Archive for the ‘Labradoodle Travel’ Category

Top 10 Winter Retreats With Your Dog

Monday, November 11th, 2013

City Dog Magazine is a dog magazine that focuses on the Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Portland, San Francisco) so this is a great source of information and articles for our local families out there! With Winter creeping up, what better way to enjoy it than with your furry friend? City Dog Magazine lists their Top 10 Winter Retreats in the Northwest. Hope you all are having a wonderful Monday!

1-Percy in AZ snow

1. Quinault Rainforest, Olympic Peninsula, Washington
What better time to explore the rainforest than when it’s raining? And rain is what it does on the west slopes of the Olympic Peninsula, one of the few places on the planet that’s home to temperate rainforests. While the Olympic National Park is off limits to your water loving Lab, the trails of the Olympic National Forest are not. Take your buddy out for a walk on one of the fine trails near the south shore of Lake Quinault. Admire towering trees that were old when Lewis and Clark came to the Pacific Northwest. And after the two of you have had enough raindrops falling on your heads, hunker down for the evening in a cozy lodge; you in a comfy chair, your furry buddy on a cushy rug in front of a warm and drying fire. The Lake Quinault Lodge ( offers dog-friendly rooms and out-the-door access to trails and the magnificent rainforest.

2. Pacific Beach, Washington
Just south of the Olympic Rainforests and north of bustling Ocean Shores are the quaint and quiet communities of Pacific Beach, Moclips and Seabrook. You won’t find rows of restaurants, casinos or shops here. The main attraction is the beach. And in winter a procession of storms rolling off of the surf adds an intense and stunning score. Don’t miss it! A slew of dog-accommodating cottages and lodges in these beach towns ( welcome you and your retriever to settle in and watch the waves roll in. Of course in between the stunning storms you may want to get out and walk, run or saunter along the area’s wide sandy beaches. Looking for a fine dining experience? Consider the Ocean Crest Resort (, a coastal Washington institution. And your dog is welcome in some of their cozy rooms.

3. Cannon Beach, Oregon
One of the finest and most popular beaches in the Pacific Northwest, everything that makes Cannon Beach a hit in summer applies to winter visiting as well. Miles of spectacular shoreline, all public and all open to you and your sand-sniffing setter spread north and south from this artsy resort town. Watch storm-charged breakers bash Haystack Rock, Cannon’s 235-foot signature sea stack and quite possibly the most recognized natural feature along the entire Oregon Coast. Take a hike through Ecola State Park through salty maritime forests to a series of high bluffs for supreme storm watching. Cannon Beach ( has plenty of dog-friendly lodging options including the elegant Hallmark ( and Surfsand Resorts (  The latter greets your buddy with a pet basket upon arrival.

4. Crescent City, California
Northern California has no shortages of great beach towns for winter walking and storm watching too. And Crescent City in Del Norte County along the Redwood Coast makes for a great off-the-beaten path destination. While the trails of Redwood National Park and the adjacent Redwood State Parks are off-limits to your curious canine, two fine Redwood Coast beaches welcome them (leashes required). Head a few miles south to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park’s Gold Bluffs Beach or to Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park’s Crescent Beach located just minutes outside of Crescent City. Frolic on wide sandy beaches beneath towering bluffs sporting humongous ancient redwoods, firs and spruce. When it’s time to dry out, warm-up and settle in for the night, head back to town where a number of hotels including the Quality Inn and Suites Redwood Coast are dog-friendly.

5. Huntington Beach, California
If the rain is something you wish to leave behind, then perhaps a retreat in sunny Southern California is more in order for you and your storm-shy Basenji. Consider Huntington Beach. “Surf City USA” is more than just a good place for rain-ridden Northwesterners to soak up sunshine; it’s a bone-a-fide dog-friendly community. Within the city’s eight miles of some of the finest beaches in southern California, is Dog Beach. Here your surf-sniffing buddy has over one mile of wide sandy beach to run, dig, fetch and splash—unleashed! Afterwards the two of you can walk or jog along the city’s miles of trails. When it’s time for some grub, head to Huntington Beach’s Central Park where you’ll find the renowned Park Bench Café ( with its doggie dining area and canine cuisine menu. It’s one of the dog-friendliest restaurants in the west. And when it’s time to retire for the evening choose from many dog-friendly hotels, including the oceanfront Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort.

