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Surf and Sand Lodge

Surf and Sand Lodge exterior

The Surf & Sand Lodge in Fort Bragg promises laid-back luxury set to a soundtrack of crashing waves. It offers accommodations with fireplaces, private balconies, Pacific views and plenty of...

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Beach House Inn, tranquility with a view

Long view of the Beach House Inn

Half a mile south, on the pretty Pudding Creek Estuary, Beach House Inn places you a stone’s throw from local beaches and charming downtown Fort Bragg.

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The Beachcomber Motel, a true blufftop gem

Beachcomber Motel dog play area

Tucked above Pudding Creek Beach on a scenic stretch of California’s North Coast, the Beachcomber Motel is a true blufftop gem.

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Happy Thanksgiving from DogTrekker, and seasonal specials for you!

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This time of year, the DogTrekker family likes to “paws” and reflect on all we’re thankful for. First off, we

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Seasonal delights at the Stanford Inn

festive Christmas tree at Stanford Inn

Autumn presents an ideal opportunity to explore California's North Coast. The Stanford Inn, nestled in picturesque Mendocino, invites guests and their dogs to experience a special retreat this holiday season....

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Book Stanford Inn direct and save

Stanford Inn on scenic hillside

Most DogTrekkers book directly with their favorite lodging properties. It’s a smart move, since the best rates and most flexible

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Discover dog-friendly amenities at Stanford Inn

Catch A Canoe entrance sign

Nature is central to the Stanford Inn experience. The grounds are gorgeous, of course, and gourmet, plant-based breakfasts crafted by

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Tail-wagging fun at Stanford Inn

yellow lab sits on deck outside Stanford Inn entrance

Nature is central to the Stanford Inn experience. The grounds are gorgeous, of course, and gourmet, plant-based breakfasts crafted by a

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Holiday events at the Stanford Inn

Christmas tree at Stanford Inn

This is Joan and Jeff’s favorite season, with longer nights, cooler temperatures, cozy fireplaces and plenty of time for creativity

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Magic is real in pup-friendly Mendocino County

yellow lab with hay bales and pumpkins at Little River Inn

Mendocino County captivates those who travel with furry family members, and it has also enchanted DogTrekker readers for decades. With mist-cloaked valleys, ancient redwood stands, and stunning state parks that...

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Five-star stays for four-paw friends

Two corgi dogs lying down in a big hotel bed

DogTrekker readers rave about Mendocino County’s dog-friendly accommodations. Just south of Mendocino, Stanford Inn and Little River Inn are known for coastal charm

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Step into the magic of Mendocino

Happy rottweiler in vineyard

For an especially tasty excursion in dog-friendly Mendocino County, visit during the 2023 Harvest Mendocino festivities. From October 27 to November 12,

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Delights for dogs in Mendocino County

dog walking on the glass beach

Mendocino County is a wonderous place that’s perfect for pups. History here gets measured in tree rings, and exploring might mean

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Oceanside (O’side)

vibrant sunset on beach in Oceanside

A dynamic surf heritage, playful boutique hotels and Michelin-recognized restaurants earned Oceanside its spot on Sunset's top cities list.

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Noteworthy on California’s North Coast: The Noyo Harbor Inn

seals in the water in front of Noyo Harbor Inn

The Noyo Harbor inn is a Craftsman-style dream with spa treatments, waterfront dining and access to adventures for you and your four-legged family members. From here, it’s easy to explore...

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Mendocino magic at every turn

happy yellow lab on grass with water in the background

From on-site organic gardens and Noyo Harbor fishing village scenes to Fort Bragg murals, the pup-friendly Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens,

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Sit and stay in unforgettable style

2 men and a dog sit on a deck overlooking the water at Noyo Harbor Inn.

The Noyo Harbor Inn keeps things cozy, with 15 well-appointed rooms that feature original woodwork, gas fireplaces, soaking tubs and other amenities.

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A pup-friendly patio with a view

Couple with dog at table on patio at HarborView Bistro and Bar overlooking the water.

Dog parents love the riverfront patio at HarborView Bistro and Bar, the inn’s signature restaurant. Starters, brunch classics, and entrees showcase seasonal ingredients,

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Tasty dishes and drinks that do good

Maui Strong Fund

The HarborView Bistro & Bar is proud to support the Noyo Center for Marine Science – a local non-profit whose mission is to advance ocean conservation

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Wellness meets tail-waggin’ fun at the Stanford Inn

A golden retriever is standing in front of a garden at Stanford Inn with a view of the ocean.

Few places match Mendocino’s natural beauty. The Stanford Inn stretches along 10 coastal acres here, framed by USDA-certified organic gardens, towering trees and Pacific Ocean views. Dog-friendly for 43 years...

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Paddle, pedal and play with your pup

dog in canoe

Check-in time at the Stanford Inn is a joyous moment. Pups and their people linger in the lobby, sharing stories about their favorite outdoor adventures. Dogs are welcome across the...

