Seattle is well known for being a city that extends a hearty welcome to all dog-kind. Residents joke that there are more dogs than children in the city; this is statically proven to be true, and it is not even close. With such an extensive population of pooches, it is not surprising that Seattle offers many amenities for visitors traveling with canine companions.
Quite a few hotels in Seattle permit guests to stay with their dogs. However, some go above and beyond basic canine courtesy, going as far as to consider the comfort of their four legged clients at least as important as the guests whose names are on the credit cards. A few particularly dog friendly hotels include the Executive Hotel Pacific, which charges no fee for dogs under thirty pounds and graciously puts no limit on the number of dogs allowed in each room. Another good option is Chambered Nautilus Bed & Breakfast, which permits a dog of any size for a fifteen dollar fee. Dogs are gifted with a special pampering basket which includes poop bags, a cloth for dirty paws, and doggy treats. A final suggestion for travelers with dog in tow is Alexis Seattle. This hotel has no limits on the size and number of dogs in a room and charges no pet fee. Rooms come equipped with plush pooch beds, water bowls, and dog treats.
Restaurants and Bars
Though city codes do not necessarily allow for it, many Seattle bars and restaurants are more than happy to fudge the rules a bit and welcome diners to enjoy a meal with their dog at their feet, or even on the seat next to them. One place well known for being a haven for dog owners is Norm's Eatery & Ale House. Dogs are welcome both outside and inside this establishment. Another restaurant allowing dogs to accompany their owners to the inside bar is Summit Public House.
Seattle is bursting with gorgeous parks, and the weather does not keep people inside. While dogs will enjoy almost any park on leash, multiple dog parks allow man’s best friend to run free. Magnuson Dog Park is the most celebrated, offering more than nice acres of off leash enjoyment, including beach front land for refreshing dips. Blue Dog Pond is an enclosed grassy area that can get quite muddy; lots of fun for the dogs, though perhaps the owners show less enthusiasm. Another option is Dr. Jose Rizal, which includes an expansive fenced in area for dogs to play. This park also offers spectacular views.
Fun Activities for Dogs
Seattle is famous for its outdoor recreation options; everything from kayaking to snow skiing is available in close proximity to downtown. Dogs love to hike the countless trails crisscrossing the city’s parks and more adventuresome canines enjoy backpacking in the nearby mountains. Dogs can cross to local islands on the ferry system and traverse the city by bus. The many beaches allow for hours of delightful exploration. For the more cosmopolitan canine, most shopping malls are dog friendly too.
Anyone who longs to travel with a canine companion should consider Seattle when deciding on a vacation destination. Numerous dog friendly hotels, restaurants and recreation and relaxation opportunities make Seattle a city that will please the pickiest of pooches. Odds are their owners will not be disappointed either!