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Benicia, A Great Day by the Bay with your Dog

The Bay Area is a wonderful place for dog owners, but there are few cities where you can take your dog out to lunch, shopping, and on a hike all in one day. Benicia’s First Street offers great restaurants, boutiques and other fun shops for exploring, art studios, and more -- all in a truly dog-friendly environment. With welcoming water bowls throughout town, and a beautifully maintained walking path along the water, your dog will have a great day by the bay in Benicia.

There are several delicious eateries in Benicia with dog-friendly patios. Check out Lucca Bar & Grill, where you can enjoy gastropub-style cuisine and great people-watching street side. Got Plate Lunch is a favorite for authentic Hawaiian food. This family owned and operated restaurant delivers island taste with “Aloha Spirit.” Or if you want to enjoy lunch with one of the best views in town, take your dog to Sailor Jack’s. Overlooking the beautiful Carquinez Strait, this seafood eatery’s seasonally changing menu offers something for everyone.

Walk off that amazing meal with your pet along the scenic waterfront, accessible along the southern edge of Benicia. Part of the San Francisco Bay Trail system, you can stroll the waterfront from the Benicia Marina to the Benicia State Recreation Area where runners, walkers, equestrians, and cyclists enjoy picnicking, bird watching, and fishing.

Dogs are welcome at the First Street Green (on a leash), and are allowed off-leash on beaches at the foot of First Street and below the First Street Promenade. As part of Benicia’s dog-friendly environment, cleanup stations (bag dispensers) are located along First Street and the path around the Benicia Marina.

Along with the many paths, patios, and other perks, a key ingredient to Benicia’s dog-friendly formula is the welcoming shop keeps. The locals prove their love for pets by inviting dogs, including large-breed varieties, inside their stores.

There are even shops named after a canine mascot. Charlie’s Attic is a vintage and collectibles store that features high-quality items. Charlie is usually on hand to greet customers. Throughout Benicia, peruse antiques and art, or shop the many boutiques for something unique and special, all with your favorite four-legged friend.

Local amenities just for pets

For a little dog-on-dog playtime, visit Benicia’s Phenix Dog Park (named after a retired police dog) near Community Park. Let your dog run free on a grassy knoll while he or she plays with other pups in a safe and fun environment.

Discriminating dog owners looking for a special treat, new toy, or creative groomer will find a lot to love in Benicia. Bring your favorite dog to Featherer Pet on East Fifth Street for a brushing, bathing, coloring, and more. Winner of the Benicia Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award, as well as the Local’s Choice Award by Local Happenings Magazine, this family owned pet store is your one-stop-shop for pet supplies.

If you are looking for high quality, gluten free, or organic pet food, don’t miss Pups ’n’ Purrz. Conveniently nestled on First Street, this pet-focused store has everything from specialty food and treats, to onsite pet adoption. As an added bonus, pet adopters receive 10% off their first store purchase.

For those who want to make a weekend of it, two of Benicia’s lodging properties welcome dogs. Best Western Plus Heritage Inn, and Union Hotel are pet friendly. Both charge a $20 per night fee for pets.

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