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Upscale and Affordable Dog-Friendly Lodging in Mendocino County

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Stella Behind Bars

Stella, the author’s Labrador Retriever

Don’t want to leave Fido at home, yet still looking for a nice place to stay with an oceanview? Checkout the Little River Inn and Fort Bragg’s Atrium Bed & Breakfast or the Surf Motel. Each dog-friendly location on Mendocino’s Pacific coast welcomes well-behaved pooches. The Little River Inn offers luxury, ocean-view rooms, ranging from $225-$290, plus a $25 pet fee, while Fort Bragg offers affordable rates within walking distance of several dog parks.

Having survived scenic Highway 128, with its many curves, both man and beast will appreciate the ocean air and setting foot on terra firma. Your dog will love the treats upon check-in at the Little River Inn and you will enjoy the freedom of not having to sneak your beloved into the hotel room. The inn offers a pet-friendly, grassy area on the property and provides resources such as Evergreen Barn, a self-serve pet wash facility and doggy daycare At Last Farm Dog Day Camp.


Eleven miles north, AAA-rated Surf Motel offers designated pet-friendly rooms from $49-$250, plus a $10 pet fee, for the budget-minded with a fenced, off-leash doggie play area. If you find yourself in Fort Bragg September 26-28, 2008, drop by the Huckleberry and Hound Festival for canine-related activities scattered throughout Fort Bragg.

Mendocino Botanical Gardens

Photo courtesy Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Located in the historic downtown district, The Atrium Bed & Breakfast is within walking distance of Fort Bragg’s Dog Park between South Lincoln and Willow. Three pet-friendly rooms rent for $115-$150, not including a $25 pet fee. Atrium Co-owner Gail Brodkey, along with her dog, Gracie, were involved in the push to create the local dog park. Stop by for yappy hour.

Insider Tip: Noyo Jetty Dog Park, an official off-leash dog beach, is a short drive away at the end of North Harbor Drive. Additionally, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers another dog-friendly venue, charging $10 per person. There is no charge for leashed pets.

Fort Bragg – Come for the fun, stay for the food

Monday, August 11th, 2008
Cynthia Ariosta Piaci Chef Gregorio Garcia & Piaci Owner Cynthia Ariosta Walking into Piaci Pub & Pizzeria in downtown Fort Bragg is like walking into Boston's fictitious Cheers Pub; where everybody knows your name.  ... [Continue reading this entry]

Mendocino’s Eco-friendly Alegria Inn – Let It Flow

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
Alegria Oceanfront Inn Alegria Oceanfront Inn and Cottages I arrived via Mini Cooper, my husband traveled by motorcycle.  We had decided to meet at Mendocino's Cafe Beaujolais for a Sunday lunch.  Our ... [Continue reading this entry]

Winemaker meets fellow BlogHers at SF Conference

Monday, July 28th, 2008
 San Francisco Heart Imagine my delight when I found a familiar face in the crowd during a recent BlogHer party.  I'd spotted Debra Mathy pouring her luscious Zinfandel at an exclusive gathering.  Hours earlier ... [Continue reading this entry]

Go fish – it’s not always in the cards

Thursday, July 17th, 2008
North Umpqua River  Fly fishing is a sport for patient people requiring wide spaces, fresh flowing water and lots of time.  There is an art to fly fishing.  Indeed, the true fly fisherman or woman ... [Continue reading this entry]

Does the travel industry care about changing climate?

Thursday, July 10th, 2008
 Earth I wrote a post on taking issue with Darren Cronian's recent comment on his blog, Travel Rants.  Cronian attempts to fan the flames in the travel blog world when he ... [Continue reading this entry]

Where’s Wendy Perrin? She has landed in San Francisco

Monday, July 7th, 2008
 Wendy Perrin Wendy Perrin likes to beat the system, find the best travel deals and share all of her insider secrets with her readers.  I recently caught up with Conde Nast Traveler's Consumer News Editor ... [Continue reading this entry]

Say yes to airport layover in San Francisco

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
 Golden Gate Bridge  Photo credit San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau I know it may sound crazy, but an airport layover might not be such a bad thing afterall.  Why not briefly touch on the highlights of a city ... [Continue reading this entry]

A wannabe Carmel resident

Sunday, June 29th, 2008
Carmel Point Lobos I wrote about Carmel for Uptake this week from an "almost local's perspective."  My mom and dad have lived there for over twenty years, my husband and I were married in Carmel and ... [Continue reading this entry]