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Paws up for Laguna Beach!
Bobby and Alli from Traveling Newlyweds, here! We're a young couple that's always on the go - whether that means we're overseas, adventuring the US, or in our own backyard - Laguna Beach! We have a Bernedoodle named Sally that we lovingly refer to as our "fur child", and we try to bring her along on our adventures as much as we can. Oftentimes, we find ourselves planning our trips around Sally!
That being said, one of our favorite "staycation" spots that is 100% Sally approved is Laguna Beach. It's easy to get to, fun to explore, and you can bring your four-legged friends just about everywhere! They're more than just dog friendly - Laguna is passionate about dogs. From the amount of spots you can take your pup (and you're encouraged to bring them!) to the fact that most locals have dogs themselves... it's become a must-visit for dog owners, and dog lovers (Check behind the counter at local shops - chances are the business owner brought their pup to work!).
Not only does The Inn at Laguna Beach sit on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, but you can't beat the location as it's steps from Main Beach, shopping, restaurants, and more. The beachy, coastal style is warm and inviting, and the staff couldn't be friendlier. Plus, they're super accommodating to dogs. You can even bring them along for wine hour on the Inn's rooftop terrace! The Inn is situated right above Main Beach and within a short walk to the downtown village where there are a plethora of dog friendly restaurants.
Tucked away on the south end of Laguna Beach, Casa Laguna is one of the best kept secrets in the area. It's the perfect combination of quaint and cozy, and chic and modern. Everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity! They have a handful of dog friendly rooms that have spacious patios for your pups to enjoy, and easy access to the street.
We could go on and on about the views, the great happy hour, the fish tacos... but the real star of the show is their DOG MENU! The Cliff serves everything from Peanut Butter Crunch Bones to Prime Rib dinners, and it's just about the cutest thing ever. Get your cameras ready, if your dog is anything like ours, the meal will last exactly 1.4 seconds! But it's worth it!
This is our go-to lunch spot. Zeytoon serves up fresh and healthy Mediterranean faire, and their rooftop patio is something out of a dream. It's casual and low key and great for dogs. We'll sometimes find ourselves staying for a few hours, enjoying the sunshine, wine and the birds eye view of the ocean.
Laguna Beach Beer Company is the perfect spot to grab a drink and sit outside with your pup. A favorite among locals - enjoy a tasting flight, or a pint (or two!) and make some friends! Their warm pretzel is crave-worthy, and their artisan flatbreads are made in-house! Of course, all the beers are brewed locally and named after iconic Laguna Beach locations, characters (The Greeter!), and beaches.
Sapphire Laguna is known for their international comfort food and picturesque outdoor dining experience - and dogs are welcome! We love coming for "Sunset Hour" for their House Made Potato Chips and Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger... you may even be tempted to give your pup a bite!
Other dog-friendly restaurant is Zinc Cafe & Market. Dinner on the patio at Las Brisas is always a favorite, especially if you're looking for a romantic date night spot. And if you're in the mood for some tasty Mexican food, Taco Loco and La Sirena Grill (downtown location) are two more of our favorites - and both love dogs!
Also known as "Top of the World", this lookout boasts some of the best views of Laguna Beach. There are several trailheads here that are dog friendly, and a park for pups to explore.
We love walking Sally along the boardwalk at Main Beach, then heading up the Pacific Coast Highway to shop and explore. You'll pass several dog friendly restaurants and shops and are bound to make some new friends along the way (both two, and four-legged)!
You could easily spend an afternoon meandering along Heisler Park, soaking in the ocean views, having a picnic on the grass, checking out the 14 pieces of public art pieces or admiring local artists. The tide pools there are some of the best in the area, and while that activity may not be dog friendly - it's still worth a look!
Just adjacent to Montage Laguna Beach is Treasure Island Beach. It's about as close to paradise as you can get - white, sandy beach, lush greenery, and a stunning park overhead. We love taking Sally for a walk along the park and then enjoy a drink in the Montage lobby (also extremely dog friendly!).
Aside from the trails, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach all day from September 11 to June 14. During the summer (June 15 - September 10), your pup can only frolic in the waves before 9:00am and after 6:00pm - which is perfect for beating the heat. Sally's favorite beaches to explore include Shaw's Cove and Anita Street Beach.
While there are plenty of spots to take Sally for a walk, her favorite way to explore is when she is free and off-leash. The best place for your pup to roam free and make friends is the Laguna Beach Dog Park. The park, with separate sections for both big and small dogs, is a massive, well-maintained expanse of green lawns and picnic tables. It is open from 6:00am to dusk daily, and closed on Wednesdays. We love going here to get Sally's wiggles out before a nice al-fresco date night.
Fresh food, healthy treats, squeeky toys and more... Naked Dog Bistro is a one stop shop when it comes to pampering your pet! They're family owned and operated, and extremely helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to keeping your pup healthy and happy. Sally LOVES their homemade baked goods, and they honestly look so good - we're tempted to eat them too!
This "Petique" features the artwork of Debby Carman, and chances are you've seen and admired her artwork before! Best known for her whimsical style, she captures the very essence of dogs (and cats!) in a captivating and clever way. She sells her artwork, ceramics, books, and more. And, you can even commission her to paint your pup!
There's a good chance your dog will romp in the ocean during your stay, so we highly suggest a trip to Dog Tub! This self-serve dog wash has everything you need and more, including premium bath products and handmade accessories. There's nothing better than a squeaky-clean pup!
If you need a little time away from your pup, the Dog Ranch Bed & Biscuit is a local favorite. Nestled in a residential setting in Laguna Canyon, the ranch is a great place to leave your dog for a few hours or for the night. The property has two large outdoor play yards with turf, umbrellas, saltwater pools, and trees. They will customize your dog's daily activities to suit their needs, and they boast an incredible staff of dog lovers. This may be the highlight of your pup's trip!
Every season is prime for visiting Laguna Beach with your pup - but we definitely recommend planning your trip around the annual "Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off" that happens every September (cook-off aside, the summer crowds have died down and the weather is perfection). All kinds of awards are given for the best dressed pets - so pack accordingly! But no matter what you do and when you go, you and your pup are sure to have the best time in Laguna Beach. Keep an eye out for Sally, Laguna's biggest 4-legged fan.