Top SLO Places that Welcome Your Furry Friends

December 14, 2020

Lovingly dubbed “SLO” by locals, San Luis Obispo isn’t just known for its relaxing wine culture, stellar beaches, and breathtaking trails. This beautiful coastal city is also welcoming to pets. From off-leash dog parks to beaches and restaurants, SLO offers plenty of pet-friendly spots for tourists to enjoy with their four-legged pals. Here are a few pet-friendly places to check out in San Luis Obispo.

El Chorro Dog Park

No tour of San Luis Obispo is complete without a trip to El Chorro Dog Park. Created and maintained by the nonprofit organization SLO-4-PUPs, El Chorro Dog Park is San Luis Obispo’s first off-leash dog park. With plenty of shade, splash tubs, and picnic tables in the area, this 1.3-acre park has everything for dogs and humans alike. And best of all, this doggie paradise is within El Chorro Regional Park, a popular park and campground in San Luis Obispo.

Fisherman’s Beach

Fisherman’s Beach may be the smallest beach near Avila Beach Drive, but it’s one of the best places for dogs and their owners. This beach has earned the nickname “Dog’s Beach,” and well-behaved dogs can frolic across the sand while their owners soak up some much-needed sun. And after a little bonding time with their pets, tourists can walk over to Fat Cats Café for a quick bite to eat or go fishing at the Port San Luis Pier. There are also fire pits and RV lots stationed near the coast.

Tails Pet Boutique

Opened in 1998 by pet lover Shelley Stuckey, Tails Pet Boutique is a local shop for dog and cat owners in San Luis Obispo. Located in the historic downtown area, this pet shop has a wide array of products to suit every pet’s needs, including food, toys, and costumes. Most importantly, Shelley and her team welcome pets of all kinds with treats and attention. A one-stop shop for pets, this store is a haven for friendly furballs.

Wolff Vineyards

Owned by Jean-Pierre and Elke Wolff, Wolff Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard that’s just minutes away from downtown San Luis Obispo. A sustainable vineyard with fantastic views, refreshing wines, and an outdoor picnic area, Wolff Vineyards is the ultimate getaway for peace and tranquility. As with many of the vineyards and wineries in the area, dogs on leashes are welcome on the premises, and it’s the perfect place for gathering with friends and family before returning to the comfort of your hotel near San Luis Obispo to enjoy some rest and relaxation.

Novo Restaurant & Lounge

There are several pet-friendly restaurants in San Luis Obispo, but Novo Restaurant & Lounge takes it to the next level. Voted best outdoor restaurant in San Luis Obispo, Novo provides guests and their pets with a delightful dining experience. Dogs can sit on the patio overlooking the gorgeous San Luis Creek as their owners eat delicious locally grown food. And there’s plenty of wine, craft beers, and cocktails to go around. 

From beautiful beaches to lively dog parks, there’s so much to enjoy with your furry friend in SLO that you won’t be able to experience everything in just one day, so reserve a room for a night or two at Sands Inn & Suites, a premier San Luis Obispo boutique hotel. Bring the whole family to our pet-friendly inn and enjoy our comfortable accommodations, laid-back atmosphere, and idyllic location. You’ll love our amenities, including an on-site gym, a heated outdoor pool and spa, and free WiFi. Our staff is dedicated to making your stay a memorable one, so call us to reserve your room today at (800) 441-4657.

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