Top 12 Fun Things to Do with Dogs in Mendocino

Perhaps your dog would like to expand horizons, catch up on the culture and enjoy some activities not available in many places. So if your dog loves to travel, you simply have to visit Mendocino County, just a few hours north of San Francisco. Horizon Air has added flights from Las Vegas to Santa Rosa, California. You and your dog can enjoy a beautiful 1.5-hour scenic drive north and visit dog-friendly wineries along the way. Most cellars have grass and bushes to explore and smell. Some even offer dog treats. Navarro and others allow dogs in the tasting room.

The Maccallum House Inn in Mendocino offers winery tours, chauffeur-driven limousines and dogs that can tag along, if you book as a private party… Ask for Jim Davis and tell him you heard about the tour from the author (of this article).

Here are the top 12 things to do with dogs in Mendocino

ME. Tiptoe through the Botanical Garden

Between tulips and other flowers (more than 150 varieties), Fido will enjoy a pleasant walk along the beach with you. well behaved dogs

On a leash they are always welcome and enjoy free admission.

two. rest on the beach (Puerto de Noyo or a private beach)… most beaches are dog friendly and dogs must be leashed.

Dogs love to splash and paddle in the ocean. And the Mendocino County coast has plenty of places to swim.

Big River Beach, N. Big River Road, Mendocino

Portuguese Beach, Mendocino Headlands, Mendocino

Van Damme State Beach, Highway 1, Mendocino

Caspar Beach, 14441 Point Cabrillo Dr., Caspar

MacKerricher State Park, Highway 1, Fort Bragg

And for an extended stay, you can also go camping with Fido.

California State Park Camping Reservations: 1-800-444-PARK (7275)

With nearly 100 miles of coastline and dozens of state and private campgrounds, it’s not hard to find a place to camp on the Mendocino coast. The most popular state parks are MacKerricher (Fort Bragg), Russian Gulch (Mendocino), and Van Damme (Little River).

3. Go for a walk.

Jughandle State Reserve features a 2½-mile self-guided nature trail called the Ecological Staircase. Starting at the ocean, this trail heads inland through a series of five ancient terraces formed by waves, glaciers, and tectonic activity. Each terrace was raised from the sea some 100,000 years after the previous one was raised. The lowest terrace is prairie, followed by pine forest, then redwood forest, and finally pygmy forest with knee-high trees that are decades old. The trail features a surprising variety of trees, as the ecologies of the different terraces vary widely.

Three miles south of Fort Bragg. Turn west from Highway One into the well marked parking area. 707-937-5804

Four. Get a free ice cream cone for your dog at Colick’s Ice Cream Parlor

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream. And Fido can also enjoy a sweet vanilla cone for kids on a sunny day.

5. Wander through the shops of Mendocino and pick up some dog perfume.

After rolling, licking, and splashing around in the water, mud, and sand, you might want to buy some dog perfume for Fido. Mendocino has a lot of nice gift shops and places where poachers prefer to shop, like Sallie Mac.

And there are numerous pet supply stores, including Paws for Cats & Dogs, 338 N. Main St., Fort Bragg, 707-964-3322, Fort Bragg Feed & Pet, 880 Stewart St., Fort Bragg, 707-964- 3333 and Evergreen Barn Pet Grocery, 477 Evergreen St., Mendocino, 707-937-3300.

6. Stay at a dog-friendly inn such as Agate Cove Inn, Little River Inn, MacCallum House Inn, Cottages at Little River Cove, Stanford Inn, Sea Foam Lodge, Dehaven B&B, and Blair House (where the television series Murder She Wrote was filmed). The most pet-friendly accommodation can be found at these inns. Standford Inn, MacCallum House, Cottages at Little River Cove, and Little River Inn offer a dog gift basket that includes bowls, treats, and a dog bed.

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7. have dinner together

The Stanford Inn is an original, pet-friendly, zen-like inn. You can even have dinner with the well-mannered Fido during the day.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the lobby, but not in the dining room. If you would like breakfast or dinner to be served in the lobby, they will be more than happy to accommodate you…

8. Play fetch or Frisbee at the Fort Bragg Dog Park.

Fort Bragg has McDoggie Park, an exclusive dog park, where non-aggressive and friendly dogs play. McDoggies is at Willow and Lincoln streets. Take Maple Street east from Highway One (Main Street) until it ends at the dog park on Lincoln St.

9. Go kayaking with your dog

You can paddle the Big River in a canoe from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too, located at Highway 1 & Comptche-Ukiah Rd, Mendocino, 707-937-0273.

10 Small Dogs Can Take the Skunk Train with their owners, if they fit inside your wallet; chew chew… chew chew…

11. Fido can join you on sport fishing and whale watching with All Aboard Adventures, North Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg, 707-964-1881 or Anchor Charter Boats, PO Box 103, Fort Bragg, 707-964-4550.

12 There are plenty of places for you and Fido to have a puppy picnic in the area.

And if you’re looking for a hot meal, there are a variety of restaurant options where Fido can sit next to you outside.

Cafe One, 753 N Main Street, Fort Bragg

Home Style Cafe, 790 S. Main Street, Fort Bragg

Laurel Deli, 401 N Main Street, Fort Bragg

Mendocino Cookie Company, Main St., Fort Bragg

Nemo’s Fish Market, 2410 N Harbor Dr., Fort Bragg

Piaci Pub and Pizzeria, 120 W. Redwood Avenue, Fort Bragg

Lu’s Kitchen, 45013 Ukiah Street Mendocino

Mendo Burgers, 10483 Lansing Street, Mendocino

Mendocino Cafeteria, 10451 Lansing Street, Mendocino

Hotel Mendocino, 45080 Main Street, Mendocino

Moody’s Organic Cafe, 10450 Lansing Street, Mendocino

Cafe Moosse, 390 Kasten, Mendocino

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