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!
While the Stanford Inn has seen a large variety of non-human visitors over the years, including cats, iguanas, parrots, Vietnamese pot-belly pigs and even a tortoise, it's dogs that get the most attention. Upon arrival, you and your pet will find a welcoming treat, stainless steel food and water dishes, “dog sheets” to protect the furniture and a supply of Intelligent Products pick-up bags.
If your four-legged companion requires a special diet, the Stanford Inn can provide steamed vegetables and treats made with organic sweet potatoes. Dog beds are available on request, but owner/innkeepers Joan and Jeff Stanford suggest bringing your pet's favorite bed or blanket with you.
Adjacent to the Stanford Inn is outfitter Catch-A-Canoe & Bicycles Too, where dogs are as welcome in the office as in the watercraft that can be rented for exploring the Big River estuary. New this year is the introduction of the Canine Cruiser, the 19th handmade redwood outrigger in Catch-A-Canoe’s eclectic fleet of kayaks and canoes. The roomy and stable platform can accommodate up to four canine passengers, allowing them to sit, stand or lie down as the scenery slides by.