Looking for an amazing weekend of wine without having to deal with your pooch’s whine? Head to the Santa Ynez Valley in California with your pet, and get cozy in Solvang. Stretched out between Santa Maria and Santa Barbara, the Danish-style architecture, wineries and pet-friendly accommodations in Solvang swirl together into an unforgettable weekend away for you and your four-legged friend. Uncork a good time with your pup at these pet-friendly hotels in and around Solvang – bookable with Culture Trip.
Your pet-friendly room at the Wine Valley Inn includes a refrigerator and coffee brewer, though it doesn’t need a clock. Instead, you’ll set your watch by the evening wine bar receptions that serve up a variety of local wines like clockwork. With rosy cheeks, you can stroll the grounds of this quaint chateau with your dog, falling in love with the windmills and snuggling your furry friend beside the outdoor fireplace.
With a jacuzzi tub in the Village Suite and the second-story bedroom perched above a cozy fireplace in the Tower Suite, it’s difficult to choose a favorite room at the Landsby. Your four-legged friend won’t bark at the Premium Balcony Suite, with its views of the garden and town, either. They’ll feel plenty lucky as they lounge with the breeze between their ears. You’ll also feel rather fortunate when you realize the Lucky Dogg Winery is within earshot of the balcony.
The cold-brew coffee bar and Danish-inspired California cuisine at Vinland Hotel and Lounge may curl your smile, but it’s the Hans Christian Andersen Park in the backyard that’ll perk your puppy’s ears up. The long trail in this shady greenspace is the cure for a high-energy hound, letting them sniff their way to a snorey slumber – allowing you to make your way around the corner to the Succulent Cafe for housemade charcuterie and local wine.
Even a passing shower won’t rain on your vacation at Hadsten House. The heated indoor pool – the only of its kind in Solvang – will let you float away your frustration. If you’ve brought Scooby Doo and Scrappy, too, you’ll be happy to know that both mystery mutts are welcome to stay in your comfortable suite. They’ll snooze by the decorative gas fireplace, leaving you to play nine at the River Course nearby when the sun peeks back out.
Indulgence is the name of the game at Santa Ynez Inn. Your toy poms can cuddle up together in the room while you sip and savor your way through the Inn’s exclusive amenities. Start with the wine-and-cheese social hour in the parlor before grabbing your Tasting Passport for complimentary tastings at two local wineries. You’ll find your way back to the Inn soon enough for seasonal desserts awaiting you in the lobby and a nightcap of whiskey in the library.
The outdoorsy type will love the two rustic acres (0.8ha) of Hotel Ynez – and we don’t mean just humans. You and your slobbery shepherd will spend hours lounging under the oak trees, catching flies on the patio and warming up by the fire pits. You’ll spend so much time on the property’s exterior that you’ll almost forget about the hot tub, fire pit and hammock in your garden suite’s private backyard.
On the edge of Los Padres National Forest, Fess Parker Inn gives you the keys to wine country. When you’ve downed the complimentary bottle of wine in your room, you’ll be ready to hopscotch through the wineries surrounding this boutique hotel. Although the complimentary wine tasting at the Inn is for two-legged lodgers, you can uncork a little sniffandel for Fido with a long, scent-filled walk on the nearby Grass Mountain Trail.
Whether you have a maltese, a mastiff or a mutt, they’ll all feel the familiar sense of home at the M. Wake them up each morning with a pleasant meander through the intimate gardens while you sip on a cup of tea from your kitchenette. Loosen up the leash, and head downtown to Arrowsmith’s Wine Bar, where your pup can nibble on cheese and pretzels while you get to know Solvang’s small-batch local wines.
You don’t have to bet a dime to feel like you’re a high-roller winner at Chumash Casino Resort. The view of the Santa Ynez Valley from your 12th-floor tower suite is a jackpot in itself. The rooftop pool, with its 15,000sqft (1,394sqm) of space, and the spa with nine treatment rooms of unadulterated pampering up the ante even more. As for your patient poodle, they’ll be just fine curled up in your comfy king-size bed.