6. Palm Springs, California
Prefer a little more warmth with your sunshine? Shun the seashore for the desert and head to Palm Springs where you and your Pomeranian can be pampered with winter warmth. Soak up the desert sun while strolling down Palm Canyon Drive. The area boasts several fine dog parks including one off of Civic Drive sporting old-school fire hydrants. The Civic Center Dog Park has separate areas for big and small dogs and is lit until 11 pm allowing the two of you to enjoy a refreshing desert night. And if you prefer to experience some desert wilderness, head to the nearby San Bernardino National Forest and the Salton Sea State Recreation Area for good hiking and camping options.

7. Lake Tahoe, California
If it’s a winter wonderland you desire, head to the mountains of Lake Tahoe. Here you and your snowbound hound will have no shortage of snug lakeside and mountain cabins and condos to choose from—and miles of snow blanketed terrain to ski and snowshoe across. Squaw Valley ( is one of the dog-friendliest ski villages in the west. If you’re ready to play in the snow in the form of cross-country skiing you can bring along your buddy at Tahoe City’s Tahoe XC ( and Hope Valley’s Cross Country Ski Center (

8. Methow Valley, Washington
One of the finest places for dog-friendly cross-country skiing, and just a few hours away from Seattle is the Methow Valley. Located on the east slope of the Cascades where the sun shines liberally throughout the year, you’ll find over 200 kilometers of groomed and interconnected ski trails here. An active association ( maintains these trails that weave through forest and farmland and tie together the communities of Winthrop, Twisp and Mazama. A growing number of these trails allow your dog to tag along while you’re making tracks. And when it’s time to bed down for the evening choose from among a wide array of dog-friendly lodging options in the valley ranging from the economical Blue Spruce in Twisp to the centrally located and cozy Winthrop Inn (

9. Klamath Falls, Oregon
If it’s all out adventuring you desire for you and your snow loving husky, head to Klamath Falls in south central Oregon. Here abutting the Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge you’ll find the Crystal Wood Lodge ( billed as Southern Oregon’s Premier Pet-Friendly Destination. Aside from catering to dogs with dog bedding in the lodge’s rooms, dog-washing facilities, and a doggie-day care, are five miles of dog-friendly hiking trails perfect for traversing the property’s scenic 130-acres. Home to Briar’s Patch Sled Dogs, you can go on a dog sledding adventure led by a musher and dog team that competed in the Iditarod.

10. Victoria, British Columbia
If your winter retreat plans call for more urban sophistication, look no farther than beautiful Victoria, on British Columbia’s spectacular Vancouver Island. Quaint and cultured and welcoming to travelers with both two and four legs you’ll find plenty to do here during the long winter months. The city has two off-leash beaches where your buddy can frolic along a scenic shoreline while you take in sweeping views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance. As a result of its recently launched Paws in the Parks program, Victoria now contains over a half dozen off-leash parks ( for the two of you to sample. And with leash your pooch can take to several miles of well-groomed trails in close-to-downtown Beacon Hill Park or several large outlying regional parks like the one in East Sooke. You’ll find no shortage of dog-friendly accommodations and your buddy will have no trouble meeting a few new friends (both human and furry) within this historic and charming city.

2-Ollie in the snow


Related Posts:

Revival Articles

Friday, October 25th, 2013


One of our favorite websites with some great articles regarding puppy/dog health is

They have great articles regarding dental care, information about arthritis/joints with dogs, traveling with your pets, grooming, and more! If you’re looking to do some weekend reading about anything you need to know regarding your dog, this is the place to go!

Happy Friday everyone and we hope you all have a great weekend!

Related Posts:

5 Dog Friendly Coffee Shops In Los Angeles

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

A great blog post for our California dog lovers! This lists 5 of the best dog-friendly coffee shops in L.A!

1. Intelligentsia Coffee – 1331 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice (map), 310-399-1233

With three locations in VeniceSilver Lakeand Pasadena that are each only a few blocks away from a dog-friendly park, Intelligentsia has prime locations close to where you and your pooch will already be walking. With blends like El Gallo, which features hints of silky milk chocolate; a tart Honey Badger espresso; and a premium Santuario Geishi blend that combines jasmine, orange and black currant flavors, Intelligentsia is serving up more than just your everyday cup of joe.

