the North Coast of California, Mendocino
looks more like a New England
fishing village along the Pacific Ocean. The town of 1200 people on a
rocky bluff of the Pacific was founded in 1852 by settlers
from New England and the town has retained that New England look.
Previously serving as a fishing village today Mendocino has a large
number of artists, B&Bs and crafters. The more commercial
fishing operations have moved to Fort Bragg fifteen minutes up the
Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1). Tourism is a major industry in
Mendocino which is a three hour drive from San Francisco and Sacramento
and four hours from San Jose. Many people arrive at Mendocino by car
while driving the scenic and winding Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1).
Catch a Canoe
is the tourist center of the region, although you will find Fort Bragg
an interesting destination as well. There are a number of especially dog-friendly
hotels and B&Bs in
Mendocino. Stanford Inn is nestled on a
hillside with its own organic gardens, a dog-friendly organic patio
restaurant called the Raven and pet-friendly room packages. Little
River Inn offers pet-friendly lodging and breakfast and dinner in Ole's
Whale Watch Bar. The Cottages at Little River Cove offers pet beds,
treats and a "Pet Package". And the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek
offers 8 acres of ocean view comfort for you and your pet. Smaller
B&Bs include MacCallum House, Mendocino Seaside
for people looking for pet-friendly vacation rentals there is
Mendocino Preferred Vacation Rentals. In Fort Bragg there is
Rendezvous Inn and Restaurant, Tradewinds Lodge and the Emerald Dolphin
Inn & Mini Golf, which offers a special dog package known as
"Dyno Doggie Bag".
People who arrive
with dogs via Motorhome or Travel Trailer
can stay at Casper Beach
RV Park and Campground in Mendocino or Pomo RV Park and Campground in
Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg's Dolphin Isle Marina offers
hookup sites, access to the marina and the Noyo River and a deli with
outdoor patio dining for you and your dog. If you are tent camping try
Van Damme State Park in Little River or Navarro River Redwoods State
While in Mendocino you can find a number of dog-friendly
attractions. You can canoe with
your dog at Catch a Canoe Rentals
next to Stanford Inn in Mendocino. The Mendocino Coast Botanical
Gardens is pet-friendly and you can walk your leashed dog through
the only botanical garden in the U.S. directly on the ocean.
are allowed on some of the boat tours by Fort Bragg's charter fleets,
which offer sightseeing, fishing and individual charters. However, what
most visitors with or without dogs do in Mendocino is browse the quaint
maritime town. You can walk the streets and visit the art galleries,
shops, and stores. Along the scenic Pacific Bluff there are small and
level trails between the town and the ocean. There are a number of very
restaurants for you to dine at
in town and most of the town is
dog-friendly. For great burgers try Mendo Burgers.For great all around
organic dining in a pleasant setting there is the Mendocino Cafe. The
Raven Restaurant at the Stanford Inn is a bit out of town but serves
organic food on it's dog-friendly outdoor patio. In Fort Bragg for
seafood visit Silver's at the Wharf.
beach access with a dog there
are a number of choices. For an
off-leash beach visit Noyo Beach Off-leash Dog Beach in Fort Bragg.
Leashed dogs can visit Caspar Beach for miles north of Mendocino, Big
River Beach just south of Mendocino and Van Damme State Beach
miles south of town.
When on the North Coast of California you may also consider visiting
National and State Parks region
and the Trees
of Mystery, a very dog-friendly
attraction. Also, you may want to
drive the Avenue
of the Giants. If
driving the Pacific Coast Highway from San
Francisco there a many
interesting stops including Bodega Bay ,
Point Reyes National Seashore and Muir Beach. For other sights in that
area, see the DogFriendly.com guide to Marin
County and the North Bay.
Cottages at Little River Cove
We welcome our furry, four-footed guests with pet beds, treats and water bowls, and an outdoor pet shower. In your cottage, you will find a "Pet Package" containing a pet towel, waste bags and premium treats to welcome your beloved animals.
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