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Many stars of stage and screen have careers that, like stars in the sky, burn brightly for a limited time span: They they tend to fade into oblivion unless these celebrities can extend their legacies elsewhere. In her generation there may no other movie star that has been able to transition her celluloid heydays better than Doris Day. We were reminded of this fact during a recent visit to her iconic hotel, the Cypress Inn, located in Carmel, California.

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Here Day's legacy is firmly established in a beautifully appointed destination that is a testament to her long successful 'second' career as an animal rights activist. The Cypress Inn welcomes dogs of all denominations, sizes and ages, (as long as they are accompanied by their owners). Most common spaces have at least one dog-friendly area and it is common to see owners with their pets at their side, eating in the Inn's outdoor patio or at inside tables next to Terry's Lounge.

The Inn also offers a special pet package that offers a lower nightly pet charge ($30 for the first pet) than many other hotels of similar caliber. Cypress requires guests, during room registration, to sign their pet policy which mainly stipulates where in the Inn pets are welcome. Guests who want to sample fare at other eateries can consult the Inn's 'pet-friendly' dining list - an extensive variety of Carmel-based restaurants that, thanks to Day's crusade that reaches back over twenty-five years ago, now welcome pets. The Inn also provides a 'preferred pet-sitter' list for guests who want to take some time off from their pooches.

Each of the Cypress' rooms is pet-friendly and decked out with amenities befitting even the most pampered of pooches. While the Inn is approximately five blocks from Carmel's lovely expanse of beach (where dogs can roam leash-free), the town is sufficiently quiet (remarkably so even with holiday traffic) that you can still hear the sounds of the ocean and an occasional sea lion, especially during first morning's light.

While chatting with one of the Inn's very professional staff, Khamid Haji (Guest Services) shared that a big party is in the makings during 2014 when Doris Day will turn ninety. It should be quite a bash, considering the great admiration that this legendary figure has garnered from not only film buffs but also folks who share the special bond that happens between dog-lovers and their 'best friends'.

Don't leave this page without cruising our special Cypress Inn slide show.....

Cypress Inn

Lincoln & 7th Street
Carmel, CA 93921 (800) 443-7443 Toll Free

(831) 624-3871 Local
(831) 624-8216 Fax

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