Dog-Friendly Hotels Within Two Hours from Sacramento
August 25, 2023

Dog-Friendly Hotels Within Two Hours from Sacramento

Need a quick end-of-summer getaway? Hate the thought of leaving your pooch behind? No worries! There are plenty of dog-friendly hotels in Northern California that welcome your four-legged friends. Sacramento is smack dab in the middle of the state, meaning a jaunt to the mountains or the coast (or wine country!) is only a few hours away.

Sure, day trips are fun, and there are even dog-friendly beaches nearby, but there’s something special about an overnighter with your furry friend. So, whether you’re craving an urban escape, a forested adventure or a coastal retreat, following are some of the best dog-friendly hotels within two hours from Sacramento.


Kimpton Alton Hotel | San Francisco

In the center of San Francisco’s world-famous Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhood, this hip, pet-friendly hotel not only welcomes your pet, it also offers special perks such as pet beds, water bowls, and pet treats. For the hoomans, the hotel features a spa, fitness center, and Michelin-rated restaurant. You and your doggo can explore nearby Golden Gate Park, the Presidio or Ocean Beach.


Basecamp Hotel | South Lake Tahoe

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If the mountains are calling and you must go, consider a stay at this trendy hotel in South Lake Tahoe, which has pet-friendly rooms available for an additional fee. There’s a craft brewery on the property, a giant 16-person hot tub (sorry, no dogs allowed!), and fire pits for roasting s’mores. It’s within walking distance to the lake and the many restaurants, bars and shops at Heavenly Village.


Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa | Calistoga

Relaxation is the name of the game at this revamped spot in Calistoga. Amenities for your pet include dog beds, water bowls, and treats, and they even provide a list of dog-friendly activities nearby, including hikes and dog-friendly wineries. Being that it’s Calistoga, there’s a spa onsite, which is designed to be a modern version of a classic 1880s bathhouse. They also host special wellness events such as yoga, Zumba, and guided doggie hikes.


Dillon Beach Resort | Dillon Beach

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If it’s sand and sea you’re after, head west to Dillon Beach at the southern end of Bodega Bay. The resort has a number of luxury cottages and cabins, all of which allow dogs with an additional fee. Accommodations are steps away from a private beach and there’s an adjacent surf shop and general store that offers equipment rentals, snacks and other provisions. There’s also a restaurant onsite.


Inn at Mavericks | Half Moon Bay

The Pacific Ocean is the star of the show at this oceanfront hotel near Half Moon Bay. They have three ground-floor suites especially for dogs, complete with fenced-in patios. All rooms have panoramic views of the harbor, luxury linens, fireplaces and soaking tubs. Best of all, they’re within walking distance of restaurants, shops, walking trails and the beach!


Desolation Hotel | Hope Valley

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Formerly Sorensen’s Resort, this mountain retreat is nestled south of South Lake Tahoe near the Carson Pass. Dogs aren’t just allowed here — they’re welcomed! You can choose from luxury cabins or yurts, and you can spend your days exploring the 165 miles of hiking trails on the property. Afterwards, fuel up with a hearty meal at the onsite café.


Shenandoah Inn | Plymouth

If sipping Zinfandel or Barbera in the Sierra foothills is your ideal weekend getaway, Plymouth is the town for you. This quaint inn offers ground-floor, pet-friendly rooms, a picnic area and barbecue grills. Best of all, it’s just minutes from the wineries of Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. Check out the list of Amador County Wineries; many of them are dog friendly!


The Ritz-Carlton | Truckee

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If you’re looking to pull out all the stops this summer, consider a stay at the Ritz-Carlton near Lake Tahoe. This luxury mountain resort is surrounded by serene alpine beauty, matched only by the exquisite grounds. There’s a private beach with kayaks and standup paddleboards, plus boat rentals and cruises. Pets are greeted with a dog bed, bowls, and treats, and there’s a pet-friendly grassy area on the property.


Cottages on River Road | Guerneville

Laid-back river vibes are what these Russian River cottages are all about. Each cottage looks onto a garden lawn anchored by a communal fire pit. There’s even a seasonal swimming pool. Restaurants and a brewery are within walking distance, and numerous hiking trails, beaches and wineries nearby. There’s even a dog park less than a mile away!


Olema House | Point Reyes

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Point Reyes National Seashore is a diverse and rugged landscape that stretches into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. There are unspoiled beaches, wild elk, waterfalls, salt marshes and miles of hiking trails to explore. Olema House is a good home base for you and your pup, and they offer beds, bowls, treats and plenty of space to run around. There’s also a market and upscale eatery on the property.


Archer Hotel | Napa

In the heart of downtown Napa, this boutique hotel has everything you and your pooch need for a wine country getaway. Your room will come stocked with a bag of “Buddy Biscuits,” porcelain food and water bowls, a doggy bed, and a plush chew toy. For everyone else, there’s a rooftop bar, spa and water deck with panoramic valley views, as well as an upscale steakhouse. Plus, you’ll be within easy access to the many wineries and tasting rooms in the Napa Valley.


Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa | Sausalito

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There’s something about watching boats come and go that takes away the stress of the day. This elegant hotel in Sausalito, formerly a Victorian mansion, sits on a hillside, offering panoramic water views. There are guest rooms, cottages and suites, all of which are outfitted with high-end furnishings and luxury linens. There’s also an Italian trattoria and a day spa for the ultimate relaxation.


Hard Rock Hotel | South Lake Tahoe

If your pooch loves a little rock & roll, look no further than Hard Rock. Spend the day at the lake – or if you are looking to hit the casino, the Hard Rock has an on-site pet concierge service, so you can rest assured that your dog can be looked after while you need to step on the town!



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