Mendocino County is one of the most dog-friendly destinations on Earth, a place you where you and your canine pal can find respite at cozy B&Bs, luxury resorts and everything in between, including a wide variety of vacation rentals. Many lodgings offer dog beds, towels for sandy paws, bowls, organic and locally made treats, and special canine welcome kits.
Wine tasting in Mendocino County with a pooch in tow is an unexpected pleasure. The rule here is to ask first, but since most wineries in the county are small and family-owned, tasting is often gratis and pets generally are considered part of the family.
Most of Mendocino's beaches have a six-foot-leash policy, but if off-leash is what you crave, hit Noyo Harbor Beach in Fort Bragg. There, thanks to cooperation between the City of Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast Dog Owners Group (MCDOG), your best friend can romp and roll in the sand unencumbered.
There’s much more to experience with your four-legged companion in this North Coast wonderland. We’re here to show you some of our favorite places.
If there's one destination in Northern California that really rolls out the red carpet for your pooch, it's Mendocino County. Pet-friendly properties such as Stanford Inn by the Sea, Little River Inn, the Beachcomber Motel and Baechtel Creek Inn & Spa welcome you and your pup with open arms, treats and amenities, while dozens of restaurants have patio tables set aside for diners with four-legged companions.
Mendocino County in spring is an emerald wonderland that begs to be admired, and there’s no better way to do so than to don a pair of hiking shoes and take to the hills. more »
If you’re in the mood for a secluded getaway—no traffic, few people, plenty of room to hold hands with your partner and roam with your dog—look no farther than a splurge weekend with Sheep Dung Properties, whose architecturally stunning modern cottages in a rural setting will have you shedding your city jitters in no time.
Mendocino wine country can be broadly divided into two areas: the Highway 101 corridor encompassing Hopland, Willits and Ukiah; and the Yorkville Highlands/Anderson Valley growing areas along Highway 128. Most wineries are small and family owned, tasting is often gratis and pets are considered part of the family. You’ll seldom be turned away, at least so far as outdoor facilities go, for having a dog in your party.
Liquid Fusion Kayaking specializes in kayaking excursions—from mild to wild—on the serene Noyo River estuary and along the Mendocino coast. All ages will be delighted by a beginner-level paddle on the placid Noyo, where curious harbor seals, quirky river otters, the occasional sea lion and many species of coastal birds are highlights. Kayak rentals start at $30 for two hours, and a $5 charge for four-legged companions includes a canine flotation device.
While dogs are welcome on these and other LFK excursions, the company cautions that not all dogs make good paddling pals.
“Most dogs love kayaking, says co-owner Cate Hawthorne. “They love the peaceful sense of floating on the water and will attentively watch as their human companion paddles along.”