California’s coastal town Carmel is known as “doggy heaven,” and it’s also a great place where pet owners and their dogs can enjoy the holidays. They can start at holiday-light-filled Carmel Plaza. Stroll through the shopping center with wreaths, red bows and garlands hung up throughout the multi-level place. Sit on the patio—the average temperature in this coastal California city is 60 degrees—as you nosh on espresso and teas, pastries, sandwiches, garden fresh salads and ramen noodle bowls at Carmel Coffee & Cocoa Bar. Your dog can even lick from the famed Fountain of Woof at the mall. It’s allegedly good luck.
If you’re searching for a festive place to stay, the Carmel Country Inn B&B goes all out during the holidays. The inn’s outside display is the ideal Christmas photo opp complete with a lighted topiary deer and a grapevine sleigh in addition to cypress trees decorated with oversized ornaments, holly bushes, greenery, and poinsettias. On Christmas morning, Carmel Country Inn pet guests will find a stocking on their door knob filled with treats and toys.
“We love pets! We understand that pets are just as important, and sometimes more important, parts of people’s families and we welcome all pets, no matter size, shape, color or species,” says Amy Johnson, innkeeper of the Carmel Country Inn. “Especially during the holidays, you want your family all together, no matter if they have paws or claws, we make sure everyone is welcome and taken care of.”