Dogs are allowed outside at each of its three locations, where Intelligentsia’s internationally recognized baristas will brew you a made-to-order cup of coffee or hand-craft you a spectacular espresso drink. Intelligentsia even has its own iPhone app that allows you to view their current, in-season brews. Hours vary by location, so be sure to check their app before you go.

2. LAMILL Coffee – 1636 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake (map), 323-663-4441

Named one of Bon Appetit’s ”10 Best Boutique Coffee Shops,” LAMILL’s boutique location in Silver Lake not only offers finely-crafted cafes, but phenomenal food as well. For foodies who want to enjoy breakfast or lunch with their pooch, this is the place to go. Their menu includes warm brioche donuts topped with ice cream or poached eggs for breakfast and speciality sandwiches for lunch. The coffee is brewed in a Clover machine, or as Bon Appetit calls it, “the Ferrari of coffee makers.” Some of their signature beverages include the crème brulee; an espresso and caramel concoction; and an orange-infused cappuccino that’s topped with cacao.


Dogs are welcome on the patio and the Silver Lake dog park is less than a 10-minute walk away. LAMILL is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays when they close at 11 p.m.

3. Fix Coffee – 2100 Echo Park Ave. (map),  323-284-8962

Just a short walk away from dog-friendly Elysian Park, Fix Coffee proudly serves an assortment of L.A.’s finest foods and beverages. Brewing Intelligentsia coffee, tea from Art of Tea and sandwiches from BreadBar, this L.A. coffee shop is a great place to sit with your pooch and enjoy different foods in one spot. Featuring free Wi-Fi, a fire pit and spacious outdoor seating for you and your pup, you’ll want to get your coffee fix here.

4. CoffeeBar LA – 600 S. Spring St. (map), 213-327-1157

Nested in Downtown L.A.’s burgeoning Old Bank District, CoffeeBar is where you can grab a cup among the city’s coffee aficionados. CoffeeBar meticulously creates each cup it serves, making sure the detail is up to par down to the very last drop. The downtown location is perfect for those who want to grab a quick bite or mid-work-day pick me up. Dogs are welcome to accompany their pet parents on the outdoor patio. CoffeeBar opens at 7 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and closes at 6 p.m. daily.

5. Alcove Cafe and Bakery – 1929 Hillhurst Ave. (map), 323-644-0100

Located near Griffith Park, Alcove is a great spot to grab brunch after a morning hike with your pooch. Housed in two historic bungalows and with a dog-friendly garden patio, Alcove not only serves hand-roasted coffee, but also teas, artisan baked goods and cocktails. The Alcove menu has delicious selections for breakfast or brunch, including a shrimp and crab omelette, brioche french toast, crepes, grilled paninis and a great salad selection. Be sure to check their hours before you paw on over to this cafe.

PHOTOS: Michael FraleyIntelligentsia Twitter

Related Posts:

Hotel FIVE- Dog-friendly Hotel in Seattle, WA

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Being from the Pacific Northwest, we always like to recommend dog-friendly places for our fellow dog owners. This hotel which is downtown Seattle got great reviews and you can take your canine companion with you! For more information about this hotel, check out their website. 

Free bicycles are available for guest use at this downtown Seattle eco-friendly hotel. Modern rooms feature an iPod docking station and free Wi-Fi. Safeco Field is less than 10 minutes’ drive away. A flat-screen cable TV is available in all brightly furnished guest rooms at Hotel FIVE. A work desk and tea and coffee-making facilities are included. Afternoon refreshments are served daily in the hotel lobby.

Guests can enjoy a pineapple cupcake and free coffee every afternoon at Seattle Hotel FIVE. Offering eclectic comfort food, Max’s Café is located on-site and serves breakfast and lunch all day. Guests can enjoy the signature chicken and waffles or the Alderwood smoked salmon chowder. A fitness centre and a business centre are available for guest convenience. Dry cleaning services are offered. Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront are less than 1 mile away from this hotel.

