There’s something magical about the Big River estuary near Mendocino—and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two- and four-legged visitors down the calm and inky river to the sea. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles Too
, which has been outfitting paddlers on an 8.3-mile section of the river since 1972, added the cruiser to its fleet of handmade redwood watercraft more than a decade ago.
The canoes feature a large, stable deck centered in the middle of the boat between paddlers, allowing canine passengers to sit, stand or lie down at will as the scenery slides by.
More good news: once you are done with sun and water for the day, you and your pup can rest your heads at the nearby Stanford Inn by the Sea
, and pick up much more than a bone at their award-winning Ravens Restaurant