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Pet Friendly Glamping: Unique Dog Friendly Camping Bay Area at Hobbit Cobin, Petaluma

written by ParoChak October 27, 2017

Pet Friendly Glamping

Are you owned by a dog and are always looking for fun activities to do with your pooch? Or, are you simply on the hunt for something quirky in the Bay Area? Then, dear reader, I have exactly the right post for you. Why? Because I am going to let you on a super fun secret where Lord of the Rings meets pet friendly glamping, one of the many options in dog friendly camping in Northern California. Simply put, this is glamorous camping, that too in your very own Bay Area, aka the beautiful Petaluma in Sonoma County. Amongst the many dog friendly glamping options, this is perhaps the most fun one for those of you who are looking for a taste of camping with dogs minus the wait for campgrounds and headache over tents and camping gear. What makes this pet friendly glamping adventure unique is that, besides paying homage to LOTR, it also raises awareness on sustainable and ecofriendly living.ย  So without further ado, I present to you this fun dog friendly glamping, an unique northern California dog friendly camping experience at Hobbit Cobin, Petaluma!

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What is Hobbit Cobin?

Hobbit Cobin, Petaluma is a living earth structure and a clever word play using Cob in it’s name. Cob is nothing but a mixture of local earth (sourced from Petaluma), straw and sand to build this earth structure. The architect behind this is Miguel Elliott, aka “Sir Cobalot” who has been building these sustainable structures all over the world. The “Cobin” is very much reminiscent of the cottages in the Shire, home to middle earth minions/Hobbits in LOTR. Made of “breathable materials” (owing to the porous nature of the earth) it is rightfully known as a living earth structure and embodies sustainability with eco-friendly measures.

The room is small but comfortable enough for two adults of average built and a small-medium sized dog. Besides a bed, there are ledges, hangers for clothes, LED lights and electrical outlet for your basic needs. There is wifi as well in case you do feel the need to connect to the world outside. A separate kitchen are is available with coffee, milk and cereal. The bathroom has a eco-friendly compostable toilet and a shower. There is no water to flush, but thanks to the fragrant sawdust, there is nothing unsanitary about it! Remember people, this is a kind of glamorous camping after all! Definitely one of a kind pet friendly glamping experience that you must have!

Looking for more dog friendly adventures in the Bay Area? Read my guide to easy bay area day trips that are dog friendly!

Pet Friendly Glamping: Booking via Hipcamp

We booked this property via Hipcamp and were warmly greeted by Miguel’s parents upon arrival, since the Cobin is behind their farmhouse. Although conducive for pet friendly glamping,ย It is important to note that you have to confirm with Miguel about bringing your dog since they have pet chicken and so only well behaved pooches, i.e. those who do not go ballistic seeing fowl, are welcome. Miguel’s father also led us to an enclosed area to greet his pet goats and I gingerly fed leaves to the friendlier one who came right up to the fence to greet me! Both Miguel and his parents were great hosts and gave us lots of suggestions on dog friendly places, parks and restaurants. Miguel had also thoughtfully placed a brochure with all the information on local attractions and restaurants in the room as well. Plus, there is a beautiful hardbound book telling you all about living earth structures and eco-friendly houses for sustainable living along with the process of building these structures and their benefits.

Although a little cramped for space, which is understandable, we marveled at the sheer beauty of this ecofriendly structure which symbolizes a marriage of sturdy engineering with sustainability and is a great solution to the housing problem faced in this world bursting at its seam with human population! Everything in the Cobin was present for a purpose and nothing felt superfluous or redundant. In this world of excesses, it felt great to be unwinding via this pet friendly glamping opportunity with the bare minimum needed for a more grounded, meaningful life where we could treasure the little amenities around us much more since they all had a purpose. Besides being a fun concept of dog friendly glamping where we could imagine being transported to middle earth for the weekend, the more serious message of “waste not, want not” was definitely not lost on us. The only thing I would advise is to bring a torch light and a pair of sandals/slippers for this dog friendly camping Bay Area trip, since it gets dark plus the restroom is outside the main room and a gravel strewn path leads to it. Honestly, we loved our dog friendly glamping adventure at Hobbit Cobin and highly recommend it as a fun pet friendly glamping experience for a dog parent or an LOTR fan who can get the Shire experience right here in California without having to rush to New Zealand (where the motion picture was filmed)!

Looking for more dog friendly adventures in wine country? Read my dog-friendly guide to Sebastopol here

Other dog friendly things to do in Petaluma

Besides getting your pet friendly glamping fill, there are several dog friendly activities to keep your pooch happy in Petaluma, which to our surprise turned out to be very welcoming to dogs! Downtown Petaluma is lined with rows of antique stores which allow dogs to sniff their prized possession and many restaurants welcome pooches on their patios. Say “hi” to Pasha the dog (adopted from Turkey) at Real Doner, a Turkish restaurant, which has a great outdoor seating area or simply have some amazing breakfast at the super popular Della Frattoria or Tea Room Cafe. Rosso Pizzeria and mozzarella bar is great for lunch, Petaluma pie company has lipsmacking pies for afternoon pick me ups while Grafitti serves Californian-American fare (with some Asian fusion thrown in) for dinner with a nice view of the river. All these places are dog friendly!