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The perfect pairing of rest and relaxation

hotel room at the Stanford Inn

Imagine a spacious suite with a cozy, wood-burning fireplace, private patio, and fresh breezes blowing off the endless blue ocean.

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Family fun with a pup-friendly pedigree

young girl on grass with 2 dogs.

The Stanford Inn is a family-friendly jewel with plenty of four-paw delights – think hiking trails, a heated saltwater pool, scavenger hunts, canoes that accommodate dogs,

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Canine-centered and eco-friendly at heart

Yellow lab lies on wood floor at the Stanford Inn.

Sustainability is woven throughout the Stanford Inn experience. This dog-passionate, purpose-driven destination employs biodynamic and organic gardening methods,

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Four-paw fun with a view at Little River Inn

View from Little River Inn

To make summer memories on the California coast, book a stay at the iconic Little River Inn. This very dog-friendly jewel just south of Mendocino overlooks the majestic Pacific Ocean, and...

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Enjoy four-paw fun with a view at the Little River Inn

two women sitting on lawn chairs facing the ocean with a dog at Little River Inn.

To make summer memories on the California coast, book a stay at the iconic Little River Inn. This dog-friendly jewel just south of Mendocino overlooks the majestic Pacific Ocean

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Book the exclusive Ultimate Adventure Package

Person paddling kayak with dog by the Little River Inn

Pet parents love Mendocino County’s dog-friendly swimming spots, hiking trails, adventures and attractions. Now, the Little River Inn has teamed up

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Dog-gone good dining at the Little River Inn

A yellow lab sitting on the steps at Little River Inn.

After a day spent hiking the Big River Trail, swimming at nearby Van Damme State Beach, or simply lounging on your ocean-view deck, you’re bound to get hungry.

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Dog-friendly rooms for all kinds of families

two dachshunds wearing pajamas at Little River Inn

Anchored around a charming 1853 home, the Little River Inn has stylish accommodations with dog-friendly amenities like water dishes, waste bags, welcome treats and pet towels.

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A prized property on the Pacific

an aerial view of Little River Inn on a cliff near the ocean.

The Little River Inn features amazing views and amenities, but the people really make this property shine. The innkeepers have deep Mendocino County roots

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Your dog deserves a vacation too!

Rosie at Little River Inn

The Little River Inn rolls out the red carpet for dog-lovers and their four-legged friends. They offer two fabulous packages: the Water Dog Sea Cave Package and the River Dog...

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Noyo Harbor Inn is inviting you this spring and summer!

Dog at Noyo Harbor Inn

Year after year, DogTrekkers tell us that the North Coast is their favorite California coastal getaway and Fort Bragg is a popular home base for enjoying spring and summer canoe...

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Borrow a buddy at the Beachcomber Properties, Fort Bragg

terrier on leash

The “Borrow a Buddy” program is a great partnership between the Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge and the Beach House Inn, all in Fort Bragg, and the Mendocino Coast Humane Society.

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Close by dog-friendly dining in Fort Bragg

Outdoor fire pit at Beachcomber Motel.

The cool thing about staying in Fort Bragg is the access to a wide range of dog-friendly dining options. From the Harborview Bistro and Bar, overlooking the scenic Noyo River, to the...

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The Beachcomber Motel, a true blufftop gem

dogs running on grass

Tucked above Pudding Creek Beach on a scenic stretch of California’s North Coast, the Beachcomber Motel is a true blufftop gem.

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Fort Bragg: Affordable and uniquely dog-friendly

aerial view of beach

Northern California is known for dog-friendly adventures, and one destination really rolls out the red carpet for pups: Mendocino County.

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Ten best places in California to take your dog

Dogs on a beach

California is a dream destination for dog owners, offering a variety of dog-friendly parks, beaches, and hiking trails to explore with your furry companion. From the sunny shores of Long...

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Embrace the charm of coastal Mendocino: A pawsitively perfect spring coastal getaway with your dog

A dog is sitting on a hill overlooking the ocean on the Mendocino Coast.

A journey along the Mendocino County Coast is a feast for the senses, where the rugged beauty of the Pacific Ocean

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Dog-approved adventures in California’s North Coast region

Frenchie Hiking in Redwood Forest

Our pups have discerning tastes: good sleeps, good eats and plenty of play. Just north of San Francisco, the ‘North of Ordinary’ counties of California – Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and...

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A bird’s eye view for your pup in Del Norte County

dog looks out window from SkyTrail gondola

Del Norte County is known for its Redwood National & State Parks, sprawling beaches and two wild rivers with plenty of trail fun, but check out some of their most...

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An unforgettable ride in Mendocino County

train conductor pets yellow lab

Mendocino County is known for its breathtaking beaches, wineries and even some redwood forests. Hop aboard a historic train with your pup. This adventure takes “Wanna go for a ride?”...

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Brews and views in Humboldt County

dogs on beach

Humboldt County is best known for its Redwood National & State Parks, freshwater lagoons and rivers, beautiful beaches, and Bigfoot. Whether your BFF (Best Furry Friend) is a forest explorer,...

