The hardest part of any holiday for dog owners is dropping off your dogs with their dog-sitter, kennel or even leaving them with your family. Every fur parent knows the agony of wrenching the suitcase out of the back of the closet and then looking into your dog’s watering eyes. They drop down in disappointment at the knowledge that once again they are left out of vacation time.
We’ve made an achievable goal for all dog owners: Be the person your dog thinks you are! What’s the solution? Bring them on vacation while you explore the mountains, rivers, forests, fields and cities of the Pacific Northwest. With our curated list of the most dog-friendly hotels in the Northwest, no one will be left behind or left out to camp in the cold. Plushy beds and gourmet cookies await pets and owners alike. So do your happy dance together and bon voyage![caption id="attachment_43555" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Bring a smile to your pup’s face with a trip. Photo by Scarleth Marie CC BY[/caption]
The Oxford Hotel
Bend, Oregon[caption id="attachment_43519" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Meet and greet with Steve and Remington at the Oxford Hotel. Photo by Jill Rosell provided by the Oxford Hotel.[/caption]
The historic community of Bend is surrounded by mountains and miles of pristine nature but bears a cosmopolitan edge, making it a fantastic place for any vacationer- but especially those traveling with dogs. Dogs are even welcomed at many of the microbreweries and restaurants as well as the trail and parks.
Looking for a luxury hotel where your darling will receive the same first class service as you? The Oxford Hotel is the name to jot down. Dog-friendly amenities here include a custom fitted dog bed, travel dog bowls for you to keep, homemade organic treats, plus a map of the many trails and parks around town that also welcome Rover. If you’re looking to really indulge your pal, book them a dedicated pet massage through the concierge.
Humans will also be charmed by The Oxford Hotel. The eco-friendly luxury hotel takes equally good care of two legged guests with decadent bedding, organic in room products, free shuttle service around town and ADA-compliant rooms alongside their impeccable level service.
Why dogs love staying here: “Our Pastry Chef makes dog biscuits from scratch!”
Cost: $55 plus tax, per visit, per pet, with a two pet limit.
Looking Glass Inn
Lincoln City, Oregon[caption id="attachment_43815" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] A welcome fit for a king. Photos from trivago & the Looking Glass in Facebook page. [/caption]
Make this the year you don’t forget your precious pup’s birthday– and what better way to celebrate than a stay in Lincoln City? Almost eight miles of beautiful beaches lay within a short walk’s reach. Picture afternoons soaking up the sun or playing with the surf and chasing birds. Time your visit right and you can enter your champion into the annual Mutt Masters Dog Show and Olympics to show off their skills and good looks.
Your home in Lincoln City is at the Looking Glass Inn. Their doggie basket comes complete with treats and thoughtfully provided dog sheets and towels to make post beach cleanup easy. The Inn truly loves having your furry companions holiday in town and goes the extra mile to make sure everyone is cozy.
The Inn is designed in a Cape Cod style with fantastic views of the ocean in the historic corner of town. Decks provide a welcome breath of fresh air and the spacious rooms are well equipped with comfy beds, gas fireplaces. You’ll enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and free WiFi.
Why dogs love staying here: The proximity to the beach, including its playful sea lions.
Cost: Each dog is $15 per night, maximum of two dogs per room.
Portland, Oregon[caption id="attachment_43561" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The dog friendly rooms at Hotel Vintage don’t sacrifice on design. Photos courtesy of Hotel Vintage.[/caption]
From stylish cafes and shops to a plethora of amazing outdoors activities, Portland is as dog-friendly as cities can be. Businesses provide water for thirsty pups and over 33 off-leash park areas are available for them to stretch their legs, catch a frisbee and make some friends.
At Kimpton’s Hotel Vintage, their pet policy is the same as all Kimpton hotels nationwide- they delightfully greet any number of extra guest whether they are furry or scaly, provided they fit through the front door. This familial spirit has made them a favorite with dog owners across America and Portland is no exception with three properties all welcoming Fido. To any doggie’s delight, there is a goodie basket waiting for them at our hotel of choice, the Hotel Vintage. Food, soft mats, bowls and an invitation to the nightly living room happy hour are extended to four-legged guests.
