Dog-friendly lodging, restaurants, and events in Northern California

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Romantic Getaways Where Your Dog is Welcome

Want to cuddle up someplace really special with your sweetheart during February, the Month of Love? Your dog is welcome to join you at these romantic winter retreats.

The Lake Effect

Kayla welcomes guests
You don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy Lake Tahoe in winter: this year’s abundant snowfall has created a snowy wonderland for all, four-legged family members included. For five-paw treatment, book a room at the mid-mountain Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe at the Northstar California mountain resort. more »

Winter Coasting

Dixie and Lily
Dixie and Lili at Limantour Beach. Photo Credit: Chelsie Lesinski
Something about salt air is both invigorating and intoxicating, especially to those who don’t visit the coast very often. Hibernate in a waterfront cabin at Nick’s Cove on Tomales Bay, and you may only emerge to go for a walk or pause at a patio restaurant table to fill up on an order of oysters with a side of crab mac-n-cheese. more »

Treasure in Gold Country

Eden Vale
Eden Vale Inn
Not interested in snow? You, your significant other and the four-legged tagalong who can’t be left behind will find walkable serenity coupled with luxurious accommodations at dog-friendly Eden Vale Inn near Placerville in El Dorado Countymore »

San Francisco Dreamin’

Charlie at Cavallo Point
Charlie at Cavallo Point Lodge
Once the Super Bowl is over, San Francisco can breathe deeply again (and hotel rates revert to normal, too). For true romantics who like to share their splurges with canine companions, we have two dog-welcoming suggestions: Inn at the Presidio and Cavallo Point Lodge.  more »

Desert Delights

Dog in the desert
Dog in the desert
If your vision of a California winter vacation with dogs in tow includes blue sky, purple mountains, turquoise pools and nodding palm trees, Palm Springs is the place. Outdoor living is what it’s all about, and even in mid-winter, dog-friendly patio dining is a given. more »

Winter Lodging Specials

Lodging Specials
We want to thank all DogTrekkers who completed our annual newsletter survey. The staff was doggone amazed at the response, especially your ideas for new dog-friendly destinations and activities that you’d like to see covered in 2016. We also loved the great comments.

One of the top suggestions (after hikes and beaches) was for us to provide more lodging specials from our partners. More... more »

Helen Woodward Animal Center 2016

The good folks at Helen Woodward Animal Center have seen quite a few surprising things in their decades of providing resources and support to the San Diego area's animals and their people. more »

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Don't Miss The San Diego Pet Expo™!

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Be My Valentine. Photo Credit: Roxanne Ready (CC)
Looking for something fun to do Valentine's weekend? Grab your favorite four-legged friends and head to The San Diego Pet Expo™ happening on February 13 and 14 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. more »

Dog Travel Events

San Francisco

SF SPCA Lonely Hearts Valentine’s Party
February 12, 2016 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
250 Florida St., San Francisco, California 94103
Map & directions

Del Mar

San Diego Pet Expo 2016
February 13, 2016 to February 14, 2016

2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, California 92014
Map & directions


Trish King's Academy of Dog Behavior
February 14, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
901 Ames Ave., Milpitas, California 95035
Map & directions


Best in Show 2016
February 16, 2016 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, California 94520
Map & directions

Vet Buzz

National Pet Dental Health Month

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Proud dog showing off his pearly whites.
Photo Credit: Stephanie (CC)
By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

Dental cleaning is the deep teeth cleaning provided to dogs to maintain good oral hygiene. Veterinary dental cleaning involves general anesthesia. This is often an owner's number-one concern. The level of anesthetic risk that pertains to your pet should be considered and discussed with your veterinarian. General anesthesia is necessary for a quality dental exam and cleaning because it is in the best interest of your dog. more »

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