As the weather warms up and spring approaches, it’s hard to keep from planning a trip. Dogs are a part of the family, so shouldn’t they join in on the fun too? With dog-friendly accommodations and activities, there’s no need to leave your pup at home on that next weekend adventure in Washington.
Explore Deception Pass State Park
Located just an hour and a half from Seattle, Deception Pass is the most visited state park in Washington. The entire park is friendly to dogs, as long as they are kept on a leash. One of the most popular trails for humans and dogs alike is Rosario Head Trail to Lighthouse Point and Lottie Point. This moderately difficult 4.7-mile loop features stunning views of Deception Pass Bridge, Whidbey Island, and, if you’re lucky, seals playing in the water.
Only 30 minutes from Deception Pass, Katy’s Inn is La Conner’s only historical B&B in town. The dog-friendly Captain’s Room features views of the B&B’s expansive gardens. Check out Dirty Biter Park during your trip to pay respects to a local dog legend from the 70’s.
Sip Wine on the Patio with Your Pup
Did you know the soil in Yakima Valley is similar to soil conditions in France? No wonder there are over 100 wineries in the area. As the weather warms up, there’s no better way to relax than tasting wine on a patio overlooking a sunny vineyard. One dog-friendly winery option is Airfield Estate Winery in Prosser. This historic family-owned vineyard was used as an airbase for the US Army during World War II. Their outdoor patio is heated for comfortable wine tastings even in chilly weather.
Winery visits are a favorite activity of Cozy Rose Inn visitors. This charming B&B in Grandview, WA is located 10 minutes from two world-class wineries. Enjoy their luxurious, pet-friendly private cottage with a soaking tub and fireplace in between vineyard trips.
Frolic with Fido along the Kalaloch Area Beaches
The Kalaloch area beaches within Olympic National Park are a fun destination for dogs and humans. These sandy beaches along the Pacific Coast showcase tide pools, coastal vegetation, and rocky headlands. Keep your pup on a leash at these beaches, even in the water. There are endless breathtaking views to soak in with your pup along the 135-mile coastline.
Visitors exploring Olympic National Park love to use Miller Tree Inn in Forks, WA as a base camp. The Orchard Suite’s private entrance and outdoor area is perfect for both furry friends and humans.
Enjoy a One-of-a-Kind Doggy Diner
Norm’s Eatery in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle is a truly unique, dog-friendly restaurant. When open for indoor dining, Norm’s lets dogs eat inside with their humans, as long as everyone follows the rules. They even have a separate menu for dogs! Eating a meal at Norm’s is sure to be a memorable experience for everyone in the family.
Seattle explorers with furry friends in tow love to stay at The Bacon Mansion. Constructed in 1909, this historic Tudor mansion features private parking and convenient proximity to Seattle’s best attractions.
Work up a Sweat (or Pant) on Dog Mountain
Dog Mountain Trail is a strenuous hike in the Columbia River Gorge, popular for gorgeous spring wildflower sightings and jaw-dropping views of the river. It’s a local tradition to bring your leashed pup on this incredibly rewarding trek. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food to keep you both fueled and hydrated throughout the journey.
Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins is the perfect place to stay while exploring the striking Columbia River Gorge. Innkeepers Theresa and Richard keep the memory of their beloved Maltese Roxy alive with dog treats in their pet-friendly cabins. Check out their Dog Lover’s Guide to the Columbia River Gorge for tips on traversing the gorge with your pup.
Skip the kennel costs by bringing the dog on your next Washington vacation. Everyone in the family can enjoy the natural splendor of the state, from coastal views to peaceful woods. While a few great dog-friendly inns were highlighted above, the Washington INNSiders boasts an exhaustive list of independent inns all over the state. Filter by pet-friendly properties to select the ideal B&B, inn, or hotel for your dream getaway with your furry best friend. Washington INNsiders inspects and approves all member properties, so you can confidently plan the perfect escape today.