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Dogs know when we are planning a trip without them.
In his novel Travels with Charley, American author and dog owner John Steinbeck described his canine’s pre-trip anxiety like this: “Charley is a mind-reading dog. He knows we are going long before the suitcase has come out, and he paces and worries and whines and goes into a state of mild hysteria.”
Lucky for Charley and all other dogs, Camarillo is a dog-friendly destination. From places to stay to where to eat and what to do, there are plenty of pro-pooch options. Here are some tips for planning your next trip with your furry family member.
Conveniently located not far from Highway 101, Surestay Hotel by Best Western Camarillo allows guests to have up to two dogs at a total weight limit of 80 pounds. There is a daily fee of $20 per fluff ball with a $100 per week maximum. An added bonus: other pet types (such as cats or birds) may be accepted at the hotel’s discretion. All rooms feature free, wireless high-speed internet and there is a complimentary breakfast for the humans.
Staying for a while? Don’t forget to pack the milk bones! Residence Inn by Marriott Camarillo specializes in suites with separate living and sleeping areas and fully equipped kitchens. The pet policy allows for up to two dogs per room for a total of 40 pounds for a fee of $150. Other amenities include free, wireless high-speed internet, on-site laundry and a barbecue area.
Another great option conveniently located close to Highway 101 is Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. The hotel welcomes up to two dogs per room for a daily, non-refundable fee of $50. The maximum weight is 25 pounds. Enjoy free wireless internet and breakfast and access to a business center and meeting rooms.
This cozy boutique hotel is located in the heart of Old Town Camarillo, just walking distance from local shops and restaurants. Lucky for Fido, the pet policy allows well-behaved dogs under 20 pounds on the first floor only. There is a cleaning fee of $25 and a $200 refundable deposit. Amenities include free, high-speed internet and in-room refrigerators.
There are few things dogs love more than a good walk or playing fetch. Get some exercise together and enjoy stunning views (or sniffs) on Camarillo’s dog-friendly hiking trails. Mission Oaks Park and Camarillo Grove Park are great places to hike and they also have dog parks, perfect for some outdoor zoomie time! Another popular place for dogs and their owners is Springville Dog Park, opening April 5 after some turf maintenance. Your fur baby will love the feel of fresh grass on his or her paws.
Want to exercise together? Bridlewood Trail is a 4.1-mile loop that is good for all skill levels and features a river. Dogs must remain on leash.
If you’re more of an ocean person, Camarillo is just minutes away from a handful of dog-friendly beaches along the Ventura County Coast. Surfer’s Point at Seaside Park is a local favorite, as well as Oxnard Beach Park.
Remember when we said there are few things dogs love more than walks and fetch? Well, treats are that other thing! Camarillo has plenty of restaurants with dog-friendly patios and menu items.
Named in honor of the owner’s rescue dog, Braxton’s Kitchen serves flavorful breakfast and lunch dishes made with healthy, farm-fresh ingredients. There’s also a dog menu, and a portion of the restaurant’s monthly sales go to local animal rescues and nonprofits.
Ric’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge is a fun community place serving upscale pub food, such as ahi wonton nachos, burgers, pizza and steaks. The heated patio is dog-friendly with water bowls that are regularly cleaned.
Relm Wine & Beer Bistro has a casual yet refined ambiance where guests can enjoy great wines and local craft beer paired alongside a fresh meal or noshing item. The patio is dog-friendly with clean water bowls and servers are known to carry treats from time to time.
Watch the planes take off and land with your pooch at the Waypoint Cafe at the Camarillo Airport. The restaurant’s patio is dog-friendly and, while there isn’t a dog-specific menu, you might be able to share a piece of your meal with him or her.
Ready to travel with your favorite canine? Start planning your trip to Camarillo.