Portland has been voted the most dog-friendly city in America by DogTown USA multiple times, and it’s no wonder. Many parks, hotels, coffee shops, and even some stores are happy to welcome your four-legged friend, and a lot of Portland businesses have canine mascots. Portland even hosts Dog Bakeries – that’s right, restaurants and bakeries cooking up treats for your dog – there are more than 37 Dog Bakeries in the Portland-metro area! Here are some of the best dog- friendly places in Portland, whether you’re visiting or already live in the best metropolitan doghouse around.
While dogs must remain on-leash, they are more than welcome on this dog-loving campus, including the college’s pristine nature reserve, the Reed Canyon. This 28-acre watershed in the heart of the campus includes the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek, a tributary of the Johnson Creek Watershed, and Reed Lake, which has been deemed the oldest naturally occurring lake in Portland.
One of the most pet-friendly hotels ever. There's no additional charge for pets, there are no size, weight, or breed restrictions, no limit on the number of pets allowed, and you don’t have to pay a deposit. They have a pet ambassador, Timmy the yellow lab, who can be found lounging in his over-stuffed dog bed in the lobby or wagging his tail happily as he welcomes your pet during check-in.
This local brewery is famous for bringing together dog lovers and their pooches – having the dogs running around in the summer while drinking fantastic beer has to be experienced to be believed.
Forest Park, all 5,000 acres of wooded and trail-laden bliss, is one giant dog paradise. Stretching for more than 8 miles on hillsides overlooking the Willamette River, it is one of the country’s largest urban forest reserves, where more than 112 bird species and 62 mammal species frequent the park’s wide variety of trees and shade-loving plants.
Laurelhurst Park is a large shared park in SE Portland, and one of the more popular ones on the east side. Laurelhurst is the place to see and be seen with your pooch – everyone from skinny-jeaned hipsters to lace-wearing grandmas happily bring their dogs out to frolic, play Frisbee, and socialize with other neighborhood pups.
Dogs are allowed both indoors and out, and there are dog-specific menu items. On the spot’s (often long) sign up sheet, you have to account for how many canines are in your party when you put your name on the waiting list.
The perfect Portland breakfast/lunch cafe with pleasant, dog-friendly outdoor patio. Somehow Detour manages to avoid the crazy-making lines typical of other brunch spots in Portland.
Cooper's outside patio gets a ton of sun at just the right times, and they are very dog friendly. If you order anything they’ll give your dog a free biscuit. The walls are plastered with pictures of adorable neighborhood dogs, so its an ideal place to walk your dog in the morning.
Super dog friendly and hip. All of the rooms, regardless of price, feature artsy decor with a funky edge, not to mention flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and high-quality bedding. In the larger and more expensive rooms, a clawfoot tub and a turntable for playing vinyl records often figure among the added perks.