Canine Fun in Carmel


Laura Garcia CannonIf I need a quick one tank get away, my first thought is Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s the perfect day trip or entire weekend getaway that won’t break the bank, as long as you don’t spend too much while you’re there! If you want to keep it economical, grab a coffee and window shop! It’s a great girlfriend getaway, as my friend Dina spoiled her bridesmaids and took us there one weekend. Strolling, eating, shopping – there’s beautiful parks to stop to watch the world go by, or people watch the elegantly dressed residents. A stop on the way back at Pebble Beach, made for a weekend you’d want to repeat again and again.

Not to be left out, Brent and I returned to Carmel for a day trip with our little dog Chip. If you’ve been there, you know it’s very dog friendly. Judging by the multitude of outdoor restaurants that let your dog sit with you, or the infamous “Fountain of Woof” a dogs only drinking fountain in the Carmel Plaza Shopping Center, it’s dog heaven. I never seem to leave Diggidy Dog and Mackie’s Parlour without a little something.

I’ve yet to stay at Doris Day’s Cypress Inn, but it’s said they have doggy-biscuit turn down service, and a dog sitter if you want to get away for dinner minus the dog. This is just one of many dog friendly inns. Don’t forget to stop at the ocean itself before you leave town, where all dogs big and small can romp in the waves. It’s a surefire way to bring a smile to your face, and a very tired dog for the short drive back home. As I write this, I wish I were there, but knowing it’s a one tank trip, it will be sure to be on my agenda sometime soon!

Weather advice: bring a light coat or jacket, or you’ll be taking home a “Carmel-by-the-Sea” fleece as a little souvenir! I have a red one, ha ha.

Laura Garcia Cannon
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One Response to “Canine Fun in Carmel”

  1. Laura Crader Says:

    Thank you! Thank you! I was so excited to see your blog on Carmel. I had no idea Carmel was so dog friendly. We have been looking to go on a road trip that would be good for our little chihuahua, and this sounds perfect. Thanks again.

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