In Mendocino County, the welcome for four-legged friends goes far beyond a bowl of water outside local businesses and a doggie treat or two.
This is a place where virtually all of the top experiences—train rides, canoe trips, fine dining, wine tasting, and quiet retreats in luxury inns—are as available to your dog as they are to you. In fact, Fido Friendly and Bark Magazine are among the publications that have declared Mendocino County a standout for visitors traveling with their dogs. Download our complete pet-friendly guide here and check out our online listing of pet-friendly lodging.
Traveling with your pets in Mendocino County doesn’t mean having to settle for less than ideal lodging. Your four-legged family members are welcome everywhere from four-star full service resorts, to ocean-front hotels and B&Bs with views forever, to glamping under the stars! Pet fees are usually very modest and many lodgings provide something special to make your pet feel comfortable. Be considerate and pick up after your pets, and please follow all guidelines/restrictions of the lodging establishments. Many of these pooch-friendly places have access to beaches and parks within a short walk… you and your pal will love it!
Wine Tasting with Fido
No trip to Mendocino County is complete without some wine tasting. You don’t have to leave your pets behind. There are two major wine producing areas: Anderson Valley, known for its world famous Pinot Noirs, and the Redwood Corridor, which produces numerous varietals. All wineries listed in the pet guide welcome pets, some in tasting rooms and some at outdoor decks or patios. A few even have resident canine greeters!
No one likes to leave a pet behind while dining. So bring Fido along and prepare to dine with all the family! Though the health department does not allow dogs (except service dogs) in the actual restaurant, many restaurants have outdoor decks perfect for meals for the whole family. Try pet-friendly place in Mendocino village and the outdoor dining options in downtown Ukiah that welcome pooches on their porches!
No dog objects to playing on the beach or hiking through the redwoods with its owners. But Mendocino County also offers pets a train ride on the Skunk Train, a romp through the flowers at the Botanical Gardens, a canoe or kayak ride, or a whale watching cruise. There are even several off-leash dog parks and beaches for those dogs that need a little extra exercise.
A dog’s life is not all play. There are certain essentials needed such as food, a new hairdo, doggie day care and excellent vet services just in case. And who can resist a little shopping at some of the local pet boutiques to pick out that special toy or treat?