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A hotel for every budget

Hyatt Place. Photo by Visit Vacaville.
Hyatt Place. Photo by Visit Vacaville.

Vacaville is a convenient wine country gateway that’s also a short drive from both San Francisco and Sacramento. You’ll find some of the most reasonably priced accommodations around. Vacaville hotels and motels can cost up to 50% less than those in nearby wine destinations, and there are hospitality experiences to suit every travel budget. Check into centrally located properties like Hyatt Place or Residence Inn by Marriott, or choose from other comfortable Vacaville options. more »

Summer soars in Yosemite at Tenaya Lodge

Summer soars in Yosemite at Tenaya Lodge


Summer lasts just 92 days, so it’s wise to make the most of it. An absolutely splendid idea is spending some of these precious days in Yosemite. This beautiful region is home to a DogTrekker favorite, Tenaya Lodge. Located just two miles from Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge specializes in memorable summer moments for the entire family—including your four-legged friend.

Here’s how to enjoy a wonderful summer escape packed with family-friendly fun.

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Win a Let’s Cruz DogCation!

Win a Let’s Cruz DogCation!

Picture the quintessential California beach vacation, and you’re likely imagining Santa Cruz County. This is the place to watch the waves while digging your paws into the sand.

Enter the Santa Cruz DogCation® Getaway for your chance to win a two-night stay at the pup-friendly Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley. The best-in-show prize package also includes four tickets to Roaring Camp Railroads (dogs are welcome on the train!), a $25 gift certificate for pub fare and pints at Seabright Social, a $10 gift card to the famous Penny Ice Creamery and $10 Downtown Santa Cruz dollars.

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Your home base for fun

Henri at Four Points Sheraton. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.
Henri at Four Points Sheraton. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.

Tucked conveniently close to towering redwoods and coastal adventures, Four Points by Sheraton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley is a welcoming favorite among four-legged guests and the humans who follow. From here, it’s a short trip to the Roaring Camp Railroads, where you can ride the rails with your pooch. Or, head over to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and West Glenwood Open Space Preserve for paw-friendly hiking trails.

After a full day of activities in Scotts Valley, swing by 5030 Restaurant & Lounge for California small plates and pints brewed just down the road. Looking for other overnight options? Here are a few more of Santa Cruz County’s best dog-friendly hotelsmore »

Coastal Mendocino: sustainable by nature

Maya hanging out in the garden. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya hanging out in the garden. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Fresh sea breezes. Fido-friendly paddling, pedaling and hiking. Sustainable practices and cleaning products. Local wine and produce plated hours after harvest. Simple suggestions for living well. Enjoy highlights like these at dog-passionate Stanford Inn by the Sea, a historic farm and eco-resort on the Mendocino coast.

Tucked between old-growth trees and USDA-certified organic gardens, this dog-friendly California destination weaves wellness, relaxation and earth-friendly elements into each stay. Here’s what to explore when you visit. more »

The Stanford Inn - authentically eco-minded

At the Stanford Inn, being eco-minded is not just a buzzword!
At the Stanford Inn, being eco-minded is not just a buzzword!

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. At the Stanford Inn, these values aren’t just buzzwords. Since the early 1980s, 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 amenities, menu items, guest programs, conservation practices and even cleaning products. more »

Activities for Every Family Member at the Stanford Inn

Canoe the Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe.
Canoe the Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A 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. Beaches and hiking trails are a big draw here on the rugged California coast; you’ll find four state parks within two miles of the property. Catch A Canoe & Bicycles, Too! rents equipment on the resort grounds, complete with specialized gear for pups. more »

Walking Trails and Waggin’ Tails Near the Stanford Inn

Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe.
Dog-sailing on Big River. Photo courtesy of Catch A Canoe.

Stanford Inn Wellness Programs Director Sid Garza-Hillman oversees experiences that help resort guests recharge, revive and restore their health. One of his favorite recommendations is a simple one: walking. Taking more steps benefits both humans and their four-legged family members. With gorgeous beaches, state parks and small-town streets all within a stone’s throw of the Stanford Inn, it’s a great place to start. more »

Surf & Sand Lodge, a soundtrack of crashing waves

Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.
Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.

The Beachcomber’s neighbor, Surf & Sand Lodge, promises laid-back luxury set to a soundtrack of crashing waves. The property offers accommodations with fireplaces, private balconies, Pacific views and plenty of room to stretch your legs.

Like all Beachcomber Hotel Group properties, Surf & Sand Lodge has earned the California Hotel & Lodging Association’s Clean + Safe certification for its health and safety measures. more »

The Beachcomber Motel, a true blufftop gem

Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.
Photo by Beachcomber Hotel Group.

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

The budget-friendly, pooch-friendly property features spa services, beach cruiser rentals, outdoor firepits, kitchenettes in select rooms, and custom pet suites that open directly onto the property’s Beachcomber Dog Park. Expect a laid-back atmosphere, just minutes from downtown Fort Bragg and surrounding attractions. more »

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