Life before Curtis was simple. We traveled and we travelled a lot. All we ever had to do was packed up, head out, and enjoy the trip. Soon after adopting this sweet furry guy though, we realized there were going to be a lot more logistics involve with travel. A pet friendly vacation would be a little more involved. Was Curtis going to be able come along at all or were we going to have to board him. If we did bring him, most importantly, would we be able to find pet friendly accommodations that would live up to our standards.
Don’t get me wrong. I have never regretted for a second the decision to make this amazing pooch a part of our family. Like many dog owners, I refer to Curtis as my fur baby. I love him so and am beyond happy to have such a well behaved and handsome pup in our lives.
While a pet friendly vacation may require a bit more planning, it can be done…..
With the rise of independently owned pet-friendly vacation rentals such as those found through vacation rental management companies and sites like VRBO and Airbnb, pet-friendly vacation rentals are much easier to find. Gone are the days when traveling dog owners are limited to sub-par side of the road motels that basically only serves as a place to rest up for a night, but leave much to be desired.
Humboldt County is a premier pet friendly vacation destination. Located in the far reaches of coastal Northern California and home to Redwood National and State Parks, Humboldt and its neighboring counties of DelNorte and Trinity, offer tons of dog friendly accommodations as well as outdoor activities that every pup will love. While dogs are not allowed in Redwoods National Park itself there are trails upon trails outside of the park that are dog friendly and also loads of dog friendly beaches as well. Here is a great list of pet friendly trails and beaches on the Redwood Coast.
When staying in McKinleyville, CA don’t miss out on taking your dog to Hiller Park. This dog friendly county park features a huge off-leash area where dogs can run about and socialize before taking a walk on the 1.5 miles of trails that meander along bluffs overlooking the majestic pacific ocean. Hiller Park sits directly on the larger Hammond Trail which is a really awesome 5 mile stretch of the California Coastal Trail that runs from the Arcata north to Clam Beach in McKinleyville. The Hammond Trail has been voted “best place to walk, jog, or bike” in Humboldt County and if they could, dogs would most likely vote the same.
Our little Curtis absolutely loves walking the trails at Hiller Park. When talking to other dog owners there many say Hiller Park is absolutely one of the best dog park they have EVER been too. I mean come on, there are even dog drinking fountains there! When in Arcata though, Curtis really enjoys the awesome on-leash trails found within the Arcata Community Forest as well as at the Arcata Marsh. And we can’t forget his fave in Eureka, Sequoia Park, location of the annual “Bark in the Park” event, which is a 5K walk/run to raise money for animal welfare groups in Humboldt County. Another fun annual event catering to canines that also held in Eureka is Woofstock, a family and dog friendly event with live music, food, shopping, doggie fun zone, and more doggie delights. When on a pet friendly vacation on the Redwood Coast these are all great stops to make with your furry friends.
Now that you know where to take your dog while on a pet friendly vacation on the Redwood Coast, let’s talk accommodations.
Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals, the regions premier vacation rental management co., offers a large selection of pet friendly vacation homes. Their featured pet friendly vacation rentals include a brand new studio near the Hiller Park and the Hammond Trail, Downtown lofts in Arcata, oceanview condos in Trinidad, as well as waterfront cabins on the Humboldt Bay at Oyster Beach. They offer around 30 different pet friendly vacation homes in total. See more Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals pet friendly vacation home listings here.
Thanks to pet friendly vacation homes like these, life with Curtis is still pretty simple. We continue to travel and we have a great time doing with our dog. We are pretty sure he enjoys a little vaycay from time to time too ;). Where will your next pet friendly vacation take you and your fur babies?