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May 18, 2017 06:59PM ● By Fran Miller


Nothing beats canine companionship. And even Fido needs a vacation now and then. Take your furry friend along to one of these pet friendly hotels, and watch his tail wag with delight. From organic dog treats to fluffy pet beds, these three Bay Area spots roll out the red carpet for four-legged guests.

Enchanté Boutique Hotel, Los Altos

The French chateau-inspired Enchanté Boutique Hotel is probably the most elegant pet-friendly hotel in the Bay Area. Francophile owner and dog lover Abigail Ahrens spared no expense in planning, designing, and decorating this plush South Bay gem where pups get as warm a welcome as their owners. Ahrens’ two dogs act as “canine concierges,” greeting furry guests with homemade organic biscuits, filtered water bowls, and perfectly sized pet beds. Treat your pet to a spa day at the neighboring Barking Lot, an upscale grooming salon offering ‘pawdicures’ and ‘coiffers.’ Or keep it simple and take your pooch on a stroll around Los Altos Village Park. The area also boasts several restaurants with big, dog-friendly patios. ‘Pet Paw-licies’ at Enchante: No barking; must be on leash or in arms at all times; one time $35 fee per pet; no size or breed restrictions.


Nick’s Cove, Marshall

Overlooking beautiful Tomales Bay on Highway One in Marshall, Nick’s Cove waterfront retreat loves your pet as much as you do. Seven of the inn’s 12 rustically elegant cottages are pet friendly. Located either directly on or overlooking the Bay, each is equipped with stacks of dog towels to keep paws pretty. (But take note: the fragile ecological environment dictates that guests keep Rover from frolicking in the water.) Pet staples include freshly baked treats from Nick’s Cove’s famed kitchen, water bowls, and plenty of hugs and snuggles from the the dog-loving staff. Your pet can soak up the sun on the outdoor dining deck while you taste the latest catch or sample oysters harvested from nearby farms. Though not far away, this cedar and eucalyptus scented locale feels relaxingly remote and is the perfect place for a stroll out on the dock, or a few games of fetch.


Inn at the Presidio, San Francisco

Located in what was once the social and administrative heart of the Presidio, the 26-room Inn at the Presidio features spacious, high-ceilinged, comfortably-posh suites with gas fireplaces. Enjoy a glass of complimentary evening wine while hanging with your pup on the veranda or by the back patio’s large fire pit. Surrounded by groves of fragrant eucalyptus on one side, panoramic Bay and Golden Gate Bridge views on the other, and nearly 25 miles of walking and jogging paths that beg to be sniffed and roamed, a stay at the Inn is a doggie’s dream. And Sunday’s Presidio Picnic on the main parade ground is a dog-friendly fest of food, drink, music, and people & pup watching. The Inn offers dog beds, water and food bowls, and special treats. There is no size or breed restriction; maximum number allowed is 2, and the per-room cleaning deposit is $40.

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