Maybe your dog wants to expand his horizons, soak up the culture and enjoy some activities that aren’t available in many places. So if your dog loves to travel, you simply must visit Mendocino County, a few hours north of San Francisco. Horizon Air has added flights from Las Vegas to Santa Rosa, California. You and your dog can take a nice scenic half-hour drive north, visiting dog-friendly wineries along the way. Most of the vineyards have grass and bushes to explore and sniff. Some even offer dog treats. Navarro and others allow dogs in the tasting room.

The Maccallum House Inn in Mendocino offers winery tours, chauffeured limousines and dogs are allowed if booked as a private party… Ask for Jim Davis and tell him you found out about the tour from the author (of this article) .

Here are the top 12 dog-friendly things to do in Mendocino

l. Toe through the botanical garden

Between tulips and other flowers, (over 150 varieties), Fido will enjoy a nice walk with you to the beach. Well behaved dogs

on leashes are always welcome and enjoy free entry.

2. Beach frolic (Noyo port or a private beach)… most beaches are dog friendly and dogs must be on a leash.

Dogs love to splash and paddle the dog in the sea. And the coastline of Mendocino County has an abundance of places for them 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 a longer stay, you can also camp with Fido.

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

With nearly 100 miles of coastline and dozens of state and private campgrounds, finding a place to camp on the Mendocino Coast isn’t difficult. The most popular state parks are MacKerricher (Fort Bragg) and Russian Gulch (Mendocino) and Van Damme (Little River).

3. Take a hike.

Jughandle State Reserve has a 3.5 kilometer self-guided nature trail called the Ecological Stairway. This trail starts by the sea and winds its way through a series of five ancient terraces shaped by waves, glaciers and tectonic activity. Each terrace was uplifted from the sea about 100,000 years after the previous one was uplifted. The lower terrace is prairie, followed by a pine forest, then a redwood forest, and finally a pygmy forest with knee-high trees that are decades old. The path has an incredible variety of trees, as the ecology of the different terraces varies widely.

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

4. Get a free ice cream for your mutt at Cowlick’s ice cream

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

5. Stroll the shops in Mendocino and buy dog ​​perfume.

After all the rolling, licking and splashing in the water and mud and sand, you might want to get Fido some dog perfume. Mendocino has many nice gift shops and places where Furshionistas prefer to shop like Sallie Mac.

And there are many pet supply stores such as 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 TV series Murder She Wrote was filmed). The most expensive accommodation can be found at these inns. Standford Inn, MacCallum House, Cottages at Little River Cove and Little River Inn provide a dog gift basket including bowls, treats and dog bed.

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7. Eat together

The Stanford Inn is an original pet-friendly zen-like inn. You can even dine with well-behaved Fido during the day.

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the lobby but not the dining room. If you want breakfast or dinner to be served in the lobby, they are happy to welcome you…

8. Play catch or frisbee at the Fort Bragg dog park.

Fort Bragg has McDoggie Park, a dedicated 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 up 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 ride the Skunk train with their owners, if they fit in your bag; chew chew… chew chew…

11. Fido can accompany you on sport fishing and whale watching trips 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’s a variety of restaurants where Fido can sit next to you outside.

Café One, 753 N Main Street, Fort Bragg

Home Style Café, 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 & Pizzeria, 120 W. Redwood Avenue, Fort Bragg

Lu’s Kitchen, 45013 Ukiah Street Mendocino

Mendo Burgers, 10483 Lansing Street, Mendocino

Mendocino Café, 10451 Lansing Street, Mendocino

Mendocino Hotel, 45080 Main Street, Mendocino

Moody’s Organic Coffee Bar, 10450 Lansing Street, Mendocino

Moosse Cafe, 390 Kasten, Mendocino

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