begin to obscure the view of the Sign near the top of the drive.  (But be warned that the local residents are up in arms about the traffic generated by tourists trying to see the sign.)

Brentwood: Luxe Hotel

Koreatown: An Iconic LA Hotel

Includes links ot the cities below and more (Carmel, Napa, Monterey, Mendocino, etc.)


Huntington Beach

Newport Beach

Big Bear


Lake Arrowhead

Palm Springs

San Diego

29 Palms




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Romantic places for V-day

Most romantic towns and some of them are pet friendly too

I would add Carmel, Mendocino and Napa to this list, too (in terms of romantic AND pet friendly).



No. 5 San Luis Obispo, CA

With mild year-round weather, fewer crowds, and affordable prices (at least compared to L.A. and San Francisco), this central-coast college town embodies California mellow, making for easy romance. It also offers easy access to great wine country (thinkSideways), laid-back Pismo Beach, and the grandeur of Hearst Castle. Readers ranked it at the top of the survey for its coffee—like the fair-trade, organic brews served at local favorite Blackhorse Espresso and Bakery.

No. 6 Aspen, CO

The A-list ski town has no shortage of plush hotels primed for romance—such as The Little Nell or the St. Regis—or sips to get you there: the Rocky Mountain state’s legendary craft beer scene helped rank this tony mountain town at the top of the survey for its local brews (such as Aspen Brewing’s pale ale called This Season’s Blonde). For a romantic dinner you can’t beat Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, with big views—from 10,700 feet—of the Maroon Bells and European-style classics such as fondue and veal schnitzel. Readers also applauded Aspen for its variety of events, from the X Games to the high-minded Aspen Ideas Festival.

No. 8 Sonoma, CA

The surrounding wine country makes this bucolic town a no-brainer for romance—with the added couples-friendly enticements of dreamy hotels (such as the rambling Spanish Mission–style Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa) and a noted lack of kids. The foodie factor runs high, too, thanks to renowned restaurants (such as French-country The Girl & the Fig) and top-notch farmers’ markets, like the Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers’ Market on Fridays. Readers also voted Sonoma into the top 10 for having quirky locals, a plus on any memorable weekend getaway.

No. 18 Bend, OR

This Oregon ski town offers a casual alternative to a romantic wine country getaway: the Bend Ale Trail, which leads you to 11 craft breweries, such as the famed Deschutes, and a branch of McMenamins at theOld St. Francis School, a 1936 Catholic schoolhouse turned inn. Bend also won the survey for burgers, and locals swear by the classic versions at Pilot Butte Drive-In. (Go ahead, get two straws for that milkshake.) visitbend.com





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Fourth of July bucket list

Chocolate and pet friendly meals to Put on your bucket list

Some of the yummiest meals and specific foods I’ve ever eaten that you might want to devour over the Fourth of July this year or next r another time… and some of the places are even pet friendly… if I do not indicate a specific dish, it means ALL of the food is good, so try whatever appeals to you, it is all good, heave ho.

A vegan meal at Ravens, Stanford Inn, Mendocino, CA

A meal at The Farmhouse, Sonoma, CA


Eggs MacBenedict, Chocolate Extravagance, MacCallum House, Mendocino, CA

Apple pancakes, Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild, CA

Ole’s Swedish Hot cakes, Little River Inn, Little River, CA

Greek pasta, chicken caesar salad, Dametra cafe, Carmel, CA

Chocolate Cocoa Lounge (Feb. 14), The Island hotel, Newport Beach, CA


Chocolate for Breakfast, Oak Knoll Inn, Napa, CA

Hot chocolate, Silly Rabbit Chocolate, Ashland OR

Robin’s restaurant, Cambria, CA

Chocolate cake, Gnome, Idyllwild, CA

Fish n chips, The Boathouse, Bodega Bay, CA

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Calamari, Abalonetti Seafood, Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, CAfis

Calamari, fish n chips, Tognazzini’s Dockside Restaurant, Morro Bay, CA

Authentic Pad Thai from Thailand

NY pizza, pretzel, knish (street food)

German pretzel, spaetzle at Englischer Gartens in Munich, and a meal at the Kunstlerhaus