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Top dog-friendly beaches in California

Fort Funston Coastal Sunset. Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, USA.

California is a paradise for both humans and their furry friends. With its sunny beaches, scenic parks, and endless outdoor activities, this state is the perfect destination for a dog-friendly...

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Featured Hotel: Paséa Hotel & Spa, Huntington Beach

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Paséa brings winter magic to Southern California as their annual Ice Rink at Paséa Hotel & Spa returns November 25 - December 31.

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‘Tis the season at dog-friendly Stanford Inn

lit Christmas tree outside the Stanford Inn

Fall is a wonderful time to travel, especially to the North Coast of California. This holiday season, the Stanford Inn in scenic Mendocino is your “natural” choice for the entire family—including dogs,...

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Pets welcome here: Santa Cruz (video)

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From towering redwood groves to the surf-friendly shores of Santa Cruz County, California, see what makes this quintessential beach town so pet-friendly with Pets Welcome Here!

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Pet-friendly adventures in Santa Cruz (video)

Dog lying on bed

Tag along with Skyler the surfing dog as he sniffs out dog-friendly beaches, restaurants and hotels in Santa Cruz County.

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Mend your mind and thrill your dog in Mendocino County

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Mendocino County isn’t just about that beautifully sculpted coast. The inland regions are also gorgeous in a green and hilly kind of way.

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Win a Fort Bragg, Mendocino County Beach Dogcation®!

Enter to Win Beachcomber Dogcation

Win a two-night DogCation® at one of the three Beachcomber Hotel properties in Fort Bragg: The Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge, or the Beach House Inn. In addition, each...

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Water Dog Sea Cave & River Dog Packages

Dog sailing on the Big River

Your dog deserves a vacation too! The Little River Inn is rolling out the red carpet for dog-lovers and their four-legged companions with their dog kayaking packages.

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Fort Bragg: Affordable and uniquely dog-friendly

aerial view of Fort Bragg beach

Northern California is known for dog-friendly adventures, and one destination really rolls out the red carpet for pups: Mendocino County. Coastal Fort Bragg is a great basecamp for exploring the...

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Holiday gifts that give all year long

Man and woman chopping vegetables in kitchen

The holidays are here and DogTrekker has a couple of cookbooks from our dog-passionate coastal lodging partners that are sure to give back for years to come.

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Go coast crazy with your dog along Highway 1

Maya dog at Pismo Beach

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.

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Where to stay with your pup in Mendocino County

Mendocino County beach sunset

Mendocino County may be within a day-trip drive of most of the Bay Area, but we encourage you to snuggle up with your pup at one of our dog-passionate lodging...

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Special adventures for furry friends in Mendocino

Person paddling kayak with dog by the Little River Inn

Mendocino County has so many dog-friendly activities that you might want to stay a few extra days. The Skunk Train is a northern California classic that departs from depots in...

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The Stanford Inn – authentically eco-minded

Aerial shot of the Stanford Inn 

A 2022 report from Expedia Group explores the brand principles that travelers value: a commitment to sustainability, small crowds, local businesses and mental well-being top that list.

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Coastal Mendocino: Sustainable by nature

Kayla enjoying the sun at the Stanford Inn garden

Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Sustainable practices and cleaning products. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest.

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Dog-friendly dining in Fort Bragg

Firepit at the Beachcomber Inn

The cool thing about staying in Fort Bragg is the access to a wide range of great restaurants.

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Maiya’s stay in Ruthie’s Cabin at Nick’s Cove

Maiya looking out from Ruthie's Cabin at Nick's Cove

I wanted to share a pic of our Lab Maiya at Ruthie's Cabin at Nick's Cove.

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Water view dog-friendly cottages and tables

Happy yellow lab wearing sunglasses on deck at Nick's cove with ocean view

Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages is a dog-friendly, boutique resort on Tomales Bay in Marin County.

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Don’t pass on Pasadena with your dog

Pasadena sign

If you can just get off of those L.A. freeways (and you can!) a great place to gulp some fresh air and take in some flowy eye candy is Eaton...

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Chow down with a view

Dog and people taking in the view at Noyo Inn

Many dog-friendly restaurant decks and patios in Mendocino County will contribute to making your trip more memorable. A favorite: the

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Paddle with your pup in Mendocino County

Canine Cruiser photo

Coastal Mendocino County is stitched to rivers and ocean, but visitors aren’t restricted to just looking at the water.

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Mendocino: More than a day trip

Sunet in Mendocino county

Mendocino County is a DogTrekker favorite for so many reasons. That is why we have partnered with so many hotels, inns, resorts, cabins and glamping properties over the years. You...

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A pedigreed playground for your pup

Maya hiking at Noyo Headlands Park in flowers

The active Noyo Harbor fishing village sets an engaging backdrop for a Noyo Harbor Inn stay.

