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Dog Friendly California at Carmel-by-the-sea

2 April 2010 3,336 views 13 Comments

I’m sitting in our hotel bar drinking wine with my mom and our friend Jane. We are surrounded by the din of happy patrons, guests, and lots of dogs!

It’s so funny to me because when my mom made reservations for the night at Cypress Inn for tonight, she didn’t know that it was:

a) Co-owned by Doris Day (yes, she is still alive)

b) One of the most pet friendly hotels in the state (if not the world)

doris day poster

We realized there was something different about this place at check-in this afternoon when we saw a glass jar filled with dog treats at the front desk and Doris Day posters and memorabilia throughout. Day has co-owned the Cypress Inn for over twenty years and she also manages the Doris Day Animal Foundation. She turns 88 tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Doris!

Daschund with Biscuits

Daschund with Biscuits

The Cypress Inn allows up to three dogs per room at a charge of $30 for the first dog and I believe $20 for each additional dog and they provide extras like pet blankets and pet bowls, and an area in the courtyard for washing off pets who have been visiting Carmel Beach, where dogs can run free. Carmel is also a very pet-friendly town, where dogs can go anywhere if on a leash, and many restaurants are also pet-friendly.

I’m sitting right now in Terry’s Lounge. named after Day’s son Terry Melcher. Melcher produced records by the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, the Byrds and many others. He was a back-up vocalist on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album.

Lilly Filly

Lilly Filly (a Viszla)

We made friends with everyone at the bar including Lilly Filly (above) a sixteen year old Viszla and her parents who were hanging out at the Cypress for over two hours with friends.

Dinner, please!

Dinner, please!

This little guy (above) was begging for some dinner and it looked delicious to me too. Yum Yum!

pet eve license plate

This Cadillac was parked outside. I didn’t meet a dog named Eve so I’m guessing this Caddy was owned by a dog-lover named Eve. Makes sense, right?!

Scottie

Scottie

This little Scottie was about 15 and enjoyed sitting in the son with his proud owners.

Tibetans with Dinner

Tibetans with Dinner

Our favorite sighting was the two Tibetan Terriers above. The multi-colored one looked just like Cassie, who we lost just two months ago after a wonderful fifteen years.

Blogging

Blogging

My Labrador screen saver was right at home in the Cypress Inn bar. That’s my mom, Linda smiling over the screen.

cassie look a like

Me with Cassie Look a like

This blurry picture is me with the little Cassie look-a-like. He sat on my lap for a while while I was editing pictures and sipping my wine.

I think I’d like to open up an Austin Dog Friendly place very much like this special spot. They even have a menu just for dogs with hamburger and chicken options. A girl can dream….

OMG — They just started playing the theme from Snoopy on the piano. Too much!

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  • Mom

    A fabulous trip with my daughter and my closest childhood friend,Jane. We have eaten so well, due to Jodi's expert findings of great restaurants. She has given us historical information as we travel this beautiful part of the California coast.

  • linda

    hey jodi & lin!
    sounds like you had an amazing time…
    xo

  • jodibart

    You would have LOVED the meals, Linda!

  • linda

    mom said they were AWESOME & that you did FABULOUS research…what fun!!

  • Carrie

    Little Woodrows will let you bring your pooch!

  • http://vimeo.com/10385653 Dog Owner

    How about a trip to Carmel Beach: http://vimeo.com/10385653

  • jodibart

    This video was beautiful and made me so happy! Thank you for sharing.

  • http://vimeo.com/10385653 Dog Owner

    How about a trip to Carmel Beach: http://vimeo.com/10385653

  • jodibart

    This video was beautiful and made me so happy! Thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.placercountyhomesandland.com Patrick Hake

    I've had the pleasure of staying here and it's a great place for the whole family, including the dog. Doris does the place so well it's too bad she doesn't start a chain like this! Hint Hint Investors :)

  • http://www.placercountyhomesandland.com Patrick Hake

    Man, I love that “Send Me No Flowers” poster. If design is cyclical like all other trends, can we go back to that style? It looks so good. Maybe we can bring back art deco for a while too….

  • http://www.placercountyhomesandland.com Patrick Hake

    Man, I love that “Send Me No Flowers” poster. If design is cyclical like all other trends, can we go back to that style? It looks so good. Maybe we can bring back art deco for a while too….

  • http://www.placercountyhomesandland.com/ Patrick Hake

    Man, I love that “Send Me No Flowers” poster. If design is cyclical like all other trends, can we go back to that style? It looks so good. Maybe we can bring back art deco for a while too….