Carmel By The Sea – Love At First Bite

Can’t bear to leave Fido behind – even on your Honeymoon?

You’re not alone. And neither does your pooch have to be! Cypress Inn at California’s Carmel-by-The-Sea has pioneered what it means to be pet-friendly. Read on…


Photo: Michael Troutman/ Cypress Inn Carmel Calif. ecoluxurystyle

Puppy Love is in full swing in the U.S. with an estimated 14% of all adults (29.1 million) toting a four-legged travel companion on vacation within the past three years (78% being dogs).


Ahead of the curve, Cypress Inn was one of California’s first hotel properties to welcome pets in the mid-1980s and has since seen everything from parrots to pot bellied pigs check in for an adventure by the sea.  Standard operating procedure includes concierges carrying grain-free all-natural dog treats and all of the Inn’s 44 crisp, contemporary guestrooms appointed with dog bowls, plush dog beds and in-room fireplaces.  Top treats include Tricks for an upgrade upon arrival (based on availability) and complimentary Cypress Inn logoed collar tag for Fido to tout his travels.
Things start to shake up in the afternoon, as Terry’s Lounge rolls out Yappy Hour daily from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  A vintage slice of Hollywood by the sea, Cypress Inn salutes all things retro with a classic cocktail menu and complimentary Muttini for four-legged drinkers.  A new Culinary Canine Menu debuts February 1st including such delicacies as Steak Tartar, Chow Hound Chicken and Fish & Chips.  One complimentary entrée rounds out the Puppy Love package.

An iconic landmark since 1929 and part of the elite collection of Carmel Boutique InnsCypress Inn embodies Hollywood-by-the-Sea elegance with casual seaside charm.   Co-owned by legendary Hollywood actress and animal rights enthusiast Doris Day, the 44-guestroom property is set in a Mediterranean footprint with vaulted ceilings, airy courtyards, in-room fireplaces and a crisp, contemporary décor.  

Ideally located just blocks from Carmel Beach and walking distance to 100+ art galleries, Cypress Inn offers afternoon tea, a pet-friendly Yappy Hour and sustainable dining menu at Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge, Carmel’s first and only Seafood Watch program participant.  Carmel-by-the-Sea is one square mile of incorporated city set along Carmel Bay on the Monterey Peninsula.  It is located 120 mi./192 km., south of San Francisco and 350 mi./560 km., north of Los Angeles.   The Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) is served by non-stop flights from Denver (DIA), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Phoenix (PHX), San Diego (SAN) and San Francisco (SFO).


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