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Dog-friendly rooms with a view

Sheepdog on bed at dog-friendly hotel

Almost half of the Noyo Harbor Inn’s 15 spacious rooms accommodate pups. Choose from king and queen options with soaking tubs, fireplaces and decks—plus views of gardens

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Paws for dinner on the patio

Noyo Harbor Inn patio

Perched on the river’s edge, the inn’s Harborview Bistro and Bar offers indoor dining and open-air deck and garden seats. Pup-friendly patio spots fill up fast,

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Dog-friendly cottages and tables with a view

Nick's cove snack with cottages in background

Take a national seashore, cross it with some intriguing history, add luxury cottages, an oyster bar and restaurant.

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The best dog-friendly cabins and cottages for your summer and fall trips

Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabin

Yikes, can it be mid-summer already? As California opens up from its pandemic slumber, road trips are all the rage and travelers are on the move with their pups. The...

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Big River beckons at Catch A Canoe

Dog and person on outrigger in Big River

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...

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Walking trails and waggin’ tails near the Stanford Inn

Dogs on a boat near the Stanford Inn

Stanford Inn Wellness Programs Director Sid Garza-Hillman oversees experiences that help resort guests recharge, revive and restore their health.

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Rest and recharge in coastal Mendocino at the Stanford Inn!

Stanford Inn

Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly destination weaves wellness, relaxation and only-in-California recreation into each stay.

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Wellness by the sea at the Stanford Inn

Kayla resting on the Stanford Inn lawn

While many spa and wellness resorts push guests toward fixed goals, the Stanford Inn by the Sea breaks healthy living into manageable, easy-to-integrate steps.

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Activities for every family member at the Stanford Inn

Yellow lab and canoe

With a blufftop location above sparkling Mendocino Bay, the Stanford Inn by the Sea is a convenient home base for adventurers of all ages.

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Dog-friendly road trip: Highway 1 and Santa Cruz

Dog and people running on the beach in Santa Cruz

It’s no secret that California Highway 1 (aka the Pacific Coast Highway) is considered one of the most scenic routes in the country.

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Time out (with oysters) by the sea

Nick's cove snack with cottages in background

It’s oyster season! And it’s hard to imagine a more ideal place to enjoy a delectable dozen than at Nick’s Cove Restaurant and Oyster Bar.

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Cuddle up with your pup in Mendocino County

Little River Inn, Mendocino.

Mendocino County isn’t day-trip distance from any metropolitan area, which, for DogTrekkers, means you’ll want to cuddle up with your pup at a dog-friendly lodging establishment.

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Seaside waves and walks with your dog

Big River State beach, Mendocino

Whether your drive all or just some of intoxicating Highway 1 hugging the Mendocino County coast, you’re sure to find many places to pull over and get some sand between...

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Dog-friendly attractions on the Mendo Coast

Dog in the Mendocino Coast Botanical gardens

The Mendocino Coast is rich in natural attractions, from beaches and redwood forests to vast networks of trails where you and your pup can hike to your hearts' content.

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Borrow a Buddy at the Beachcomber Properties, Fort Bragg

terrier on leash in forest

The "Borrow a Buddy" program is a great partnership between the Beachcomber Motel, Surf & Sand Lodge and the Beach House Inn, all in Fort Bragg, and the Mendocino Coast...

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Leave no dog behind

Woman volunteer  with homeless dog at shelter

One simple mission has always guided DogTrekker’s work: Leave no dog behind, whether you’re on vacation or at a shelter.

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Enchanted dog-friendly hiking in Santa Cruz

Dog on a hike

If you’re traveling down the coast, Santa Cruz County is a natural stop-over spot.  And Byrne-Milliron Forest is a must-do with your canine companion. Yes, the views are great, but...

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Every dog has its day in Fort Bragg

Beachcomber Motel

The Beachcomber group of properties are a sure bet for visitors traveling to Fort Bragg with furry companions: The group includes three dog-friendly hotels.

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Chow down with your canine companion: Dog-friendly Fort Bragg restaurants

The Wharf restaurant

Always remember to bring a sweatshirt, as dog-friendly outdoor dining at coast-side can be chilly!

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Beaching it with your pup in Fort Bragg

Dog on Glass Beach Fort Bragg

It was once a dump where all kinds of glass object were trashed. After decades of rolling in the surf, Glass Beach, at the southern reach of MacKerricher State Park...

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Put paws to paths in Fort Bragg

MacKerricher State Park view

Of the many places to hike in and around Fort Bragg, the Haul Road Recreation Trail is a favorite.

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Waves Away With Your Dog on the Central Coast

Dog ready to go on the Central Coast

From Santa Cruz County all the way down to Ventura, California’s Central Coast is a wave-washed mecca for DogTrekkers. You’ll find lots of choices for dog-friendly cabin and cottage lodging as...

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Fall special at dog-friendly Stanford Inn

Yellow lab lies on wood floor at the Stanford Inn.

Autumn in Mendocino is one of the best-kept secrets by locals and there’s a good reason why. Beautiful days, cool nights and dog-friendly activities at your pup’s bark and call.

