Travels with Journey: Doggie Heaven at The Cliffs Resort Pismo Beach

By Nancy Chuda founder and Editor-in-Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder Healthy Child Healthy World

Travels with Journey

Photo credit Nancy Chuda

The Cliffs Resort is a 5 star Doggie Haven Hotel

It’s a classic experience! The book, Eloise at the Plaza, the story about a six-year-old girl who lives in the “room on the tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York City with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee.

Written in the 1950′s by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight this charming story has now become iconic in another way. Pet-friendly hotels are popping up all across the country. And they are attracting customers in droves.  This pet friendly furry frenzy is becoming the hottest thing since wheels on luggage. Everyone wants to experience a LuxEcoLiving4U resort with their favorite pet.

Journey’s got his own bag. It’s a Louie Loves Hemp not leather classic. Perfect for overnight stays in LuxEcoLiving4U pet friendly hotels

And they come with their our own custom luggage, some chauffeur driven, while others have no anticipation of where they are going and just enjoy the ride.

Your won’t believe the Furry Friends Menu or the service

Journey, our 9 month old Labrador Retriever is adopted. He has only one issue. He hates being alone. He is tied to his alpha male companion, my husband Jim.

Recently we decided to take a little vacation. It took some research but I found what appeared to be a pretty nice hotel. Located along the Central Coast and overlooking the spectacular Shell Beach, we found THE purebred, LuxEcoLiving4U opportunity of a dog’s lifetime.

The view from the The Cliffs Resort

The Cliffs Resort is a 5 star Doggie Haven Hotel.

From the moment you step onto the porperty you smell the ocean and experience the warm reception of the staff. Making an entrance is almost like being center stage at  Madison Gardens famous dog show.

The Cliffs Resort offers excellent service

Everyone wants to pet your pet. Tail wagging is totally appropriate if not required. In fact, I discovered they/we get better service for all those wags.

We were escorted to our room on the ocean level. When the bellman opened the door to our suite, WE, just about fell over. On a silver tray, wrapped in cellophane with a red tie bow, were a collection of gluten free doggie treats.

Silver service with just a wag of the tail


Plenty of room for snugglers too

Positioned on the beautiful limestone floor in the three level room was a plush velvet embroidered  EXTRA LARGE dog bed and next to it were two beautifully polished stainless steel bowls. One even had a picture that looked just like Journey.

He noticed it too and tried to eat the pop-up paper advertizement for the signature Cliffs Resort Doggie Menu. I grabbed it just  in time. I wanted to save it as a  souvenir even though it had a few frayed edges.

“Hey! He looks just like me!”

Smitten image if I do say so myself

The interior design was magnificent. The bedding, ours was king sized with white Egyptian cotton sheets covered   with a beautiful duvet. I found myself doing what I do most of the day in our home, looking to vacume up Journey’s obsessive amount of dog hair which he sheds minute by minute.

Best part of my discovery, knowing that other dogs have been in residence too, was there weren’t any signs. Not one.  The room was impeccably clean.

I found my bit of heaven while Jim and Journey explored the grass frontage overlooking the sea. A white marble, floor to ceiling bathroom with double sinks, private lieu and bidet PLUS a sunken jacuzzi tub with overhead chromatherapy lights. Wow! Double wow wow! It was time for a soak.

How cool is this! “A woman’s best friend is a dog who doesn’t care what you look like in the nude.”

They even had a bowl for all Journey’s bath amenities. Is that not the sweetest thing or what? Journey had his own rubber duckie which we immediately called Duckers. Something about adding the letters e-r-r-s to words. I think dogs really get it!

We felt as if we landed on the moon! All we wanted to do was snuggle up together on Journey’s bed. And it was large enough too

Jim played with the electronic TV toys while Journey tried to remove Ducker’s head (labs love to chew)  and I gave myself a facial, kicked back while relaxing  in the marble ensconced bath.

We were in heaven on three levels. What a perfect design! We each had a room within a room. I was so content with my soak until IT was abruptly interrupted by Journey’s duck. So much for meditation….errr!

Oh well, it was time to hit the beach and catch the sunset. Journey grabbed his leash and made sure Jim had the rubber handle (brilliant design), plus his priority treats and poop bags. Within seconds they were the wind beneath my feet.

