California B&Bs Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Pets
California bed and breakfast inns make it easy to travel on vacation with four-legged friends. There are more than 70 pet-friendly CABBI member inns, some of which go out of their way to pamper pooches with special treats, blankets and more.
At the 1859 Historic National Hotel in Jamestown, proprietor Stephen Willey understands pet owners who not only travel with their pets but also consider them part of the family. As a pet owner himself, he provides a welcome basket for guest dogs that include stainless steel dog bowls, biscuit treats, bed blanket, towels for wiping Fido’s feet and little pocket capsules containing scooper bags. Pets are even permitted to accompany guests on the inn’s vine covered patio for meals. Pet-sitting services can also be arranged.
In Mendocino, the MacCullum House rolls out the welcome mat with a care package that includes a pet bed, a blanket, pet towel, waste bags and treats. The inn also provides stainless steel water and food dishes on a rubber mat in the guests’ room. When guests need to go somewhere without their pet, MacCullum House can arrange to have a pet sitter stay with the pet in the guests’ room and provide services that include feeding, watering, basic grooming, walking dogs around the immediate vicinity, changing litter, administering meds and providing affection.
The Old Monterey Inn ensures guests with pets have an outside room with a private entrance and provides a welcome package, including doggie blankets, gourmet treats, bowls, and waste bags. The inn is located in a residential area on over an acre--giving dogs and their owners places to roam--and is also within walking distance to Historic Downtown Monterey.
Carmel has long been known as a welcoming destination for dogs with pet friendly lodging and restaurants. Tradewinds Carmel takes their commitment to caring for animals a step further by contributing to animal charities. The inn is currently donating $1 to the Monterey County SPCA for each new Facebook “like” they receive through the end of March. The inn offers easy-access, pet friendly rooms with balconies and a beautiful outdoor courtyard for enjoying breakfast with pets. The inn has a number of trusted pet sitters guests can call on. A pet groomer, Royal Paws, which is located just a half-block away, gives special consideration to Tradewinds guests and offers after-beach clean-up packages at great rates. Unlike other inns, Tradewinds does not have a weight limit for dogs so guests can bring anything from a miniature poodle to a great dane.
Four Sisters Inns has three properties that are especially well-suited for traveling with dogs: Seal Cove Inn, Gosby House Inn and Blue Lantern Inn. The Seal Cove Inn is adjacent to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach. Though pets are not allowed inside the Reserve itself, the area between the Reserve and the inn features walking trails, a cypress grove and wildflower meadow that is a wonderful place to walk with a dog. Gosby House Inn is just a few blocks from the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, which snakes 29 miles along the shoreline. The trail is nirvana for dog walkers, certainly long enough for even the most active dog to get a great workout while enjoying spectacular scenery. Set above Dana Point Harbor, the Blue Lantern Inn is close to Doheny State Park, featuring 62 acres of park land with hiking and walking trails. The three inns serve breakfast in the guests’ room and include a treat for the canine companions.
On the way to Yosemite, the pet-friendly Hotel Charlotte is home to a piano-playing pooch named Goose. Goose is the honorary mayor of Groveland, having been duly elected twice because of his “fun” raising abilities. The inn invites traveling pets to play with Goose and share in his treats.
For guests traveling with furry friends, most inns require a pet fee. Some inns have weight restrictions and will usually limit the number of pets to two per guest room. All of the inns require that pets not be left alone in the rooms. Inns expect that owners will keep pets under their control at all times and will pick up and properly dispose of waste. Inns also request that pets be well-behaved, up-to-date with vaccinations, and free of ticks and fleas.
To search for pet friendly inns in California, visit www.cabbi.com/pet-friendly/ and select a region or city. The search results display each inn's address, phone, website, photo, a description, rate range, a "view profile" link for more information and photos, and a "reservations" link for checking availability and/or booking a room.
Mccaffrey House inn
Apple Cranberry Puffed Pancakes
Makes 6 servings
1 1/2cups milk
1 cup flour
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 pound butter
3 Granny Smith apples – peeled and shredded*
30 fresh cranberries – smashed
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat oven to 425°F. In a blender, mix eggs, milk, flour, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, salt and cinnamon. Divide butter into 6 1-cup ramekins. Divide the apples and cranberries evenly among the ramekins. Place ramekins in the oven and bake until butter sizzles and the fruit is cooked soft. Remove from oven and smash cranberries with a fork; mix butter, apples and cranberries together. Pour half of the batter over the fruit. Sprinkle with brown sugar and return to oven; bake 20-30 minutes. Remove baked pancakes from oven, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately. Offer warm syrup to top off pancakes. *Note: To save time, you can use applesauce and whole cranberry sauce in place of fresh fruit. Reduce sugar to 3 tablespoons to compensate.
McCaffery House Inn
A delightfully warm and charming three-story B&B nestled in the quiet forest hollow of the High Sierras. Near Yosemite, wineries, lakes, boating, golf, hiking, biking, skiing, theater, historic gold towns.
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Romantic B&B Valentine's Day Packages
In-room couples’ massage and dinner for two at one of Carmel's premier restaurants are the highlights of Ultimate Romance Getaway package. The package also includes two nights in a deluxe king room with a view, a welcome floral bouquet, chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, two tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a box of chocolates at turn down, in-room breakfast delivered daily, late checkout and two luxurious kimono robes to take home as a memento of the guests’ stay. Call for pricing and restrictions.
Celebrate love with a weekend away at the on the Northern California coast. Guests reserving rooms for February 11 or 12 will receive complimentary chocolates, a bouquet of roses, and souvenir love note stationery. The inn’s Old Abalone Pub will offer a special four-course menu with champagne for two for $100. On Valentine’s Day, the inn will serve a romantic five-course dinner for $60 per person or $270 for two with ocean-view room and breakfast. On Wednesday, February 29, Sadie Hawkins Day, the inn will offer a more intimate reprise of the Valentine dinner. The cost is $120 for two, or $270 with ocean-view room and breakfast.
The Valentine’s Special at the includes a one night stay, roses and truffles upon arrival, evening wine and hors d’ oeuvres, and a fireside gourmet breakfast in the privacy of the guests’ room. Prices start at $199 and are subject to availability.
Escape to Catalina Island with romance packages from and . The package includes a midweek two-night stay, round trip transportation and a couple’s massage. At The Avalon Hotel, the package is $305 plus tax per person, based on double occupancy. At Aurora Hotel and Spa, the package is $265 plus tax per person, based on double occupancy. Flowers, chocolates and champagne can be added to the package. The romance packages are available through the end of March.
The guests indulging in the Valentine's Day Romance Package at the in South Pasadena will be welcomed with flowers, chilled sparkling wine and hand dipped chocolate strawberries. Later, guests can enjoy tea and cookies fireside in the Victorian Parlor. The innkeepers will also make dinner reservations with advance notice. The package is $99 and may be added to the room rate of any room.
Cuddle up by the fire with flutes of champagne while watching the waves meet the beach at . For the inn’s February Romantic Getaway, guests can stay two nights in an oceanfront accommodation and receive half off all additional nights. The special includes a complimentary silver champagne tray with strawberries and chocolates upon arrival. The special is valid February 1-29, 2012, excluding holiday weekends.