Monterey County

Monterey County


Visit Montery County's Cannery Row!

Dog Friendly in Monterey CountyMonterey County is legendary for its pet-friendly beaches, hotels, shops, restaurants and wineries, and rightly so. DogTrekkers would be hard-pressed to find a more welcoming place for dog-friendly travelers.

Monterey County is big, stretching south through Big Sur and east through the winery-rich Carmel Valley and into the Santa Lucia Mountains. Once you experience the doggone good times to be had here, you and your dog will come back again and again.
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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 »

Scenery Rules at These Dog-Friendly Campgrounds

Gorgeous Mornings - Photo Credit: @larraburuadventures
Gorgeous Mornings - Photo Credit: @larraburuadventures

There are three pet-friendly campgrounds at MacKerricher State Park, just three miles from Fort Bragg in Mendocino County. The primo spot for dogtrekkers at Northern California’s favorite playground has to be Nevada Beach Campground, situated right on the lakeshore and home to the only sandy, off-leash stretch of beach at the lake. And the Eastern Sierra is packed with gorgeous scenery and more campgrounds than you can count. more »

Local Tips from the Top (Human) Dog

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Photo Credit: Håkan Dahlström (CC)
Monterey Bay Aquarium - Photo Credit: Håkan Dahlström (CC)

by Dave Kendrick, Co-founder DogTrekker.com

A reader recently mentioned that as part of our in-depth coverage of destinations around the state, we should provide tips that locals use to have fun with their dogs in their home towns or regions. Since Cannery Row and Monterey County are DogTrekker.com’s backyard playground, we thought this would be a good time to begin sniffing out how to navigate the local scene.

Tip 1: The Monterey Bay Aquarium on Cannery Row is a top attraction for many visitors. Dogs aren’t allowed inside, but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing your pup on a visit to the area. Here are some ways to do that:

• Short-term boarding: a seven-minute walk from the aquarium is Casa de Amigos Animal Hotel, where you can leave you pup (as long as she’s up to date on her vaccines) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a flat fee of $25. Other sitting services are listed here.

• Maya, DogTrekker.com’s Director of Barketing, loves to be pampered while her parents are checking out the latest aquarium exhibits. Close by is a full-service Petco groomer. Others can be found on DogTrekker.com and on the DogTrekker mobile app. 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 »

Lots to Do on Dog-Friendly Cannery Row

Cannery Row Brewing Company - Photo Credit: @rogan_thecocker
Cannery Row Brewing Company - Photo Credit: @rogan_thecocker

Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” So wrote John Steinbeck in his famous 1945 novel. “The Row” gets its name from a string of long-defunct sardine-canning factories, some of which have been converted into dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. Today, it’s Monterey’s main waterfront tourist draw, the gateway to dog-friendly Monterey County and a destination in itself when it comes to dog-friendly things to do. more »

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Carmel

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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Poodle Day Carmel 2019
September 28, 2019 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
243 Crossroads Boulevard, Carmel, California 93923
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Emergency Services

Pet Specialists of Monterey
451 Canyon Del Rey Blvd.
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: (831) 899-4838

Monterey Peninsula Veterinary Emergency
20 Lower Ragsdale Drive Suite 150
Monterey, California 93940
Phone: (831) 373-7374

Monterey County Animal Services - Lost Dogs
160 Hitchcock Rd.
Salinas, California 93908
Phone: (831) 769-8850


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