This canine goofball has a big chunk of my heart. Raley is more than just a dog, she is a member of our family and whenever our travel plans allow, we like to bring her along for the journey. Traveling with pets isn't always easy. Luckily, those visitors to Irvine have some pretty great dog-friendly options.
Irvine has been ranked as one of the most dog friendly cities in America according to the Active Times. Irvine ranked second in outdoor-pet friendliness (no surprise with our great weather and ample green spaces) and eight in pet health and wellness.
Since Irvine is blessed with great weather year-round which means there are dozens of residents with patios for outdoor dining. Many of these restaurant patios are dog friendly. You can find a list of dog-friendly restaurants on Destination Irvine. Options include include everything from causal eating and drinking at Left Coast Brewery to sophisticated dining at Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounge.
Several restaurants in the Irvine Spectrum offer dog-friendly dining. This sprawling outdoor mall lends itself up to pet-friendliness given its open-air setting, and long sidewalks for walking.It is a place for dogs and their owners to see and be seen. There even cute spots set up within the mall for photo opps!
Several of the Spectrum's stores welcome pets as well. You can find a complete list of pet-friendly locations within the Irvine Spectrum here.
Places to Get Treats and Supplies for Your Dog
Spoil your four-legged friend! One of my favorite places to shop for my dog is My Pet Market in the Los Olivos Marketplace. This market is focused on only selling high quality pet food, and has a great selection of treats , collars, toys, and pet beds.
If you really want to spoil you pup, you definitely need to stop in Dogma! in nearby Newport Coast This shop has a dog bakery case is filled with all sorts of goodies. They are so beautiful that is easy to forget the cupcakes are meat flavored.
Great Places to Walk Your Dog in Irvine
After all those treats, we like to take our pup for a walk so she can keep her girlish figure looking trim. Quail Hill has a nice loop trail that is dog-friendly and filled with wildflowers during the spring.
William R Mason Regional Park is a fine place to enjoy an early evening stroll with Rex. The large pond serves as a lovely backdrop, especially when hobbyists have their miniature sailboats out on the water.
If your dog is eager for some canine contact, be sure to stop by Irvine's Central Bark dog park. The park has 3 acres of fenced land set aside for dogs to run around off leash to their heart's content. There is even a separate fenced in area for dogs that are small or frail.
DOG-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN IRVINE
Irvine has no shortage of dog-friendly accommodations. Sonesta Irvine welcomes dogs under 25 lbs. to stay for a one-time, non-refundable fee of $75. Staybridge Suites and the Hyatt House welcome dogs 50 lbs. or less for a one-time, non-refundable fee of $75. Residence Inn has two Irvine locations (airport and Irvine Spectrum Center) and allows dogs of all sizes for a non-refundable $120 fee. The AC Hotel, Atrium, Candlewood Inn & Suites, Extended Stay, and Hilton, also allows dogs. La Quinta by Wyndham, converted from a bean and grain warehouse into a three-story hotel listed in the National Registry of Historical Sites, is also pet-friendly and does not charge a pet fee.