Tahoe is a dog’s paradise. From swimming in the lake, to wading in rivers and streams, to exploring the trails in the forest, Fido has plenty of dog-friendly activities awaiting his curious nature.
As a new dog owner, I decided to see for myself how dog-friendly the town really is.
I met a friend for a late breakfast on Sunday at The Getaway Café in Myers. It was Ruby’s first public dining experience. With an outdoor seating area that is primarily in the grassy lawn of the converted house, The Getaway Café is a chill area that welcomes pups of all breeds and sizes. The wait staff was happy to see us there and eager to pet Ruby, making her feel at ease and welcome. All the patrons, of course, are accepting of dogs, and the outdoor area is large enough that we weren’t near any other canines. (Oh, and I recommend the Banana Nut Pancakes. They are huge and delicious. Apparently, the Bloody Marys are yummy as well.)
As I look forward to getting Ruby out-and-about more as she gets older, I put together a quick reference of dog-friendly dining options.
Blue Angel Café – a fabulous restaurant with an outdoor seating area. You have to hit up the $2 Taco Tuesdays and the Wine Therapy Thursday, where it is 50 percent off any bottle of wine if you say you are at the Blue Angel for Therapy. They also offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.
Colombo’s Burgers A-Go-Go – for those times when a burger and fries, minus the drive-thru, just hits the spot. It is said that their milkshakes are some of the best in Tahoe. Plus, with it being off Emerald Bay Road, I can pretty much walk from my place. Perfect!
Murphy’s Irish Pub – another option within walking distance of the Y, Murphy’s has a spacious, fenced-in outdoor dining area that is more like the cool kid’s backyard. This area also doubles as a wedding reception venue, so you know it’s gorgeous.
Izzy’s Burger Spa – being from Texas, I like meat. So, I will add as many burger places on here as possible. Outdoor dining options are available at Izzy’s, and it might top Colombo’s simply because they serve beer and wine. The Bonzai Burger with pineapple and teriyaki sauce is their specialty.
Fire + Ice – anytime I might find myself running errands in the Heavenly Village and am in need of a refreshing adult beverage, I’ll have to remember that the patio area at Fire + Ice, the one with the cozy fire pits, is dog-friendly.
Sprouts Natural Foods Café – a very healthy option that is within walking distance of El Dorado Beach, Sprouts is a huge hit with the locals and is known for its organic food and vegetarian items.
The Brewery at Lake Tahoe – brewing their own beers since 1992, the Brewery’s Belgian-Style White Ale is a must-try. You can’t go wrong with the pizzas, and they have gluten-free ones available.
If you are looking for other dog-friendly areas/activities around Lake Tahoe, check out DogTrekker for some tips.
Anyone know of any other local locations I should add to my list?
~ Sally Gunter, Public Relations Coordinator