Idyllwild CA Getaway

One through five, most dog friendly places in the country, I’m gonna give Idyllwild a TEN! Idyllwild’s mayor is a golden retriever named Max. I mean, c’mon.

Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains (only about 2.5 hours away from Los Angeles), you can get all the things you’re missing in LA! Pine trees, clean air and nice people–I kid, I kid. When you’re driving up here it feels like you’re going to the middle of nowhere but then a small town pops up and it is adorable.

We stayed in Strawberry Creek Bunkhouse ($99-129/night, ph. 951-659-2201) which allows dogs in selected rooms. Our room was so cozy and felt roomy with its high angled ceiling. In the mornings, they deliver a basket filled with delicious warm scones, juice, apples and oatmeal packets.

Other pet friendly accommodations:

Idyllwild Inn ($99-185/night, ph. 888-659-2552)
Woodland Park Manor ($99-205/night, ph. 951-659-2657)

There are plenty of pet friendly cabin vacation rentals around if you check AirBnB, Flipkey, VRBO, etc.

Outdoor activities include hiking, dog parks and trails. Idyllwild Nature Center allows leashed dogs ($4 for Adult tickets, $1 for dog).

Or check out the shops — which is what we did.

Hiking through the shops was SO TUFF, Weston got a frozen yogurt treat from the Ice Cream & Jerky store.

So many of the restaurants here are dog friendly! We loved La Casita for its tastes-like-your-grandmother’s-home-cooking-ifshe’smexican (must-try: Albondigas soup, rice & beans, Camarones Rancheros). Tommy’s Kitchen has an amazing roasted veggie sandwich on ciabatta bread, salad bar and potato waffles! At night time Ferro’s comes alive with a bright bar, 2 level seating and modern italian food. Try Cafe Aroma for live music (most nights), a beautiful outdoor patio and yummy food (garlic bisque, the complimentary olive bread, scampi appetizer, yellow squash casserole).

Other pet friendly restaurants:

Gastrognome ph. 951-659-5055
Lumber Mill Bar & Grill ph. 951-659-0315
Oma’s European Restaurant ph. 951-659-0203

5 Dog Friendly Restaurants in Studio City

Studio City has grown into a small foodie nation and there are so many spots with good food, good drinks and dog-friendly tables!

Sun Cafe. 10820 Ventura Blvd. Even if you’re a carnivore, you will love the food here — I promise. I think I could probably eat the Sun Nachos every day of my life — vegan chorizo, vegan cheese, fresh veg, guac and jalapeños.Every time I come out of here I feel like I did something good for myself and blissfully full. They also serve beer & wine and have an awesome Happy Hour food menu 3-6pm!

The Six. 12650 Ventura Blvd. Ok, back to the meat-eaters… I love the starter plates here. Mix and match and share around the table. The outdoor patio is really big and hidden. It doesn’t even feel outdoors because it’s all covered. Rustic wood tables and furniture adorn the back patio and the hearty food matches its ambience. BTW — the best Fried Mac & Cheese bites I’ve ever tried in my life. They are perfectly crispy on the outside and gooey deliciousness on the inside.

Black Market. 11915 Ventura Blvd. Already a busy favorite on the popular Ventura Blvd, Black Market has expanded their serving area with a brand new outdoor patio! I am very excited about this new addition because now it is dog friendly! Perfect place to do some people-watching and get more of a relaxed dining experience than the jammed, noisy atmosphere inside. There is no Happy Hour but plenty of quirky shareable dishes created by Top Chef alum Antonia Lofaso.

Mercado. 3413 Cahuenga W. Mercado serves Pozole soup (my fave kind of soup!) every Sunday 11am-3pm, along with the rest of the delicious Brunch menu: chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, Their homemade guacamole and chips beat every other Mexican restaurant! With a brand new outdoor dog-friendly patio, Weston approves!

Granville. 12345 Ventura Blvd. Granville is one of those places where you’re figuring out where to eat for dinner (because there’s nothing in the house and you do NOT feel like being in the kitchen), you feel like wearing a t-shirt and flip flops, you don’t want to deal with a reservation, but you don’t want fast food — you want decent, well-prepared, organic food with flavor. Oh, and the dog has to come. Duh. This dilemma happens at our house ALL THE TIME. #noshame Granville is perfect because it doesn’t feel “restaurant-y” even though the decor happens to be really grand and beautiful, the dishes are simple yet are homey and healthy.

 

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