Dog-Friendly Paso Robles

If you are looking for a fun getaway for this new year, but don’t want to exclude the dog, try a visit to Paso Robles, California.

By | Posted: Dec 30, 2013, 3 p.m. EST

A quaint town, just twenty minutes from the beautiful Pacific Coast, it boasts fun walking areas to shop and dine, nature trails, and plenty of cheer throughout the year.

Paso Robles. Photo by Brent Lotz


Where to Stay

When we scoped out Paso Robles for the canine crowd, we stayed at The Oaks Hotel. A bit away from the beaten path, the hotel has nice cozy accommodations with plenty of room for Fido. They offer free in room Wi-fi and complementary buffet breakfast. Skye, our Shetland Sheepdog hotel critic, was very happy with the warm reception she received and gobbled up the all-natural treats they gave her upon check-in. They even had a nice grassy potty area for her complete with bags and a garbage can – she gave them her bark of approval!

Paso Robles Oaks Hotel. Photo by Brent Lotz


Where to Eat

There are many places to eat in the downtown shopping area that boast dog-friendly patios. We tried the Paso Robles Inn, where Jesse James frequented. Each table on the patio has its own fire pit in the center, keeping you warm even if it’s chilly. The food was good; definitely try the artichoke appetizer and the steaks for which they are famous. In addition, I have a lot of food allergies and they were able to accommodate me pretty well, so if someone in your party has allergies, they are a good choice. 

If you are looking for great coffee, the Amsterdam Coffee House located just a block away from City Park has amazing lattes and they offer almond milk.

Paso Robles downtown. Photo by Brent Lotz


What to Do

During the day, check out one of the local dog parks or nature walks. Be aware that the City Park in downtown is not dog friendly. We found this a bit ironic, considering they have a statue of "man’s best friend” by the water fountain. Check out the fountain while your dog is enjoying a nap at the hotel. 

Our pick for dog parks is the new Sherwood Dog Park, located at 290 Scoot Street, adjacent to the Senior Center. They do charge a $1 usage fee per day. For walks, try hiking the Salinas Riverwalk. The entrance is at the 13th Street bridge overpass - you can walk there from downtown, or there is parking nearby.

Other fun dog friendly places in downtown Paso Robles include the General Store, Studios on the Park (an art gallery), and of course, several wine tasting rooms: Paso Underground, Clayhouse Winery, Pithy Wine Company, and LXV Wine.

A don’t miss, Hearst Castle is just an hour away. New Year’s Eve is the last day to see the castle decorated for Christmas, as it would have been in the 1930’s. It is not dog friendly though, so you will have to make arrangements at a doggy daycare or pet sitter.

Hearst Castel. Photo courtesy Travel Paso Robles Alliance

The Neptune Pool at Hearst Castle. Not one of the dog-friendly stops, but worth a stop if you can make doggy daycare arrangements for your dog.    

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/3/2014 4:42:36 AM

Something well worth checking out.

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