The Seattle Center and the Seattle Space Needle are 10 minutes’ walk away.

Related Posts:

5 Best Day Hiking Locations Near Seattle

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Blogger Jessica Rhae and hiking enthusiast ranks the 5 most challenging (and spectacular) day hikes for you and your dog near Seattle. Since we are located in Washington, we thought this would be a perfect post to share for our local dog owners!

August 23, 2013 by Jessica Rhae

  1. Mount Si – Mount Si is in the Central Cascade Mountains along Interstate 90. It is the most popular and heavily used trail in Washington State.  It is so popular because it offers a great workout and amazing views of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley, the Puget Sound basin, and far beyond. It is also one of the most spectacular hikes in the area that becomes snow-free early in the year. Many Northwesterners use this hike as training for climbing Mount Rainier… you know it is a hard workout. The trail ends at a rocky summit basin which is, if you can find a spot, a great place to have lunch and soak in the views. I’s pretty much mandatory that you do this trail at least once if you are a hiker from the Seattle area (or a visiting hiker). We have climbed Up, Up, Up Mt. Si with Chester and Gretel three times. The trail distance is 8 miles round trip (RT), with an elevation gain of 3,150 feet and a high point of 3,900 feet. A Discover Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.
    Flkr CC - Rodrigo Hermann
  2. Mailbox Peak – Mailbox Peak is also is in the Central Cascade Mountains along Interstate 90. The description of this hike on Washington Trails Association websites starts out stating “wimpy hikers, turn the page”. This trail is no joke. You will be scrambling up around 1,500 feet per mile. As a reference, most hikers consider anything over 1000 feet per mile to be steep!. You will be rewarded for your hard work with a view of the entire Issaquah Alps. The peak is named for the battered mailbox jammed into the rocks at the the top. Inside is a tattered notebook where you can leave your signature as proof that you made it to the top. The trail distance is 6 miles RT, with an elevation gain of 4,100 feet and a high point of 4,926 feet. A Discover Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.
    Gothic BasinB
  3. Gothic Basin – Gothic Basin is in the North Cascade Mountains along the Mountain Loop Highway. This rugged and spectacular trail follows an old miners route to a Granite basin. The basin is amazing but don’t stop there. A half-mile past the end of the trail is beautiful Foggy Lake. This trail is rocky…and I don’t mean baseball-size. When S and I hiked this without the dogs to scout it out, I had to scramble up or butt-slide down some of the bigger boulders. Gothic Basin is on our list to do with the dogs but I will be prepared to do a lot of lifting them up and down off of things (because they are small). The trail is less defined at the top so be sure to pay attention so you can retrace your steps. The trail distance is 9 miles RT, with an elevation gain of 2,840 feet and a high point of 5,200 feet. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.
    Flkr CC MiguelViera Dcikerman
  4. Mount Dickerman – Moutnt Dickerman is another challenging trail in the North Cascades along the Mountain Loop Highway. I haven’t hiked this trail but my friend has and sent me photos. It is reported as having “jaw-slacking views of a ring of rugged peaks near and far” and I will say I was blown away by his pictures. I can’t wait to hike this trail myself. The trail is a big climb but in September you will have plenty of opportunities to rest and pick blueberries until your fingers are purple. Sheer cliffs drop from the north face, so keep dogs, children, and the vertically phobic nearby. The trail distance is 8.6 miles RT, with an elevation gain of 3,875 feet and a high point of 5,723 feet. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the trailhead.
    Flickr CC hojaleaf Hidden Lookout
  5. Hidden Lake Lookout – Hidden Lake is in the North Cascades but you take the North Cascades Highway to get there. It is touted as “one of the finest hikes on the face of the planet” and is described as having “mouth-gaping views of a serrated skyline of snow, ice, and rock”. Dogs are not allowed inside the North Cascades National park but my friend saiddogs are allowed to the lookout (not inside it though) because it is right on the National Park boundary. I hear you need to bring bug spray for the reported biting flies. My friend said “it might be tough to get all the way to the lookout with little dogs, but the view from the saddle below is almost as good.”. Might be hard with little dogs….pfft….sounds like a challenge to us :) The trail distance is 9 miles RT, with an elevation gain of 3,290 feet and a high point of 6,890 feet. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at the trailhead. Photo: There is, *gasp*, a hidden lake up there. I am not going to show you though :)

By now you have probably figured out that any hike in the Cascade Mountains with a peak elevation of 5,000 feet or higher is a pretty sure bet. You will be rewarded with amazing views at almost all of them. It just happens that these are 5 that you have to work REALLY hard for.


