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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Holiday Dog-Friendly Road Trip to Carmel & Napa

I don't think Bailey, my maltese/shi tzu dog realize how lucky he is. I'm not kidding how ridiculously spoiled he is and I'm sure family and friends think we're crazy for giving him this much attention. But you know, the unconditional love he's given us is priceless. 
Back in Hawaii, there are not many restaurants, hotels, dog parks, & etc. for you to bring your fur family member to. But relocating to Laguna Beach is a dog owner's & fido's dream. Treats and water bowls at most entrances to businesses. Oh, if you're relocating with your pets from Hawaii to the mainland make sure to get them their rabies vaccine shot. Also, you have to obtain a dog permit once you're here.
Anyway, a few years ago Danny and I did a road trip to Carmel and we fell in love with the enchanted town. We took notice of all the dogs freely walking around with their owners. Who knew then that Bailey would some day travel thousands of miles to enjoy Carmel by the Sea as well.
We decided to stay at Svendsgaards Inn which is a pet-friendly Inn. Every morning there would be breakfast for all three of us waiting at our door. The majority of the hotels/inns are pet-friendly in Carmel. This website: BringFido.Com was very helpful in finding accommodation in Carmel for our trip.

Waiting for lunch at Portabella.

Stopped by Diggidy Dog for treats & new shirt.

Our first night, we had dinner at Basil Seasonal Dining. Food here was amazing! The name of the restaurant says it all: Seasonal food. We had butternut squash ravioli and black ink linguini with calamari. Bailey was given treats and a bowl of water. It was kind of funny that everywhere we would go Bailey would be greeted first and offered treats. 

Bailey catching up on what's going on in the canine world.

For Christmas Eve dinner we ate at Forge In The Forest. Food here was delicious. They even had a dog menu! I had the Valencia Paella, Menage a trois beef fillet for Danny, and Bailey had the "Quarter Hounder".
Getting cozy by the fireplace
(NastyGal dress & Christian Louboutin spike heels)

I can't say I'm a wine connoisseur but I do enjoy drinking wine so it was quite obvious we would go to Napa.
In Napa, we were hoping to have stayed at Andaz hotel for points purposes but unfortunately, they were not dog friendly. We opted to stay at Meritage Resort. Bailey was not disappointed.
San Francisco

Overlooking the vineyard at the Meritage. 
Both got the sun in their eyes

We visited a few wineries which were obviously dog friendly. This website: was very helpful in assisting us find wineries that allowed dogs in tasting rooms.
Wine Tasting at Sattui Winery

Bailey, "Yeah dad, this wine smells slightly oaky and I can smell hints of currants & cherries"

Bailey wandering inside the wine cave

The ladies here were super friendly & wine selection was great

Having lunch at Bouchon Bistro 
Bailey's happy here

Moëlle Rôtie 

Saucisson du Jour 

Escargots à la Bourguignonne

Valentino & Pup
Yellow keeps us warm & happy 

Although this trip was mainly for Bailey, Danny and I wanted at least 2 hours to not be catering to Bailey. So we hired a sitter from Fetch Pet Care. They were so awesome to work with. 
Danny and I had some alone time at Farm Restaurant at the Carneros Inn. Food was so delicious. 

Lobster bisque

Pork with arugula salad

Lobster risotto with white truffles

Pork belly 

Deconstructed bread pudding

Bailey all tuckered out and ready for the drive home.

"Where to next, mom & dad?!?!"


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