Monterey may be the most iconic of California destinations with golden beaches, vineyards, the Pacific Ocean and fabulous coastline scenery. Bringing your dog with you? No problem. It is a laid-back environment that positively welcomes pooches. Stay at one of the dog-friendly hotels in Monterey listed below and take your canine chum along as you visit the area’s many attractions, which include:
If Monterey is quintessential California, then Monterey State Beach is quintessential Monterey. It begins next to Fisherman's Wharf and runs all the way to Seaside and your dog may wish to run the whole way! Take some time out to watch what is going on around you, as this is a popular spot for surfing, paragliding, kayaking and surf-fishing. Spend an afternoon together in the sand and surf and then get yourselves some treats at Fisherman’s Wharf.
No vacation trip is complete without a visit to a dog park, and El Estero has it all. Mulched ground, trees, benches and even the all-important fire hydrant! It is fenced in, so your companion can be off-leash. There is a separate area for smaller dogs as well. You will both make friends here in no time at all.
You and your canine companion can even sail the central coast together with Monterey Bay Sailing. Enjoy the beauty of a boat under sail as you take a leisurely cruise around the bay. Choose daytime or sunset cruises, and select from one, two, or three-hour trips; you can bring something to eat and make it a picnic on the water. Everybody gets a turn at the wheel (well, every human does!) and you and your dog will both enjoy checking out the many marine mammals that call Monterey Bay home.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization creating a nationwide network of trails out of former railroad lines, and one of these rails-to-trails projects is the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. It extends eighteen miles from Pacific Grove to Castroville and is one of the most scenic long trails in California. You will have great views of the Pacific—and your dog will enjoy this very long walk.
If you are ready for a little less outdoors exercise, then head over to the Ventana Vineyard for a tour and a tasting—and, yes, they welcome dogs as well. One of Monterey’s first vineyards, Ventana offers signature wines such as “Due Amici” (a blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon), Rubystone (a Rhône-style blend of Syrah and Grenache) and Dry Rosado (a Spanish-style dry rosé). You will be enjoying your tasting outside on a charming patio shaded by oak and pine trees, and there is sure to be a bowl of water for your companion to lap as you sip.
The bay cruise may have whetted your appetite for checking out the creatures of the deep: if so, then it is time for a trip with the Monterey Bay Whale Watch, where your dog is, again, welcome to join you. The company has the area’s highest sighting success rate, and you may see grey whales, humpbacks, blue whales, dolphins, porpoises, killer whale, sea otters, seals and sea lions, depending on the migratory season. Seeing something that much bigger than itself may put your dog in its place … or not.
There is so much to see and do in Monterey that chances are good you and your dog will both be exhausted by the end of the day. That is perfectly fine, because when you stay at one of the pet-friendly hotels in Monterey, California listed below for a good night’s sleep, you will both be fresh and ready for more doggy adventures the next day.
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