Have you always wanted to take your best friend canoeing but didn’t know a good place to stay? Pups are in paradise at the beautiful and historic Little River Inn in Mendocino, California. Because innkeeper Cally Dym believes dogs are part of your pack, her family-owned resort on the gorgeous Mendocino Coast offers an incomparable experience for a vacation with your furry friend.
The crown jewel of their dog-centric hospitality is the River Dog Package (offered June 1 through October 31 every year) that includes a canoeing trip for you and your dog atop a purpose-built, super-stable craft. Gentle breezes ruffle your pet’s ears as they skim along the peaceful Big River, communing with nature and maybe even a friendly otter.
Little River Inn has room for your pup to roam on the property, and a cozy parlor in the main building where dogs and their humans can dine together. Miles of hiking trails also surround the property, and there’s a pet-friendly beach just across the street. Doggie welcome gifts are de rigueur, and theirs include a towel for after-adventure clean-up, tasty treats, and a water and food bowl. They also offer resources for finding dog parks and gardens, doggy day care, other pet-friendly restaurants and wineries that welcome four-legged customers.
The Inn is a hit with humans, too. There is a day spa and full-service salon, a 9-hole Audubon-certified golf course and regulation tennis courts. Every room has ocean views and their award-winning, chef-driven restaurant takes advantage of seasonal local bounty such as mushrooms, crab and salmon.
You will find dog-friendly rooms for every budget, including two private coastal cottages. The Inn’s wedding planners even incorporate dogs into ceremonies on request!
The River Dog Package includes:
- Two nights in a pet-friendly filtered Ocean View Gas Fireplace Room (pet fee included)
- 3-hour canoe excursion on the Big River in a dog-friendly, ultra-stable outrigger
- A $100 Dinner Voucher, which can be used towards dinner with your dog in a dog-friendly parlor, or for in-room dining (only humans can eat in the dining room or Ole’s Whale Watch Bar)
- Goodie Bag containing dog treats and more, plus a fact sheet on where to hike, bike and boat with dogs locally
Advance reservations are required for booking. Little River Inn needs at least two days’ notice to make arrangements with the local canoe company and to ensure tide conditions are optimal for a canoe experience on the Big River.
Book Now Online using Promo Code RIVER or call 888-INN-LOVE or 707-937-5942.
Content and images courtesy of Little River Inn and Chalkboard Communications.