“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.
The best way to approach this marvelous mile of coastline on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary: Leash up from the dog-friendly Intercontinental the Clement or the Best Western Plus Victorian Inn where you are staying, go for a stroll and take in a bit of history. You’ll pass shops selling everything from high-end jewelry and take-home mementos to Pebble Beach resort-ware. You’ll also be enticed by the aroma of food wafting from dog-friendly restaurants where you can enjoy both a meal and a fun seaside atmosphere. A sampling:
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is the first outlet of a chain themed to the 1994 hit movie “Forrest Gump.” It’s seafood-centric and family-friendly with a party atmosphere and a big dog-friendly patio.
The C Restaurant and Bar is an upscale restaurant in the dog-friendly InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel on Cannery Row. For fine dining with a view, this is the place.
Cooper’s Pub is a Brit-inspired hangout with the largest selection of beers in Monterey. Enjoy live music weekends on the dog-friendly, heated outdoor patio.
Louie Linguini’s, on the second level above Steinbeck Plaza, has a heated patio where dogs are welcome to join you as you chow down on pasta dishes or trademark individual pizzas.
Again, for dog-friendly lodging, check out the Clement and, on the more economical side, the Best Western Plus Victorian Inn, just a short stroll from the Row. Both offer pet-friendly packages and amenities. Not far away, in the nearby Old Town district, hacienda-style Casa Munras has special packages for DogTrekkers, a pup-friendly patio dining and room to roam.
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