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The wellness quotient: Give yourself and your dog a break at Stanford Inn

Catch A Canoe at sunset

Besides the vegan restaurant, the organic garden and the pet-friendly watercraft concessionaire on the property, Stanford Inn by the Sea is also Mendocino County’s

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Dogs chill while you dine at The Ravens

dog on leash next to table and chairs

Stanford Inn is a standout in the dog-friendly world not simply because it was one of the first in California to roll out the red carpet for pets. It was...

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Pant, paddle, pedal with your pup

Dog and person on outrigger in Big River

There’s something magical about the Big River estuary alongside the Stanford Inn, and something ingenious about the “canine cruiser” that transports two-and four-legged visitors downstream on an ultra-stable platform.

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Dog-Passionate from the get-go

Kayla at the front door of the dog-passionate Stanford Inn

Stanford Inn by the Sea has been welcoming pets for almost 40 years—it was, in fact, one of the first B&Bs in California to do so. Innkeepers Joan and Jeff...

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End of Summer Coasting With Your Four-Legged Friend

Dogs on the Coast

Whew! Summer’s over, the crowds are gone, fall weather is on the way—and with it (usually) crystal-clear skies and views to go with. There’s no better time for a trip...

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Mend your mind in Mendocino Village

Dog in Mendocino Village

A mere five minutes from Little River, much-photographed Mendocino Village, with its wealth of lacy Victorians and colorful saltbox cottages, is loaded with places to enjoy with your four-legged friend....

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Dog-friendly brags in Fort Bragg

Dog on Glass Beach Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg, the largest dog-friendly community on the Mendo coast has much to recommend, including the Beachcomber group of properties offering variety and value close to the sea. The Beachcomber...

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River cruisin’ with your canine

Yellow lab and canoe

Many say that coastal Mendocino County is not so much a place as a state of mind. And for DogTrekkers, full immersion wouldn’t be complete without a dog-friendly paddle excursion...

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Cruz The California Coast

Dog and people on the Santa Cruz County coast

Follow the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) along the Santa Cruz County coastline, and you’ll be tempted by 29 miles of beaches (15 of them dog-friendly) along the way. Only...

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Fort Fun!

Several dogs at Fort Funston

DogTrekker.com reader Karen N. sent in a few photos of her dogs at Fort Funston, San Francisco's off-leash dog haven. Karen writes, "In my opinion, the most beautiful place in...

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Lots to do on dog-friendly Cannery Row

corgi on shoreline in Monterey

“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” So wrote John Steinbeck...

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Soak Up Some Coastal Scenery in Monterey County

Dog and person saking up coastal scenery

The most abiding joy to be had on the Monterey Peninsula is simply enjoying the rugged coastal scenery, and there’s no better way to soak it up than on the...

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Chow down with your pup within sight of the sea

Dog at restaurant near the sea

Travel with your dog can be very rewarding, but there are always a few problems to solve—such as finding restaurants where your dog can join you beside or beneath your...

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Dog-passionate places to rest heads and paws

White fluffly dog at a hotel on the deck

You know that you and your four-legged companion have arrived at the right lodging place when you’re greeted with treats at the desk and the room comes with dog bed,...

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Amador County

Dog sitting on the grass in Amador County

Follow Highway 49 south through Amador County for yet another take on Gold Country. You’ll find lodging at historic, dog-friendly establishments like Hanford House in Sutter Creek, the Imperial Hotel...

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Ocean Beach Dog Beach, San Diego County

Dog playing at Ocean Beach Dog Beach in San Diego County

• Ocean Beach Dog Beach, San Diego County. Ocean Beach, in the community of the same name, is quintessential Southern California—surfers, bikinis, lifeguards and all. In the “dog-run”, four-legged visitors tear...

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Kissing the Santa Cruz coast

3 dogs running on beach

Follow the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) along the Santa Cruz County coastline, and you’ll be tempted by 29 miles of beaches (15 of them dog-friendly) along the way. Only...

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Noyo Harbor Inn, Fort Bragg

Sheepdog at Noyo Harbor Inn

Fresh from a six-year, $1.6 million renovation, the Noyo Harbor Inn, a 15-room, craftsman-style B&B, accents its more than century-old heritage with refreshed décor complimenting its historic character. Set on...

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Put paws to GGNRA paths in San Mateo County

yellow lab looking into the distance on wide trail at sunset

People have walked their dogs, both on- and off-leash, for decades on the lands in San Mateo County that became part of the GGNRA after the National Park Service’s 1979...

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Paws for a good read

Man and dog reading a book together

Whether it’s a novel, a feel-good memoir, a training how-to or a delve into animal psychology, books about animals and the animal-human bond make cherished gifts for the dog-lovers in...

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Tails wag on Big Sur Coast

Big Sur

Take a drive on the scenic California Coast to Big Sur, pulling over at beaches, redwood forests and fun dog-friendly stops that are sure to please both two and four-leggers.

