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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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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 »

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 »

Where to hike in Concord

Photo by Visit Concord.
Photo by Visit Concord.

DogTrekkers tell us that hiking is their favorite activity when visiting new destinations. Happily, Concord has so many hikes that you’ll want to stay a few extra days. The trails of Briones Regional Park unfold to the west of town. Lime Ridge Open Space stretches across the southern landscape. Both Baldwin Dog Park and Newhall Park Paw Patch welcome pups within the city. Get historical with the Concord Historical Society’s self-guided walking tour. more »

Explore Concord with free doggie visitor’s guide

Explore Concord with free doggie visitor’s guide

“Dogs Welcome Here!” isn’t just a tagline in Concord. Pups are central to the community’s fabric, and you’ll see that in the way hotels, restaurants, breweries, bars and parks put out the welcome bowls for four-legged visitors.

In fact, this dog-friendly city just produced a dog-gone great guide to the Concord Perro Trail. Named in honor of the community’s Hispanic heritage, the free, downloadable map covers Concord’s very dog-walkable downtown plus nearby parks and open spaces.

Here are some of our favorite places to hike, eat, grab a drink and stay in Concord:

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Where to eat in Concord

Photo by Visit Concord.
Photo by Visit Concord.

Concord has a dizzying number of dog-friendly restaurants —nearly four dozen and counting! You’ll find several in the Concord Perro Trail guide, including Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Eureka!, Five Guys, Guadalajara Grill, La Piñata, Lima, Parkside Bar & Grill and Puesto. From burgers to tacos to pub fare and pizza (plus treats for furry family members, of course!), you’ll find something to suit every taste. Check out the Concord Taco Trail. more »

Tenaya Lodge’s four-paw accommodations

Tenaya Lodge’s four-paw accommodations

You’ll fetch a trip you’ll both enjoy at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. If you're planning to visit Yosemite National Park, including Badger Pass and other areas in the park that have restrictions on dogs, you have the option of reserving a limited spot at Tenaya Lodge’s indoor dog kennelmore »

Tenaya Lodge with the kids - summer

Tenaya Lodge with the kids - summer

Not surprisingly, a place as big as Yosemite is home to plenty of outdoor and indoor activities for children of all ages. Of course, there’s the seemingly-endless natural beauty waiting in Yosemite Valley. As just one example, Glacier Point offers outstanding stargazing. more »

Water view dog-friendly cottages and tables

Maya and Roxanne on the deck of Ruthie’s Cabin at Nick’s Cove. Photo by Dave Kendrick.
Maya and Roxanne on the deck of Ruthie’s Cabin at Nick’s Cove. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Take a gorgeous national seashore and sprinkle in some intriguing history. Then, add luxury cottages, an oyster bar, and a 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.

Since the 1930s, the cozy cabins at Nick's Cove have accommodated sightseers, fishing fans and outdoor adventurers exploring the beautiful Tomales Bay coast. Book direct and save.  more »

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