You can take your best pal with you on these getaways around the West
Stay: Next to a plate of cookies for the humans is a welcome kit for Miss Bea: a housemade sweet-potato treat tied in a white ribbon, water and food dishes, an ample stack of plastic bags, and two fresh sheets. The room, with a white bedspread and end tables with slender mahogany legs, feels classically grown-up, not “proofed” for anything. Here, at the Stanford Inn by the Sea (from $236, breakfast included; dogs $45 onetime fee; stanfordinn.com) in Mendocino for a beach weekend, it’s as if the word “no” doesn’t exist.
While hotels increasingly allow dogs—hoping to cash in on the 39 percent of U.S. households that own one—the Stanford has been pet-friendly since Jeff Stanford and his wife, Joan, bought it in the 1980s, shortly after moving from the Midwest. Back then, if you traveled with a dog, “you had to stay at a Holiday Inn or nothing,” says Jeff. Like many people who move to California, Jeff says they wanted to do things on their own terms. So, at their place, dogs go everywhere. “It’s just automatic.” Even in the sitting area in the lobby, just outside the hotel’s Ravens’ Restaurant, you can eat breakfast in the company of your dog. The food is organic and vegetarian (with many vegan options), which is how Jeff wants it. It is also delicious.