Related Posts:

Top 10 Most Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities!

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

We stumbled across this picture on Pinterest, and had to share it. We are proud of our fellow Washington city, Seattle for making the list!dog friendly cities


Related Posts:

Pet-Friendly Hotels!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

We stumbled across a great website today that lets you search for pet-friendly hotels in the city of your choice! All you have to do is simply enter the city you want to stay in, the arrival and departure date and how many rooms you need and it pulls up a list of dog-friendly hotels and how much it costs for the night. This is a great source if you’re traveling with your furry friend anytime soon!

For the search engine, click the link below!

Related Posts:

Top 10 Dog-Friendly Beaches [USA]

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

#1) Del Mar Beach San Diego, California

For good reason, Del Mar is one of the most popular beach communities and San Diego County. Great beaches, fairgrounds, horseracing, and a quaint, upscale village provide plenty of activities for everyone. Powerhouse Park, with a full playground, is especially nice for families with young children. Beachgoers can also find good, cheap eats at Roberto’s taco stand on Carmel Valley Road, overlooking Los Penasquitos Lagoon. Plus, the song Dog Beach Boogie helped this beach’s ranking.

#2) Fort DeSoto Beach, Florida

Dr. Beach judged this beach 2005 Best Beach in America and we voted best beach for dogs. Showers and drinking water are provided. Enter the front gate by the parking lot, take your dog off-leash, walk through the L-shaped park to the back gate. Go out the back gate, down a short sandy path and onto the perfect beach for dogs and people.

#3) Dog Beach, California

Doggie nirvana.  Your buddy will have tons of company at this popular spot near San Diego. In fact, people may be outnumbered.

#4) Cape San Blas, Florida

Just 35 miles south of Panama City, but feeling as if it is worlds away, Cape San Blas beaches are peaceful, not overdeveloped; in fact, you can sometimes walk a mile or two in the off season without seeing another dog…or person.  The state park at the end of the cape was named 2002 Best Beach In America by Dr. Beach (a real person, not a doggie…but most doggies would agree).

#5) Carmel City Beach, California

Only a short walk from the village of Carmel, the Carmel Beach is a beautiful and popular escape, with hotels and restaurants in walking distance. Other pet friendly beaches are close by, too.


#6) Hunting Island, South Carolina

Doggie and people heaven on earth.  At low tide, the beach on Hunting can literally appear to be a mile wide, with tidal pools and remote stretches rarely found today. This State Park is located near the golf resort island of Fripp, and near Beaufort, SC.

#7) Fort Funston National Park, California

Fort Funston is a popular San Francisco dogwalking location. Most visitors walk the paved Sunset Trail, a north to south route on the bluff, and reach Ocean Beach via Fort Funston’s northern section. Fort Funston’s stretch of Ocean Beach is where you’ll see scores of dripping wet dogs, romping across the sand with driftwood stick in their mouths. Please note that there are some leash restrictions at this park during certain seasons for the protection of endangered wildlife in the area.

#8) St. George Island, Florida

No wider than a mile at its widest point, and located near renowned historic towns in the Florida Gulf, there is plenty here for man and man’s best friend.

#9) Ft. Fisher State Recreation Area, North Carolina

Just outside of Wilmington, NC, this beach allows dogs in all areas except swimming areas with lifeguards.

#10) Pistol River State Scenic Viewpoint, Oregon

If your pooch isn’t fond of windsurfing, no matter.  This windsurfers’ paradise will suit them just fine. Located just outside of Oregon State Park boundaries, south of Gold Beach.


Related Posts:

Update on Manor Lake’s Chloe in Birmingham, Alabama!

Friday, July 26th, 2013

“Our beloved Chloé,  Best doggie Ever. – Barbara (Birminham, AL)”


I remember when Chloe was just a pup!  Thank you so much for updating us on her, Barbara!

