The North Coast, with its misty redwoods, rugged coastline and sparse population, is an environment far removed from the congestion and clutter of urban life. Humboldt and Del Norte counties are not a daytrip for most Northern California DogTrekkers, but the time commitment required to visit means a bigger wind-down window once there. Humboldt County
, Mendocino County
, Lake County
and Del Norte County
all have their own favorite dog-friendly pages.
Water is a unifying factor in all four counties. Whether your inclinations run toward renting a vacation home at popular Clear Lake or cozying up for a weekend at a bed-and-breakfast inn overlooking the Pacific, you’ll find plenty of dog-friendly lodging to suit your needs.
The scenic overload for which the North Coast is known extends into Del Norte County, which shares Redwood National Park with its neighbor. Here pristine rivers and meals plucked straight from the sea keep visitors both mesmerized and satisfied. Relaxation is the name of the game, and Rover is welcome almost anywhere.
Lake County isn’t on the ocean, but it’s home to California’s largest freshwater lake as well as many wineries that welcome visitors with four-legged companions. There are some significant county ordinance restrictions in place regarding dog access, which you will find here
There’s lots to explore on the North Coast: Consider it your oyster to open and devour at will.
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 »