Archive for June, 2017

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.


Your Dog and a Tennis Vacation…

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

Topnotch Resort’s popular Serve, Fetch, Love package returns this summer to the delight of dogs and their humans. As the resort’s six outdoor courts open for the season, guests and their four-legged family members are invited to practice their tennis skills. After perfecting their game, owners and their pups can indulge in special spa treatments from June to October.

The Serve, Fetch, Love package includes pet-friendly luxury accommodations, a choice of a one-hour private tennis lesson or 1.5 hours of court time per adult/per stay, one 25-minute in-room spa treatment for canine guest per stay, $50 spa credit per stay to be used toward services with a value of $100 or more, and a take-home tote bag with homemade dog cookies and tennis balls for Fido.

Rates start at $309 per night, based on double occupancy. Two-night stay minimum. Pet fee is included in price. The package is valid for travel from June 1 through October 9, 2017. Additional tennis services can be purchased a la carte. Offer is subject to availability.

The Tennis Center at Topnotch, an official partner of Adidas, is open year-round featuring four indoor hard courts and six outdoor courts, each with stunning views of the surrounding Green Mountains. The resort’s top rated Tennis Academy offers more than 30 programs for all ages and levels of play, including a full lineup of lessons, clinics, private instruction, and more, led by experienced staff including Tennis Director, Milan Kubala, now entering his 14th summer at Topnotch Resort. Designed to leave guests feeling a sense of achievement and advancement in their game, Topnotch Tennis’ distinctive “Play to Win” teaching philosophy provides students an edge in all three critical areas of tennis – strategy, technique, and footwork.

For more information and reservations at Topnotch Resort, visit or call 1-800-451-8686. Topnotch Resort is located at 4000 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT.

About Topnotch Resort

Set within 120 acres of woodland at the foot of Mount Mansfield in the village of Stowe, Vermont, Topnotch Resort blends the gracious charm of a ski lodge with the luxurious amenities of world-class resort. In 2013, a $15M renovation encompassed all 68 guest rooms, 9,000 square feet of meeting space and added a new concept restaurant, The Roost, to complement the locally sourced, full-service restaurant Flannel. Additional accommodations can be found in a variety of Resort Homes. Amenities at the luxury boutique resort include the 35,000 square foot Topnotch Spa; the Tennis Center with four indoor and six outdoor courts; a state-of-the-art Fitness Center; and water features such as an indoor pool, a whirlpool/Jacuzzi, and two outdoor pools with mountain-views – one of which is heated year-round. Among the outdoor pursuits is cross-country and downhill skiing, mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Owned by MetWest Ventures, Topnotch Resort is a AAA Four-Diamond property.

New Book: Dog Training 101

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

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