Starting at Castroville in the north and continuing 18 miles to Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, the paved Monterey Bay Coastal Trail provides endless opportunities for you and your leashed canine pal to sample incredible vistas and charming towns. Don't miss Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, with waves to splash in and tidepools to explore. A bit inland, the Rip Van Winkle Open Space Dog Area offers the chance for off-leash exercise in a heavily forested walkway that's very popular with PG locals; head that way for a woodsy hike.
When you're ready to call it a day, Pacific Grove offers a range of dog-friendly accommodations where you and Skipper can rest up for the next day's adventures.
Photo: "Bide a Wee Inn and Cottages" – Janet Fullwood