Masala dosa, southern India and meals

Gyro or a Souvlaki and shake at the Mad Greek diner, Baker, CA

Turkey Fat burgers or original with eggs and fries, Los Angeles

Chinese meal from NY or SF Chinatown

Pick your own fruit at Gilcrease Orchards, Las Vegas, NV

fish n chips and stuffed potatoes, London and the midlands

Patty melt, and doggie menu, Park bench cafe, Huntington Beach, CA

Mama’s Fish House, Maui, HI

French toast, Roughley Manor, 29 Palms, CA

world”s largest chocolate fountain, Jean Philippe’s chocolates, Bellagio, las vegas, nv

Omelette, Bagel sandwich, Bagel Cafe, Summerlin, Las Vegas, NV

Chicken and Rice, Mi Casa Too, Carson City, NV

Raw vegan food, Living Light Cafe, Fort Bragg, CA

Breakfast buffet, Top of the Riverfront, Millennium Hotel, St. Louis, MO

BBQ chicken, St. Louis, MO and Kansas City, MO

Turkey burger and fries, Sequoia Drive-in, Sebastopol, CA

other views:






and some yummy pet menus at various hotels


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Dog friendly wineries Napa/Sonoma

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, in a few days, you might want to visit some dog friendly wineries if you are in the Napa Sonoma area. Below are a few of the ones that allow dogs on the property. If you want to have a romantic night on the town sans pooch, you can make it up to the dog with some extra treats and belly rubs. And if you and Fido are having a fun date, you might consider enjoying a little bit of wine tasting with cheese for your dog (no wine for the dog).

Thanks to Mary Alice and Chloe at Dog Jaunt who are in the area and reminded us to do this round up of dog friendly wineries.



check the dogs allowed box






larson family winery








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Most Romantic Inns in California


we don’t know about those inns above but what we do know about is the most romantic AND pet friendly AND eco friendly inns in California.  Fabulous gourmet food AND the Best chocolate yummies, too. So here’s our list of those.

Not an inn but a fantastic venue:

1. Island Hotel in Newport Beach IslandHotel.com (Kai Pua Ritual for Two at the Island Spa, exemplary service and romantic dinners in the Palm Terrace Restaurant and Lounge, where couples can woo one another with champagne and chocolate desserts in the unique Cocoa Lounge)

2. MacCallum House, Mendocino  maccallumhouse.com (hot tub under the stars, fabulous wedding venue and phenomenal food) American Historic Inns, Inc. (AHI), publisher of more than 2.7 million guidebooks and parent company to iLoveInns.com, an award-winning Website, named MacHouse #1 of their 2009 Top 10 Romantic Inns. iloveinns.com/2009Top10RomanticInns.htm









3. Bardessono’s in Yountville

4. Strawberry Creek Inn, Idyllwild strawberrycreekinn.com (mountain heaven, eco friendly wedding venue and not pet friendly, their Bunkhouse is though)

5. Oak Knoll Inn, Napa

Not pet friendly but go for the chocolate!


5.  Greenwood Pier Inn & Cafe, Elk greenwoodpierinn.com (spectacular views, lovely wedding venue and intimate setting)

7. Little River Inn, Little River littleriverinn.com (amazing ocean views on the patios for two, hot tub for two inside the room and fireplace plus relaxing spa treatments)

8. Blue Whale Inn, Cambria bluewhaleinn.com (honeymooners delight, across from the ocean, lots of amenities and delicious breakfast, cookies and chocolates, sweets for you and your sweetie)

9. Casa Cody, Inn, Palm Springs (beautifully decorated, intimate wedding venue and quiet accommodations in the heart of Palm Springs)

10.  Highland Ranch could be a fun place to enjoy relaxation and romance. If you stay at the ranch Friday night, you will receive 3 nights for the price of 2! Enjoy a menu of romantic meals fresh flowers and complimentary Scharffenberger chocolate and champagne. Go for a romantic horseback ride to a beautiful vista and then cozy up together next to the fireplace in your cabin. Dogs will enjoy the warmth of the fireplace, too. Plus, they offer one FREE massage per couple. Email: stay@highlandranch.com

Be sure to bring some of your own chocolate goodies to dip into for a deliciously intimate experience of your own making.


