Portland, Oregon, has a reputation for being pet-friendly. In this vibrant city, you can sip coffee at a downtown café in the morning with your dog at your feet, then head to the beaches, mountain, or desert to explore the natural beauty of the area, before returning to your homebase to relax for the evening. Dog lovers bring their best friends with them on these adventures as many local businesses, including hotels, restaurants, and local attractions, actively invite well-mannered dogs to join their human owners.
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Many hotels in the Portland area are pet friendly, but three make an extra effort to welcome your furry, four-legged friend during your stay: McMenamens Crystal Hotel, The Westin, and The Heathman Hotel. All of these hotels are conveniently located in the heart of downtown Portland.
McMenamins Crystal Hotel, located at 303 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, has 51 comfortable guestrooms. Each room is inspired by a song or performance during the Crystal Ballroom’s past 100 years of operations. A favorite of guests is the saltwater soaking pool located in the subterranean area of the facility. There are no televisions in any of the rooms but Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility. Dogs are invited to join their owners in relaxing at this unique hotel. The staff openly welcome your dog with friendly scratches, treats, and necessary amenities.
Rates start at 135 USD for a queen room with a common bathroom or 195 USD for a king suite.
The Westin features amazing comfort with their signature Heavenly Beds and Bathrooms in this convenient downtown Portland location. The downtown Portland location includes 205 guest rooms and 17 “Portland” suites. Well mannered dogs are welcomed and treated to the same comfortable amenities as their owners, including comfortable beds, dog bowls, and treats.
Rates start at 226 USD for a traditional room. Suites start at 469 USD.
The Heathman Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Portland near the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, is a luxurious hotel designed for comfort. The hotel offers 150 pet-friendly rooms with comfortable beds, windows that open, marble features, and plenty of amenities including a large borrowing library, comfortable sitting areas, and a bar/restaurant onsite. A bulldog statue with a bronze water bowl welcomes dogs to their luxurious lodgings as well.
Rates start at 339 USD for a petite deluxe room.
Great eats with your dog
The Tin Shed, located at 1438 NE Alberta Street in northeast Portland, is a favorite among locals for breakfast. They are well known for their melt-in-your-mouth biscuits and large portions. They are not only dog friendly, they obviously love dogs! They even have biscuits for your dog.
Ex Novo Brewing, located at 2326 N Flint Avenue in northeast Portland, is another dog friendly restaurant. Known for their great beer selections and delectable grilled cheese sandwiches, they also cater to your dog. There is plentiful room for your dog to sit or lay at your feet during your meal. Dogs are even invited to dine with their owners with a special menu.
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, located at 1945 NW Quimby St in northwest Portland, features great pizza, salads, and beers. Their outdoor seating is designed with dog-owners in mind, providing ample space for your dog to relax at your feet while enjoying a meal.
Cartopia, located at 1200 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in southeast Portland, is one of two popular food cart centers catering to dogs and their owners. PBJs Grilled has delicious sandwiches with almond butter and bacon. The nicely shaded area provides great dog-friendly seating.
Cartlandia, located at 8145 SE 82nd Avenue in southeast Portland, is the other food cart center that welcomes your well-mannered dog to join you for your meal.
Ruby Jewel Scoops, located at 3713 N Mississippi Ave in north Portland, is a dog-friendly place for ice cream to finish off your day of adventure. They even have “dog” size portions for your furry friend.
Portland area activities welcoming your dog
Mt. Tabor Park, located at SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street is nearly 200 acres (81 hectares), including a 4-acre (1.62 hectares) off-leash area for dogs. The off-leash area is not entirely fenced, so owners need to monitor their dogs. Fresh water is available at the park, but bring your own supply of poop bags to clean up after your dog.
Sellwood Riverfront Park features a 1.5-acre (0.61 hectares) off-leash area. Located at SE Spokane and Oaks Parkway, this park is a great place for dogs to play with other furry friends; there is always someone else there. Bring poop bags and water, as neither is available on site.
Chimney Park is a 16.76-acre (6.8 hectares) park located at 9360 N Columbia Boulevard, which includes a completely fenced off-leash dog park with a walking path. Humans can get their workout while their dogs romp with others in this nicely landscaped park.
Powell Butte Trail, 3900 block of SE 162nd Avenue, is an easy four mile (6.4 km) hike that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with your furry friend. Note that dogs must be on a leash on the path, as much of the area is open meadowland where bikes, horses, and people frequent. Bring water for both you and your dog as there are no facilities on site. Also bring bags to clean up after your pet.
The Portland International Rose Test Garden is pet friendly! The grounds are beautiful anytime of year, but most fragrant in June. Relax, enjoy the smells and beauty of nature and the colorful display of roses in a calm setting. Leashed dogs are welcome to roam the grounds with you.
The Portland Saturday Market, located along the waterfront near Burnside Street, is a great outdoor market with everything from crafts to food to soaps and clothing. Well mannered dogs are welcome to join their owners in strolling the many booths for unique Portland finds. The market is open every weekend, March through December.
Portland is known for its variety of excellent food cart options. Now you can partake in an organized tour of the carts in the area! Brett Burmeister is the owner and managing editor of Food Carts Portland. He knows all things food cart in Portland — history, stories, and food selections. The tour includes stops at several food carts to eat some of the best treats offered (four carts are included in the tour price). Tours occur daily, Monday through Friday, starting a noon and takes about 90 minutes depending on the size of the group. The tour starts in the downtown area at Washington Street and 10th Avenue. Groups may move through other areas of the city depending upon the interests of the group, as tours are designed for the patrons. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their human owners on the tasting adventure. To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org your name, phone number, and date you want to join a tour. The cost is 50 USD per person but free for kids under 12.
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Portland welcomes you and your dog
Your dog is welcome in Portland. Next time you vacation in the area, bring your furry companion along to join the fun and relaxation.
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