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The ultimate doggie treat: a Mammoth Lakes adventure


Photo by Visit Mammoth.
Photo by Visit Mammoth.
There are few spots better to vacation with your dog than majestic Mammoth Lakes. The landscape is breathtaking, the adventures are epic, and the people, trails, and accommodations couldn’t be more dog-friendly. So whether you’re looking for a winter excursion or a summer mountain escape, here are some activities to consider with your dog in Mammoth Lakes.   more »

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Splash time! Summer is the season for water dogs

Go ahead, both of you. Get wet! Summer is here; time to dip paws and toes in the water, if not go for an all-out swim (if your dog likes to fetch, now’s the time to throw those balls into the lake or waves). It’s not all about the coast, of course. Here are some suggestions for water dogs - both dogs and their people.

Mountain majesty in the Eastern Sierra

Dogs prance on water at Mammoth Lakes!
Dogs prance on water at Mammoth Lakes!

Pet-friendly is the keyword in this neck of the Sierra, and if you and your pup are looking for liquid refreshment, there’s almost no end to the places the two of you can splash around (they don’t call it Mammoth Lakes for nothing). Make a base camp at dog-friendly lodging in or near town or in nearby June Lake. Travel the 16-mile June Lake Loop and check out four road-accessible lakes—June, Gull Silver and Grant—and others that are hike-in only. more »

Become a water dog in Mendo County

Water dog at the Little River Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Water dog at the Little River Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.

Ah, Mendocino! This Northern California county’s beautiful stretch of coastline is a perfect place to retreat to in summertime, especially when the Central Valley is a bit warmer (don’t forget a sweatshirt—you may need it). And you can’t choose a more beguiling place to stay than super dog-friendly Little River Resort & Spa, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. As far as water and your dog goes, check out their popular Water Dog package. more »

Choose Redding for new dog-friendly scenery, experiences

Maya resting below Whiskeytown Falls. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya resting below Whiskeytown Falls. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Want to make tracks somewhere new with your pup? Upstate California holds many tail-wagging surprises. The city of Redding is the gateway to this big, diverse and largely dog-friendly region. A river runs through it —the Sacramento River, to be exact— and the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail is the place to start exploring. more »

Go coast crazy with your dog along Highway 1

Maya chasing the sun at Pismo Beach, SLO. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya chasing the sun at Pismo Beach, SLO. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

California’s Central Coast starts in dog-friendly Santa Cruz County and winds some 350 miles south to Ventura County, just north of L.A. Yes, the famous coastal Highway 1 provides lots of mesmerizing scenery (and dog-friendly beaches) along the way, but there’s so much else to see and do that you might prefer to make base camp with your four-legged friend and just chill for a few days somewhere along the route. more »

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