Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean your travel plans have to be, too. Here are CityDog Magazine’s five favorite fall getaways for you and Fido.
Cannon Beach, Oregon
With stunning views, beautiful natural areas and spectacular stretches of sandy shore (four miles to be exact), Cannon Beach promises plenty of places for you and Rover to roam. Stay at the super dog-friendly Surfsand Resort (surfsand.com), perched on the Pacific just steps away from Haystock Rock. Shop at the boutiques and art galleries that line Hemlock Street including Wags & Rags, where you can stock up on food and treats for your pup.
Walla Walla, Washington
Scenic beauty, incredible wineries, amazing restaurants, outdoor adventures and small town friendliness culminate to create one of our favorite and dog friendliest destinations, Walla Walla. Stay at the lovely and dog-friendly, historic Marcus Whitman Hotel (marcuswhitmanhotel.com) and be sure to visit the resident wine dogs at Dunham Cellars, Va Piano Vineyards and Bergevin Lane Vineyards. Two of our favorite restaurants in Washington are also located in Walla Walla, Saffron Mediterranean Kitchen and Brasserie Four.
Snoqualmie Falls, Washington
The 268-feet high Snoqualmie Falls is not only one of Washington’s most popular scenic destinations, it’s also home to one of our favorite places to stay, Salish Lodge & Spa (salishlodge.com), featuring cozy, dog-friendly rooms, an amazing restaurant, and as the name implies, a full-service spa. From the lodge, stroll along the heather-lined path to take in the stunning view of the falls. Check out the observation platform—owned and maintained by Puget Sound Energy—then explore the two-acre park with a hike along the River Trail, through trees and open slopes, ending at Snoqualmie Falls.
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This fall, head east of the mountains to Leavenworth for some fun in the sun with Fido—just a hop, skip and a jump over the Cascades, the region boasts an average of 202 sunny days a year, making it the perfect place for year-round outdoor recreation, from paddle boarding to hiking to cross country skiing. Leavenworth’s reputation as a mecca for outdoor adventure almost surpasses its reputation as a quaint Bavarian village. Stay at the dog-friendly Icicle Village Resort (iciclevillage.com), conveniently located near a plethora of restaurants, shops, wineries and our favorite, Icicle Brewing Company.
With stunning views at every turn, a laid back, small town vibe, and easy access to oceanfront beaches, freshwater lakes, cascading waterfalls and forest trails, Bellingham is a dream come true for nature lovers and dog lovers alike. Be sure to visit Whatcom Falls Park, located just a few miles from downtown. Once you step onto the forested trail, it feels like you’re in the wilderness, with 240 acres of lush forest, a beautifully restored stone bridge overlooking the falls, and miles of trails perfect for a leisurely stroll with your pooch.
Photo credits: Snoqualmie Falls by Amelia Soper; Cannon Beach by Julie Clegg; Walla Walla by Julie Austin; Bellingham by Julie Clegg.
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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.