Traveling with Fido in the Tualatin Valley
Traveling with a four-legged companion can be a challenge, yet dog-friendly options abound throughout the Tualatin Valley.
Here in the Tualatin Valley, the city of Tigard is unofficially the destination’s most pet friendly, as it is home to nine hotels allowing pets. (Beaverton has eight and Hillsboro has six.) The Tualatin Valley’s pet-friendly lodging options range from budget to boutique hotels.
McMenamins Grand Lodge now allows pets in its newly-renovated rooms, and the Aloft – Hillsboro Beaverton offers special pet perks for your four-legged friends. The Orenco, a small, upscale boutique property in Hillsboro, offers a “Pampered Pet” package for small dogs, while the Peppertree Inn‘s “Bow Wow” package waives the pet fee and includes a new squeaky toy and a small package of doggie treats.
CAMPING AND OUTDOOR RECREATION
When it comes to the dog-friendly outdoors, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is tops. This full-service state park offers tent camping, RV sites and rustic cabins (including a pet-friendly cabin; will increase to two cabins in June 2015).
The park has more than 30 miles of multi-use trails that allow dogs:
- The 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail and 2.6-mile Hare’s Canyon Trail, both of which are relatively flat trails.
- The .6-mile “Skidder Row” loop, which takes hikers through 90-year-old Douglas fir trees and offers spectacular views of the Oregon Coast Range.
- The one-mile “Boomscooter Trail,” which starts at the Hilltop Day-use Area.
An off-leash area is available at the state park for dogs to run and play (dogs must be on leashes no longer than six-feet long on the trails and in the park outside of the off-leash areas). The off-leash area has a double gate, five-foot high fence and waste bags (and the views from the area are terrific to boot).
Tualatin Valley’s winemakers love their dogs, and many a friendly Fido can be found sniffing the terroir, welcoming visitors into the tasting room, and generally showing that a day touring the northern Willamette Valley’s wineries is a tail-wagging good time. Dogs are so ubiquitous at wineries, the book “Wine Dogs USA” celebrates those wineries who count happy pooches as a part of their crews.
Located in western Washington County, Plum Hill Vineyards has been recognized as being one of the most dog-friendly wineries in the U.S. Not only are dogs allowed in the tasting room, where they are served biscuits, a fenced-in park on the site allows canines to run and play. (Dogs are allowed at many wineries throughout the region; please call before visiting to ensure that dogs are allowed.)
Each summer, dozens of wineries in Oregon’s Washington County open their doors to wine lovers and their pooches during the Canines Uncorked wine-tasting event. This one-of-a-kind event invites wine lovers and their faithful four-legged friends to sample complimentary tastings at a dozen participating, dog-friendly wineries. Dogs are treated to special activities and dog-related items are available for sale at several wineries.
COMMUNITY DOG PARKS
The urban areas of the Tualatin Valley have numerous well-maintained dog parks (most open from dawn until dusk):
- Ash Avenue Dog Park
- Hazeldale Park
- Hondo Dog Park
- Portland Community College at Rock Creek
- Potso Dog Park
- Summerlake Park Dog Park
- Thatcher Park
- Winkelman Park
ADDITIONAL THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHILE TRAVELING WITH DOGS IN THE TUALATIN VALLEY*
- Dogs are not allowed at any of the Tualatin Valley’s nature parks or wildlife preserves and refuges.
- Dogs are not allowed at farmers markets; however, the Saturday Beaverton Farmers Market has a “doggy day care.”
- While dogs are not allowed in grocery stores or restaurants, coffeehouses and restaurants with outdoor patio seating may allow dogs.
*Service dogs, however, are allowed in most of these places.