Thinking about taking a weekend trip, but don’t want to leave your four-legged friend at home? There are plenty of dog-friendly destinations to create the perfect vacation that you and your furry friend will be sure to enjoy! Here’s the perfect dog friendly itinerary for the weekend in Ventura County Coast!
Let’s start off with where to stay. It’s always nice to make the first stop at the hotel to drop off your belongings and get situated. Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is a beautiful beachside hotel that welcomes dogs of any size for an additional fee of $75 per stay. Conveniently on the beach, Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach is also minutes away from Ventura Pier, historic Downtown Ventura, and more! Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be leashed. It’s recommended to call prior to booking to verify availability of a dog-friendly room.
Eat and Play!
Now that you and your furry friend are all situated, I’m sure both of you are ready to chow down and explore! There is a free trolley you can take right from your hotel! Take the trolley down the coast for about nine minutes to Ventura Harbor Village. Grab lunch at The Parlor, a vintage-themed restaurant featuring a 1940’s-style soda fountain, burgers, hot dogs, and more! They even have a dog-friendly “Paw-lor” menu with dishes made just for dogs!
When you’ve finished eating, take a stroll down the Promenade. Ventura Harbor offers doggie bag stations, a water fountain for dogs, a photo board designed for dogs for fun photo ops on the Harbor Promenade, and a grassy lawn area. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, take your dog for a ride on the water! You can rent an electric boat, pedal boats, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards from Ventura Boat Rentals. There are also several shops ranging from art galleries, boutique clothing, one-of-a-kind collectibles, and gift shops to browse and enjoy.
Is it time for a pick-me-up? Take the trolley back towards your hotel to Downtown Ventura and stop by Palermo Coffee for delicious coffee, tea, gelato, pastries, chocolates, and even gourmet dog treats! There is even a little gift shop inside selling soy-based candles and other great gift ideas. Take a moment to relax and enjoy your treats outside on the dog-friendly patio.
Coffee not your thing? No problem. On the same street, you’ll find Anacapa Brewing Co, a craft beer brewery that also serves great food! There is dog-friendly outdoor seating so you won’t have to worry about not having a drinking buddy!
If you didn’t eat dinner at Anacapa Brewing Co, maybe you’ll like Barrel House 101 instead! Enjoy burgers, sandwiches, salads, tacos, delicious starters, and a beer from their 101 draft beer selection! There is a dog-friendly patio as well!
Good morning! Food? Who said food?! Head over to Noah’s New York Bagels in Ventura and try one of their amazing freshly baked bagels! They offer water bowls for furry friends and even serve doggie bagels!
About a 20-minute drive away, Camarillo Grove Dog Park is an enclosed dog park open from 7:00 AM – dusk. It features lots of shaded areas and a doggie drinking fountain. Dogs are allowed off-leash only in the enclosed dog park. There are great trails throughout the park as well!
Watch the planes fly in and out and enjoy lunch at The Waypoint Cafe located at the Camarillo airport. Wait times can be a bit long here, but it’s a fun experience worth waiting for! They have a dog-friendly patio as well.
Check out the Camarillo Premium Outlets holding around 160 shops and services. The outlet mall offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities and dining. It is dog-friendly as long as dogs remain on a leash.
Located in the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor, The Waterside Restaurant and Wine Bar is the perfect spot to end your trip at. Serving only the freshest ingredients sourced locally from Ventura County vendors complimented with spectacular views of the harbor.
With so much to see and do, you are going to want to stay a while. Click here for the complete list of hotels and other places to stay in Ventura County Coast!