What one attendee calls the “highest quality of industry participants on the conference circuit.” Each year, the industry’s leading developers, investors, lenders, turbine suppliers, EPCs and other players gather to gain valuable insights into industry trends, get the latest market update on the finance and investment landscape and efficiently schedule rounds of private meetings.
The Summit attracted over 500 people in 2017 and, with the PTC continuing to fuel industry activity, the 2018 Summit will again offer up the best available opportunity to stay ahead of the market, meet the industry’s leading players and get deals done.
There’s an adjacent grassy area with picnic tables (leash required), and the Warming Hut has lattes and snacks.
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is proposing new on- and off-leash restrictions, but for now the doggie coast is clear.
Eat: At Faruk Zubovic’s Le Marcel Specialty Bakery for Dogs in the Marina District, the offerings are all-natural (like the Peanut Beastro Biscotti).
And there’s a lovely patio where humans who bring their own food can picnic with their canines. Sattui Winery produces some excellent wines—Sunset honored its 2009 “Paradiso” in our 2013 competition. Leashed dogs are allowed inside the tasting room; outside, dogs are welcome to join their people for a picnic on the lawns, which are open to the public seven days a week and surrounded by hedges and a fence to keep pups safe.
Dog highlights include the weekday afternoon Yappy Hour at Terry’s Lounge, where dogs join their guardians for meals and drinks.
You can also take your dog for an off-leash romp at nearby Carmel Beach.
Rent a canoe or kayak from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too ( Seasoned sheepdog handler Frank Souza can coax even city shepherds into focused farm dogs—at least for a few minutes. Eat: Afterward, lunch at cafe-bakery Della Fattoria Play: Humans soak up iconic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline while dogs romp on a sandy beach and splash in the bay at Crissy Field.
Those major pluses make up for the minuses, which include tough parking and weekend crowds.
—3 tree-lined acres in the Santa Monica Mountains where pedigreed boxers and poodles mingle off-leash with equally well groomed owners: Orlando Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Reese Witherspoon have been spotted here.
Play: On Lake Washington, the 9-acre Warren Magnuson Dog Park, fully fenced retreat is Seattle’s one off-leash park that also gives dogs access to the water. There’s beautiful scenery to be enjoyed along the park’s shoreline trail, not to mention a designated small-dog area and a dog-washing station. For a fun frolic with your pooch, head for the secluded northernmost stretch of Cannon Beach, across the knee-deep mouth of Ecola Creek. (Make sure your dog is leashed or under voice control.) Stay: The Ocean Lodge (), next door to the posh kid/dog-averse Stephanie Inn, was designed by the same architect. Your dog can munch on dog treats while you sip canine-themed craft beers such as Winter Wonder Dog and Dog Day IPA. Stay: All pets stay for free, with no restrictions on size or number, at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland, a whimsical downtown hotel.
Play: It’s easy for a hotel, shop, or outdoor cafe to accommodate pocket pooches and handbag hounds, but big, bear-like breeds? Cannon Beach, an enchanting little cedar-shaked town, is up to the task, with abundant pet-friendly hotels and eateries where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables.
While hotels increasingly allow dogs—hoping to cash in on the 39 percent of U. households that own one—the Stanford has been pet-friendly since Jeff Stanford and his wife, Joan, bought it in the 1980s, shortly after moving from the Midwest.