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Dog’s Guide to Dundee

Our canine companions love wine tasting in the Willamette Valley too.
October 20, 2022

In need of a vacation that accommodates the whole family, including your pups? Dundee, a vineyard-flanked town about 25 miles southwest of Portland, might just be the perfect location to bring canine companions, especially with Visit Dundee’s new dog-friendly digital passport. Visit canine-compatible hotels, parks, tasting rooms, and breweries on the itinerary to claim digital stamps. Once you’ve collected 9 stamps within 12 months, you’ll get a free travel dog bowl and the chance to win a Dundee dog-cation getaway.

Dundee Hotel

DAY 1: Check In to Dog-Friendly Digs, Eat Poke and Taste Pinot Noir

The first thing pet parents worry about when traveling with their pooch is finding a place that accepts — or even welcomes — pets. You and your furry friend can be sure of a warm welcome when you check in to The Dundee Hotel, which is conveniently located in the heart of Dundee and offers comfortable, stylish rooms.

Whether it’s a solo trip with your pup, a trip with friends, or a couple’s getaway, you’ll find a room that suits your needs. Options range from cozy chic to large suites, complete with kitchenettes. There’s even a six-person luxury bunk “squad room.” All rooms are dog-friendly, with perks like dog beds, bandanas, and treats.

After settling in, grab a leash and head out on foot to explore Dundee, which now has sidewalks through all of downtown. First take in some gourmet eats at Red Hills Market, located just 2 minutes from the hotel. Sit on the expansive, tent-covered and dog-friendly patio while filling up on comfort food like tuna melts, fried-chicken sandwiches, burgers, wood-fired pizzas, Oregon poke, and spicy Thai shrimp and noodle salad.

Dobbes Family Estate

Just on the other side of the Pacific Highway, family-friendly Dobbes Family Estate is an ideal place to pair charcuterie boards with pinot noir (or a variety of other wines). There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, and thanks to the winery’s “Hideaway” space, which they fully enclose with clear sides in cooler weather, the estate’s heated patio is available year-round. Even better: The winery allows leashed, well-behaved dogs in all sections of the tasting room as long as they promise to stay off the furniture. Pro tip: Go online ahead of time to make reservations, preorder food and purchase private tasting experiences, like an “Oregon Bounty” tasting for $60 that uses all-local food pairings. 

On the way back to the hotel, stop at Barn Door Brewing to try brews on tap like a recent Marionberry kolsch made with marionberry extract from Hoffman Farms in Hillsboro. This spot has limited hours, so call or check online before heading over. From the brewery, it’s just a 3-minute stroll back to your cozy room at the Dundee Hotel.

DAY 2: Go for a Hike, Visit a Distillery and Play Vineyard-Side Fetch

Start the second day of your getaway by elevating your heart rate on one of the area’s hidden gems, the Harvey Creek Trail, a short 1.5-mile hike with a steep incline that takes an average of 45 minutes to complete. The outing is likely to tire your pup out, making them ready to just chill out and lounge at your feet for a few hours while you sip an abundance of Oregon wine. Just watch out for poison oak.

Day Wines is a must-visit for those wanting to explore wines that embody the region’s eco-conscious spirit. It’s led by winemaker Brianne Day and focuses exclusively on fruit sourced from a small selection of Oregon growers that prioritize organic, biodynamic and sustainable practices. The winery also has a dog-friendly patio, a lovely setting in which to decide whether you like a 2019 Hock & Deuce syrah from Mae’s Vineyard in Applegate Valley better than a 2018 pinot noir made with grapes from Momtazi Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA. Day Wines currently offers small bites from Olympia Provisions.

Branch Point Distillery

Want to learn all about Oregon whiskey? Branch Point Distillery offers guided tastings and more casual tastings with flights that let you order your whiskeys neat, on the rocks or as mini cocktail versions. Doggos will enjoy dog treats and a nice, fully covered dog-friendly patio. 

Then head over to Winter’s Hill, where you and your pup can explore the grounds and get some exercise. While dogs are not allowed inside the winery, they’re more than welcome outside. Guests can take leashed dogs on the patio or on the estate’s walking trails, and if they need to run and play, dogs are welcome to go off-leash and play a game of fetch in the grassy field. Winter’s Hill is also happy to provide water bowls for furry friends. The best part: Picnics are allowed. 

Choose one more adventure from Visit Dundee’s dog-friendly digital passport, collect all the corresponding stamps, and that travel dog bowl is as good as yours. More importantly, your dog will be over the moon from two days’ worth of quality time spent with their person.

Discover Dundee Digital Passports are FREE and can be accessed online.

About The

Jenni Moore
Jenni Moore is a freelance writer, editor and photographer based in Portland. She covers locally relevant music, arts, entertainment, food and tourism for a variety of regional publications. In her spare time, Moore enjoys live music, travel and being in nature with her dog.

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