10 Pet-Friendly Vacation Spots


Spring is here and the weather is getting warmer in most parts of the country. If you are starting to dream about a nice vacation, you are not alone. Here at the bakery we are wondering where would be some nice vacation spots that we can bring our dogs along for some fun in the sun. We found ten.  Let’s check them out …………

No. 10 – Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

The long stretch of white sand flanking the hamlet known as Carmel-by-the-Sea, the tree-lined streets and ambient air, Carmel has gone to the dogs. There’s an entire social order of dogs and their owners that show up on the sand at designated times to converse or cavort along the shoreline. Certain restaurants such as the Cypress Inn caters to dogs. Just inside the revered adobe lodge owned in part by animal-lover Doris Day, a welcoming jar of dog biscuits greets guests waiting to check in. Dogs are welcome to spend the night with their owners in guest suites and, by reservation, may attend afternoon tea. Portabella restaurant seats canine companions with their masters in its covered patio toward the back of the restaurant. The landmark Cottage of Sweets includes doggy treats in its mix of American and European candies. While some shops have miniature hitching posts outside, others don’t mind if the dogs escort their owners in. The recently renovated Carmel Plaza shopping center boasts the “Fountain of Woof,” a designated “dogs only” drinking fountain.


No. 9 – Alexandria, VA

There are over 15 pet friendly hotels in Alexandria in price ranges to suite most travel budgets. Three Kimpton hotels, long known for their exceptional pet friendly policies and innovative pet packages, are conveniently located in the heart of historic Old Town: Hotel Monaco Alexandria, Morrison House and the Lorien Hotel and Spa. If you are visiting during the months from May to August, plan to include a Thursday evening in your stay to enjoy Potomac Riverboat Company’s popular Canine Cruise. George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, the most popular historic estate in the United States, is a highlight for anyone visiting the Alexandria, Virginia / Washington, D.C. area. Mount Vernon welcomes visitors to bring dogs on leashes during daytime visiting hours. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome to visit the Torpedo Factory, where, by the way, several artists display and commission wonderful portraits of dogs. Footsteps to the Past, a family-operated business owned by a ninth generation Virginian, offers several pet-friendly guided walking tours that explore the history, architecture, art and heritage of Alexandria.



No. 8 – Seattle, Washington

Washington Park Arboretum features more than 70 years of stewardship and 230 acres of beautifully groomed gardens. Carl English Jr Botanical Garden, which is landscaped in an elegant English style and has more than 570 species and 1,500 varieties of flowers from around the world. Dogs are allowed at both gardens, as long as they stay on the path and remain on a leash at all times.


No. 7 – Chicago, IL

There is an off-leash dog beach at the NW Corner of Montrose Beach. Bring a doggie life jacket and go kayaking with your dogs. Dogs on Boats? Yes, bring your pooch on a leash and enjoy quality time with your dog while cruising on Chicago’s waterways. This 90-minute tour highlights dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, dog parks and fire hydrants. There are 4 dog friendly shopping areas including Village of Long Grove.


No. 6 – San Diego, California

There are 18 off-leash dog parks and 3 dog friendly beaches in San Diego. At Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Park, most of this large sandy island in Mission Bay is designated leash-free for dogs. Lots of sandy dunes to romp in, and the calm bay waters lets the more adventurous dogs take a quick dip. There are 9 dog friendly hiking trails. Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail is an easy, 0.5 mile hike in Cabrillo National Monument that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. Completely dog-friendly, Bernardo Winery has a tasting room, cafe, village shops and a coffeehouse. Finding a pet-friendly hotel is not going to be a problem.



No. 5 – Austin, Texas

There are 35 dog friendly activities in Austin, TX. Join us at The Irie Bean Coffee Bar for our monthly Austin Yappy Hour. This event takes place the last Friday of every month. Surrounded by water on three sides, Red Bud Isle provides a great place for pooches to socialize, swim, frolic and wear themselves down. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome on all three guided walking tours of Austin from March through November. The three free tours include Capitol Grounds, Bremond Block, and Congress Ave/Sixth Street.


No. 4 – Boston, MA

There are 12 off-leash dog parks in Boston, MA.  Explore the islands with your best friend! Join us Saturdays for a three hour cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands designed specifically for you and your four-legged friends. Soak up the historical sights or the stunning views of the Charles River at this famous Boston park. You can often hear live music. Pets welcome on-leash. Boston Strolls is pet friendly and offers a unique brand of walking tours that explore often overlooked aspects of Boston’s history.


No. 3 – New York, NY

There are 53 off-leash dog parks in New York, NY. The Sirius Dog Run in Battery Park City’s Gateway Plaza area is a great dog run with new paving. Bring Fido to the William Secord Gallery for a day of appreciating fine dog art. Specializing in 19th century dog and animal paintings, the William Secord Gallery is the only gallery of its kind.  Canine Country Outings give a dog a chance to be a dog. All dogs need to escape the hustle and bustle of NYC. Country hikes allow canines to enjoy off leash hiking, running and swimming. If you want to find out more about NYC, take a tour with Art and Susan Zuckerman of Z-Travel and Leisure Tours. Art and Susan offer 80 different types of tours including neighborhood tours, themed tours, ethnic tours, food tours, water tours, and a chocolate tours. All their tours can be adapted for guests traveling with dogs.



No. 2 – Portland, Oregon

There are 47 off-leash dog parks in Portland, OR. 16.76 acre park which includes a completely fenced off-leash dog park with walking path. Site of Portland’s old city incinerator. It is a great place for any dog-friendly pup to stretch its legs. Thousand Acres (Sandy River Delta) is literally a thousand acres of off leash trails that lead to the Sandy River where your dog can wade or swim. You can walk around for hours or just a little while, either way you and your dog will love it. Forest Park Wildwood Trail is a moderately easy, 42 mile hike that will take about 2 days to complete with Fido. Take a retreat to this wilderness hike that is within Portland city limits. The Springwater on the Willamette is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this “rail-trail” is now a great place to walk Fido in Portland. International Rose Test Garden is pet friendly! Enjoy nature and the wonderful display of roses and other plants in a relaxed and calming setting. Fido is welcome to roam to grounds with you.


No. 1 – San Francisco, California

There are 56 off-leash dog parks, 8 dog friendly hiking trails and over 60 pet-friendly hotels in San Francisco, CA. Golden Gate Park is one of San Francisco’s most popular pet-friendly parks. Dogs have a dedicated off-leash area near the entrance at Fulton St. and 38th Ave. Ocean Beach in San Francisco is very popular with dog owners because dogs are allowed on the beach off-leash from stairwell 1 to stairwell 21. The San Francisco Embarcadero is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this “rail-trail” is now a great place to walk Fido in San Francisco. Located approximately 1 mile south of the Golden Gate Bridge, this beach is a great spot to take your dog for a view of the famous landmark. Fort Funston Doggie Beach is an off leash doggie beach with a huge area of tons of trails. There are typically hundreds of well socialized and well behaved dogs for your dog to play with. Your on-leash pet is welcome to join you on the one-hour Bay Cruise, which takes in gorgeous views of the bridges, piers, and Alcatraz.



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the list. It is so amazing that hotels now allow pets inside. This sure is a very helpful article.

  2. Shari says:

    There’s none listed for the Inland Empire/San Bernardino county area

    1. Good suggestion. We need to put one together for our local doggies 🙂 We enjoy taking Jackboy and little Kernal to Cleveland National Park for a nice hike. Now they stop allowing cars through so it’s even better. Stay “tuned” for our article in this.

  3. Shari says:

    sorry for California

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