Sunny, scenic, and right on the ocean, Westport, CA is a little known Mendocino County treasure. Originally known as Beall’s Landing, Westport was once a booming timber town, but the Great Depression led to a collapse of the local industry. The population never truly recovered, and even today, Westport is home to only sixty full-time residents, a couple of inns, and one old-style general store. Nevertheless, tourists flock here every year, drawn to the sweeping sea views, the contrast between the sandy beaches and the rocky shoreline, and the laid-back, small-town pace of life.
It should come as no surprise that Westport doesn’t have its own dog park, but you and your pooch shouldn’t have too "ruff" a time finding a place to stretch your legs! Pete’s Beach is a gorgeous spot for a leashed walk, and features some interesting rock formations to boot. You won’t find much in the way of doggy dining here either, but the Westport Inn and Deli does a mean sandwich for takeout, and it’s just a quarter of a mile away from the beach. And if your buddy longs to run off-leash, don’t worry -- you’ll find plenty of pawesome dog parks, as well as some furrifically fur-friendly hiking options, just a short drive away!
If you two are looking for something different to do, why not drive down to downtown Fort Bragg and take a tour on the Skunk Train? The original Skunk Train was a small, self-powered locomotive that ran on the line during the early twentieth century, which got its nickname from the smell of the fumes from its gas-powered engine. Don’t worry though -- the restored carriages aren’t quite so pungent! The track runs through majestic Noyo redwood forests, and the knowledgeable guides will fill you in on the area's history along the way. Leashed pooches are welcome, but there’s a fee for a doggy ticket -- an extra $10. A small price to pay for dog-friendly fun!