Yappy Hour takes place daily at the iconic Cypress Inn, the pet crazy hotel in Carmel-by-the Sea co-owned by animal activist Doris Day. In celebration of the film legend’s 90th birthday next month, the hotel unleashes a Bourbon & Bone handcrafted cocktail served with a doggy bone back for $9.90, available April 1 through 30 with proceeds going to the Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF).
I personally love, love, love this hotel, which is featured in my new book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, to be released by National Geographic Books on April 1. I’ve never seen a hotel that permits pups of all sizes inside in the welcoming manner that Cypress Inn does. I’ll be signing copies of the book on Friday, May 30 during Yappy Hour. This video I shot during my stay while researching the book shows just how dog-friendly Carmel-by-the-Sea is. I don’t rank the 75 destinations featured in the book but if I had to, Carmel-by-the-Sea would be No. 1. Watch and see why:
Kudos to canines
Too bad I’ll be too late to enjoy the Bourbon & Bone cocktail, which coincides with the Doris Day Animal Foundation’s “90 to 90” fundraiser. The DDAF, founded in 1978, is a charitable organization focused on animal rescue, spay and adoption programs. Sporting a brood of rescue dogs of her own, Hollywood’s golden girl and animal activist set the standard for four-legged travel long before pet-friendly lodging was in vogue. Cypress Inn was one of California’s first hotel properties to welcome pets in the mid-1980s and has since seen everything from parrots to potbellied pigs check in for an adventure by the sea. Today, the historic 1929 inn — just a ball’s toss from leash-free Carmel Beach — joins 22 Carmel-by-the-Sea properties catering to canines. Standard perks include concierges carrying grain-free all-natural dog treats, daily Yappy Hour, culinary canine menu and all of the Inn’s 44 newly-renovated contemporary guestrooms appointed with dog bowls, plush dog beds and in-room fireplaces.
High five for Fido
The DDAF has lobbied and provided grants and funding for a variety of programs directed to animals in need. The” 90 to $90,000” campaign includes an online auction, film marathons, new book and music releases, Crystal Cruise and a variety of events. DDAF-supported programs include World Spay Day, an annual event which has helped spay and neuter more than 1.5 million animals, the Horse Rescue & Adoption Center, Eyes in the Skies raptor rehabilitation center and Duffy Day Lifesaving Program targeting senior and special needs animals facing euthanasia.
Hollywood by the Sea
From the ornate entrance to the clubby Terry’s Lounge and Fidos in fedoras, everything about the Cypress Inn speaks to the Golden Age of Hollywood with a sleek retro vibe. The Mediterranean-style landmark speaks equal parts Shar-Pei and Sazerac with a sidebar of Pillow Talk playing in the backdrop. Resident “startenders” stoke the lounge vibe with handcrafted cocktails playing off Day’s leading co-stars (think Reagan’s classic Orange Blossom with a side of jellybeans). As the sun sizzles into the sea, the daily Yappy Hour delivers a parade of lifestyles of the rich and aimless in a four-legged format, with a side of Muttinis.
In addition to the pet-friendly daily Yappy Hour, Cypress Inn offers afternoon tea and a sustainable dining menu at Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge, Carmel’s first and only Seafood Watch program participant. Carmel-by-the-Sea is one square mile of incorporated city set along Carmel Bay on the Monterey Peninsula. It is located 120 mi. south of San Francisco and 350 mi. north of Los Angeles. If you can’t get there in time to sample the Bourbon & Bone cocktail and want to try your mixologist skills at home, here’s the recipe:
Bourbon & Bone
2 oz. Bulleit Bourbon (or similar high quality bourbon)
½ oz. Amaretto
¾ oz Cherry Heering
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Stir, pour over ice in tall glass. Add splash of Ginger Ale and garnish with candied ginger and cherry. Add natural or rawhide dog bone for sidekick.