Pets in the West

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You can take your best pal with you on these getaways around the West

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More fun in Mendocino
Photo by David Fenton; written by Loren Mooney

Mendocino, CA

Play: Many local parks, restaurants, and other businesses, go way beyond merely allowing dogs. They welcome them, and their canine quirks, openly.

This is why there are so many dog-friendly beach towns on our rocky, rugged coast—there’s so much for a dog to do, and relatively little trouble to get into. The beach is, simply, nature’s coolest playground, even if you never go in more than ankle deep.

Rent a canoe or kayak from Catch a Canoe & Bicycles, Too ($40/day; catchacanoe.com) and explore the Big River estuary.

Eat: Head to Mendocino’s little New England–esque downtown, to Mendo Bur­gers and eat at the picnic tables ($$; 10483 Lansing St.; 707/937-1111). The fish is fresh and juicy, the fries hand-cut.

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