Dog-Friendly Weekend Getaways: Bay Area

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Dog-Friendly Weekend Getaways: Bay Area

By Dr. Sarah Wallace

Life in San Francisco can mean you’re working on your latest business idea one second, trying the latest gastronomical wonder the next, then stuck in horrible traffic, then … feeling completely drained. Lucky for us, the hefty rents also come with the ability to be at the beach or in the mountains after just a quick drive. But if you’re like us, fun and relaxation needs to be accompanied by our BFFs, our dogs. Our team shares our favorite dog-friendly weekend getaways in the Bay Area. All of them are BYOD (bring your own dog!).

Cayucos, California

Distance from San Francisco: 227 miles

Why here? If you and your dog are craving some sand beneath your paws, head to Cayucos for a relaxing beach getaway. The three-hour drive is well worth it for the delicious (dog-friendly) eats and beach walks.

Where to stay: The Cayucos Beach Inn welcomes up to two dogs of any size for an additional fee of $15 per dog/per night. In addition to all rooms being dog-friendly, the inn is a quick walk from the dog-friendly beaches and offers amenities like a dog washing station and dog treats at the front office.

Where to eat: Beach-front dining, dog-friendly patio, and great food—this is what you can expect at Skipper’s restaurant. You can also expect a water bowl and dog treat for dogs of any shape or size.

What to do: If you enjoy long, leash-free walks on the beach, head to Cayucos Beach for the day.

Gualala, California

Distance from San Francisco: 126 miles

Why here? Similarly to Cayucos, you’ll want to head to Gualala if you’re looking for a chill weekend getaway. Not to mention, Gualala Point Park offers leashed hiking trails if you’re not the beach kind.

Where to stay: Luxury meets dog-friendly at the Sea Ranch Lodge. All dogs are welcomed with a cushy dog bed, cookies, filtered water and bowl, and dog-friendly cover sheets to protect furniture. They also offer a canine concierge with suggestions for you and your pup. They will accept up to two dogs per room for a one time fee of $75 per dog.

Where to eat: When it comes to dog-friendly eateries in Gualala, think Trinks Cafe. This restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch—and dinner three nights a week. You can expect diner food and a dog-friendly patio.

What to do: There are miles of walking trails and dog-friendly beach access, but be sure to check out the beautiful and dog-friendly Blind Beach in Sonoma Coast State Park.

Inverness, California

Distance from San Francisco: 47 miles

Why here? Inverness is the perfect destination for a quick trip out of the city. While you could definitely do Inverness as a day trip, there are many reasons why you should consider making a weekend of it.

Where to stay: The spacious grounds surrounding the Cottages at Point Reyes Seashoremake it ideal for dog-friendly lodging. All four-legged guests are greeted with a dog bed, fenced-in dog run, and “biobags” for a fee of $20 per night.

Where to eat: Whether you are on your way or returning from the beach, Cafe Reyes is a casual and dog-friendly place to stop for a snack and a few cold ones. Pups are welcome to sit with you in the outdoor seating area while you enjoy their selection of wood-fired pizzas.

What to do: Head to Kehoe beach in Point Reyes National Seashore where you’ll find one of three pet-friendly beaches and the only dog-friendly trail in the park. While pets must be on a leash at the beach, there is plenty of room to hang out and interact with other pups.