Petaluma boasts of several dog friendly parks and while we explored McNear Park (with an off leash play area) and Steamer landing park (with beautiful ruins and a path near the water), there are many other dog parks where your pooch can play to his/her hearts content. Here is a full list of parks which are dog friendly.

This brings me to the end of this post which you have enjoyed reading! Petaluma, one of the understated jewels of Sonoma county, is well worth a visit due to this unique pet friendly glamping experience and is very welcoming to all furry friends. Besides dog friendly glamping, there are tons of other activities to enjoy with your dog, so do show this town some love! The delicious food, wine tasting spots, friendly people and unique camping options make this place a great weekend getaway for all those who are adventurous at heart!

Looking for other dog friendly adventures? Read my excellent guide to the best dog friendly hikes leading to waterfalls here.

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Looking for pet friendly glamping Bay Area California USA options? This post tells you about dog friendly glamping, lord of the rings movie style in Hobbit Cobin, Petaluma, Sonoma county. This Hobbti Cobin is ecofriendly and sustainable travel and welcomes well behaved dogs. Other activities include dog friendly restaurants, dog friendly hiking and dog friendly parks. Pin this to your pet travel boards today! #california #dogfriendlycamping #dogfriendlyglamping #glamping

 

Looking for pet friendly glamping Bay Area California USA options? This post tells you about dog friendly glamping, lord of the rings movie style in Hobbit Cobin, Petaluma, Sonoma county. This Hobbti Cobin is ecofriendly and sustainable travel and welcomes well behaved dogs. Other activities include dog friendly restaurants, dog friendly hiking and dog friendly parks. Pin this to your pet travel boards today! #california #dogfriendlycamping #dogfriendlyglamping #glamping

 

 

 

 

 

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46 comments

Michelle & The Paw Pack October 27, 2017 at 9:03 pm

What unique, adorable little cabins! It really makes me wish I wasn’t all the way on the other side of the country.

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Tenacious Little Terrier October 27, 2017 at 9:36 pm

A friend of ours lives there and I’ve been wanting to visit. That Hobbit cabin looks like an amazing glamping experience although I’m not quite sure if Mr. N would pass the chicken test.

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Lori Hilliard October 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm

What an unusual way to “camp,” and the cobin is so cute! My dog would be fine with the “no chickens” restriction, too. The restaurants sound great – I confess I’m a a breakfast junkie, so Della Frattoria would be my choice!

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Sheree October 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

Yes! I love “dog friendly” travel, anywhere doing anything, and this looks so quaint and cute! I rarely make my way out of the cities but for this I could make an exception perhaps… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for sharing! (And the ADORABLE photographs!!)

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Denira October 28, 2017 at 7:18 am

I love this! I too am owned by a dog (well two actually!) and the worst part about travelling is leaving them behind! I love when places accommodate pets and your pictures are just amazing!

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Sara October 28, 2017 at 8:44 am

I don’t even have a dog (yet!) and i totally want to go here! What a cool place!

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Clare Reece-Glore October 28, 2017 at 11:57 am

Wow! I would love to glamp there. I have read about cob houses so as you said, it’s a way to experience them. I shared the guide with my NO CA relatives.

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Stephanie October 28, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Oh my goodness! I’d love to stay here but I don’t have a dog! Can I rent yours? lol

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Abby October 28, 2017 at 6:13 pm

Loved the pics of the Hobbit Cobin. It looks almost like one of those cakes my sister makes. Lifelike, adorable and edible. I wish I could stay in one of those all year round.

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Mayi October 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm

I love this. What a unique, cute and friendly place. Lat time I went camping, we didn’t have hot water so having wifi is an added bonus!

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Kristen @ My 3 Little Kittens October 28, 2017 at 9:23 pm

I am a huge fan of LOTR, so I find this ridiculously fabulous! I don’t have a dog, but so happy there are dog-friendly camping areas like these!

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Sarah October 28, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Haha I knew I would like this when you started it, “Are you owned by a dog…?” This place looks super cute! My boyfriend would be all about this for the LOTR vibe.

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Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate October 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm

This place is beyond ADORABLE. We’re headed back out to Northern California with our pup in February and might just have to check in here for a few days!

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Nina October 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

THIS IS AWESOME. Pets and LOTR all in one place?!?! So much fun!! The first line… had to reread it then I laughed so hard!

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Clazz October 28, 2017 at 11:33 pm

OH MY FRICKIN GAWD this place looks amazing!! Adding it to my bucket list IMMEDIATELY!

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Christine October 29, 2017 at 2:32 am

Wow!!! This place looks amazing!!!

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Mary Beth October 29, 2017 at 6:34 am

Glamping in a HOBBIT HOUSE!!? Iโ€™m in!!!! Iโ€™m in Cali for the next year, and this experience has shot to the top of my list thanks to this post!