Pet parents will enjoy the private wine tours, live music shows and industrial meets luxury design at Hotel Vintage.
Cost: No extra charge, no deposit required, no size/weight limit, no limit on number of pets allowed at all Kimpton properties.
On the right we have Luchiano, the 2011 National Show Dog of the Year beside his buddy is Ruby Ru. Photos courtesy of Willows Lodge.
Forgo the noise of Seattle for a retreat just outside the city. Visitors come to Woodinville, just 30 minutes outside of Seattle, to enjoy everything from kayak tours, to miles of trails perfect for ambling beside your dog. Sample the local bounty at over 100 local wineries and tasting rooms. The Sammamish River Valley is a good place to be regardless of how many legs carry your body with swathes of green as far as the eye can see.
Willows Lodge boasts a fantastic WVIP (Willows Very Important Pet) Program. Prepare yourself to see your dog perform his best happy dance for the doggie room service menu, his doggie bed with turn down service complete with a goodnight dog biscuit and a map detailing stops for a walk around town. Fireplaces in many of the rooms provide the perfect place for them to get cozy and curl up. Dog-friendly rooms are conveniently located on the first floor with easy access for pee breaks outside your patio door. Plus, your dog will get to meet and greet with Borage and Basil, the resident pot belly pigs who enjoy a good sniff and tail wag as much as your dog does.
For humans, Willows Lodge can only exceed your highest expectations. Five beautifully landscaped acres of land surround the property which has a full service spa, a heated outdoor poor, live music and a onsite restaurant sure to make any foodie do their own happy dance. Decorated in a rustic style, pets and parents would love a stay at Willows Lodge.
Why dogs love staying here: “They love to curl up next to the fireplace to keep them warm & cozy!”
Cost: $50 pet fee charged per stay
Booking a vacation that accommodates your dog shouldn’t seem so crazy- after all, they serve as your butler, burglar alarm and vacuum cleaner day and night. With an endless amount of dog-friendly itinerary combinations, Seattle is a perfect destination. Many of Seattle’s restaurants allow well behaved dogs inside and the nine acre Magnuson Park has beach access to Lake Washington. There are endless miles of trails and even dog-friendly kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals. Seattle satisfies all your human vacation desires– your dog is just welcomed to the fun.
Part of the experience is staying at the Kimpton Palladian Hotel. Located right by the dog-friendly waterfront, pups will enjoy personalized greeting service by the tail wagging Director of Pet Relations. They’ll also get a comfy bed, food and water bowls and a +1 invite to the nightly wine reception– perhaps you’ll be their lucky guest!
You’ll love the eclectic vintage feel of the hotel, the city views outside our window and the pillow top bed. Clawfoot tubs create the perfect evening ambiance before snuggling down exhausted from your Seattle fun.
Cost: No extra charge, no deposit required, no size/weight limit, no limit on number of pets allowed at all Kimpton properties.
Photos courtesy of the Kimpton
Port Townsend, Washington
Port Townsend is truly a dog’s delight with many shops and cafes in the downtown welcoming man’s best friend. Add this to the miles of hiking trails and local beaches milling with exciting new scents and lots of opportunities to make new friends. The town is also just a few miles from the expansive Olympic National Park, home to a rainforest and snow covered mountains and a wild expanse of adventures available to you and your pet.
The Bishop Victorian hotel offers the best in dog-friendly accommodation in the Northwest. Their Canine Companion Welcome Basket includes all the necessities: a dog bed, some toys, treats, dog dishes, a handy walking map for local dog-friendly areas and parks, biodegradable poo bags and some Doggie towels for the inevitably muddy paws and wet coats.
You will love the period furniture, large soaking tubs and cozy atmosphere of the historic three story brick Victorian-era building dating back to 1891. Whether you are seeking a tranquil environment to cuddle with your dog or a comfortable bed to fall into after a long day outdoors, the Bishop Victorian has all the bases covered.
Cost: $20 per day, per dog[caption id="attachment_43670" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Stella the Husky enjoying her tennis ball by the Bishop Victorian fire. Photos courtesy of the hotel.[/caption]
University Inn – A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality
We’ve already established that Seattle is the perfect city to take your dog on holiday, while you can still relish the opportunity to see what the city is all about.
