Santa Barbara is a cool spot. Have you ever taken your pets on a vacation with you? I recently took my two dogs with me for a quick getaway up to Santa Barbara (about a two hour drive north of L.A.). Eli loves to stick his head out of the window when we drive, but the freeway was just too fast (he didn’t understand this). We stayed in a “dog friendly” hotel called the Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. We had a great stay and highly recommend, whether you have dogs or not.

Santa Barbara

The Hotel

Fess Parker was the actor who played Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett and it seems he got into the hotel and wine business in Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara

The ocean was right across the street with lots of great places to walk. New smells for the boys and the hotel rooms were really nice. Two sections of the hotel are dog friendly, and I was expecting them to be a bit more rough around the edges, especially the rooms. Nope, they were spotless. Although I’m not sure how the dogs got into the minibar?

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

Dog Beach

The BEST part was the dog beach about 10 minutes up the coast. Arroyo Burro Beach is an off-leash dog beach you must visit if you bring your dog (or are a dog lover) to Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

We even found a cave. Eli ventured in and told us there wasn’t anything worth seeing.

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

We did a decent job tiring Aubry out, not always an easy task.

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

The funny part was the long staircase we had to climb when we left. This was dramatic for Eli who went on strike in the middle.

Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

For more dog beach adventures, here is a video for your viewing pleasure:

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