Pasadena locals are passionate about their pets, so it's no surprise that dogs are welcome to join their owners on vacation here.
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Between dog-friendly hotels, restaurants, specialty shops, and the many dog parks to take Fido, your furry friends will feel right at home. Not to mention they'll be treated like a VIP guest every paw-step of the way. Here's our guide to the many pet-friendly travel possibilities in Pasadena that are sure to give your pup something to bark home about.
STAY IN PASADENA
Eight local hotels cater to pets and their owners with special amenities and services, commonly covered by a nominal pet fee or security deposit for cleaning costs. There are pet-friendly properties in every category, from budget motels to luxurious resorts. No matter where you choose to stay, as a courtesy to other guests, dogs should never be left in a guest room unattended.
On the higher end, the Langham Huntington, Pasadena is all about pampering your pet with their "Doggie Program." For a $135 fee on top of the going hotel rate, your room will be outfitted with a pink porcelain dog bowl, a plush dog bed pillow, and the hotel's Doggie Newsletter, which doubles as a guide to the property and city with your pup in tow. The Langham also offers comprehensive menus of Doggie Spa Services and gourmet In-Room Doggie Dining—plus, acres of picturesque grounds to run around on.
Sheraton Pasadena charges $35 for dogs up to 40 pounds and provides beds, food, and water bowls. If you're traveling with more than one pup, Hyatt Place Pasadena allows up to two dogs per room, with 50 pounds as the maximum weight for one dog and a combined weight of 75 pounds for two. The fee is $75 for stays of six nights or less, or $125 for stays that are a week or longer. The Westin Pasadena is another great option for two-dog families, allowing up to two dogs no more than 40 pounds each and providing beds and bowls—even better, there's no fee as long as there's no damage.
In the budget category, Hotel Le Reve Pasadena charges a fee of $37.50 per night per pet. The Route 66 classic Saga Motor Hotel allows one dog no more than 35 pounds for a $35 fee covering two nights; it's an additional $15 per night thereafter. Another pup-friendly choice, Super 8 Motel charges an extra fee of $20 per night and places those traveling with pets in smoking rooms.
EAT IN PASADENA
Given the prevalence of alfresco dining options and inviting patios, many Pasadena eateries and watering holes welcome dogs in their outdoor seating environments. Lucky Baldwins Pub—one of the top five Belgian beer bars in the US—serves British-style pub fare and their large outdoor patio is perfect for pups. As is the patio at church-themed Congregation Ale House. The Stone Brewing Tap Room in the Del Mar Station complex welcomes dogs and even sells dog treats. Another restaurant with train ties, La Grande Orange Café is a local favorite for Southwestern cuisine. If it's Mexican you crave, head to Mercado in The Commons complex on South Lake Avenue.
Café Verde is a popular breakfast spot with outdoor seating. The East Washington area café Lavender & Honey is another great location to start the day sipping artisanal coffees, teas, and more on their lovely patio. In the South Lake Avenue retail neighborhood, Corner Bakery Café offers a spacious shaded patio to settle into for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
The Stand's elevated American classics can also be savored al fresco. You can nosh on hot gourmet hot dogs and burgers with your four-legged friend at the original Dog Haus Biergarten location adjacent to Big Bang Theory Way in Old Pasadena.
My Vegan Restaurant caters to plant-based diets and pet owners with a few outside tables and water bowls provided upon request. Equally health-conscious and nutritious, True Food Kitchen is "friendly to friendly dogs."
For a fine dining experience in a historic setting, The Raymond 1886 restaurant allows dogs on their serene patio. This is just a sampling of the more than 50 local restaurants with pet-friendly patios. Find a comprehensive list here.
PLAY IN PASADENA
The first culinary stop for every visiting canine should be The Dog Bakery in Old Pasadena. Here you'll find the cutest all-natural baked treats for dogs—the menu includes carrot cake, cookies, and wheat-free paw cakes along with jerky and other biscuits. The bakery is also stocked with dog toys, collars, and seasonal goods.
Pasadena's pedestrian-friendliness is well-suited to dog walkers, whether it's strolling through Old Pasadena, scouting for public art, or exploring the architectural landmarks on Millionaire's Row. Grab a walking tour map from the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau's Visitors Center to plan your route. Or get off the urban grid and hit the trails of Eaton Canyon to take your dog on a scenic hike immersed in Mother Nature.
For a social experience, bring your pup to a dog park. The South Pawsadena Dog Park is worth a visit for the adorable name alone and is popular with locals for being well-lit after dark. Alice's Dog Park is within the seven-acre Vina Vieja Park on Orange Grove Boulevard and has two separate areas for big and small dogs. Hahamongna Watershed Park in La Canada Flintridge (near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) also has a dog park.
Spoil your pup with a visit to the Roch & Gertrude Pet Spa for grooming services, massages and aromatherapy. If you need to go pet-free for a while, the folks at I Dig My Dog offer daycare, grooming and cage-free boarding in a spacious 32,000 square foot facility complete with a bone shaped swimming pool. BowHaus is another go-to for doggy daycare and it's also a stellar shopping destination for pet supplies. The Pasadena Humane Society's Shop is a sweet spot to shop for dog toys and accessories—you'll get all the fuzzy feels for giving back to their vital work.