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Take Time to Coast

Dog at a coastal lighthouse

Mendocino County is mostly rural, and its extensive patchwork of public lands encompasses everything from national forests and state parks to dog-friendly preserves administered by the Bureau of Land Management....

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DogCation adventures at the Stanford Inn and beyond

Dogs ready to go on a Stanford Inn DogCation

DogCation winner Jolene C. recently wrote in to let us know about her adventures in Mendocino County with her daughter and two pups at the Stanford Inn by the Sea...

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Ocean day for Riggs

Riggs and person at the ocean

DogTrekker.com reader Michelle M. wrote in to tell us about her dog-friendly adventures along the Mendocino Coast:

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Monterey County Parks

Dogs and people stand on the shore in Carmel

Dog-lovers from around the world know leash-free Carmel Beach as a primo place to visit with dogs. But that’s hardly the only place in Monterey County where your untethered dog...

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The New CA Coastal Region Debuts

DogTrekker California coastal region

There’s nothing like the sight and sound of the sea to perk up a dog’s ears and set her tail to wagging—and California’s 840 miles of coastline offer plenty of...

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Hugging the Coast in Santa Cruz County

Dog running on the beach in Santa Cruz County

You’re never far from the water when following the Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) through Santa Cruz County. The curvy coastline is studded with 29 miles of beaches providing lots...

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Beach it in Mendocino County

Dog at a beach in Mendocino county

Whether you drive all or just some of the 102 intoxicating miles of Highway 1 hugging the Mendocino County shore, you’re sure to find many places to pull over and...

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Moseying on Mendocino waterways

Dog with lifejacket

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...

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Sniff out some new places

person stands in road with redwood trees towering above

Every time we visit, Santa Cruz County gets more and more dog-friendly. And this year there are several new opportunities to bark about.

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Exceptions to California state park rules

coastal view of ocean and boulders at MacKerricher State Park

Most California State Parks restrict canine companions to campgrounds, day-use picnic areas and paved roads, but we’ve found a trio that allow four-paw venturing on dirt trails.

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Central Coasting In Winter

dog on beach at Carmel by the Sea

The California coast is nothing if not moody in late winter and early spring. Calm, crystal-clear days are interspersed with blustery gray ones, so it’s best to prepare for all...

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Coasting Oregon With Your Tail-Wagger

Dogs on the Oregoon coast

We Californians think our Highway 1 and Big Sur coastline are scenic, and they certainly are. But Highway 101, which runs a bit inland along California’s North Coast and continues...

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Dog-friendly lodging for you and yours

private dog park at beachcomber motel

Mendocino County is big and diverse, but there’s something extra-soothing about making base camp within sight or sound of the sea. Settle into a king pet suite at the Beachcomber...

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The dining with dog conundrum

Cute funny dog sitting at served dining table indoors

While most Mendocino County restaurants with outdoor dining venues allow dogs to curl up under the table with their owners, winter weather can throw that option a curve ball. In...

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Leash-free Sand and Sea

dog on leash-free Sand and Sea beach

The hands-down, No. 1 place to play in waves and sand in California is Carmel Beach, a powder-white, city-managed, mile-long strand on the outskirts of Carmel-by-the Sea, the chic vacation...

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North Coast winery ramble

Yellow dogs in winery

If your dog is like most, she doesn’t give a sniff about how “approachable” the wine you’re sipping might be. She cares about how approachable the winery’s visitor facility is...

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Doggedly exploring Amador County

Dog in Amador County field

If there’s one part of California wine country getting an exceptional amount of buzz this past year, it’s Amador County—and specifically the Shenandoah Valley AVA, best known for its robust...

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Take a walk on the wave side

Dog swimming in Half Moon Bay

DogTrekkers who live inland know they’re never far from Sweatshirt Land. So when the mercury climbs, those in the know leash up their pups and head for the coast, making...

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Fetching Fun Along the Coast

Matilda at Pismo Beach, CA. Photo Credit: Steve Fargie Steve F. sent in this fantastic action shot of Matilda the mini Aussie making a great catch while enjoying a game...

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Diesel & Oliver’s seaside adventure

Diesel and Oliver's Seaside Adventure featuring two dogs sitting on a dock.

Diesel and Oliver's parents, Ashley and Chris P. were the lucky winners of our Nick's Cove 2015 DogCation. The whole family got to enjoy a wonderful seaside adventure along Tomales...

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Winter Coasting

Dixie and Lili at Limantour Beach. Photo Credit: Chelsie Lesinski Something about salt air is both invigorating and intoxicating, especially to those who don’t visit the coast very often. Hibernate in...

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Chill out in Fort Bragg

Dog on Glass Beach Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg is the “big city” on the Mendocino Coast with 7,500 full-time human residents, many of whose households also count our-legged family members.

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It takes a (dog-friendly) village

Rio at Point Cabrillo Lighthouse station. Photo by Sueanne.

Just north of Little River, picturesque Mendocino village, with its wealth of lacy Victorians and colorful saltbox cottages, has more places than you can shake a tennis ball at to...

