Wow, I have definitely neglected this blog. Because of Covid, I actually haven’t traveled in months. The last time I was on a plane was January 2020 for Miami- not one flight since then and I don’t plan to for awhile.
When I started this blog, Weston + Fira were a lot younger and we frequently traveled for work and fun, so I had more to post about and had a ton of fun creating dog-friendly city guides.
Now that they’re older, it’s a bit different. Weston’s almost 11. We don’t want to add any unneeded stress on him so those long-haul flights to Europe seem like way too much and leaving him for a few weeks is too sad–for all of us! Flights have become stricter, Covid still makes traveling tricky and I’m also getting older. I’m tired. Lol!
With time, things change.
I think, like a lot of us during this time, I’ve been appreciating where I live, doing more staycations and enjoying time at home. The dogs are certainly very pleased about this.
So, where else can we go within a drive? Luckily, we are close to the beach and a lot of cool cities so we decided to take a trip up to Carmel (4-5 hours north of Los Angeles). We stayed at The Getaway for a few nights and it was just the break I needed!
This boutique hotel has 34 rooms and is right in the center of town- you can walk to all the shops, restaurants and the beach. Fira is obsessed with the beach and kept dragging me towards the ocean- I swear she always knows the direction of any beach, even if it’s miles away.
Right across from the hotel is a convenient park for nice little walks or a picnic. One of my favorite parts of the hotel was their daily happy hour. They offer a nice complimentary spread of cheeses, meats + wines. Enjoy outside on their patio next to the fireplace!
Carmel is one of the most dog-friendly cities in America and there were dogs everywhere. It seemed like at every table there was a dog sitting politely next to their owner(s). No need to leave your dog–so many dog-friendly wineries, wine tasting rooms and restaurants!
Speaking of restaurants, my favorites were Bicyclette (modern French-American), Dametra (mediterranean) and Pangea (Asian-fusion). The owner of Pangea is Korean so I was excited to see kimchi stew + kimchi fried rice on the menu, which of course, I ordered! It was my favorite meal of the week.
I had a great time, drank way too much wine and slept in every morning. 🙂 Btw, I will be partnering with The Getaway to give away one free night stay at the hotel! The giveaway will go live this week on National Dog Day August 26th on @WTFrenchie so make sure to check in and enter!
Where have you traveled with your dog lately?