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. This entirely dog-friendly park boasts thousands of feet of breathtaking shoreline on three lakes. 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, you’ll spot seals playing in the water. Click here for INNSider tips for making the best of your Whidbey Island getaway!
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.
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. This dog-friendly getaway in Washington state provides endless breathtaking views to soak in with your pup along the 135-mile coastline. If you decide to explore the magnificent Olympic Peninsula, make the most of your trip by visiting one or more of the hidden attractions from this article by our INNSiders.
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.
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.
Enjoy A Pup Culture Moment In North Bend
You might be familiar with North Bend from the iconic television series by David Lynch, “Twin Peaks.” Less than a one-hour drive from Seattle is the trailhead to The Mount Si Trail. This challenging – and almost entirely uphill – 7.5 mile out-and-back trail is dog-friendly as long as they're kept on a leash. Be patient — the stunning views begin around four miles in, but they’re worth the wait. If you finish early enough, Twede’s Cafe is in the area and offers homestyle dinners. They welcome your furry friends, and you’ll get to see some photos from the filming of “Twin Peaks.”
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.