Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon, often called the “greenest city in America,” where many people cycle and walk more than they drive. Portland is also very pet friendly, with plenty of parks, trails, and natural areas for dogs and their owners.
Places to Stay
Stay at the Kimpton Riverplace Hotel or Hotel Monaco. Both hotels are part of the dog-friendly Kimpton Hotels group and located in the heart of the city. Every Kimpton boutique hotel welcomes pets for no additional fee and has all the goodies
needed to keep your pooch pampered, including plush pet-bed loaners, food, mats, water bowls, and waste bags. Don’t miss the nightly wine reception in the lobby, especially since dogs are always encouraged to join the party! If you choose Hotel Monaco, say “hello” to Dakota, the resident director of Pet Relations, who eagerly greets guests in the lobby, quality tests pet amenities, and lords over the nightly wine hours. Equally pet friendly is Hotel Vintage, which features an urban-chic lobby and an adult game room where you can play vintage Atari games.
Places to Eat
The Washington High School Dog Park surrounds the patio at Marthas, so it’s well-loved by dog owners and their pups. The restaurant offers complimentary dog treats, fresh water, waste bags, and toys for Fido to play with while you take advantage of a full bar boasting 24 beers on tap, coffee, gourmet sandwiches, and pizza. Stop by from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. any day of the week for a yappy hour with discounts on beer, wine, and cocktails. Every Tuesday night at the Tin Shed Garden Cafe is Doggie Love Night. You’ll receive one free meal from the dog menu with every human menu item purchased. Your pup can choose chicken, beef, or pork mixed with rice or sweet potatoes and polish off his meal with a scoop peanut butter-banana ice cream. Enjoy a cup at Java Hound Coffee Bar, located inside The Hip Hound, a boutique pet store in Portland. They serve free goat milk puppuccinos for dogs and espresso drinks, smoothies, and pastries for humans. The coffee house also hosts a monthly yappy hour on the third Thursday of each month with wine, beer, and treats for dogs. White Owl Social Club is a restaurant/bar that has a special dedicated canine entrance for pups. Plan on visiting on a Wednesday during yappy hour for drink specials for dog owners, treats for pups, and free licks from rescue dogs available for adoption.
Get a taste of the mobile food scene on a pet-friendly Portland Food Cart Tour led by Brett Burmeister, owner and managing editor of Food Carts Portland. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans on this taste adventure, which begins at one of the downtown pods and may include other pods throughout the city. Guests of the tour will receive small bites from four very different carts, as well as an education on the history of food carts in Portland and a discussion of the in-depth workings of the pods. If your pup needs to get in some off-leash playtime, head to Sellwood Riverfront Park. The park features a 1.5-acre off-leash area that is a great place for dogs to play. Don’t forget to bring poop bags and water! Pack a picnic and make the short drive out to Gaston for a dog-friendly wine tasting at Plum Hill Vineyard. Utilize the winery’s fenced dog run or bring your dog to join you on the patio, which features views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams. Water, treats, and waste bags are provided. Your pup will also love barking at the ducks at Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, where leashed dogs are welcome.
If your pup needs some new hipster duds while visiting Portlandia, head to The Hip Hound. This pet supply boutique sells stylish clothing and collars in addition to holistic pet food and treats, quality toys, and custom beds. The store also hosts a yappy hour on the third Thursday of each month with wine or champagne tastings plus human and dog treats. Mud Bay Glisan, established in 1988, specializes in natural cat and dog foods. Stop in to choose from hundreds of raw frozen, dehydrated, freeze-dried, canned, and kibble foods for dogs. Another top-notch option for pet supplies is Personal Beast, located in the Montavilla neighborhood.
Does your pup need a good scrubbing? If so, book an appointment with a stylist at Coats & Tails or The Muttley Crew. And when you can’t take Fido to a show at The Aladdin Theatre or Holocene, check them into the Sniff Dog Hotel. This modern, boutique dog hotel combines home-like amenities in a contemporary space. The staff provides 24/7 care and plenty of love with their daycare, overnight boarding, and grooming services. VCA Woodstock Animal Hospital and Blue Door Veterinary Services are trusted if you need to seek medical care for your pup.
Travel destination descriptions are provided by BringFido.