Dog Days of Summer

July 18, 2012 (Updated August 3, 2012)

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 Paddleboard 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 Nelscott Café with homemade breakfast and lunch options — plus free fresh water and a K9 menu for your pup.

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 and enjoy views of the mountain.

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

About The

Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.