Related Posts:

Dog-Friendly Camping in the Northwest!

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Canine-friendly Camping

Canine-friendly Camping

There is no lack of wild and beautiful places to set up your tent and enjoy the great outdoors in the West. Delightful places abound for you and your hound for sharing time under the stars in our special part of the world.

Written by Craig Romano

Here are ten gorgeous places to go camping—all near trails, lakes, rivers and beaches—and all of them surrounded by acres upon acres of public land. Some of them are close by, ideal for a quick getaway; while others are a little distance away and perfect for a week long outdoor holiday. But most importantly, all of them welcome your canine companion.

1. Kaloloch, Olympic National Park, Pacific Coast
Set up camp on a coastal bluff high above the crashing surf of the wild Olympic coast. A sprawling campground with a handful of sites with breathtaking ocean views, Kalaloch is one of the few public campgrounds in Washington right on the Pacific. Watch stunning sunsets right from your picnic table. Listen to gulls, oystercatchers, and eagles and let the incessant pounding of the breakers lull you and your lab deep into la la land. While dogs are not allowed on the trails of Olympic National Park, they are allowed on leash on this stretch of park beach—over 10 wild miles worth! While there are 170 sites, in summer they go fast, so be sure to make reservations (

2. Sullivan Lake, Colville National Forest, Selkirk Mountains
One of the largest and prettiest undeveloped lakes in northeastern Washington, Sullivan is surrounded by steep emerald peaks including 7,308-foot Abercrombie Mountain and 7,309-foot Gypsy Peak, the two highest summits in eastern Washington. Two gorgeous national forest campgrounds, East Sullivan and West Sullivan grace the lake’s northern shore while remote and peaceful despite its name, Noisy Creek Campground graces its southern shore. The sites are well-shaded and there are plenty of dog-friendly hiking trails nearby, including the four mile Sullivan Lake trail connecting the campgrounds. The lake warms up nicely by mid-summer and there’s a beach for your dog to splash in!

3. Colonial Creek, Ross Lake, North Cascades
One of the most stunning settings for any campground within the entire country, Colonial Creek sits in a deep valley in the heart of the North Cascades. Set in primeval timber along the turquoise waters of Diablo Lake and surrounded by towering glacial-clad cloud-piercing peaks, you may not want to budge too far once you set up camp. But if your buddy’s tail is indicating it’s time for a walk, take to several miles of delightful trail radiating right from the campground. The 1.9 mile Thunder Knob Trail is perfect for an after dinner leg-stretcher. Claim one of the sites right on placid Thunder Arm and spend an afternoon in the canoe paddling with your pooch.

4. Silver Springs, Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Rainier
While Mount Rainier National Park allows your furry friend to accompany you at one of its developed campgrounds, you can’t take her on the park’s trails. So if “the Mountain’s” allure is too much for the two of you to resist, consider setting up camp right outside of the park at the Silver Springs Campground in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Nestled in old growth forest right on the glacial-fed White River, this CCC-built campground offers spacious and private sites. And when it’s ready to hit the trail, head to nearby Crystal Mountain taking to a large network of trails surrounding the resort. Lots of dog-friendly options complete with howling views of Washington’s most famous landmark.

5. Cape Perpetua, Oregon Coast, Siuslaw National Forest
While there is no shortage of great camping spots along Oregon’s spectacular coastline, most of them can get pretty busy during the summer months. Cape Perpetua, a rugged area of salt-blasted headlands, moisture dripping old growth giants and fog-catching coastal peaks offers one of the most secluded and quietest campgrounds on the entire coast. Nestled in a deep valley set back from busy US 101, choose from 38 campsites perched along Cape Creek. Once the pegs have been staked, hit the trail! There are 26 miles of interconnecting trail radiating from the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area including paths to shore-hugging Neptune State Park. And while this campground is a tranquil gem, it’s well known. Be sure to secure a reservation (

6. Silver Falls State Park, Willamette Valley
Looking for a quick getaway in the Willamette Valley? Does your pooch enjoy waterfalls? Do you? Silver Falls State Park located just 25 miles east of Salem is a waterfall lover’s, hiker’s, and camper’s haven! One of the crown jewels of the Oregon State Park system you and your outward bound hound can choose from among 100 sites (electrical hookups available) and then take to 25 miles of dog-friendly trail to 10 dog-gazing cascades, four in which you can wag your tails from behind. Be sure to reserve your site online before packing the Subaru.

7. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, North Coast
Set up camp along a quiet creek shadowed by towering redwoods hundreds of years old. While this gorgeous state park on the Redwood Coast does not permit dogs on its trails, you can walk your buddy on some of its quiet roads. Be sure to watch for elk feeding in misty prairies. Gold Bluffs Beach located within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park consists of 10 miles of wide sandy gorgeous northern California beach—and it’s open to your four-legged camping companion. And just south of the park you can roam two more beautiful dog-friendly beaches, Humboldt County Parks’ Big Lagoon and Clam Beach.

8. Doran Beach, San Francisco Bay Area
While your four-legged friend is allowed to set up tent with you in the scores of beautiful California state parks lining the Pacific, she’s not allowed to accompany you on almost all of those parks’ wonderful trails and beaches. That’s when places like Sonoma County Park’s Doran Beach come to the rescue. Located about 40 miles north of San Francisco in quaint and scenic Bodega Bay, Doran Beach provides camping on a beautiful two-mile long dog-friendly beach. And there are one dozen other dog-friendly beaches nearby including a couple of stunning ones at Point Reyes National Seashore.

British Columbia
9. Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Fraser Valley
While Cultus means “worthless” in the Chinook Jargon, this big beautiful lake located just south of Chilliwack where the North Cascades meet the Fraser Valley is anything but worthless to outdoor-loving humans and dogs. Choose from nearly 300 sites within four distinct campgrounds within 5,000-plus acre Cultus Lake Provincial Park spread out along the eastern shore of the lake. The sites are large and well-shaded and all are within a short walk from the lake. The park’s Shale Beach is leash-free. Excellent hiking trails radiate from the park from easy strolls to old-growth giants to an all out grunt up mile high International Ridge. Be sure to make a reservation because Vancouver campers love this park too.

10. Heyburn State Park, Lake Coeur d’Alene
Established in 1908, Heyburn is the oldest state park in the Northwest and one of the finest. Developed by the CCC, this 8,000-acre plus park located on the southern quieter end of massive Lake Coeur d’Alene contains three lakes, the St Joe River Delta, old-growth pine forests and ridges of open meadows. Choose from 130 sites in three separate campgrounds. Take a swim and then hit one of the park’s fine trails including the three-mile, bursting with views and flowers, Indian Cliffs Loop. Go for a bike ride or run afterwards on the paved Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

Packing List
Aside from packing your own camping necessities and comforts, don’t forget to take along the following for your intrepid little buddy:

1.     First-aid kit (including but not limited to; insect/tick repellant, gauze, adhesive tapes, tweezers)
2.     Drinking water or purification tablets (if campground doesn’t have potable water).
3.     Food and water bowls.
4.     Chamois cloths and/or towels (you want a mud-free tent, no?).
5.     Doggie bedding and blankets.
6.     Treats and chew toys.
7.     Doggie pack for hitting the nearby trails.

Canine Camping Etiquette
To paraphrase Robert Frost, “Good dogs make for good camping neighbors.”  While no one wants to be camped next to a party of loud and obnoxious humans, a dog yipping and whimpering all through the night can be equally annoying. Be sure you and your pooch set the standard for good camping courtesy. Practice the following good neighbor behavior:

1.     Your buddy should always be on leash at the campground.
2.     Never leave your furry friend unattended at the site.
3.     Don’t let your pooch dig holes at the site. Hey, he’s telling you it’s time to take a walk!
4.     Clean up any presents your pal leaves behind. Carry extra plastic bags and deposit waste in proper place.
5.     Don’t leave your buddy’s food out overnight and/or unattended lest you’ll attract uninvited critters to your site.
6.     And never let your dog chase or harass wildlife.

Craig Romano is the author of numerous guidebooks including Best Hikes with Dogs Inland Northwest (Mountaineers Books) where you can find out more about Sullivan Lake and Heyburn State Park.

Related Posts:

  • follow:follow:
  • Bellingham Landscaping