Dogs at the beach

Pet Friendly Monterey Bay, Traveling with Pets has Never Been Easier

The Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the most pet friendly hot spots in California.  A true paradise for those traveling with their pets, activities are endless and many hotel properties and restaurants, welcome pets, including the Portola Hotel & Spa and on site eateries, Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub.  We asked some locals that work here at the Portola to share their favorite pet friendly spots. From pet friendly beaches, dog parks, hiking trails, cafes and restaurants, the possibilities are endless here in Monterey!


Mallory’s dog Dino, on his way to Cannery Row


“Dino’s favorite thing to do in Monterey is go for a walk along the recreational trail and meet all the other dogs. He is also loves Wine & Whiskers Wednesdays at Montrio Bistro during the summer out on their outdoor patio!” – Mallory Ragan, Payroll Supervisor / General Cashier




Jessica’s dog Darlene, running on Carmel Beach

 “There are several pet friendly activities in Monterey I like to do with Darlene, but a few of our favorite activities include a walk on Carmel Beach followed by a self-serve dog wash at Pet Food Express in the Carmel Crossroads Shopping Center and lunch at Tarpy’s Roadhouse on their pet friendly patio.” – Jessica Lessard, Catering Assistant


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Amy and Indy relaxing in the Portola Hotel lobby

 “I love to play a game of fetch with my dog Indy at the park. There is a great dog park near the hotel is only 10 minutes away in Del Rey Oaks, as well as in walking distance near Dennis the Menace Park & Lake El Estero.  ” – Amy Gibson, Director of Catering & Convention Services



Stephanie and her dog Lucy dining at Café Triste

 “I really like all of the pet friendly dining options in Monterey and one of my favorites is Café Triste on Alvarado Street.”- Stephanie Corsino, Sales Assistant



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Monty’s dogs Jack, Tiki and Charlie at the beach in Carmel

 “We love enjoying the beach and wine tasting in Carmel!” – Monty Deemer, Associate Director of Sales



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Colette’s dog Bella at Del Monte Beach

 “My puppy Bella just loves going to Del Monte Beach! It is a perfect place for her to make some friends! The beach does require that your dog be on a leash, but that is just fine since Bella is a runner so I would not want her on the loose!” – Colette Barss, Reservations Manager




Phillip’s Congo African Grey bird Taz at home

 “Taz generally stays home, but every once in a while Taz pays a visit to the Portola.”- Phillip Pennington, Director of Event Technologies


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Doris and Patches on the coastal recreational trail

 “I love to walk with my dog, Patches along the recreational trail and dine at some of our favorite pet friendly restaurants in around Monterey, including: Peter B’s Brewpub, Alvarado Street Brewery, Abalonetti Seafood, Trailside Café, Esteban Restaurant and of course Jacks Restaurant & Lounge right here at the Portola! I have to say that now days we find more and more Pet Friendly Restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula and I absolutely love when my canine can dine with us.”- Doris Lopez, Catering Manager


 Charlie the labradoodle with his Dog Uncle Beau, out for a morning walk and latte in Pacific Grove!

 “Our labradoodle pup, Charlie is always full of energy, so when we set out on our morning walk, we always love to stop for a coffee and a treat.  Joe Rombi’s La Piccala Casa on 17th Street and Crema on Lighthouse Avenue both have outdoor café tables with pet friendly patios and sometimes even a dog biscuit for their four-legged guests. Sometimes when we feel more adventurous, we hit the trails at Garland Park in Carmel Valley too!” – Lisa Thomas, Central Coast Living Blog, Editor



Lisa’s dog Charlie, out on the town!

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