Planning most vacations usually includes having to make arrangements for dog sitters or reserving space at your local pet boarding, but not here on the Central Coast! Forget all of those stressful preparations because Martin Resorts has four luxury Central Coast hotels that are happy to welcome you and your furry friend with comfort, hospitality, and plenty of smiles. Instead of those pesky boarding fees, pack Fido’s bag too, so the whole family can enjoy a #CentralCoasting vacation. Pismo Lighthouse Suites and Inn at the Cove offer pet-friendly rooms located near the heart of gorgeous Pismo Beach, California. This quaint beach village is the perfect spot for a trip full of family fun, including tons of spots that are also happy to welcome in your dog. At Paso Robles Inn your pet is also welcome, located just a little north from Pismo Beach in historic downtown Paso Robles, where wine tastings and vineyard views are right at your fingertips! So let your dog chase tennis balls on the beach or watch the sunset overlooking a Paso Robles vineyard for the ultimate, dog-lover’s vacation on the Central Coast.
There are tons of hikes around the Central Coast boasting amazing views and beautiful weather, perfect for a nice day outside. Many of these trails welcome dogs to join you on your trek, making these moments with nature perfect for a little bit of exercise for the both of you! Our favorite dog-friendly hikes are Bishop Peak, Cerro San Luis, Bob Jones Trail, and Shell & Avila Ridge Trail. These hikes bring you up in elevation, giving almost 360 degree views of the beautiful Central Coast surroundings. Make sure to check out these tips for hiking with dogs, so both of you can have a safe and fun Central Coast adventure!
Tips for hiking with your furry friend:
• Keep your dog on the leash while hiking
• Watch out for poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac (all have leaves of three)
• Take some time to rest in the shade and have water breaks
• Make sure to bring: fresh water, doggie-bags, steady leash, and a collar with current ID tags
• After hiking, always check for fleas or ticks
After working up a sweat on an outdoor trail, it’s time to satisfy that appetite with a yummy meal at a Central Coast restaurant. Our warm, sunny weather means many of our delicious dining spots have beautiful patios with views to be enjoyed year round. These are the perfect places to bring along your dog for a meal the entire family can enjoy. They will love joining the family during dinner and you wont’ be able to resist sneaking them a few scraps of your own tasty meal. Many of these options even bring out water bowls for your dog to ensure they are also comfortable and taken care of, letting you relax and enjoy your meal. Check out these dog-friendly restaurants and make sure to head to their websites for more information on their pet policies.
• Zorro’s Cafe & Cantina: (805) 773-9676, 927 Shell Beach Rd, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
• Novo Restaurant and Lounge: (805) 543-3986, 726 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
• Shell Cafe: (805) 773-8300, 1351 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 934449
• Breakfast Buzz: (805) 784-0232, 295 Santa Rosa St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
• Firestone Grill: (805) 783-1001, 1001 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
• Creeky Tiki: (805) 544-2200, 782 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Parks and Beaches
There’s nothing more fun than a day at the dog beach, watching man’s best friend relish in the new scenery. The freedom to run and play will have them jumping for joy, especially as they chase tennis balls or Frisbees around the area. The dog-friendly parks and beaches on the Central Coast are the perfect way to spend some time in the sunshine with your pet, enjoying the gorgeous views and coastal breeze. So head to any of these dog-friendly spots to snuggle during a beautiful sunset or have a play date in the sand.
• Pismo Dog Beach (to the left of the Pier)
• Port San Luis/Avila Dog Beach (between the 2nd and 3rd piers)
Wine tasting is an amazing way to enjoy beautiful scenery while tasting delicious wines from all over the Central Coast. Many wineries have sprawling vineyards and gorgeous tasting rooms or patios for an amazing tasting setting. As you enjoy a celebrated Central Coast red wine, you are free to bring along your furry friend to enjoy the day with you! Many of the Paso Robles wineries and tasting rooms, located just a short walk or drive from Paso Robles Inn, will welcome in your doggie to join you on your tasting adventure. Here are some of our favorite dog-friendly wine tasting spots for a great day on the Central Coast.
Pamper Your Pooch
What better way to complete your dog-lover’s vacation on the Central Coast with a nice grooming session or a treat from our boutique pet shops? There are tons of ways to pamper you pooch after a fun-filled stay at one of our dog-friendly hotels, ensuring they are also enjoying the rest and relaxation they deserve. If you are looking to pamper your pooch during your stay, check out our favorite spots for some extra-special doggie loving.
• Pet Photo Shoot with Sandprints Photography