Paws for the Night

By: DogTrekker Staff

Marin is loaded with pet-friendly lodging, but why not follow the "green" theme for which the county is known and choose a property that verifiably adheres to sustainable practices?

Inn Marin, a mission-style motor inn richly reinvented for the 21st century, is a family owned, award-winning "green" property on Highway 101 in Novato. All 70 bamboo-floored rooms are dog-friendly, and the pet fee is just $20 per stay. Ask for a room facing the leafy interior garden, where you can walk out your door to enjoy morning coffee with Rover at your side.

Completely different in feel, Inverness Valley Inn is a woodsy retreat snuggled on 15 acres between Tomales Bay and Point Reyes National Seashore. Most rooms have kitchenettes, and there's a fenced-in play area for visiting canines. To make things even more interesting, the inn supports a "mini eco-farm" populated by sheep, goats, chickens and even a resident llama. Pet fee is $25 the first night, $10 for each additional night of your stay.

Up for a splurge? Cavallo Point Lodge is a stunningly romantic Civil War-era military compound sitting almost in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. It's the first national park lodge and first hotel on the National Register of Historic Places to receive gold-level certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design ( LEED) program. The lodge encompasses 34 buildings-some historic, some new-on 45 acres in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Pet fee is $75 per stay, and as a bonus, Spot is welcome to lounge by your side on the veranda at Farley Bar and the Michelin-starred Murray Circle Restaurant.