With winter on the horizon, there is still time to squeeze in a fall getaway. Here are five more of our favorite places to explore with Fido.
Copalis Beach, Washington
The Washington coast is calling and Iron Springs Resort (ironspringsresort.com) has your number. The property sits perched above the Pacific Ocean near Copalis Beach, Wash., with miles of beaches to explore, rainforests to wander, and waves to watch crash on shore. The resort is secluded, with just 25 cozy, dog-friendly cabins on 20 acres, flanked by forest on one side and water on the other. There is also a General Store, guest laundry and a clam station. That’s it, but everything you and Fido need for a great fall getaway!
Hood Canal, Washington
Situated between the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains on Hood Canal in Union, Wash., Alderbrook Resort & Spa (alderbrookresort.com) offers dog-loving Seattleites a quick reprieve from the city. Alderbrook offers 10 pet-friendly rooms and two pet-friendly cottages. All of the rooms feature stunning views of Hood Canal plus amenities for two- and four-legged alike including oversized soaking tubs, luxurious linens—including a custom Pendleton blanket—plush bathrobes with slippers, aromatic Molton Brown bath amenities, Keurig single cup coffee and tea selections and complimentary Wi-Fi. Not to be left out, four-legged guests enjoy goodies provided by Mud Bay. Best of all, each dog-friendly room has access to a large, grassy lawn complete with a doggie waste station for potty breaks.
Covid-19 Update: Masks are to be worn in all public spaces with the exception of when you are eating or drinking. This includes when walking on outdoor pathways and our dock.
Nestled upon a cliffside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, Wash., sits Cave B Inn & Spa Resort (cavebinn.com). The resort’s gorgeous and dog friendly Cliffehouses feature floor to ceiling windows, separate seating area and bedroom, with a two-sided gas fireplace in between, high curved ceilings and wood floors, soaking tub and separate Italian granite shower, luxurious king-size bed, and French doors that open to an outdoor patio area, where you can enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Columbia River. Pure heaven. Equally divine, but a bit more rustic, are the resort’s dog-friendly Desert Yurts. There are 25 yurts in all, perched on a hillside overlooking the property with sweeping views of the Gorge and surrounding vineyard. Note: The Desert Yurts close November 1 and will re-open mid-March. The entire resort closes December 13 and re-opens in mid-February.
Covid-19 Update: For safety reasons, the pool and spa are closed. However, Tendrils Restaurant is open, with tables placed at least six feet apart. To read Cave B’s entire safety protocols, click here.
Long Beach, Washington
Perched on the ocean, in the heart of Long Beach is a modern and unique hotel with an emphasis on value, sustainability and of course, dog friendliness. As you pull into the parking lot at the Adrift Hotel (adrifthotel.com), you’ll be struck by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean — you can smell the salty air and hear the waves crashing on the shore. Literally steps away, are miles and miles of driftwood covered beaches for you and Rover to roam. Back at the hotel, enjoy a delicious dinner at Pickled Fish or enjoy the new pool and spa!
Vacations by the Sea (vacationbythesea.com) is one of our favorite, dog friendliest, and most beautiful places to stay in all of Westport, Wash. Conveniently located at the head of the Harold Hardy Trail, the dog-friendly condominiums offer a plethora of amenities for humans. There is a putting green, seasonal heated pool, and year-round Jacuzzi. Not to be left out, dogs are given a treat upon arrival, or any time you stop by the clubhouse. The fully furnished, two-bedroom, two-bath condos are available to rent for a night, a few days, and even longer. Secure a condo that overlooks the ocean, with a fantastic deck where the dogs can check out the action while you enjoy the view. Of course, its best feature is easy access to the beach — let the dogs run, search for sand dollars, and check out the sunset. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for surfers catching a wave off Westhaven State Park.
Photo credits: Iron Springs Resort by Julie Clegg; Alderbrook Lodge by Julie Austin; Cave B Inn by Julie Clegg; Long Beach, Wash. by Julie Clegg; Westport, Wash. by Emily Rieman.
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Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.