a Taj MuttHall Dog Diary: Vacation

Thursday, March 11, 2010


SUMMARY: A two-day doggie trip sans agility. Can you imagine?!

Last year, a funny thing happened at the worker's raffle table. I earned a bunch of raffle tickets by working all day. I usually put them all into any free-entry certificates, hoping to win one here and there. Just for fun, I dropped one ticket into the bulging-full jar for one free night at the Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Because, why not?

And I won.

Pets are Welcome there. In fact, all of Carmel loves dogs. Nearby Monterey's pretty good about them, too. In Carmel, I can shop and dine out and hike and go to the beach, all with my dogs along. You know it's dog-friendly when that's noted at the top of their Wikipedia article!

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a truly charming town, originally an artist's enclave but now an extremely pricey (and yet still charming) town that has no street numbers for houses; the houses all have names instead. And they're all different.

Believe me, I will be taking my camera!

You should also read about some of their unusual laws.

We're going next week, just me and the Merle Girls. Our reserved room has a king-sized bed, fireplace, and private courtyard, usually running in the $400/night range at full price. Well--technically, the room isn't FREE because they don't include the $50/night pet fee in the free gift certificate. But that's OK, I'll take it anyway.

I am SO looking forward to a couple of days of off-leash hiking and beaching, some nice meals, tons of photos, and a little pampering. And, although I may meet with some agility friends for beaching or hiking, there will in fact be no agility activities for us at all! THIS is my new life. ;-)


  1. WhooHoo you hit the jackpot. Sounds like a good time. Have fun!! Diana

  2. Wow, awesome raffle prize! Sounds like it will be a truly delightful get-away.

  3. How wonderful! I can't wait...oh..yea..I'm not going. But I expect to feel like I went when you post your pictures!

  4. Sounds fabulous. Do they provide those thick, fancy white bathrobes for the dogs?

  5. Robes: Hmm, let's see, the web site says that the dogs aren't allowed on the furniture (I will be taking the obligatory multiple sheets to cover things with), but I don't know whether bathrobes count as furniture.