by Brendan Pringle

The thought of Fido howling for you at home while you’re on vacation is enough to break your heart. Why not take him along this time around? Whether you’re looking for a hotel, motel, vacation rental, bed and breakfast or RV park, San Luis Obispo County is full of pet-friendly lodging options for every preference. Here are just a few places that allow you to stay with Sparky.

Hotel: SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, Pismo Beach, CA

Pamper your pooch at SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach, and take advantage of their Celebrity Pet Package. Stay in one of their pet-friendly Traditional 2 Queen or CoastalView King guestrooms, and you and your furry friend will also receive a gift package that includes a SeaCrest dog toy, treats, a pet concierge pamphlet that includes a list of local pet-friendly businesses, and a $30 gift card to Zorro's Cafe. Start off the morning by playing fetch around their expansive, five -acre lawn or walk down to the beach to splash in the water. At night, your beloved “Duchess” will feel like royalty as she gets cozy in her plush doggie bed.

Motel: Bayfront Inn at the Waterfront, Morro Bay, CA

For a small waterfront motel with loads of charm, Bayfront Inn at the Waterfront is a great place to take your doggie. Located in the heart of downtown Morro Bay, this kitchy, walk-up revival motel offers several dog-friendly suites with many great amenities. Stand in awe of the Morro Bay’s world-renowned rock as you cruise with Coco down the Embarcadero. Watch the fishing boats cast their nets in the morning and enjoy the breathtaking sunset in the evening. The salty air is bound to make your dog feel alive. The Bayfront Inn is also co-hosting the American Cancer Society's first Central Coast BARK FOR LIFE on April 19th in Morro Bay!

Vacation Rental: The Crow’s Nest, Cambria, CA

If you’re looking for the extra space and convenience of a vacation rental, look no further than “The Crow’s Nest” in Cambria. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms, it’s large enough for the family, and its three story layout offers stunning views over Marine Terrace. Take your dog for a walk on one of the many hiking trails at the Fiscalini Ranch. One of the trail heads is a short distance away! For lunch, grill some hot dogs or burgers while your pooch enjoys running around the patio. Your canine companion will love all the extra space!

Bed & Breakfast: Petit Soleil, San Luis Obispo, CA

For a touch of European charm, stay at Petit Soleil in downtown San Luis Obispo. Inspired by the charm of Provence, this bed and breakfast is completely pet-friendly, from its guestrooms and suites to its back patio. During your stay, you can reward your dog with one of their special “Petit Bone Appetits,” which are available upon request. Your doggie is welcome to hang out with you for breakfast and for wine tasting (5:00-6:30 pm). Downtown San Luis Obispo is a dog-friendly paradise, with plenty of restaurants and attractions that are open to your furry friend. Also, while you’re in town, be sure to explore the many dog-friendly wineries in the world-renowned San Luis Obispo Wine Country.

RV Park: Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, Pismo Beach, CA

If you’re going RV’ing with Rover, Pismo Coast Village is a dog-friendly resort with full hook-ups and all the amenities you need to enjoy your stay. Just a short walk from downtown shopping and the Pismo Pier, this RV resort is ideally located, allowing you to discover Pismo Beach and the surrounding areas with your canine companion.

Make no bones about it—your dog also has a place to rest his snout in San Luis Obispo County. For a full list of dog-friendly lodging, check out our 2015 Pet-Friendly Brochure!