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Dog-Friendly Mendocino & Fort Bragg California

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Although located on 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).

Mendocino 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 Cottages and for people looking for pet-friendly vacation rentals there is Mendocino Preferred Vacation Rentals. In Fort Bragg there is The Rendezvous Inn and Restaurant, Tradewinds Lodge and the Emerald Dolphin Inn & Mini Golf, which offers a special dog package known as the “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 85 full 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 Park.


Dog-Friendly Los Angeles

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

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Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is also a city for dogs. This city is huge, with nearly 4 million residents spread over an area that stretches nearly 80 miles from end to end. Los Angeles is the center of the entertainment industry, with Hollywood and Beverly Hills a major tourist draw. There are many miles of beach, but not much of the beaches are dog-friendly. Los Angeles is built in a basin surrounded by mountains. While the close in mountains do not get winter snow, mountains further inland most certainly do. The Los Angeles hills serve to seperate areas of the city with natural boundries, also making it time consuming to drive between these areas. However, they come with benefits such as some excellent observation points overlooking the city, hiking trails and some off-leash dog areas. Most visitors to Los Angeles focus on the Hollywood and West Los Angeles areas, however, since Los Angeles is so big we have divided the city into six different regions. These do not include neighboring Orange County, home of Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Anaheim, Newport Beach and more….

Los Angeles

Los Angeles has many luxury pet-friendly hotels. The Sofitel at Beverly Hills is very dog-friendly. An extremely interesting choice of hotel is the Chateau Marmont Hotel at 8221 Sunset Boulevard. This hotel is modeled after a royal residence in France and is, in essence, a castle. Dogs up to 100 pounds are allowed. There is a beautilful garden patio restaurant as well. Another extremely dog-friendly hotel is the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. This hotel, like most Loews hotels, offers a variety of dog amenities, such as doggie room service, beds, treats, water dishes and patio dining. They will also arrange for pet sitters as needed. In addition to these top of the line dog-friendly hotels Los Angeles offers hotels that allow dogs from all of the major chains. If you are looking to stay for a long time, then you might consider an extended stay hotel such as Residence Inn, Candlewood Suites or Extended Stay America. There are also dog-friendly vacation rentals in the Hollywood and beach areas.

A great area to spend some time if traveling to Los Angeles with a dog is in the Griffith Park area. Griffith Park is a large city park with many hiking trails that are open to leashed dogs. From the Griffith Observatory you get a panoramic and famous view of the city. The Travel Town Museum allows your well-behaved, leashed or carried dog to visit with you. Another attraction for tourists are to follow the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the sidewalks in Hollywood. Your dog can look up their favorite movie star (Does Lassie have a star?). You can buy the tourist maps of the Hollywood Star’s homes and walk the sidewalks or drive the self-guided tours. If they are not too busy, some of the tour vans will allow smaller dogs to ride. Another great place to visit is the Will Rogers State Historical Park. This was Will Rogers personal home and ranch. It has been maintained to show how the Rogers’ family lived and the ranch has been maintained. There are also equestrian events here. If you want to visit Universal Studios, although your dog is not allowed on the tour, there is an air conditioned kennel at Universal. In the San Fernando Valley, there is the Dog’s Gallery, a dog-friendly art gallery. Los Encinos State Historic Park is a five acre historical site where dogs can walk the grounds. For movie buffs, you and your dog can walk around Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills. Paramount Ranch is part of the Santa Monica National Rec Area and is a Western Town movie set that has been used in hundreds of movies. The trails are easy and mostly less than one mile in length.

Many people come to Los Angeles for the beach. Unfortunately for dogs, the vast majority of Los Angeles beaches do not allow dogs. However, Long Beach is a dog-friendly haven and has the Long Beach Dog Beach Zone between Roycroft and Argonne Avenues. This is a 3 acre off-leash dog beach. While in Long Beach you and your dog can dine at the patio at Stefano’s Restaurant. This eatery serves Italian food and dog treats and water as well. Also in Long Beach there are other dog-friendly restaurants, two off-leash dog parks and from here you and your dog can take the ferry to Catalina Island. A muzzle may be required on the ferries to Catalina. The only other Los Angeles County beach that allows dogs is Leo Carrillo State Beach which is up the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Dogs must be leashed on this beach.

For dog-friendly dining in Los Angeles there are a lot of choices. One of the best is the Lazy Dog Cafe in Torrance. There are also some other locations in the Southland (Southern California). The Lazy Dog Cafe, at 3525 Carson Street, offers a heated outdoor patio and a dog menu and water for your dog. They have a complete menu for people and a good selection of wines and brews. There are also Lazy Dog Cafe’s at 278 Los Cerritos Center Cerritos and 1440 Plaza Drive in West Covina. For hamburger lovers, Johnny Rockets locations in Southern California are usually very dog-friendly and may also have a dog menu. There are many other choices in various parts of the city.

