About three hours south of Portland, Oregon, Bend’s Mount Bachelor attracts skiers from California and the Pacific Northwest. And pet parents should consider flocking to Central Oregon’s largest city, too.
Pet parents can stay at the Tetherow Lodges. This upscale hotel features sweeping views of trees and mountains and has a few pet-friendly rooms. Pet parents can book dog packages that include a dog bed, a dog bowl, locally brewed dog beer (yes, this is a thing) called Dawg Grog, and a chew toy. Furry guests and their parents searching for a more cosmopolitan experience can find it at downtown Bend’s The Oxford Hotel. This boutique hotel offers personal dog beds, two travel bowls—one is yours to keep—a map of dog-friendly trails and parks and samples of goodies like pet salve and dog treats.
When it’s time to hit the slopes, head to Wanoga Edison and Kapka Sno-Parks for dog-friendly cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Wanoga is often groomed for skate skiing and the 2.5-mile stretch of dirt road up to Tumalo Falls after the bridge (on Skyliners Road) is also left unplowed during winter months and dogs are welcome to join their owners on the trails.
Besides the extensive pet-friendly trails, Bend is also home to more than 40 dog-friendly restaurants. The Crux Fermentation Project brewery features a dog-friendly patio and is located near an off-leash dog park, so your dog can frolic after you’ve enjoyed brew pub fare ranging from bahn mi to a pretzel served with spicy beer cheese.
“It’s not uncommon to stroll past the city’s nicest dining spots and see dogs seated on the patio next to their owners,” says Tawna Fenske, communications and PR manager for Visit Bend. “The Bend Ale Trail has made Bend’s beer scene pretty famous, and dogs are welcome to join their owners on the patios of nearly all the city’s breweries.”