While many of us would love to take the dog along on our next family vacation, the fact of the matter is that having a canine companion often precludes some of the more luxurious, adventurous, and escapist aspects of travel. That's why I continue to scour the globe for the places that understand and integrate puppy love into the vacation experience.
This time I've found a real gem in Port Townsend, Washington.
After reaching its economic climax in the Victorian era, Port Townsend settled, for a time, into a sleepy existence under the historic shadow of the decommissioned Fort Worden, until finding a new, artistic life in the 1970's. Artists drawn to the untouched Victorian elegance of the seaside town made Port Townsend a lively community again. Preserved Victorian architecture and annual music festivals now make Port Townsend a destination for tourists of all species!
With an emphasis on the arts and the outdoors it should be no surprise that the people of Port Townsend are incredibly open to pets. Very few spaces are human-exclusive, and many not only allow, but encourage visitors to share their experiences with their pet. Here are a few highlights:
The winding trails, rolling hills, and overall awesome environment of the sprawling Fort Worden State Park are a real treat for any dog. With 434 acres and a new dog-friendly policy, this puppy playground is the doggie destination of a lifetime. And as an interesting aside, Fort Worden State Park was home for Richard Gere while he filmed "Officer and a Gentleman".
If you're looking for a more structured stroll, look no further than Port Townsend's famous sidewalk tours. The waterfront tour is a favorite of pet parents as it features a few pet-friendly pit stops when nature calls, as well as a treat and water break spots. Integrate your best friend into an informative activity with Port Townsend's historic sidewalk tours.
The Tides Inn is the only waterfront motel in all of Port Townsend and with it's beach-chic vibe, the Tides Inn makes a furtastic retreat for any pet and their parent. Rooms feature large tubs, stellar views, and a comfortable atmosphere that sets the purrfect tone for any vacation.
If you're looking for luxury, then the Clam Cannery is the dog-friendly place where you'll want to stay. On the water and attached to a scrumptious restaurant and restorative spa, this popular wedding venue will be sure to carry your Port Townsend vacation in style. And don't worry about any highfalutin hotel snobbery, the dog friendly feeling permeates throughout this true puppy palace.
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