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.
One of Mendocino's favorite dog-friendly inns is the Stanford Inn By the Sea
. Featured in Oprah Magazine and more than 139 other publications, as well as on TV, this hillside resort overlooking the rugged Mendocino coast was one of the first inns in North America to adopt sustainable practices. On top of that, the “pets welcome” sign has been out for decades! more »
Sookie visits the Mendocino Coast. Photo by Luis Valencia-Medly
With a whopping 7,500 full-time residents, Fort Bragg is the “big city” on the Mendocino coast. It’s also a very dog-friendly place, thanks largely to the tireless advocacy efforts of the Mendocino Coast Dog Owners Group (McDog). Top attractions for canine visitors include leash-free Noyo
Harbor and Seaside
beaches—the former a small strand at a working harbor, the latter a newly leash-free strip of sand backed by tall cliffs. more »
Rosie at Little River Inn
It’s just 17 miles along scenic Highway 1 from the coastal village of Albion to the more muscular city of Fort Bragg
, but considering how much lies in between, you could take an entire, leisurely week to go the distance. more »
Ocean stroll on the cliffs near Sea Ranch Lodge
In southern Mendocino County
, the village of Gualala
makes a peaceful, fresh-air base for a low-key getaway. From high-end to budget, there’s someplace for every brand of DogTrekker to cozy up with four-legged family members. more »
At Husch Vineyards. Photo: Patti Tapscott Kirkland
Many Mendocino County visitors stay glued to the gorgeously sculpted coastline, but to do so is to miss out on star attractions such as the Anderson Valley wine region, an area bisected by Highway 128 and encompassing the Boonville, Philo, Yorkville Highlands and Navarro wine regions. more »