Views from every patio. Happy hour on the deck is included with every stay.

Views from every patio. Happy hour on the deck is included with every stay.

In honor of National Dog Day, I'm sharing one of the pet-friendliest hotels around town - the Inn at Laguna Beach. Adjacent to the beach (also dog-friendly!), the Inn welcomes pets with open arms and was quintessential Laguna - sunny, warm, and friendly. 

Franklin exploring the balcony

Franklin exploring the balcony

Beach-inspired rooms with eco-friendly products and plush cotton robes.

Beach-inspired rooms with eco-friendly products and plush cotton robes.

A short drive from home in Santa Monica, it was the perfect low-key getaway for a birthday weekend. It's walking distance to the main shopping area and restaurants. The only time we got in our car was to drive a few miles down the street for dinner and drinks at the renowned Montage at Laguna Beach

Drinks on the patio with this magnificent view before dinner. Other guests on the patio. Grapefruit tequila cocktail and lemon martini.

Drinks on the patio with this magnificent view before dinner. Other guests on the patio. Grapefruit tequila cocktail and lemon martini.

After observing yet another magnificent southern California sunset, we headed to our dinner reservations at The Loft. I had heard amazing raves about the service at The Montage but experiencing in person made our birthday dinner experience all the more memorable. One last note - order the potato soup - you'll be dreaming about these spuds for days.  

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