As the owner of 2 German Shepherd dogs, I was planning to take a few days get-a-way along California Highway #1.

Until I actually started making my plans, I thought I would have a very hard time finding a hotel that would take the two large dogs, but was pleasantly surprised to find there is lots of information to help vacationers, with pets find the right hotel to stay at.

My search found many places where I could stay with my two dogs. I got the name and location of places that accepted pets, phone numbers, the weight of pets they would accept, how many could stay at one time and the cost.

The Fees were listed according to the weight of the pet and I was also given, the hotels charges per night for the accommodations and in some instances I was able to make my reservation online.

After reading all they had to offer, as well as recommendations of prior guests, which were posted, on the different hotel sites, I chose the Best Western Cavalier Inn.

This hotel has all non-smoking rooms with either king or two queen beds. The rate varies depending on the location of the rooms.

Choices ranged from rooms right on the bluff, with the ocean just 20 feet below, To oceanfront rooms, 100 feet back from the ocean bluff and rooms with a view of the ocean.

Many of the rooms come with wood burning fireplaces, soaking tubs, TV’s, internet access and sliding glass doors that lead to private patios, from which you will have a front row seat to the spectacular sunsets.

Cars are parked right outside the entrance to the rooms downstairs, and for guests upstairs, their parking is convenient to the stairs leading to the top floor.

The beautiful landscaped grounds have panoramic ocean views, are lighted in the evenings with fire pits, that have seats nearby, and which are also lit, to keep off the evening chill that is common along the coast.

There is lots of lawn areas and pathways for leashed pets to walk and play on. The hotel even furnishes the doggie scuppers.

Getting to this location, along highway 1, there are many swimming beaches one can stop at, or drive out among the sand dunes, go boating or fishing.

If it is the right season, whales cavorting off-shore. A short detour Inland, there are lots of wineries, open for tours, wine tasting or to purchase a bottle of your favorite.

Mona Graham, A Way To Travel


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