Our fourth stay here. We love Carmel because it's so dog friendly. These little cottages are so quaint and the surrounding grounds just perfect for dogs to explore. The older cabins have little kitchenettes which can be quite handy. Some have nice outdoor seating areas in front. Some fireplaces. The refurbished ones seem to have no kitchen but larger/newer bathrooms. Pay attention when you book and ask questions. We actually like the older ones better! You just don't find these kind of accommodations anymore.
A small field with trees for dog romping is behind the Thomas Larkin cottage. We're going to try and stay in 25 or 34/35 next time for this reason, but really any cottage is fine. A dog shower station is next to the field. Easy to get off dirt and sand. The actual hotel looks fine from the outside but why stay there when you can have your own cottage? 25 and 34/35 are furthest from the highway. But the highway's up a hill, covered by foliage; you don't even realize it's there.
The shopping center is across highway 1. Don't miss eating at Rio Grill. Great bar too!
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