Santa Barbara County
Treats and belly rubs welcome 4-legged guests at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort by Hilton
Why leave Finn at home when he can romp along sandy beaches, sit by your feet as you dine outdoors in the sunshine, and sleep curled up in his familiar bed near your side in comfy local digs? Santa Barbara is a paradise for pets, too. View all of Santa Barbara from the top of the Seven Falls Trail, frolic above the waves on the Carpinteria Bluffs, and hike a scenic trail in the enchanting Santa Ynez Mountains.
Downtown Santa Barbara welcomes furry friends from all sizes on-leash. Go for a walk along Cabrillo Boulevard, wander up State Street or let Finn lead you through the Funk Zone. Other pet-friendly elements of Santa Barbara include services, from day spas and bakeries to hotel pet-pampering packages, overnight care, and grooming salons. Finn's tail will wag like crazy to thank you for taking him along!
Additionally, head to the Douglas Family Preserve — a large, beautiful expanse of land named in honor of actor Kirk Douglas. Dogs will enjoy the open air while their humans take in spectacular views.
Feelin' the retro vibes at Hotel Paseo. Photo Credit: @about_abu
Retro is all the rage these days, and what could be more mid-century stylish than an overnight stay in one of those sleek aluminum Airstream trailers updated for today’s DogTrekkers? There are quite a few places in SoCal where you can indulge. A few: more »
Photo Credit: @colby_1_kenobi
If pit toilets and DIY tent camping in general aren’t your style, you may find your bliss at one of California’s hundreds of private campgrounds. They range from family-friendly KOAs (Kampgrounds of America), with their swimming pools, playgrounds, camping cabins and dog parks; to luxury “glamping” resorts like AutoCamps in Guerneville and Santa Barbara, where DogTrekkers can overnight in shiny Airstream trailers. And there are many choices in between. more »
The Ritz-Carlton Bacara
A new addition to the Ritz-Carlton brand, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, a 358-room, oceanfront property on 78 acres north of town, enchants with its colonial revival architecture. Multiple buildings are arranged in “village” fashion around a courtyard, and a multi-million-dollar renovation has brought upgrades all around. Dogs are welcome to join you at patio tables at The Bistro restaurant, more »
Conan goes wine tasting, Solvang, CA - Photo Credit: @lilyandwong
When the weather outside is frightful, the dog-friendly welcome in Santa Barbara County is still delightful. If it’s not a beach day, make it a wine day – and maybe an urban wine day, at that. Start, perhaps, in the Santa Ynez Valley enclave of Solvang, that one-of-a-kind village, founded as a Danish colony, that through architecture, bakeries, restaurants and merchants offers a taste of Denmark in California. Walking through the picture-perfect town is something of a Disneyesque experience, sure to put a smile on your face and a wag in your dog’s tail. more »
Kayla at the top of 7 Falls Trail
Almost everything in Santa Barbara
, from the beautiful buildings to the beautiful people, the beautiful seashore and the beautiful dogs, qualifies as eye candy. The “American Riviera” is the kind of place where you can ditch your car, leash up your dog and wander, perhaps finding yourself admiring Spanish colonial architecture on the podcast-guided Red Tile Walking Tour
, or enjoying the plantings at the dog-friendly Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
. The Santa Barbara pier and the multi-use path paralleling the beach offer lively perspectives, and at Arroyo Burro Beach
you can unclip and let Rover run free. more »