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Super-Dog-Friendly Pacific Northwest
Washington & Oregon adventures

Every dog has his day, and in the Pacific Northwest, he also has nights and weekends. For endless and economical summer (and all season) fun, here are four favorites.

Beach-Town Fun. Manzanita (northern Oregon coast)—all beach resort and no pretense, this seaside escape is so dog-friendly we call it “Muttzanita.” Dig for treasure on a seven-mile strip of windy sand, hike Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain and stop in for treats at Four Paws on the Beach boutique. Hang out at a half-dozen outdoor eateries for chowder, pizza, Southwest-Mex and coffee. Another not-to-be-missed beach town—Bandon-by-the-Sea in southern Oregon, on Oregon’s sunny “Gold Coast.”

An Island Getaway. Orcas Island (San Juans, Wash.)—the hilliest of the San Juans, Orcas offers unsurpassed mountain action. You can get happily lost for days in 5,000-acre Moran State Park, climbing to the 2,049-foot peak of Mount Constitution for some of the state’s best views. Stunning Turtleback Mountain Preserve has the newest trails, dedicated in July 2007. There’s an off-leash park in the village of Eastsound, also the best place to grab outdoor eats. Camp at Moran to keep it cheap, or splurge and stay at Pebble Cove Farm or Blue Heron B&B.

For a Warm Welcome. Old Fairhaven (Bellingham, Wash.)—the four square blocks of the Fairhaven Historic District take the cake (or the dog biscuit) for their welcoming ways. Go from Village Books through Paper Dreams to clothing boutiques LuLu2 and Four Starrs, and on to Pacific Chef, all with dog in tow. The boardwalk at Taylor Avenue and 10th takes in the scenic stroll along Bellingham Bay. From the custom doggie water fountain in the Village Green, you can access 80-plus miles of hiking in the Chuckanut Mountains nearby. Exercise is free, and leash-free, at Lake Padden Dog Park and Post Point Lagoon. Port Townsend (Olympic Peninsula, Wash.), a Victorian seaport town, also fills this bill.

Vintage Pleasures. Canine and Wine (Lake Chelan, Wash.)—there are no less than seven pet-friendly wineries dotting the hillsides of this summer playground. The patios at Balsamroot, Lake Chelan Winery, Tildio and Tunnel Hill welcome dogs. Tasting fees are minimal, and many have picnic food. The lawn at Vin du Lac and the tasting room at Nefarious Cellars are “must-sit” spots.” For a stroll, take to the Riverwalk, a one-mile path along the Chelan River through sleepy downtown. For serious miles, stay at Uncle Tim’s Cabins and walk out your door onto the 30-mile Echo Ridge Trail System.

This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 55: July/Aug 2009
Val Mallinson author of two "Dog Lover's Companion" books (Avalon Travel Publishing) lives in Seattle and travels frequently with her two Miniature Dachshunds.
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Submitted by Donna | April 28 2011 |

A trip with your dog to the Seattle area will not be complete without a visit to Marymoore Park. This 600+ acre park has a 40 acre off-leash dog park complete with a river running thru, tons of trails, and doggie poop bag dispensers everywhere. Usually, you can find a mobile snack-shack in the parking lot where you can get coffee, snacks, and dog treats. This is the best off-leash park I've ever seen.


Submitted by Victoria | February 16 2012 |

Don't forget Victoria, British Columbia! There are some fantastic provincial parks and the Garden City is known for it's laid-back, dog-friendly community!

Submitted by Talos C. | May 28 2012 |

Benson Vineyard is NOT DOG FRIENDLY. We were there 5/26/12 and there were lots of signs saying dogs (except service dogs) were not allowed on the grounds.

Submitted by Anonymous | June 17 2012 |

I wish I read your comment before we went to Benson. We also went there on 6/13/12 and were disappointed that this article was wrong. Lots of signs everywhere saying NO DOGS. It was embarrassing since we went with friends. We came all that way, so the friends & my husband went in for a quick tasting while I stayed outside holding the dog. We couldn't even go to the balcony or down back to the patio to fully enjoy the scenery with everyone.

Submitted by Daniela Lopez | June 18 2012 |

Thank you for letting us know. This article was printed in 2009 so they must have changed their rules since then. I've updated the article and removed the reference.

Submitted by Rebecca | September 14 2013 |

The Blending Room In Manson, WA Is Pet Friendly!

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