Posted in Blogging Marin on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by MCVB Staff
By Megan Eileen McDonough
Calling all pet lovers! It’s no secret that some destinations are more pet-friendly than others, which can definitely overcomplicate trip planning. Luckily, Marin County loves your pooch as much as you do. From inns that can book your dog’s grooming to suites stocked with pet towels and water bowls, your pet will feel right at home. Whether on a budget or not, here are five of the best pet-friendly hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in the area.
Pet-friendly and accessible, Novato’s Inn Marin can even book grooming appointments and day care for animals. Between your sightseeing stops around Novato and its acres of open spaces and trails, take a dip in the inn’s large outdoor pool or rejuvenate in the spa. The garden patio area comes complete with a barbecue, and serves as the perfect spot for you and your pet to sit back and relax in the shade. For a bite to eat, swing by Rickey’s Restaurant, which serves old-fashioned favorites, including hearty pastas and delicious spit-roasted meats.
Panama Hotel & Restaurant
Doubling as a restaurant, Panama Hotel takes pet-friendly to a whole new level. Styled as a historic bed-and-breakfast in the heart of San Rafael, there’s a certain charm that comes with staying here. Rooms feature tile or hardwood floors and there are pet bowls as well as towels at the ready. Guests should note the nightly fee of $15 per pet, with a maximum of two animals. Take advantage of the hotel’s trendy location—Gerstle Park—for an afternoon walk. As for the restaurant, stick around for the live music.
Similar to Panama Hotel, the charming and historic Nick’s Cove also doubles as a restaurant, but right on the water of stunning Tomales Bay. Dogs are allowed in dedicated cottages and in the outdoor section of the restaurant. There’s even a pastry chef who bakes signature (and healthy) dog treats, plus plenty of water bowls for staying hydrated. In each cottage, including the waterfront cottages, you’ll find dog towels. Best of all, Nick’s Cove has a concierge who can help guide you on the best pet-friendly walks around Marshall. Your pet will feel as pampered and catered to as you.
Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel
If you didn’t get the hint from its name, San Rafael’s Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel is a good fit for both short-term business travelers and longer-term vacationers. Suites are rentable by the day, week or month, all depending on how long you and your pooch want to stay. While Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some of Marin’s more luxurious accommodations, it covers all the basics plus a few extras. Bonus points for the indoor heated swimming pool and complimentary Wi-Fi.