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DogTrekkers go Santa Cruzin’

Wilder keeping it super cool in Santa Cruz. Photo by Celeste Cesena.

Santa Cruz County, located on California's Central Coast, 65 miles south of San Francisco and 35 miles north of Monterey, is known for its sun-soaked beaches, famous Beach Boardwalk amusement...

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Paddling Mendocino county rivers

Dog and person on outrigger in Big River

Have you ever longed to kayak on a beautiful river but not been able to because you have your dog along? Come to Mendocino County, where it’s easy to go...

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Coastal Cool-Off in Monterey County

Dog running in grass in Monterey County

If it's coastal hiking that you are interested in, start in Monterey, where you can join the throngs of people and pups out for a stroll on the Monterey Bay...

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Meandering the Mendo coast with your dog

Retriever running along the beach at Seaside in Monterey County

While you can drive from one end of Mendocino County to the other in a morning or afternoon (it’s 102 winding miles from Leggett to Gualala on scenic Highway 1) this...

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Safe Coastal Travels for Your Dog

By Dr. Jennifer Tavares, Broadway Animal Hospital, Eureka. California’s North Coast is beautiful and very dog-friendly. Dogs face more hazards when they're traveling than when they're at home. Here are...

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Chasing Waves on Ocean Beach With Your Dog

Traveling in Style at Ocean Beach. (CC) torbakhopper If your dog has a reliable recall and can be trusted not to jump on people, bring her to Ocean Beach, a...

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Adventure awaits on the North Coast

Border Collie plays in the beach

California’s North Coast is a magical place made more magical still with the 2014 incorporation of Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands, a 1,132-acre coastal preserve in Mendocino County that you and...

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The Stanford Inn: Dog & holiday passionate!

Christmas tree and decorations at the Stanford Inn.

The holidays area beautiful at one of Mendocino’s favorite dog-friendly inns, Stanford Inn by the Sea. Driving up to the property after dark, with lights twinkling on the roof lines...

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Waves & woof on the Mendocino Coast

View of Mendocino Village and ocean.

A mere glimpse of Mendocino’s gorgeously sculpted coastline is all it takes to turn urban angst into rural revelation. The scenery is so intoxicating you can yappily spend a week...

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Now wear this!

Person bicycling from a dog's point of view wearing a GoPro

What’s the world look like from your dog’s point of view? Get her geared up with a GoPro action camera, and you’ll get a whole new perspective.

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Coastal cabins and cottages

Coastal cottages in Mendocino

The California coast is nothing if not moody in late fall and early winter. Calm, crystal-clear days are interspersed with blustery gray ones, so it’s best to prepare for all...

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DogTrekkers visits the dog passionate Stanford Inn in Mendocino County

White dog on rug at Stanford Inn.

Sydnie and Siskiyou on the coast "If you're ever in the Mendocino area, I highly recommend the Stanford Inn. We went there with three of our fur babies, and were...

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Let’s Go Coasting: Pacifica To Carmel

Dogs playing on Carmel Beach. Photo - Janet Fullwood There’s nothing like the sight and sound of the sea to soothe the soul, vanquish boredom and revive the spirit. If...

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Dog-friendly San Simeon Cove

San Simeon Cove Beach

Nestled under the watchful eye of William Randolph Hearst’s famous castle is San Simeon Cove, a jewel in San Luis Obispo’s crown of beaches. Emerald-green water, abundant wildlife and ample space...

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See the Sea

Otto at Tilden Park, Berkeley. Photo: Carol Kolb DeWilde (CC) In our last newsletter, Spring Delights in the East Bay, we profiled some favorite hikes in the green, rolling hills...

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Coastside Chow Down

Photo courtesy Moss Beach Distillery. Fresh-air activities are major draws on the San Mateo coast, and we all know how ocean-scented breeze and exercise work up an appetite in both...

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Wearable technology for dogs

Dog wearing GoPro harness and camera

Tru-fit harness with wearable camera mount Just as we humans enjoy getting new gadgets and gizmos for Christmas, so do we enjoy buying cool new accessories for our pets. Given...

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Pet-passionate Stanford Inn

Puppy on rug at Stanford Inn

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...

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Take a Bragg-adocious break

Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. Photo by Pawparazzi Pet Photography, provided by MGBG

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...

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17 miles of magnificence

View of the ocean from Albion

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...

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Mendocino Coast Humane Society 2013

Dog coming through doggie door

Since we last checked in with the good folks at Mendocino Coast Humane Society, who have been pitching in since 2001 to help the county's critters in need, they've continued...

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Scenic coasting in Monterey County

Carmel beach

Monterey County boasts one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, from Watsonville in the north to the famous Big Sur in the south.

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Make a splash in Marin

three dogs running on the shoreline at Rodeo Beach

Marin County is spring-loaded with dog-friendly places, but we at DogTrekker have some tail-wagger favorites. Beautiful Muir Beach permits dogs under voice control off-leash.