If you’re looking to stay near the University of Washington, pop by with your pup to the University Inn. The colorful hotel is one of four dog-friendly hotels in the Seattle area including Watertown, Hotel FIVE and the Maxwell Hotel. The President and owner of Pineapple Hospitality is a dog lover whose Siberian Husky Dash roams the halls and naps in the boardroom of Pineapple headquarters. Each room at the University Inn comes with your own lovable plush version of Dash. In case your doggie gets jealous, there’s loads of puppy-centric things waiting for him as well: dog beds, bowls, treats and bags. Be sure to snap a photo of your dog loving his Pineapple life with #pineapplepups for a chance to be featured on their website and social media pages.
For you, the hotel offers a free continental breakfast, free local shuttle service, an outdoor pool, complimentary loaner bikes on which you can tour Seattle and an afternoon reception complete with pineapple cupcakes.
Cost: $25 per pet, per night, maximum 2 dogs without a weight restriction
Photos courtesy of Pineapple Hospitality
The Jackson Hole valley of Wyoming is a mecca for snowboarders, skiers, hikers, mountain bikers. Acting as the gateway into several big name national parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone just to name drop two), Jackson Hole would top any dog’s bucket list of great American destinations. Our favorite local dog spot is the Snake River Dike where they can be let loose to run until the point of exhaustion with an incredible views of the Grand Tetons for you to enjoy. For an even more extensive network of dog-friendly trails, head to Cache Creek.
With so many miles of potential sniffing to cover, you’ll both want to sink into sleep somewhere as amazing as the local landscape. The exceptionally dog-friendly Fireside Resort understands why dogs deserve as much pampering as you when on holiday. The modern, yet rustic and luxurious cabins at the resort create a dog dream holiday. Roast marshmallows by the fire together under the lights of the Milky Way. Cozy fireplaces warm up cold bums in the homesteader cabins and full kitchens set the scene for cooking in and the traditional scrap begging ceremony.
Fur parents will love the incredibly plush mattresses, luxurious linens and goose bedding that will make it hard to get out of bed every morning. Private furnished decks can host dinners in good weather and free WiFi and local artworks round out this decadent yet rustic experience.
Why dogs love staying here: “Each of the Rolling Cabins is its own separate unit. Noise and disturbances are kept at a minimum because there is no one staying on the other side of the wall. You won’t be disturbed by others pets and your pet won’t be constantly hearing unfamiliar voices through the wall.“
Photos taken from trivago
The Roosevelt Inn
Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
Coeur D’Alene is Eden for nature lovers and what better way to experience the great outdoors than next to the greatest walk enthusiast of them all, your dog. Hike through the Settles Grove of Ancient Cedars with a picnic basket filled with your fur baby’s favorite treats — and perhaps a sandwich or two for you. A plethora of local wineries and breweries round out the experience with many offering a dog-friendly place to sip the fruits of local labors.
If your dog is perhaps in need of some doggie play time, a stay at the Roosevelt Inn ensures this demand is satisfied. Resident Golden Retriever Rohan welcomes guests and dogs to the Inn with a Creature Comfort Gift Kit that includes: bedding and towels, water & food bowls, treats, a tennis ball and a keepsake bandanna as a souvenir to proudly wear at home. The Inn’s grounds provide plenty of places for the dogs to roam and the local staff are always waiting to dish out some treats to deserving dogs.
Some details the dogs might overlook but you won’t center around the historic elegance of the Inn. As Coeur d’Alene’s oldest remaining schoolhouse, the building itself dates back to 1905. Don’t turn down the bread pudding that welcomes your arrival nor the nightly turndown service. A wine and cheese reception with the manager can be a great cause to mingle or slip away for some time alone in the hot tub and sauna.
Cost: $35 per stay[caption id="attachment_43822" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Why leave your beloved dog at home when you can bring them on your romantic escapade? Photos taken from trivago [/caption]
Have we left out one of your favorite dog-friendly hotels in the Northwest? Let us know in the comments!
*Cover image by kiera.chan