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Restless Heart Blog October 29, 2017 at 9:14 am

This is just too cute! A hobbit land indeed ๐Ÿ˜€

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Elaine Masters October 29, 2017 at 10:05 am

I already loved Petaluma but this makes me wish I lived closer. No dog family, we’re still eco-concious and will be checking out several of your recommendations eventually as we come north to see family. Great post.

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Anna October 29, 2017 at 10:32 am

What a wonderful looking place! I love glamping and am always looking out for interesting places to stay. The fact that it’s eco-friendly too is just spot on!
P.S. Your dog is so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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ispyprettyplaces October 29, 2017 at 10:39 am

How cute is this?! I hope your dog enjoyed his little vacay in a Hobbit House.

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Talent Hounds October 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm

What cute little Hobbit Cabins and a great sustainability message. Sounds and looks like such a fun trip. I fear Kilo the Pug would not be allowed, even if we lived close enough.

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Isie October 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Lovely photos – the LOTR vibe is adorable ๐Ÿ™‚

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Nicole October 29, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Oh wow, I don’t even like LOTR but even I want to stay in the Hobbit Cobbin!

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Cathy Armato October 29, 2017 at 4:55 pm

What a beautiful and unique little place, I love it! It looks like a really fun place to stay. I’m dying to experience “glamping” with our dogs.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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Heather Wallace October 29, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Wow how unique! I would definitely love to visit. It’s funny, when equestrians use the word “cob” we mean pony.

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Katherine October 29, 2017 at 7:31 pm

What awesome cabins and a beautiful place to stay! I’m going to have to put this on my list for next spring, it sounds amazing!

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Cherene Saradar October 29, 2017 at 8:31 pm

omg dog friendly AND LOTR? I can’t even. Must visit this place!

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Beth October 29, 2017 at 11:26 pm

What a fun place to stay! I would love to see in it person. Beautiful photos as always!

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Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing October 30, 2017 at 12:38 am

I am so in love with that little cabin! I’m a huge LOTR fan and could totally get behind a trip like this.

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Shelby @ FTLOP October 30, 2017 at 1:37 am

Literally every Lord of the Rings fans dream. It looks just like a hobbit house – how cute!! So fun.

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Viktoria Marquardt October 30, 2017 at 2:13 am

These places are amazing. I’m a nerd for anything Hobbit and Lord of the Rings so this place would be right up our alley!

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Ruth Epstein October 30, 2017 at 2:15 am

This looks like so much fun, I love those cabins, they remind me of a place we used to go to as kids in South Africa which had thatch roofs, the toilet was a hole in the ground, and as you say fancy camping. The only sad thing is you cannot take dogs as there are snakes and other animals roaming around.

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sara lafountain October 30, 2017 at 10:14 am

This glamping looks like so much fun! Our dog would love to visit. She is such a social dog and she would make friends all over the campsite. I am going to have to look for a similar place near me!

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kelly October 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

I’ve never been a camper, but if there was an opportunity to go glamping near me, where I could include my dog, I would go! Looks like you had a wonderful time and adventure.

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Erika Stauffer October 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Quirky, eco-friendly glamping, only in San Fran! Haha to bring your dog, they must be fowl-friendly. I’m a LOTR fan so I think this guy needs to make a restaurant or something. Thanks for sharing. Great post!

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Shayla October 30, 2017 at 4:47 pm

As always, this looks like such a fun stop! You are always finding the best locations to adventure with dogs! One day, when I donโ€™t have a million dogs boarding here, Iโ€™ll start seeing the places you are helping add to my list!

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Sweet Purrfections October 30, 2017 at 7:45 pm

What a lovely and unique way to camp! I love LOTR, but I’m not so sure I’d like to use a toilet without running water. I remember the days when we’d camp and I’d have to find a place in the woods to do my business. I’m too old for that now. MOL!

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Carol Bryant October 31, 2017 at 5:13 am

I have never visited this area, but we are a dog travel family and would love to go there. I am not a big camper but I love to sightsee and learn about new areas where my dog is welcome.

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kate October 31, 2017 at 6:31 am

This is cuteness overload! If I have a dog and went there, I feel like I’d probably have as much (or even more) fun visiting the place!

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Raksha October 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

I love the pictures! It looks so fairy tale like. Dog friendly glamping seems interesting.

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Dr Leigh@ Your Vet Online November 1, 2017 at 9:15 am

This place looks like great fun!! You will have to come to NZ and see the real Hobbit land ๐Ÿ˜
I really enjoyed your write up!

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Paul kirhagis November 1, 2017 at 11:42 pm

This place looks like so much fun! Not only is it cute but it is adventurous. Definitly a must for the family!

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Karlee November 2, 2017 at 3:16 am

This cobin sounds adorable! I love that its eco and pet friendly! I don’t know how I feel about it being in somebody’s backyard though, when I think camping I think secluded but I guess it was nice for you because they were such good hosts!

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Agness of a Tuk Tuk November 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm

Wow! This place is simply astonishing. That cabin is so breathtaking and awe-inspiring, Paro. How many days would you recommend staying there?

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ParoChak November 14, 2017 at 5:33 am

Hi Agness, thanks so much for stopping by. Two nights is good enough!

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