Want to travel and bring your four-legged family member? Santa Barbara is the place to go. There are so many dog-friendly places that Fido will think the trip was planned just for him.
Our inn welcomes your precious puppy along with his human travel mates. For only $10 per night, quiet, non-aggressive, potty trained dogs are able to enjoy our friendly accommodations. Once you arrive, we recommend exploring these places together:
Santa Barbara has many dog-friendly beaches. Arroyo Burro Beach (known to the local’s at Hendry’s Beach) is the only beach that allows dogs off leash. Go ahead, let Fido play in the surf then given them a bath at the self-serve dog-washing station in the parking lot. You may see a star or two walking their dog in the surf at Butterfly Beach. Summerland Beach is open to both dogs and horses.
Take your dog hiking with you. Douglas Family Preserve has 70 acres of trails and expansive views. As an added bonus, the preserve allows dogs to explore off-leash. The four-mile trail to Inspiration Point is definitely not flat but the views are worth it. The 1.5-mile Coal Oil Point Trail is much easier and takes about an hour to complete.
Want to expose your dog to marine wildlife? Bring them along on the Sunset Kidd. The private sailing yacht welcomes dogs on all of their cruises. Just imagine (and be prepared) how your dog will react to seeing a whale!
Perhaps you’d like to show your dog some culture. The Red Tile Walking Tour is the best way to see Santa Barbara’s Spanish architecture. 17 stops and 22 historic abodes along the self-guided tour include the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, La Arcada Courtyard, De la Guerra Plaza, and Presidio Gardens.
Request an outdoor table and bring your dog to dinner. Santa Barbara’s year-round gorgeous weather makes it possible to let your dog enjoy a night on the town. The Brewhouse features a human and a dog menu. Sip a beer while your dog savors steak bites. You don’t have to sacrifice having a view just because you have your dog with you. The Dining Room and Terrace Restaurant at Belmond El Encanto has some of the best views around. If you’re visiting the Funk Zone, get a table at The Lark or Loquita for dinner.
Sipping wine while petting your pooch sounds like a perfect afternoon. Sit on the outdoor patio at Santa Barbara Winery. Municipal Winemakers was once a dive shop, now it offers wine in a dog friendly atmosphere. Grassini Family Vineyards knows that dogs get thirsty too. They have water bowls and treats for local and visiting dogs.
If you are planning a day at locations where your furry friend is not welcome, try one of these doggy day spas. The owner of Loose Pooch got involved in formal dog training was he was 10-years-olds. He fell in love with the work and has been doing it ever since. Camp Canine is a dog resort and spa that has been in business since 1984. SAM’S Doggie Dude Ranch is a kennel that every dog loves. There’s a swimming hole and a sand pile and lots of room to run. Dioji is a tropical refuge for dogs. Staff sleep in the room with the dogs at night so they can cater to their every need.