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What’s traveling when you have to leave your best friend at home? Thankfully, options abound for our furry friends across the state, where dozens of hotels, resorts and state parks do much more than simply allow your good girls and boys to share your room. From personal, proportionally sized pet beds to psychic readings (really), here are some favorite places to stay with your best bud on your next Oregon road trip.
We can’t think of many better places to spend time with your doggo than along one of Oregon’s stunning waterways. And with hundreds of miles of beaches and dozens of glorious lakes to boot, there’s no shortage of options.
Tucked just beyond the tree line of Suttle Lake lies the impressive, foodie-focused Suttle Lodge. This Portland-meets-Lincoln Logs resort offers luxurious, pet-friendly stays for all price points. From rustic cabins with off-site bathrooms to airy, Pendleton blanket-lined rooms fit for a king inside the lodge, you and your pupper will relax in style along the waterfront (mountain views included).
With more than 50 pet-friendly rooms, many overlooking the iconic Haystack Rock, Surfsand Resort is an ideal overnight stay for anyone traveling with a doggo or two. Expect to find a pet bed, towel, sheet, placemats, bowls, doggie bags and more upon arrival, in addition to a foot and paw wash near the beachfront path and a fully stocked “cookie” jar with fresh treats. A small pet fee per per night does apply.
Farther south along the Coast is the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, with similar amenities for your four-legged friends. Take your woofer for a run along the beach, just make sure to rinse those toe beans at the outdoor wash stations before re-entering. Overnight stays come with doggie blankets and towels and up to two dogs are allowed for a per- night fee. Looking to extend your coastal sojourn? Cruise a few miles south to Lincoln City, which prides itself as a dog-friendly destination, where you’ll find more lodging properties ready to welcome you.
Sure, you can bring your pupperino to the beach or the forest, but what about to the big city? Though you’ll want to make sure your floofer doesn’t do your neighbors a frighten with late-night barking, there are arguably more places to stay in the city than anywhere else across the state.
In dog-friendly Bend, The Oxford Hotel has an entire pet package to pamper your pup as much as you. For an additional pet fee, the hotel will provide a proper-size bed for your small- or medium-size friend, two travel dog bowls (one is yours to keep!), a loaner leash and collars, organic dog treats, dog trail and park maps, and more.
A large number of Portland’s hotels allow dogs, but only one offers psychic readings. At downtown Portland’s Kimpton Hotel Monaco, your doggos can say hello to goldendoodle Addison, the director of pet relations. Here, pets of all sizes and shapes stay for free. There are additional services, like walking, sitting and those 10-minute psychic sessions led by Reiki master and medium Deborah Romero, but visiting guests should email the concierge for the full list of pet amenities.
Not far from the Monaco is downtown Portland’s old Hollywood-esque Hotel deLuxe, where, after this trip, your pet may be even more rested than you. For a small extra fee, dogs will receive a bed, treats, bowls and toys upon arrival and have the option of ordering pet-centric room service or upgrading to pet-friendly tea service. That’s right, while humans enjoy a traditional English tea service, dogs too can sip on their own premium special herbal blend.
Save the sitter and bring your dog with you to wine country, where your pupper can join you at the winery and at the hotel. If you don’t already have a list of wineries in mind, visit Oregon Wine, where you can search for dog-friendly tasting rooms. And talk to the concierge at your hotel or resort, who can direct you to nearby options.
East of the Salem, stay at the Oregon Garden Resort, where for a small pet fee per night for up to two of your best girls and boys, you can nurse your wine hangover while snuggling with your best bud. Or, if you’ve got energy to burn, take your pupper on a walk through the next-door, 80-acre botanical garden, home to more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing the diversity of the Willamette Valley and Pacific Northwest. Pet-friendly rooms are limited, so make sure to reserve in advance.
Every McMenamins hotel allows dogs (as well as all manner of pets) for a minimal per fee per day, but the historic Hotel Oregon is one of the most convenient. Located in the heart of McMinnville, with an excellent rooftop deck and multiple bars throughout the four-story building, the Hotel Oregon is where you’ll want to base your Willamette Valley wine exploration. (Forest Grove wine drinkers will want to look at the Grand Lodge.)
Visitors touring Southern Oregon’s wine region should look to the pet-friendly and historic Ashland Springs Hotel. Built in 1925, the landmark hotel now boasts European flair for both its human and canine guests. Dog pals have their own entrance at the rear of the hotel, which leads straight to the third-floor, doggo-designated rooms for convenience. Each room can host up to two pets, for a flat pet fee per stay.
If you’re hoping to truly disconnect and spend time somewhere out there with (wo)man’s best friend, there are a number of rustic, off-the-grid options across the state, including farm stays, private cabins and cozy yurts.
Take your dog for a run in the 8-acre park in the shadow of the Wallowa Mountains at Barking Mad Farm. A working farm with a trio of overnight suites overlooking the Eagle Cap Wilderness, Barking Mad is where you and your big or small pupper will want to recharge with a farm-raised breakfast before a big hike, bird-watching or a dip in nearby Wallowa Lake. A nightly pet fee applies.
Thirty minutes east of Ashland, near the crest of the southern Cascades, lies the 150-acre Green Springs Inn & Cabins. Home to nine deluxe, solar-powered cabins (made in large part from lumber milled on the property) and an eight-room lodge, your furry companion will have the time of their life on the expansive property. Most lodge rooms have jacuzzi tubs, too (but just for humans).
Of course, if hotels aren’t an option, more than 25 state parks across Oregon allow dogs in yurts and cabin rentals, including Wallowa Lake State Park, Fort Stevens State Park and Beverly Beach State Park. Make sure to reserve a pet-friendly yurt or cabin in advance, as many book up months ahead. Reserve by phone at 800-452-5687, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online.
Booking a Room With Your Dog
When booking a room for you and your pup, make sure to call ahead, or include your doggo in your original reservation. Most hotels and resorts charge an additional fee for pet lodging and may have breed or size restrictions as well as minimum-night stay requirements. Some also limit the number of pets per room. And while some places offer leashes and collars for walks, don’t forget to pack your pupper’s own, as most locations require dogs to be leashed in public areas, and throughout Oregon State Parks.