Coastal Cruising

By: DogTrekker Staff
dog running on beach in big sur

September on the California coast brings the clearest weather of the year, making it an ideal month to take in the scenery and chase waves. Our favorite dog-friendly coastal-cabin hideouts start with a trio of 1940s and ‘50s era motels—Sea Breeze Inn & Cottages, Andril Fireplace Cottages and Bide-A-Wee Inn & Cottages—in the Monterey Peninsula town of Pacific Grove. All are within walking distance of dog-friendly Asilomar Beach and a gorgeous trail hugging the dramatic and much-photographed coastline

Drifting south to Big Sur, DogTrekkers on a budget gravitate to Fernwood Resort, where affordable (and lockable) tent cabins in the redwoods make a great base for semi-campers willing to BYO linens and lanterns. A bonus: the patio at the Fernwood Grill is dog-friendly, too.

Another great choice for the rustically inclined: Riverside Campground & Cabins, with 11 dog-friendly cottages, some with bath, some sharing facilities, on the banks of the gurgling Big Sur River. The establishment’s RV and tent sites are also pet-friendly, so don’t hesitate to stake a claim and save your bucks for lunch at somewhere memorable, such as the dog-friendly Coast Gallery and Café.
In San Luis Obispo County at the southern end of Big Sur, pet-friendly vacation rentals are the way for cottage-seekers to go. Check with the property management companies listed in our SLO pages, or surf the offerings at TripAdvisor, or; to find the property that suits your budget, location and style.


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