Solana Beach Dog Day Trip

IMG_1443Now that Labor Day is past, Del Mar Dog Beach is again off-leash for pups. One of our favorite in-County get-aways is to go to the Dog Beach and then spend some time in Solana Beach.

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First, stop at the Do It Yourself Dog Wash (112 W Plaza St) to get the sand off your pup. They have lots of tubs and are open every day with parking out front, so it’s easy in and out.

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Then head over to the Cedros Avenue Design District in Solana Beach. This two and a half block area has more than 85 unique shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. While there must be one of these places that does not allow dogs, we have yet to find it.

 

IMG_1501Then you can mosey on over to Cedros Avenue, where you can shop for yourself, your home or pooch. If your pooch needs a snack or a special toy, Muttropolis (227 S Cedros) will have just the ticket. They also host adoptions and dog social events, so check their calendar.

Checking Out the Outdoor Rugs at Chic Weed

Checking Out the Outdoor Rugs at Chic Weed

There are many eclectic stores on Cedros with a bit of everything, like Leaping Lotus and Solo Cedros. Others, like Chic Weed, specialize in garden and outdoor décor. For women’s fashions we stop in to Cedros Soles, where they always offer Astra a treat and we like to pick up a thing or two.

Hanging at Carruths Cellars

Hanging at Carruths Cellars

If libations are more your style Carruth Cellars (320 S Cedros) offers tastings as well as sales of their wines.

There are lots of great places to dine along Cedros:

Checking the Specials at Claire's on Cedros

Checking the Specials at Claire’s on Cedros

Our favorite local café, Clarie’s on Cedros, is a bit further away from the Design District, at 246 N Cedros. One of the reasons we like to visit Solana Beach during the week is to avoid the long wait for a dog-friendly table at Claire’s on the weekends.

Also, a bit further from Cedros, in Solana Beach there are some other great dog-friendly restaurants:

If, after all this eating your pup needs another romp, go to Fletcher’s Cove (111 South Sierra Ave) by the water – although dogs are not allowed on the sand.

About a mile and a half inland is San Dieguito Park
(1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr) a huge park with trails and lots to explore. There is a $3 entrance fee.

Do you have another favorite place in Solana Beach? Perhaps a hidden gem we missed? Please share.

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