A town named after cats might not sound like the best place to visit with your dog in tow, but you won't want to miss this furrific spot. Los Gatos has been home to many industries throughout the years. It started with logging, then shifted to agriculture, the railway industry, and eventually oil. Today, many large technology companies have set up their headquarters in Los Gatos. You might know one of them: Netflix!
Los Gatos -- which is Spanish for "the cats" -- is actually very dog-friendly! Here, you'll find a trail for you and your canine friend to hike, as well as 35 restaurants that welcome dogs to dine with their owners. A great establishment to check out is the Southern Kitchen. This restaurant has a very friendly staff and has a Southern-style menu. There is limited seating outside for you and your pooch, though, so be sure to call ahead.
La Esquina Mexican Restaurant is also a pawpular spot for you and your furry friend to enjoy a meal together. Chow down on your favorite Mexican dish at one of the outdoor tables while Fido begs for a bite from your plate. What better way to burn those extra calories than a nice shopping excursion? Just a half-mile from La Esquina, you'll find plenty of op-paw-tunities to shop 'til you drop!
Not in the mood for Mexican? Check out Viva. This restaurant serves great food and has a heated, dog-friendly patio so you and your dog can grab a bite even in cold weather. All Los Gatos' dog-friendly restaurants offer outdoor seating which welcomes pooches and their parents.
Although it's named in honor of our feline friends, Los Gatos has really gone to the dogs!
If you and your pooch are searching for a nice hike with a great view, look no further. The Los Gatos Creek Trail is part of the Rails-To-Trails program that turns old railways into walking paths. This trail is an easy, but long, hike at 11.2 miles. The surface is gravel, paved and dirt in different areas along the way. This trail travels through several cities, so you can choose whichever trailhead suits you best. One part of the trail is a little steep, and another area is a little rocky, but other than that, this is a simple trail that's perfect for a quick walk or longer stroll. You will want to bring water and supplies for cleaning up after your pooch. Dogs must remain leashed at all times on this trail.
This pawesome neighborhood is located only 23 miles from Los Gatos, and has a great beach for you and Fido to visit. The Twin Lakes State Beach is the pawfect place to enjoy an outdoor adventure with the whole family. In addition to soft sand, gentle waves, and lots of sunshine, you'll find convenient parking and hoses to rinse the sand out of your pup's fur when you're all done playing. Other amenities include restrooms, barbecue pits, and trash cans. You will want to bring water, towels, an umbrella and doggie waste bags. You can see a lighthouse in the distance from the shoreline, so be sure to bring your camera. Remember, dogs must be on their leash and cleaned up after when playing here.
New Brighton Beach, located just 26 minutes from Los Gatos, is the perfect place to enjoy a mutts-needed beach day. Your pup will love how the soft sand feels under his paws. The shoreline is long enough for you and Fido to take a walk and dip your toes in the tide. The view from the beach is amazing, so be sure to snap a few photos while you're here! Make sure you bring extra water, supplies for cleaning up, something for shade, and some towels. Dogs playing at this beach must stay on their leash, but they don't seem to mind too much, thanks to all the exciting sights and smells here!
This puptastic neighborhood is located 9 miles from Los Gatos, and is home to the Almaden Quicksilver County Park. To visit this park, you will need to keep your pup on a leash and provide proof of current vaccinations as well as your dog's license. You'll find over 34 miles of natural trails here, ranging from beginner to expert, so you can choose one that matches your fitness levels. Some of the trails may have poison oak, so you will need to keep an eye out for it. You will need to bring water and supplies for cleaning up after your pooch. There are picnic tables for you and your pooch to enjoy a nice lunch together, so pack some snacks, too. This is a beautiful place for you to enjoy with your furry friend!
If you and your pooch are looking for a great beach to visit, this neighborhood has just the spot for you! It is located 23 miles from Los Gatos, and is home to the Seabright Beach. You will need to keep your pup on their leash while you are here. This is for your canine pal's safety -- there's a drop-off point that can be dangerous for dogs. Otherwise, the water is calm and the sand is soft and feels good between the toes (and paws!). Be sure to bring extra water, an umbrella for shade, towels and some supplies for cleaning up after your pooch. Hankering for a day of fun in the sun? Look no fur-ther!