Crater Lake Company’s Chocolate Truffle Body Polish with the aroma of pure chocolate.  Made with organic and fair-trade cocoa and pure white cane sugar, this decadently divine body  scrub protects the skin from environmental factors that can age and ultimately dull the skin.   $22 at craterlakecompany.com.



DaBomb Yummy Soaps: Fraiche specializes in bath bomb swizzles and goat’s milk soaps, Rich Dark Chocolate soap is a special treat under $8.00. Three pak with rose, cherryliciious and rich dark Chocolate soaps. More info at: http://www.myfraiche.com 20% off by using coupon code fraiche20


Chocolate Dreamz Valentines Gift (the yummiest smelling) consists of 4 oz. Chocolate Dreamz Scrubz and matching scented 2 oz. Oilz by Scrubz.  Handmade in small batches.  Jars are recyclable, bags and scoops reusable.  Use only the finest food grade and organic oils in base. Scents are created using the highest standard essential and fragrance oils.  scrubzbodyscrub.com


And when you’re in the mood for a chocoholic snack:

Distinct Flavors to Make you Drool

Caramel Sprinkled With Grey Salt, Espresso, Cognac, Rose, Jasmine, Cinnamon/Cayenne, Shitake Mushroom, and more



Chocolate Dufflets Crackle, Tumbles, and Morsels are created from entirely natural ingredients. The Crackle is a twist on the classic Florentine that encases toasted nuts within sheaths of layered Belgian dark chocolate. Visit www.duffletsweets.com

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100,000 views, thank you…

cici and I want to thank each and every one of you for sharing our blog adventures. we are celebrating this monumental occasion, her third birthday and six views over 100,000 at the beautiful and pet friendly Rancho Caymus in Rutherford. This is a great location in between Napa and St. Helena and all of the pet friendly wineries. Each suite is like a spacious casita, with its own patio, and pets can play all day. The staff is gracious and hospitality superb. You can walk to several wineries for tastings.

Breakfast is fruit, fresh granola, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, croissants and other breads, muffins and pastries, a nice diverse mix.

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this is a great place for a girlfriends getaway, too, nature abounds all around here, you can take a bicycle tour throughout the region, enjoy a hiking or kayaking adventure, a day of rejuvenation and relaxation at one of Napa’s world-class spas, a sporty day of golf, or learn to create culinary masterpieces with the chefs of Napa. Or just kick back and go shopping. The local art galleries are abundant with exquisite pieces you will cherish for a lifetime.

Rancho Caymus can be your portal to the “Valley of the Vines.”

and guess what, way back when, I was just reading that this used to be the ta da Hecht barn, that’s righty.

the Hecht barn was dismantled and brought here from Yorkshire, Ohio, by the former owners, Karen and Michael Hecht. Their grandfather built the barn in 1899. Hecht of a story, huh… any relation? who knows… will have to ask my cousin’s grand nephew, the genealogy whiz to find out and let you know…

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Top 20 Pet Friendly Inns in California with Dogitude

You may recall that back in March we created a list of the top Pet Friendly Inns with Dogitude in California… well, we have to add a few and change the list… and please do go on and read about our travels to California dog beaches at bodega, carmel, half moon bay, huntington, mendocino, newport, san diego, and so much more!

we have some exciting new developments traveling along the K9 highway… to be announced soon…

Visit each Website for Very Important Pet packages. Bring your best
friend with you and you will always have a paw-fect time.


five bones, Superb Exemplary brimming with Dogitude
four bones, Excellent service, lots of Dogitude
three bones, Average accommodations, amenities and Dogitude
two bones, Less than Average, little Dogitude
one bone, lacking Dogitude. fur washing

Top 20 Pet Friendly Inns in California with Dogitude

Visit each Website for Very Important Pet packages. Bring your best
friend with you and you will always have a paw-fect time.

1. Rosewood Sandhill, Menlo Park
This magnificent property is owned by Stanford University. Every single staff member we met made a big fuss over Cici and the customer service was unmatched / simply superb. Pet amenities include a lush dog bed (that they gave us to take home), treats, bowls and dog bone mat.

