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Fall into Mendocino County

Dakota at Mendocino Grove. Photo by Jennifer Brierley.
Dakota at Mendocino Grove. Photo by Jennifer Brierley.

California travelers know fall is the ripe time to pack the hiking boots for an adventure in Northern California’s Mendocino County. As the barometer slides, the fog pulls away, corks pop and nature hits its seasonal migration stride. 

Here is the best of dog-friendly Mendocino County in the fall:

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Chow down with a view

Waterfront dining at Noyo Harbor Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.
Waterfront dining at Noyo Harbor Inn. Photo by Brendan McGuigan.

Many dog-friendly restaurant decks and patios in Mendocino County will contribute to making your trip more memorable. A favorite: the second-story Harbor View Bistro and Bar at the Noyo Harbor Inn, overlooking a large marina in one direction and the Noyo River in the other. You can also dine indoors with your dog at our vegan/vegetarian choice, Ravens Restaurant at the Stanford Inn; or have dinner outdoors under a tent at the Little River Innmore »

Capital canine discoveries

Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel
Image courtesy Kimpton Sawyer Hotel

If it’s your first visit to Sacto, don’t neglect to take a stroll through Capitol Park, a 40-acre urban preserve surrounding the imposing domed structure. Hundreds of labeled plants from around the world make this shady park a garden enthusiast’s delight, while somber memorials recall sacrifices made in war. Plus, there are great dog-friendly hotels nearby, like The Citizen Hotel, Best Western Plus Sutter House, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, The Westin Sacramento and othersmore »

Explore Sacramento’s ‘Big Back Yard’ with your pup

Bella visits the capital, image courtesy of Duroncelet
Bella visits the capital, image courtesy of Duroncelet

As the seasons change and the smoke from Northern California wildfires gives way to crystal-blue skies, opportunities for exploring Sacramento and the destinations in its “big back yard” expand. Make the state capital your home base and take off from there. Here is the best of dog-friendly Sacramento and neighboring communities:

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High Altitude Amenities

Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Just two miles from the park, Tenaya Lodge is set among 50 acres of Sierra National Forest. It is a dog-friendly resort – one of the first to recognize that vacations are better with man’s best friend along for the ride.

Our best-in-show lodge offers a robust welcome with a long list of tail-wagging amenities. In fact, Tenaya Lodge is the West’s Best Pet-Friendly Resort, according to the Sunset Magazine Travel Awards. Our pet package includes: more »

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. more »

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 »

Yo! Yosemite Calls You and Your Dog

Image courtesy of Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Image 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 »

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 »

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