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Best in show: Dog-friendly Noyo Harbor Inn

Best in show: Dog-friendly Noyo Harbor Inn

Welcome to Fort Bragg, where dog-friendly rooms at the Noyo Harbor Inn overlook the tree-lined Noyo River. The inn features waterfront patio dining, spa services and authentic Craftsman details dating back more than a century.

It also serves as an upscale home base for enjoying canoe routes, coastal trails, photo walks and Skunk Train rides. The historic line travels Mendocino County’s classic Redwood Route, providing a dog-friendly introduction to the region’s scenic highlights.
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Paws for dinner on the patio

Paws for dinner on the 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, especially on sunny summer evenings. Local, organic elements headline the brunch, happy hour and dinner menus crafted by Executive Chef Fabrice Jean-Pierre Duboc. more »

Dog-friendly rooms with a view

Dog-friendly rooms with a view

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, the harbor, the river, and the distant Pacific Ocean. Thoughtful amenities and historic architecture round out the guest experience. more »

Dog-Friendly Cottages and Tables With a View

Nick’s Cove, Cottages and Tables with a View
Nick’s Cove, Cottages and Tables with a View

Take a national seashore, cross it with some intriguing history, add luxury cottages, an oyster bar and restaurant. Give it a shake and what do you get? Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages, a dog-friendly, boutique resort on Tomales Bay in Marin County, just outside Point Reyes National Seashore. Nick's Cove is one of the last remaining historic settlements catering to the early California tourist trade on the beautiful Tomales Bay coast land. Book direct and savemore »

The Best Dog-friendly Cabins and Cottages for Your Summer and Fall Trips

Maya at Nick’s Cove, Marshall, CA
Maya at Nick’s Cove, Marshall, CA

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 top lodging choice for DogTrekkers this year are cabins and cottages. Here are stories that are some of our favorites.

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Yo! Yosemite Calls You and Your Dog

Exployer Cabins, courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Exployer Cabins, courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Yosemite is now open, as are the 50 new two-bedroom Tenaya Lodge Explorer Cabins that opened in 2019. Tenaya Lodge, a luxury establishment in Fish Camp, just two miles outside the park’s southern (Wawona, Highway 41) entrance, has long been a DogTrekker favorite. The dog-friendly Explorer Cabins are scattered over 27 forested acres walking distance from Tenaya Lodge, Jackalopes Bar & Grill and activities, including hiking. Book direct and savemore »

Tap into Adventure in Concord

Contra Costa County Beer Trail Now through June 30!
Contra Costa County Beer Trail Now through June 30!

Set in the shadow of magnificent Mount Diablo, dog-friendly Concord is an under-the-radar East Bay gem. Jazz musician Dave Brubeck was born here. The popular Iron Horse Regional Trail winds through town. Dog-friendly hiking paths unfold in every direction, and a new passport program spotlights a thriving regional craft beer scene. more »

Pints, Passports, Prizes and Paw Prints

Drink Beer. Rock the Merch.
Drink Beer. Rock the Merch.

To sample the region's craft brews, hit the Contra Costa County Beer Trail. Visit Concord and neighboring cities crafted a mobile passport that maps more than 40 breweries, taprooms and beer bars, including several that serve food. This month, collecting local passport stamps earns you exclusive prizes. more »

Stay and Play in Concord

Stay and play in Concord
Stay and play in Concord

Concord is a convenient, one-tank trip from several Bay Area, Sonoma and Napa communities. Visit the new Concord Visitor Center for travel inspiration, hike scenic regional parks with your pup, or follow the Concord Taco Trail that features nearly 40 local taquerias and restaurants. Then, overnight at one of Concord’s dog-friendly hotelsmore »

Only in California

Maya gets ready to Visit Concord
Maya gets ready to Visit Concord

Consider it a modern-day Gold Rush. California’s pioneering craft breweries attract travelers looking for liquid gold, in the form of unforgettable ales and lagers.

You’ll find plenty of pup-friendly taprooms tucked east of Oakland, in Contra Costa County. Whether you’re checking out taps or nature trails, base yourself in Concordmore »

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