1. The Island Hotel, Newport Beach
http://IslandHotel.com (exemplary service, large grassy area, delicious handcrafted bones and pet amenities including in the Spa)

2. Stanford Inn, Mendocino
http://stanfordinn.com (extremely dog and animal friendly, including dining with Fido indoor lobby, delicious sweet potato treats and gourmet vegan cuisine)

3. 3 Peaks Resort, South Lake Tahoe
http://www.lake-tahoe-california-hotels.com/lake-tahoe-coupons-deals.php (organic treats in a doggie jar in the lobby), dogs are welcome to be in the lobby and by the swimming pool plus there is lots of grass, trees, bushes all over the property and various types of suites and motel log cabin-like rooms at various price ranges, all clean, fresh and nice furnished

4. Hotel Solamar, San Diego
http://www.hotelsolamar.com/ (excellent concierge and staff customer service, dog bed, dog bowls and treats)

5. Casa Carolina, Sebastopol
Casa Carolina is 5 minutes from wineries and 5 minutes from downtown, so you can enjoy all of the shops and restaurants, the location is in the Russian River Wine Country, too. The innkeepers, Lila, Josh and Trevor are very friendly and helpful. There is a wonderful home away from home atmosphere that is very rare. Plus, there is Olive, Cici’s dog pal.

6. Luxe Hotel Sunset
http://www.luxehotelsunsetblvd.com/ This pet-friendly hotel is just 12 miles from LAX Airport. There are 160 spacious upscale and modern non-smoking guest rooms and suites and a Doggy and Me package, guest and their dog both receive an in room massage. There are 12 pet friendly suites and they are all on the upper floor for access to the grassy area plus a doggie menu.

7. Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort, Huntington Beach
waterfrontresort.com (gorgeous ocean views and dog beach sponsors)

8. Seafoam Lodge, Little River
www.seafoamlodge.com on site boxer dog (Lucy) who loves to play with other dogs…and they deliver breakfast to your door every morning (hot muffins, cool orange juice)

The Andiron and Seafoam Lodge, Little River
The Andiron is a very dog and eco friendly property, refurbished in FUN ways, perfect for girlfriend getaways, romantic weekends, and/or a peaceful and quiet relaxing beach vacation…

9. Casa Cody Inn, Palm Springs
this is the ONLY pet friendly inn that I HIGHLY recommend in Palm Springs, in the heart of downtown … inn has four huge grassy courtyards for dogs to sniff around and explore, when the cats are sleeping, that is, there are three cats in residence, big mama, biscuit and marmalade… four paws up !

10. Harmony Ridge Lodge, Nevada City
fabulous forest, spacious suites, on site dog, as well as great homemade dog and human treats and cookies, the food is wonderfully yummy, too…

11. Blue Whale Inn, Cambria
bluewhaleinn.com (dog lovers delight, across from the ocean, scrumptious dog treats in doggie jar in dining area), dog bed, dog bowls and toy

12. Union Hill Inn, Sonora
treats, treats and more treats, from steak to ground beef and more… need I say anything else? cici loved the special treatment…

13. Beazley House, Napa
lovely suites, on site dogs, wonderful cookies and treats for humans and dogs, beautiful gardens, as well as pet friendly staff…

14. Fleur de Lac, Lake Arrowhead
www.fleurdelac.com quaint inn with five cozy suites and very pet friendly staff…

15. Rancho Caymus, Rutherford
location, location, location, and wonderful pet friendly staff…

16. Cambria Pines Lodge, Cambria
gorgeous gardens, lovely forest in back, with deer, grass, great place to walk the dog… and doggies can eat outside with humans…

17. Highland Ranch, Philo
a 3-4-5 doggie day/night experience, plus horses, cats and other critters, and three meals a day, an awesome getaway resort, with pool, lots of green grass and trees to explore, roam and canine party…

18. Svensgaard Inn and Hofsas House, Carmel
Svensgaard Inn has a grassy courtyard and pet amenities galore including the barking treat jar in the lobby.

Hofsas House http://www.hofsashouse.com/ is a Bavarian-style, four-story house built on a hill with ocean views. There are 38 rooms, 19 are pet friendly. Dogs are allowed by the pool with their owner. An inn with a sense of what Bavarians call Gemutlichkeit.

19. Surf Motel & Gardens, Fort Bragg and the Andiron Seaside Inn
http://www.surfmotelfortbragg.com, in my humble opinion, this is the pet friendliest motel in the area with beautiful gardens, a great location and a pet fun run on the property.

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