We made great friends along the beautiful pathway which led to the stairs down to the beach. Only time for short how do you do’s and the emphatic remark which seem to follow us, “he’s only a puppy.”

He’s going to be BIG! He’s only 9 months old.

“Boy is he going to be a big dog.” If I heard it once, I heard at least twenty times.

At 75 pounds, Journey weighed in at the max for most pet-friendly resorts. That’s why my goal is to make him so famous that by the time he hits 90 pounds he will be a STAR and get Carte Blanche service where ever we go.

The next morning…no doubt about it, he was getting “the royal treatment” just like a celebrity.

Breakfast on the terrace anyone?

Can you believe it! Steak and eggs for Journey, a toasted bagel with nova and cream cheese for me and Jim’s alpha male treat for the year. A rib eye steak with eggs over easy and roasted red rose potatoes. A meal fit for two kings.

Our mini vacation was a dream! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful resort in a picture perfect location.

Photo credit Nancy Chuda

Sometimes the best laid plans are spontaneous. You throw your clothes in a bag, grab your toothbrush, doggie bones,  handy wipes, treats, scarves, leash, bowls, but you can leave the pooper scooper at home.

And just in case you are wondering what happened to Duckers… Journey made a friend for life while daydreaming about chasing  pelicans on the beach.

Editor’s Notes:

Make a reservation today and say you read all about The Cliffs Resort on LuxEcoLiving.

We journeyed out for a meal. You don’t want to miss my tip for the best cup of Pismo’s Clam Chowder served at The Splash Cafe. Soup comes steaming hot in a bread bowl. So delicious.

Pismo’s best clam chowder is served at the Splash Cafe



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Article by Nancy Chuda

Nancy Chuda is a seasoned broadcast journalist, television writer/producer, talk show host and author. Her career spans over three decades having appeared on both national and cable television. In 1971 she authored one of America’s first low-calorie cookbooks, How To Gorge George Without Fattening Fanny, published by Hawthorn Books. Appearing as a regular guest on Dinah’s Place, Dinah Shore’s ABC daytime talk show. And later on The Johnny Carson Show, The Today Show with Barbara Walters, Merv Griffin, Phil Donahue, and David Frost. In 1972, Nancy and ABC’s Good Morning America co-produced Michael Krause produced a cable program, The Low- Calorie Gallery, based on her best selling cook book. In 1975, hired by Warner-Amex as part of a creative team, she was responsible for hosting and producing content for Columbus Then and Now, a program, the invention of QUBE, an interactive television system which played a pivotal role in the history of American cable television. In 1978 she developed a series for ABC’s Good Morning America based on an article which appeared in Mother Earth News magazine. The Integral Urban House, a case study project and model for a sound urban habitat sponsored by the Farallones Institute in Berkley California was the first example of green architecture ever to be televised. In 1979, Nancy co-produced and hosted Sunnyside a Los Angeles based public affairs program viewed on the CBS affiliate station KNXT, From 1980-1984, she appeared on KABC’s Eyewitness News as entertainment reporter and film critic. Her environmental advocacy began when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer. In 1990 she co-produced an Emmy nominated ABC Variety Special, An Evening With Friends For The Environment to benefit Mothers and Others for a Livable Planet one of the first national children’s environmental health advocacy groups in which she served as a volunteer. Currently, she is the co-founder and President Emeritus of Healthy Child Healthy World, a non-profit organization established to honor the Chuda’s only child, Colette, who died in 1991 at the age of 5 from Wilm’s tumor a nonhereditary childhood cancer. She is also the co-founder of The Colette Chuda Environmental Fund, a donor-advised fund which supports major epidemiological research on children’s health. Nancy has won numerous awards for her advocacy. In 1996, the California League of Conservation Voters Environmental Leadership Award, The Healthy Schools Heroes Award, presented to both her and her husband James Chuda by California Governor Gray Davis for their legislative efforts in securing The Healthy Schools Act which was signed into law in September, 2000. In 2003, Parent’s Magazine published an article Mom’s On A Mission and awarded Nancy for her environmental leadership for children’s environmental health. She serves as an associate of the Director’s Council of Public Representatives of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was appointed by President Clinton’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Donna Shalala, to serve as a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) a position she held for four years. In 2010, along with her husband James she founded LuxEcoLiving. Nancy Chuda tagged this post with: , , , , , , , , Read 265 articles by
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