Your pet will definitely put a sticker on his doggie bag that reads, “Portland or bust” because this spot is ideal for animals. The city has 20 off-leash dog parks—that’s right…twenty! You can also bring your dog to a number of local attractions, including the Hoyt Arboretum and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. On Saturday, you and your pet can attend the largest outdoor arts and crafts market in continuous operation in the United States, Portland Saturday Market. You’ll enjoy art from over 350 artisans, entertainment, and a variety of food choices—and your pet will love the treats, accessories, and toys at the many pet-related booths.
As for hotels, the options are endless. Days Inn, LaQuinta, Staybridge Suites, Sheraton, Marriott—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you visit in October, you may want to choose a spot near LuckyDog Labrador Brew Pub on Hawthorne Blvd., where Dogtoberfest takes place. Dove Lewis Emergency and ICU Hospital sponsor this event to benefit the Dove Lewis Blood Bank. For a minimum donation of $5 your pet will be washed and towel-dried while you kick back with a Dogtoberfest brew.