Best Pet Destinations

Traveling with your pooch? Here are 16 places in California, Utah, Washington, and Oregon for you and Fido to eat, play, and sleep.

A woman smells a flower at Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens as her dalmation sits beside her, image

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens offers free ice cream for your canine in Fort Bragg, Calif.

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California
First Awakenings Pacific Grove, Calif. “Even on a chilly April morning, breakfast here with our lab, Aspen, was memorable,” writes Frank Chan of Davis, Calif. “We sat by an outdoor fireplace and enjoyed huevos rancheros and gourmet pancakes.” (831) 372-1125, firstawakenings.net.

The Forge in the Forest Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.“This wonderful restaurant in an extremely dog-friendly town has a patio where your dogs can sit at your table,” says Debbie Kick of Sacramento. “They even bring you a dog menu.” (831)624-2233, forgeintheforest.com.

Fort Funston San Francisco. “A little hard to find but lots of fun,” says Cindy Padilla of San Francisco. “At the ocean beach with all the other dog lovers you feel you’re at the edge of the world. You’ll have very happy and tired pooches by the end of your visit.” sfdogparks.com/Fort_Funston.html.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens Fort Bragg, Calif. “The grounds are always beautiful and pets are special,” says Dave Felthousen of Grass Valley, Calif. “They have biscuits for the dogs, and when the café is open your dog is served complimentary ice cream." (707) 964-4352, gardenbythesea.org.

Mill Creek Canyon Salt Lake City.“Dogs are always welcome here, and on odd days they can be off leash to enjoy trails and streams,” says Tracy Flores of Murray, Utah. “Trails lead to lakes and overlooks.” (801) 483-5473, www.fs.fed.us/r4/uwc/recreation/wcnf/trails/slrd/dog_trails.shtml.

Moss Beach Distillery Moss Beach, Calif. “Enjoy a cocktail on the patio with your furry friend in front of a nightly bonfire,” says Katriona Seevers of San Mateo, Calif. “You won’t be able to discern whether it’s the humans or the canines whose smiles are bigger.” (650) 728-5595, mossbeachdistillery.com.

KC’s Downtown Grill Windsor, Calif. “Our go-to restaurant when traveling with our dog,” says Sterling Michaels of Pacifica, Calif. “There’s a huge patio, a great view, terrific food—and our Omega is welcomed with a cute dish of water.” (707) 838-7800, kcsdowntowngrill.com.

Tahoma Meadows B&B Cottages Tahoma, Calif. “When friends and family come to visit us on Lake Tahoe’s west shore—all with one or more dogs—we recommend this cozy bed-and-breakfast,” says Susan Grove of Tahoma. (530) 525-1553, tahomameadows.com.

Oregon
Davenport Hotel and Tower Spokane, Wash. “We’ve traveled extensively with Phoebe, our 15-year-old bichon, and this is a favorite place,” says Kris Elliott of Portland. “The staff welcomes pets with a personal dish, a doggy treat, and a letter detailing proper guest-dog etiquette. Nearby Riverfront Park has many trails filled with alluring scents." (800) 899-1482, thedavenporthotel.com.

Fireside Motel Yachats, Ore. “Pets aren’t just welcomed here, they are encouraged, taken care of, and loved,” says Therese Bauer of Eugene, Ore. “Each pooch gets a basket of towels, sheets, bags, and a treat. It’s the perfect place for my lab, Shasta, to sack out after running on the venerable 804 Trail to the beach.” (800) 336-3573, firesidemotel.com.

Geiser Grand Hotel Baker City, Ore. “At this historic hotel, you can even leave your pet in the room (in a crate) while you dine downstairs,” writes Rita Baker of Happy Valley, Ore. “You just leave your cell phone number in case your dog barks.” (888) 434-7374, geisergrand.com.

Hotel Vintage Plaza Portland. “We and our dog loved sitting by the fireplace in the lobby with other dogs and their owners,” says Levi Cannon of Portland. “Our dog of course got a nibble or two of the hors d’oeuvres offered with the evening wine-tasting.” (503) 228-1212, vintageplaza.com.

Oxford Hotel Bend, Ore. “The staff here greeted us cheerfully and had a bone for Cooper, my pointer–German shorthair mix,” says Daphne Muehle of Sunnyvale, Calif. “The concierge also left me a map to dog-friendly parks, and off we went.” (877) 440-8436, oxfordhotelbend.com.

Seahorse Oceanfront Lodging Lincoln City, Ore. “This motel caters to canine overnighters,” says Jeneane Hamilton of Hillsboro, Ore. “My dog,Riley, loves the bedtime doggy biscuits that the innkeepers offer him.”(541) 994-2101, seahorsemotel.com.

Tom Tom Motor Inn Bend, Ore. “Very homelike,” says Emily Rocha of Livermore, Calif. “We stayed with our dachshund in a Western-theme room with amenities such as packs of dog and cat treats.” (541) 382-4734, jbmailroom.com/tomtom.

Tou Velle State Recreation Site Central Point, Ore. “Better than any dog park,” says Jessica Lippe of Central Point. “Great hiking paths, outlets for swims in the Rogue River, access to a wildlife refuge, and plenty of sun and shade.” (541) 582-1118, oregonstateparks.org/park_106.php.

Photography by David Collier

This article was first published in March 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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