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Amazing Mendocino County

Dog in the Mendocino Coast Botanical gardens

If there’s one destination in Northern California that really rolls out the red carpet for your pooch, it's Mendocino County. Pet-friendly properties such as Stanford Inn by the Sea, Little...

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Coastal Cruising

September on the California coast brings the clearest weather of the year, making it an ideal month to take in the scenery and chase waves. Our favorite dog-friendly coastal-cabin hideouts...

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Catch a ride on a Canine Cruiser

Dog and person on outrigger in Big River

A summertime trip up the Mendocino County coast isn’t complete without a paddle excursion along the beautiful Big River estuary. And now there’s a novel new way for you and your...

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Best Ocean Beaches

When it comes to blue-ribbon beaches, DogTrekker.com gives top honors to strands where dogs under voice control can legally romp leash-free. There aren’t many in Northern California, but these three...

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The many sides of Mendocino County

Pt Cabrillo lighthouse

If there's one destination in Northern California that really rolls out the red carpet for your pooch, it's Mendocino County. Pet-friendly properties such as Stanford Inn by the Sea, Little...

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SLO North Coast Paradise

San Luis Obispo County’s North Coast is a tail-wagging, 31-mile stretch of California shoreline on Highway 1. The route begins with a quick jaunt from San Luis Obispo west on...

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Sand and Sea With Your Dog

When the urge to brush sand out of your dog’s coat becomes irresistible, throw a towel and a dog brush in the car and take off to enjoy one of...

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See the Sea

It was half a century ago, in 1962, that Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco was created to preserve a magnificent stretch of coastline and the farmlands abutting...

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MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park view

Adhering to leash restrictions is a small price to pay for reveling in the beauty of this Mendocino County gem with numerous dog-friendly trails and beaches. MacKerricher State Park is...

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Mendocino coasting with your canine

Golden retriever on Mendocino county beach

A mere glimpse of Mendocino’s gorgeously sculpted coastline is all it takes to turn urban angst into rural revelation. The scenery is so intoxicating you can happily spend a week...

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Central Coast Bloom-O-Rama

If you’re travels take you to the Central Coast, make time for El Chorro Regional Park between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. It’s home to a fenced, off-leash dog...

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Beyond the crowds in Mendocino County

Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. Photo by Pawparazzi Pet Photography, provided by MGBG

Mendocino County is “so close and yet so far away” when it comes to scenery, attitude and ambiance. Whether you play it sophisticated or sniff out the rustic, you’ll have...

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A bridge for all seasons

Hang onto your leash: You'll need it to steady yourself when you get your first close-up look at Redding's iconic Sundial Bridge. The stunning pedestrian strand designed by celebrity architect...

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Dog-friendly Stanford Inn, Mendocino

Stanford Inn exterior

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...

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Outrigger outings

Dog and person on outrigger in Big River

You won’t find a more eclectic collection of canoes and kayaks than at Catch-A-Canoe, which has been outfitting paddlers on the eight-mile-long Big River estuary near Mendocino since 1972. 

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Humboldt County off-leash beaches

Trinidad Pier in Humboldt County

A wealth of beaches where canines are allowed to run free within the wave slope make the Humboldt shore one of the most dog-friendly coastal areas in California. A favorite...

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Seacliff State Beach

This broad, sandy beach at the base of a bluff south of Santa Cruz stretches for about a mile and features wide-open views, picnic areas, campground, interpretive center, fishing pier...

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The Faster Lane to the Central Coast

If the destination rather than the journey is your focus on a trip from the Bay Area to the Central Coast, skip coastal Highway 1 and take Highway 101 to...

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Mendocino County’s coastal scenery

Coastal cottages in Mendocino

Mendocino County’s sculpted coastline is so intoxicating you can yappily spend a week without venturing beyond sight or sound of the sea.

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Dining in Mendocino County with your dog

Ravens Restaurant

Charming Mendocino village and the nearby community of Little River are at the center of the culinary action in this part of Mendocino County.

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World’s Most Scenic Toll Road

17 mile drive

Why buy the milk when the cow is free? The Monterey Peninsula is so outrageously scenic and so pet-friendly that you certainly don’t have to pay to feast your eyes...

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Coasting Right Along

Lighthouse

Point Pinos Lighthouse Your dog can’t come inside to watch otters cavorting and jellyfish pulsing in their tanks at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. But that’s OK, because Monterey and the neighboring...

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Half it your way

Aerial view of Montara coast.

It's hard to know what to do first in Half Moon Bay: Explore miles and miles of pristine beaches, scarf up some seafood at a seaside café,

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Lots to Bragg about

Glass Beach

What can you say about a town that has its own dog park mayor, an ice cream parlor that provides free licks for Fido, and a 47-acre botanical garden known for...

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The Stanford Inn – authentically eco-minded

Stanford Inn story_4913-e1689275310715.jpeg exterior

Since the early 1980s, the dog-passionate Stanford Inn owners Joan and Jeff Stanford have been guided by a purpose-driven, light-on-the-land mindset. That ethic influences everything at the resort, including room...

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