Dog's Day Out in Portland, OR
Portland is one of four lucky cities to have an Ace Hotel (also in New York, Seattle and Palm Springs) and if you are a hipster with a dog, you will feel right at home. The hotel is located in a prime downtown Portland location -- Portland's famous Powell's Books is only a block away. Dogs are welcome at the Ace for no additional fee. If you have a pup who loves to run along while you bike, take advantage of the free bicycle usage from the front desk and explore the streets of Portland via bike. Don't forget to check out Portland's best coffee shop, Stumptown, located just off the lobby and also dog friendly.
Sausages, beer and dogs. What a great way to spend a day in Portland! Amnesia Brewing in North Portland has a super dog-friendly patio on the back with water bowls under all the tables for thirsty pooches. People come to Amnesia's back patio knowing that it is dog-friendly, so don't be shy about bringing your dog. If they're lucky, they may get slipped some over-cooked sausages from the grill! On the menu for people -- a great variety of beers from their own brewery and sausages cooked to perfection -- Amnesia is probably best enjoyed during the summer when the sun is shining.
Yet another delicious Portland dining option with a dog-friendly outdoor patio! The Cha! Cha! Cha!' s location in Northeast Portland's Fremont neighborhood is perfect if you don't want to sacrifice a good meal while out and about with your pup. When the weather is nice (which is often in Portland!), they pull out tables to the front sidewalk -- your puppy can snooze under the table while you enjoy some Mexican food and samples from their extensive tequila menu. This is also a great place to visit if you're looking for quality food quickly -- they are known to whip up your meal in short order!
Chimney Park is the former location of Portland's city incinerator and now is home to a popular off-leash area for local dog owners. The area designated for dogs is an enclosed five-acres of mostly grass and trees, with some play areas of mulch. Owners love that there are shaded spots to escape the hot Portland sun while throwing the ball for their dogs. Chimney Park's off-leash area is completely fenced in, so it's ideal for dogs that are learning or need boundaries. Don't forget to bring your own water to this park -- there are usually bowls scattered about the park that people have left behind for sharing, but no water source. Dog waste bags are provided.
Dogs love flowers too! Well, we're not positive about that, but the International Rose Test Garden is sure a gorgeous place to take your pup for a stroll. The award winning garden has over 8000 rose bushes featuring over 600 varieties of roses and they are a dog-friendly park! They do ask that you keep dogs on leashes so that they don't go romping through the roses, but well-behaved four-legged friends are welcome to come sniff the roses too. If you have guests visiting Portland, visiting the International Rose Test Garden is an absolute must.