Dog Days of Summer

Got a dog riding shot gun? Atta boy, or girl! From beaches to hikes and even canoeing, these Northern CA adventures will get everybody’s tail wagging.

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1) San Francisco's Middle Earth

No need to travel to New Zealand to visit Middle Earth. San Francisco’s Mount Sutro Open Space is practically Hobbiton—a hidden “shire” in the middle of the city. Okay, maybe not quite as magical, but still an incredible place to…

2) All the Wright Stuff

Avoiding drama? That’s a good thing. Unless you’re talking about campsites. In that case, the more dramatic the better! And Wright’s Beach on the Sonoma Coast is quite the drama queen—27 campsites sitting smack dab in the middle of the…

3) Kick Back at Kehoe

Got a dog but not sure where to take your pal in Point Reyes? Try a beach that’s a gem for proud pooch owners and casual beach-goers alike. Because it’s a National Seashore, much of Point Reyes is restricted to…

4) Ranch Style

The Ranch at Laguna Beach sits on an iconic piece of land where the mountains meet the Pacific. This boutique coastal ranch hotel was completely reimagined and renovated in 2016.

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5) Amazon of the North

It's not hot and humid (thankfully!), and there definitely aren’t any piranhas (thankfully!)—but Mendocino’s Big River is a distant California cousin of the Amazon. Explore it on an artisan canoe. This isn’t your big green plastic summer camp canoe. These…

6) Lands Zen

Find a little peace in San Francisco on an urban walk featuring a beautiful new stairway, panoramic views, a labyrinth, and plentiful coastal drama. Indeed, Lands End is a popular outing on the weekend, but go early or a couple…

7) Simply Butanoful

Cooking dinner on the grill, falling asleep under towering redwoods, waking up to miles of premier trails to explore: that’s state-of-the-art camping in Butano State Park. This gem of a campground on the San Mateo coast is set in a…

8) Who's Chicken

Don’t let the name deceive you. Chicken Ranch Beach isn’t for the birds. It’s for folks who want to spend a mellow afternoon at a totally swimmable beach on the shore of Tomales Bay in Point Reyes. Most cars zip…

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