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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 »
About 120 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1, the Whale Watch Inn in southern Mendocino County is a close-to-nature haven with ocean views from all 18 rooms. You'll feel pampered from the time you enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at check-in to the time you light your wood-burning fireplace, cozy up under a down comforter and dig into the gourmet breakfast delivered to your room the next morning. Rover will feel pampered, too, with his inn-issued beach towel, bowls, blanket and bed.
During the daytime, get out and explore Redwood Coast destinations, including Gualala Point Regional Park, five miles south of the inn, and nearby Point Arena Lighthouse . Oh-and don't forget to look for the gray whales and humpbacks swimming close to shore in winter on their migration routes to and from Mexico. They're visible from many points along the coast-maybe even from your balcony. Rates at the Whale Watch Inn start at around $200 per night; pet fee is $40-$50 additional.