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Longing to celebrate the holidays with a week or a weekend away? Set your compass on north and head to Mendocino County, where you and your canine pal will find respite in many forms. Walk along the seashore, revel in the redwoods, swirl a glass of crisp viognier and give Max a scratch behind the ears as you congratulate yourself on choosing one of the most dog-friendly destinations on the planet.
Kayla enjoying the Christmas Tree at Stanford Inn.
The holidays have arrived at one of Mendocino’s favorite dog-friendly inns, Stanford Inn by the Sea
. Kayla, DogTrekker.com’s Director of Barketing, was on hand last weekend as the finishing touches of holiday cheer were added to the inn’s lobby, restaurant, bar and 40 dog-friendly guest rooms. Driving up to the property after dark, with lights twinkling on the roof lines and surrounding trees, one has the feeling that Santa’s helpers just may have done some advance work this far south. more »
Let's Go to Mendo! Marnie Webb (CC)
A mere glimpse of Mendocino’s gorgeously sculpted coastline is all it takes to turn urban angst into rural revelation. The scenery is so intoxicating you can yappily spend a week along the Highway 1 corridor without venturing beyond sight or sound of the sea. Visitors on a short leash, time-wise, will find plenty to occupy themselves and their pups along the 13 miles of coastline between diminutive Little River, to the south, and Fort Bragg, the county’s “big city” (population 7,500), just up Highway 1 to the north. Distances are short, so it’s easy to cruise from place to place and get back to base camp before dinner. more »
Kayla rides the Skunk Train.
Many Mendocino County visitors stay glued to the scenic stretch of coastline between Little River and Fort Bragg, but to do so is to miss out on redwoods, wineries, off-the-beaten-path seaside preserves and small, inland towns that extend a warm welcome to travelers with pets. more »
Hiking in the woods. Farley Endeman (CC)
A big part of Mendocino County’s appeal is its hundreds of thousands of acres of dog-friendly public lands, which range from sprawling, 913,300-acre Mendocino National Forest
and Snow Mountain Wilderness
to coastal preserves like the newly designated Point Arena-Stornetta National Monument
, consisting of 1,665 spectacular acres on the wild and windswept coast. more »
Landfill is one lucky puppy.
On Veterans Day, the call went out on Puppy Rescue Mission
's Facebook page
from a soldier in Afghanistan: more »