Pet-Friendly Beaches, Services, & Bed and Breakfasts

May 27, 2011 by Tails Magazine in June 2011, Travel with 0 Comments

Pet-Friendly Beaches

Del Mar Beach San Diego, California

This popular beach offers your dog plenty of room to run and play. The song “Dog Beach Boogie” was written about this hot spot for pets and their people.

Fort DeSoto Beach, Florida

With amenities like showers and drinking water for your four-footed friend, this is the perfect beach getaway.

Dog Beach, San Diego, California

Doggie nirvana. Your buddy will have tons of company at this popular spot near San Diego. In fact, the dogs may outnumber people.

Montrose Dog Beach, Chicago

Chicago’s first legal off-leash beach, this is a peaceful oasis in the hustle and bustle of the Windy City. Your dog will have plenty of room to run on the shoreline and swim in Lake Michigan.

Squantum Point Park, Boston. Mass.

Located right next to Marina Bay. This is a well-taken care of and breathtaking spot to take your favorite dog to swim and run off excess energy.Remember to bring your own water though, as there are no facilities at this beach.

Cape San Blas, Florida

Just 35 miles south of Panama City, this relaxing oasis feels as if it’s worlds away. It’s peaceful, not overdeveloped, and you can sometimes walk a mile or two in the off-season without seeing another dog …or person.

Carmel City Beach, California

The Carmel Beach is a beautiful and popular escape, within walking distance from the village of Carmel. Other pet-friendly sandy spots are close by too, so you can make a day of beach hopping.

Hunting Island, South Carolina

Heaven on earth for doggies and people, alike. At low tide, the beach on Hunting can literally appear to be a mile wide. Your dog will love the open space and companionship of real dog lovers.

Fort Funston State Park, California

Most visitors walk the paved Sunset Trail, a north to south route on the bluff, and reach Ocean Beach. Fort Funston’s stretch of Ocean Beach is where you’ll see scores of dripping wet dogs romping across the sand with driftwood stick in their mouths.

St. George Island, Florida

No longer than a mile at its widest point, located near renowned historic towns in the Florida Gulf, there is plenty here for human and human’s best friend … With plenty of playful dogs always ready to play!

Over the Top Hotel Pet Services

Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica

Pamper your pooch with a room service delivery of an 8-oz. filet of beef ($34), with your choice of delicious desserts including peanut butter petits fours, organic frozen yogurt, and handmade truffles ($3-$9).

Raffles L’ermitage, Beverly Hills

Pets right out of the “Lifestyles of the Four-Legged Rich and Famous” will adore the Osetra caviar with hard-poached eggs ($98) or the tuna tartar for ($19).

Benjamin Hotel, New York

Nobody wants to catch a cold on vacation. Keep your pup warm and wrap her in luxury with a plush doggie bathrobe, part of the Dream Dogs program. ($$)

The Muse, New York

Wondering if your dog used to be royalty? Or if your cat was famous? As part of the Affinia hotels Jet Set Pets Program, their resident “interspecies psychic” can help. She can help with behavior issues, explore past lives, or communicate with deceased animals. ($50 buys you a 20-minute phone consultation; $90 for 60-minute in-person consultation).

Affinia Hotels, Chicago, New York, Washington DC

For people and pets traveling for a special occasion, splurge on the in-room pedicure, with the ultimate “Hers and Furs” package.

Epic Hotel, Miami

The Epic Pet Getaway offers a pet “pawdicure” and shampoo service, 
as well as 90-minute massages for two human guests. Your coiffed canine will be all ready for the evening wine reception for four-legged guests.

Pet-friendly Bed and Breakfasts

Cape Cod’s Lamb And Lion Inn
Barnstable, Massachusetts


How about a peek at a whale with that morning biscuit? At the Lamb 
and Lion Inn, guests receive custom itineraries for self-guided tours 
with their pups. Adventurous pairs won’t want to miss the doggie-and-me sunset whale watch adventure. Dog-friendly beaches and pet-welcoming 
waterfront cafés and shops are all just a short walk into town.

1900 Inn on Montford Bed and Breakfast
Asheville, North Carolina


Complete with doggie trundle beds, a basket of goodies, and several nearby restaurants that welcome your dog, this is definitely a doggie-minded destination. Take in the Urban Trail, a 1.7-mile walking tour through the streets of downtown Asheville, which is dotted with stops fit to make an art-lover drool. And don’t miss the nearby, historic Grove Arcade, or “Dog Alley” to the locals, which is packed with dog-friendly restaurants and shops.

Hofsas House
Carmel-by-the Sea, California


Brimming with pets and their people, Carmel is one of the most dog-friendly cities around. Small, artsy, and loaded with dog-friendly perks, pups here can frolic leash-free on beautiful Carmel Beach and splash in the dog-only “Fountain of Woof” at Carmel Plaza. Some of the inn’s rooms feature fireplaces, private balconies, and wet bars. The innkeeper is always ready with recommendations for dog-friendly dining, shopping, and activities.

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