Carmel

Carmel

It’s easy for dogs and their people to fall in love with the charming and walkable village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Top attraction is mile-long, powder-white Carmel Beach, one of few legally leash-free strands in California and a glorious place for Rover to romp. Add to that dozens of dog-friendly restaurants and inns, and what you get is a wondrous slice of doggie heaven.
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End of Summer Coasting With Your Four-Legged Friend

Queen of Asilomar Beach - Photo Credit: Tandra Wright
Queen of Asilomar Beach - Photo Credit: Tandra Wright

Whew! Summer’s over, the crowds are gone, fall weather is on the way—and with it (usually) crystal-clear skies and views to go with. There’s no better time for a trip con canine along California’s gorgeous Central Coast. Start in Santa Cruz County, where the cottage-and-cabin options include the family-favorite Santa Cruz/Monterey KOA in Watsonville, just a few miles from the coast. more »

Get Wet at a Monterey County Splash Spot

Carmel City Beach - Photo Credit: @roux.the.blue
Carmel City Beach - Photo Credit: @roux.the.blue

For many visitors with dogs, the primary reason to visit the Monterey Peninsula is to share your dog’s joy in running free on Carmel City Beach, a powdery, mile-long strand that is perhaps the best known leash-free beach in the country. It’s a short drive from Cannery Row and walking distance from stylish Carmel-by-the-Sea with its wealth of dog-friendly lodging and places to eat. Come in early morning to meet the locals, at dusk to enjoy the sunset. more »

Wine Down With Your Dog By Your Side

My bottle, don
My bottle, don't touch - Photo Credit: @travels_with_dafydd

Monterey wines rely on warm sun, cool fog and nurturing soils resulting in intense varietal flavor. Chardonnay, pinot blanc and riesling are notable varietals grown near the coast, while reds are more common in the warmer southern areas. You can sample them all while your dog waits patiently (we hope!) by your side at dozens of pet-friendly tasting rooms from Cannery Row to Carmel to the Santa Lucia Highlands. Best bet: Pick a region and check out our recommended itineraries. more »

Soak Up Some Coastal Scenery in Monterey County

Lovers Point, Pacific Grove - Photo Credit: @desiferguson
Lovers Point, Pacific Grove - Photo Credit: @desiferguson

The most abiding joy to be had on the Monterey Peninsula is simply enjoying the rugged coastal scenery, and there’s no better way to soak it up than on the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail. This paved, multi-use path stretches 18 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south. To get started, we suggest strolling the segment between Cannery Row and Asilomar State Beach, which will take about an hour at a moderate walking pace. more »

Carmel City Beach, Monterey County

Photo Credit: Robert Robles
Photo Credit: Robert Robles

Carmel City Beach, Monterey County. Blue-ribbon honors go to city-owned Carmel Beach, a powdery, mile-long strand that is perhaps the best-known leash-free dog beach in the country. A plus: it’s walking distance from fashionable Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its wealth of dog-friendly lodging and places to eat. more »

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Pizza and Poodle on the Piazza
September 27, 2019 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3770 The Barnyard, Carmel, California 93923
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September 28, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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