Vacation fun with your dog in San Luis Obispo, CA

Find Pet-Friendly Resorts, Beaches, Wineries, Parks, and Tours midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Photo: Leslie Miranda

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, July 15, 2014  — Take your four legged family member with you this summer to dog friendly San Luis Obispo County, located half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. From sensational surfing in Pismo Beach and artsy amblings around the college town of San Luis Obispo to sublime tastings in the rustic wine town of Paso Robles, this laid back community is totally dog-centric. You and your canine companion can sniff out the best places to roam in the “SLO town” of San Luis Obispo.

Pet-Friendly Hotels around San Luis Obispo 
Stay in style with the “Celebrity Pet Package” at Sea Crest Ocean Front Hotel in Pismo Beach. This pet friendly property has five lush acres where your dog can roam, plus it has direct beach access for pets and their humans. The $179/night rate includes a plush dog bed special food and water bowls, Canine Concierge welcome brochure, star-worthy gourmet dog treats, tennis dog bone toy and $30 Gift Card. For just $50 more get a paparazzi photo shoot on the beach.  

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Be sure to meet poodles James and Ruby, the Directors of Pet Relations at the Cayucos Pier View Suites, a boutique beachside hotel. This dynamic canine duo is on hand to remind travelers that it’s a dog’s life, especially in San Luis Obispo. Starting at $249 per night, the stay includes a bottle of local wine, two Top Dog Coffee Bar & Cafe specialty drinks plus access to the Doggie Zen Garden and dog friendly beach.

Many hotels in that community offer pet-friendly accommodations for a nominal fee, with distinct doggie bedding, bowls and biscuits. Find such amenities at the Pismo Lighthouse Suites, Best Western Shore Cliff Lodge, and Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge. Other dog friendly properties include Dolphin Bay in San Luis Obispo, and Hotel Cheval in Paso Robles, both offering turn-down Buddy Biscuits. Your pet will also receive special treats from the Fog Catcher Inn in Cambria in the form of a memorable dog bowl and delicious biscuits, while Bayfront Inn in Morro Bay gives pets a cozy blanket, yummy treats, and fun toys for both dog and cat travelers. For more pet friendly Pismo Beach hotels check out Dog Friendly Pismo Beach.  

Pet Friendly Dining around San Luis Obispo
Some of the pet friendly hotels in the area have dog friendly restaurants on-site, such as Marisol at The Cliffs Resort and Lido at Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach or Paso Robles Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn.  

Pet Friendly Activities around San Luis Obispo
Teach your dog a new trick and try surfing on Pismo Beach. Maybe you can get some pointers from other four-legged surfers, from dogs to famous surfing goats (yes, you did read surfing goats).  Several VIP dog-friendly wine country tours welcome both two-legged and four-legged visitors in the Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo regions, such as Breakaway Tour’s private Dog Day Wine Tour.  Take a Tiki-Boat Tour with your little tail wager aboard Bay Cruisers, exploring Morro Bay Harbor’s otters, seals, sea lions and birds. Do some pet-friendly shopping in the charming downtown area. Check out pet-friendly attractions, such as the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, and the Monarch Butterfly Trail. Feel like a kid again with a California bonfire, s’mores and drinks on Grover Beach. Go for a coastal hike in pet-friendly Montana De Oro (“Mountain of Gold”), one of the largest state parks in California. 

San Luis Obispo is a fun town all around and one of the oldest settlements in the Golden State. Full of beach life, bohemian hot spots, a great farmer’s market on Thursday evenings, wonderful wine lands nearby and a preserved small-town appeal, it is a paradise for humans and their pets in all seasons. 


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