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Wanted: Tips on Local Fun

UPDATE, 7/01: Our July/August issue is now on the newsstands, but there's plenty of summer left and we're still interested in hearing from you about your fave places for dog-friendly fun. Please add yours here. For those who so kindly sent in their tips in May, our most sincere thanks—alas, space was so tight that we weren't able to include them after all. But never fear: With this post, they're available to Barkers everywhere!


Summer’s on its way, and so is our summer travel feature. We’d like your help tracking down places around the country that offer big fun for dogs and their people, places you’d suggest to visiting friends and their dogs for a day trip, or perhaps a weekend outing. From a terrific dog park that’s especially welcoming to visitors or a local dog-friendly celebration to a mountain retreat and anything in between—if you and your dog think it’s a good place to have fun or just get away from it all, we want to hear about it.


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Submitted by Grace Chon | May 13 2009 |

Los Angeles is doggie paradise! My favorite places to visit are Runyon Canyon for off-leash hiking (the views of the city below are amazing), Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, shopping at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and the Century City Mall (you can literally go shopping at Urban Outfitters or Bloomingdale's with your doggies), and of course shopping for pooch at the many amazing dog boutiques in the city (Healthy Spot, The Modern Dog, Pussy and Pooch).

Submitted by vicki | May 13 2009 |

Point Isabel in Richmond, CA is a doggie heaven, acres of off-leash play area, a place to wash the dogs off before going home and a cafe with yummy food.


Submitted by vicki | May 13 2009 |

Santana Row, San Jose, CA is pet-friendly, park-like atmosphere to sit and dog watch, with 85 stores and restaurants that are pet-friendly and clearly marked with a Paws Welcome Here decal.

Submitted by Ian Whte | May 13 2009 |

Use a Paw Pet or another interactive toy and go to a park and develop a stronger relationship, train, or just have fun with your pup! Interactive play and games that support positive interaction between you and your pup can take place anywhere and is great exercise, it's just about making the time and having the right tools, like a Paw Pet at http://www.getpawpets.com

Submitted by Jamie Pflughoeft | May 13 2009 |

In Seattle, Myrtle Edwards Park on the downtown waterfront affords dogs and their owners 1.25 miles of wide paths and grass with outstanding views of the city, sound, sunset and mountains. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=311

Submitted by Cindy Littlepage | May 14 2009 |

My husband and I love 4 Paws Kingdom. Campground in Rutherfordton NC. Small and large fenced dog parks, dog activities, no kids, fenced pond, walking trails and activities for the people to enjoy too!

Submitted by Cindy | July 9 2009 |

We love 4 Paws Kingdom as well. We vacationed there last year and it was great. It's a campground so it has slips for RVs, tent camps and a few cabins. We rented a cabin and it was great. Very dog friendly. The owners were more interested in our dogs than us at check-in and that made us very happy. There were dog parks, a pond to swim in, a bath area for the dogs, activities for the dogs, people and both. They have specially themed weekends throughout the year, like Octoberfest. I recommend it to anyone that wants to "rough" it with their dogs. Not too far from Asheville or Hendersonville which are very dog friendly towns. Lots of great hiking nearby off the Blue Ridge Parkway too.

Submitted by Miranda M. | May 20 2009 |

Spend the weekend in Pismo Beach and stay at the classic motor hotel, the Palomar Inn. After grabbing a coffee at the Steaming Bean, get mistaken for a local as you walk through ‘The Village’ one block to the (discreetly off leash) beach. Eco friendly, dog friendly AND people friendly! You may never want to leave.

Submitted by Louie Beebout | May 21 2009 |

Woof! I'm a whippet/yellow lab mix who likes to take his people to the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek in Little River, just south of Mendocino. We first learned about the inn from an ad in Bark magazine. Now we try to go every six months or so. The inn features comfortable cottages that are dog-friendly. They even gave me a bag of goodies when I arrived that included a frisbee, a ball, and peanut butter cookies! Two of the cottages have their own fenched-in yards, which is nice for dogs like myself who like privacy. Nearby are plenty of wonderful beaches to play on and restaurants to get tasty treats.

Submitted by CeliaSue Hecht | May 24 2009 |

Visit Mendocino, California. Tiptoe through tulips, eat ice cream with your pooches, plus sun, sand and stunning ocean beaches and pet friendly lodges abound (Stanford Inn, MacCallum House, Cottages at Little River and more)...

Submitted by CeliaSue Hecht | May 24 2009 |

My dog Cici loves visiting pet friendly wineries in Carmel, Lodi (Amorosa Inn), Pasos Robles, Healdsburg (Selby's), Anderson Valley (Navarro's is the best), and Napa and Sonoma. She enjoys the treats and attention plus some have on site dogs and lots of grass to sniff.

Submitted by bark | July 3 2009 |

In the Monadnock region of New Hampshire where we live, my dogs and I love to explore Fox Forest in Hillsboro, the Francestown Town Forest and the Shattuck Pond Preserve (our favorite).

From Britain Hill, photographer and companion to Kalitan, who appears on p. 14 of the July/August issue.

Submitted by Anonymous | July 27 2009 |

The Crazy Horse Memorial in the South Dakota Black Hills in 'small doggie' friendly. They can go into the museum and everywhere, if carried, except the food service areas.

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