According to DogFriendly.com – an internet based source of dog-friendly guides and information – Carmel/Monterey California tops this year’s Top 10 Resort Areas to visit with your dog. Pet friendly Carmel has been at or near the top of this list since it was first published by DogFriendly.com in 1998. Not only is Carmel Beach off-leash friendly, but many of the hotels, restaurants, shops, art galleries and camping locations positively encourage visits by your four-legged friend. But, if you have visions of your prized pooch running amok in some trendy and ultra-expensive art house it might be best to keep your pet on a short leash – just in case.
The top ten DogFriendly.com resorts for 2011 are:
- Carmel/Monterey – Named “Dogtown USA” by Dog Fancy Magazine and ranked in the top 10 Dog Friendliest Beaches in America by the San Francisco Examiner, Carmel-by-the-Sea is a dog-lover’s paradise. RV Camping: RVers can camp at Big Sur, at the Laguna Seca Raceway or closer to town at the Saddle Mountain or Carmel-by-the-River campground. Watch: Most Pet-Friendly City video;
- Asheville/Blue Ridge Parkway – Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Biltmore Estate and Village, take a tour or take garden walks and stay at a B&B or hotel;
- Sedona/Grand Canyon – Take a leashed dog on the Grand Canyon rim, stay at a pet-friendly Sedona resort and hike or take a jeep. It can get really hot in the Verde Valley – famous for its red rocks – so be sure to carry plenty of water for both you and your pet. Some of the Sedona restaurants have misting systems adjacent to the outdoor tables which will help keep your pets comfortable;
- Bar Harbor/Acadia – Acadia National Park is very dog-friendly with many trails. Take a boat, camp or hike. Dine in town or in the park;
- Lake Tahoe/Virginia City – Stay at a nice vacation rental, enjoy winter or water sports, visit the old west in Virginia City. Lake Tahoe RV Camping: Motorhomes under 18 feet long can head to D.L. Bliss State Park and larger RV’s (up to 32 feet) can find a site at Sugar Pine Point SP. You can find more campgrounds in the Weekend getaways in California: Lake Tahoe article;
- Santa Fe – Stay at a B&B and dine at many pet-friendly patios. Walk the Spanish style downtown. Check out the article: Sante Fe, New Mexico: Pueblo heaven on the Old Spanish Trail for RV parking and campground information;
- Black Hills – Camping and park options are everywhere. There are dog-friendly attractions to keep you busy for a while;
- St. Augustine – Take a boat or ghost tour. Visit the Fountain of Youth. Lots of dog-friendly shopping around Old Town;
- Cape Cod – Beaches, Boats and surf for you and your dog. B&Bs and patio dining in most of the towns;
- Chattanooga- Shop and Dine along the river. Visit Rock City Gardens and Ruby Falls.
- Colorado Springs
- Hocking Hills
- Mendocino – Check out the article Weekend getaways in California: Leggett for camping info and photographs