There is probably no higher end shopping than Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and you will see a variety of dogs there. Small dogs are allowed almost everywhere but large dogs on leash are welcome in many stores as well. There are water bowls outside many stores. Also good places to shop with a dog are Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood, The Grove Shopping Center and the Westfield Century City. In Pasadena, there is the Old Town area and in Glendale there is the Americana at Brand Shopping Center. In the Simi Valley there is the Town Center Mall.

For dog play, Los Angeles has many off-leash dog parks in various areas of the city. These are fenced areas where dogs can play by themselves or with other dogs. There often are two separate areas so that small dogs don’t have to be in with the larger dogs. Two of the nicest off-leash dog parks are in the Hollywood Hills. One is Laurel Canyon Park at 8260 Mulholland Drive. The next is Runyon Canyon Park which is an off-leash trail with panoramic views of Los Angeles. This is an excellent place for your dog to run off-leash, or stay with you on leash if you prefer.

Los Angeles has good weather all year round which makes it an ideal getaway for you and your dog at any time of year. You will need a car in Los Angeles, there is no other practical way to get around. Nearby trips from Los Angeles include Santa Barbara, San Diego, Big Bear Lake and Orange County.

Dog-Friendly Lake Tahoe

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Lake Tahoe
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Lake Tahoe is a beautiful Alpine Lake that sits at just over 6,000 foot altitude in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and Nevada. The lake is a year round recreational destination with skiing in Winter and water sports, hiking and camping in Summer. The lake stradles the California and Nevada border, and in Stateline Nevada there are casino hotels. The road that circles Lake Tahoe is the main street here, it is Highway 50 on the South and East and Highway 89 on the West side of the Lake. It is about 70 miles on the road to circle the lake. Lake Tahoe is a truly dog-friendly destination year round. Dogs like the colder Winter temperatures perhaps more than their people do. The higher altitude keeps the temperatures from rising too high in the summer. Many businesses in the Tahoe area are very pet-friendly.


Lodging in the Tahoe area is very pet-friendly with the best lodging smaller B&Bs and Vacation Rentals. For pet-friendly rentals in South Tahoe you can try Tahoe Keys Resorts and Holly’s Place. In the Northern and western parts of the lake you can look up Tahoe Moon Properties, Tahoma Meadows, Waters of Tahoe and Tahoe Time Vacation Rentals. There are also many other vacation rental companies in the Tahoe Basin. For Dog-friendly hotels in South Tahoe there are the 3 Peaks Resort, the Super 8 and Inn at Heavenly. If you desire a pet-friendly hotel casino room in Stateline Nevada then Harvey’s Lake Tahoe has a number of dog-friendly rooms.

Camping during the Summer is a pasttime at Tahoe. If you are traveling here with an RV then there is the Zephyr Cover RV Park and Campground. From this campground you can walk to the dog-friendly North Beach at Zephyr Cove Resort. Other campgrounds are the KOA at the west entrance to the Tahoe Basin on Highway 50 and the Encore Tahoe RV Resort. There are a number of dry campgrounds for tent camping and small RV camping at the many State Parks in the area. Emerald Bay State Park and D. L. Bliss State Park are two of these. Since Winter weather is rather harsh at this altitude in the Sierras camping is pretty much a Summer only adventure for most.

Summer attractions for people with pets at Tahoe include boat rentals, sport fishing and hiking. Tahoe Keys Boat Rentals will rent you a pontoon or motor boat. You can go fishing with some of the South Tahoe charter fishing outfits. Even your dog can go. There are raft rentals on the Truckee River in Tahoe City. There are a lot of seasonal patio dining restaurants that are available to you and your pup.

Winter attractions are predominently cross country skiing and skijoring with your dog. You can cross country ski with your dog at Hope Valley, Blackwood Canyon, Fallen Leaf, Page Meadown and at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area in Tahoe City.

Year round attractions in the Tahoe Basin include a visit to the Village at Squaw Valley. This European Alpine Village at the foot of the world-famous Squaw Valley Ski Resort is especially appealling to travelers with dogs during the Summer. Then, you and your dog can hop the gondola to the top of Squaw for a meal and to explore the world from above 10,000 feet. During the ski season dogs are not allowed on the gondola. The village has an annual “Bark Festival”, has outdoor movies during the summer for you and your pup, and has a lot of patio dining and dog-friendly restaurants and stores. Also in the Tahoe area there are dog-friendly Wedding Chapels if you want your dog to be present when you tie the knot.

Nearby dog-friendly attractions to Lake Tahoe include Virginia City Nevada, Yosemite National Park and Reno Nevada.