Pet-friendly Travel

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Pets are family, and we want to share everything with them — including vacations! Just as we take care in making arrangements for our two-legged family members, it’s important to ensure that accommodations and arrangements will be just right for our pets.

From the mountains to the ocean, Oregon offers many of pet-friendly getaway options. From places to stay, eat, and play — on leash or off — following are important things to know before you go.

Off the hook

Dogs are allowed off-leash on Oregon beaches as long as they’re under your voice command and you’re avoiding wildlife-sensitive areas.

Keep in mind

Before you go, learn the hotel’s policies. Be sure to tell them if you’re bringing more than one dog, as many places have a limit or an extra charge. Also, most hotels don’t allow dogs to be unattended in the room, although they may be able to recommend doggy daycare options in the area.

Scout ahead for dog-friendly restaurants in the area — usually these are ones with covered patios or other outdoor dining areas. Staff at your dog-friendly hotel can likely make recommendations.

”We provide dog baskets for all our guests to use that include dog bowls, sheets for the beds/sofas (because we know dogs like to sleep and sit with their owners), towels to wipe the dog’s feet, pooper scooper bags and treats.  We also have crates that guests can borrow for their dog, and Looking Glass Inn also has a wide variety of dog beds that guests can take to their rooms.  When choosing a hotel that allows dogs people should find out if the hotel offers any amenities for their dog.”

—Heather Zink, Westover Inns

”Dogs are allowed off-leash on most trails set aside for mountain biking in the Deschutes National Forest and while playing ‘river fetch,’ even along restricted trails.  Dogs are allowed off-leash in Sunriver as long as they are under voice command. The Sunriver Owners Association asks that you please carry a leash at all times.”

— Bennington Properties, Central Oregon

Insider Tips     

In Central Oregon, Sunriver has 30+ miles of paved road perfect for long walks for you and your 4-legged friend. Bend offers miles of great trails and and several dog parks to help your canine companion experience the great outdoors.

In the summer season, Bennington Properties throws “Yappy Hours” in Sunriver. Human guests enjoy complimentary beer, wine, soda, snacks and ice cream while their canine best friends run free and play with other dogs in the off-leash recreation area.

Watch furry friends strut their stuff at Bend’s old-fashioned 4th of July Pet Parade, open to all creatures great and small, from lizards to llamas!

If you go

•    When considering lodging options, check pet policies in advance.

•    Take along a to-go pack for the furkid, including a photo, current ID, first aid kit, toys, bowls, poop bags, and comfort items.

•    Build your itinerary for everyone in the family. Check out pet events, dog parks, bathing stations, and on/off-leash regulations.

•    While you never plan to need one, know where the nearest 24-hour or on-call veterinary clinic is.

Resources

Bennington Properties * benningtonproperties.com

Westover Inns * westoverinns.com

Vacation Rentals * BringFido.com

Oregon State Parks pet-friendly yurts, cabins * oregonstateparks.org