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California Bichons: Carmel Beach

As I mentioned in my last post about Cypress Inn, Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of my favorite places in the world. Besides being so dog friendly, one of the things that draws me to Carmel is Carmel Beach. Their website says its all. “Nestled along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary the beach provides tide pools...
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California Bichons: Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the Sea is one of my favorite places in the world, and over Valentine’s Day this year, Tom and I took a weekend trip with the Bichons. We stayed at the Cypress Inn, Doris Day’s famous dog friendly boutique hotel. This hotel exemplifies why Carmel is one of the dog friendliest towns in America. At...
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California Bichons: Dog Friendly V. Sattui Winery in Napa Valley

Napa Valley is about an hour drive from our house, making it a perfect destination for a weekend day trip. Our favorite spot for a wine country picnic is V. Sattui Winery. Not only do they have beautiful picnic grounds, an impressive deli, and BBQ on the weekends, but also they are very friendly towards...
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California Bichons: Lafayette Reservoir

Living in California is like living inside Instagram. While technically it is still winter, this weekend it was 85 degrees, as though we’ve skipped spring altogether and jumped straight from winter to summer. While family and friends on the East Coast woke up to 10 inches of snow (see picture below of a recent Philadelphia...
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California Bichons: Party of Five

When traveling for business or pleasure, typically we are a party of 4 — Amy, Tom, Max, and Jack. A couple weeks ago, however, work brought us on a road trip to Santa Ana, California, which is near Los Angeles, and we piled both dogs and the Gado 2 in the back. For the first...
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California Bichons: First Earthquake!

Today, we experienced our first West Coast earthquake! It was about the most anticlimactic thing ever. This morning, Amy and I were working in our office. One of our lamps from Ikea has too wide a base to fit perfectly between our desks, so it leans slightly against the wall. If you jostle it with...
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California Bichons: University of California, Barkley (Berkeley)

A couple weekends ago, Tom and I visited Berkeley, and with the number of people walking their dogs around the campus, we decided to rename it the University of California, Barkley. A quick Google search of “Barkley” yields everything from Charles Barkley to an advertising agency to a Sesame Street Muppet. Why no one has...
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California Bichons: Point Reyes National Seashore

A few weeks ago, The New York Times Travel section featured an article called “My West Coast Martha’s Vineyard.” In the article, writer Rachel Levin shared her experience visiting Point Reyes National Seashore including hiking, harbor seals, and oysters. Point Reyes is a national park in West Marin, north of San Francisco, and about an hour and twenty...
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California Bichons: The First Month

It’s hard to believe, but we’ve now been living in California for over a month! Our last post was in late September, and so much has been happening since then that we haven’t had time to keep the blog updated. Here’s what we’ve been up to. As Amy mentioned in her post on the East...
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California Bichons: Monterey Bay Aquarium

While there are plenty of wildlife in Alamo (turkeys, deer, coyotes, and the wild house cat), sometimes you have to venture further afield to fully appreciate the variety of living beings in the Bay Area. That’s why, yesterday, Tom and I drove 2 hours south to Monterey (Monterey/Carmel is one of my favorite places in...
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