Bring your best friend with you to an Oregon beach this summer. (Photo credit: Crowerks)

Welcome to the dog days of summer! They are even better when you get to bring your best friend along with you. Here are some ways you can beat the heat and get those tails a-wagging.

Dog paddle
In Bend, cool off right downtown on the Deschutes River on a Stand Up Paddle board at Riverbend Park. Many four-footed swimmers will ride along, and will definitely enjoy the park’s off leash area.

Sit: Enjoy a cold pint on the dog-friendly patio at 10 Barrel Brewing’s pub.

Stay: Check into elegance at The Oxford Hotel, which welcomes guests of the canine persuasion.

Sandy paws
Start your game of fetch at Siletz Bay beach in Lincoln City. It’s great for long walks, beach combing and viewing other local barkers — lounging harbor seals.

Sit: Dish up at The Beach Dog Café with homemade biscuits and gravy or gourmet hot dogs.

Stay: Curl up at a pet-friendly yurt at Beverly Beach State Park or nearby Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area. (Reservations recommended.)

Hood hound
Hit the trail for a shady hike on the 7-mile Dog River Trail near Mt. Hood. The trail crosses Puppy Creek and then follows the Dog River to several jaw-dropping viewpoints.

Sit: Fuel up beforehand at Dog River Coffee in downtown Hood River, or stop in at Solera Brewery in Parkdale, where your pal is welcome to sit out back an enjoy views of the mountain.

Stay: Pitch a tent at one of the dozens of campgrounds in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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  1. Carol says…

    Oregon is a great place to travel with a dog or two. We picked up two puppies in Portland, Oregon two years ago (we’re from Manitoba, Canada) and we found many places that welcomed our puppies.
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  2. Jan J.F. SCHRAEPEN says…

    Two years ago I picked up a stray Alsation-dog, without tags or anything, somewhere between Agnes and Marion, in the Oregon forest. The dog was friendly, used to human contact but rather uneasy. Someone had left him – it was a male dog – behind. I took him along parts of the Rogue River to the coast and handed the animal over to the police. They thanked me profusely. I was glad the dog was taken care of. I have two very friendly Alsatians myself and we live in the forests of Flanders, Belgium.

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