The incredible popularity of Airbnb, and vacation rentals in general, is making it easy for families to travel and stay together in some pretty incredible places.
Increasingly, travelers are also opting to bring their fur kids along for the ride.
The central Oregon Coast has some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the world: miles of leash-free sandy beaches, waterfalls, rivers and lakes, and spectacular spots to hike.
Oregon is generally very dog-friendly, and this is also true on the coast. Here are some of our top recommended spots for adventures with your pups:
The Lagoon at South Beach State Park
At high tides, a lagoon forms on the road into South Beach State Park. It is a perfect, sheltered spot for your dogs to take a swim and play in the water.
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area
This incredible spot just south of Yachats has 26 miles of trails, most one to three miles long, that wind through old-growth forests and streams and end at the ocean. The visitor’s center, east of 101, is a great place to start and pick up a hiking guide. Dogs are allowed on-leash; don’t forget to bring bags to clean up after them.
Fat Tire Bikes
Do you have a pup who needs to burn off some energy? A fun and unique way for you both to get some exercise is to rent a fat-tire bike to ride on the beach. Rent a bike at Bike Newport and head down to the turnaround at Nye Beach where you can ride your bike onto the sand. Head north towards the Yaquina Head Lighthouse for a fun beach ride.
After working up an appetite with a fat tire bike ride, grab a bite to eat at one of the dog-friendly Newport eateries. Nana’s Irish Pub, The Taphouse and Cafe Mundo are in the heart of Nye Beach. Rogue Ales, The Coffee House and Gino’s Ocean Bleu are on the Bayfront.
Big Creek Park
This spot is a favored by locals for a hike and a barbecue. Hiking trails take you through the 96-acre Forest Park with old-growth Sitka spruce, alongside a creek, and out to the ocean.
South Beach State Park
Along with miles of hiking and equestrian trails, sandy beaches and the aforementioned high-tide lagoon, South Beach State Park has just opened a new outdoor ampitheatre with ranger presentations that are open to the public. Bikes and kayaks are also available to rent during the summer.
Newport Bayfront and Sea Lions
The Newport bayfront is both a working bayfront and tourist attraction. There are a number of good restaurants, fun boutiques and a colorful fishing fleet where you can buy live crab off the boats. One of our favorite things to do with our dogs is visit the sea lions. Watching the dog’s reactions to these giant, barking creatures is almost as much fun as watching the seals themselves.
Doggie Daycare/Pet Boarding
Many of the places you may want to visit on the Central Oregon Coast are not pet-friendly. Rather than crating your pup, consider doggie daycare. Moondoggies in Newport is reasonably priced, and the dogs all seem to have a blast there. Fun fact: Owner Jim was the trainer for Beethoven, the St. Bernard in the movie of the same name. They also offer grooming and boarding. Our pups love it here! I also recommend Moondoggies to people who are traveling with a cat, as many places do not allow cats due to guests who have severe cat allergies.
As with any boarding or day care facility, you will need updated vaccination records if this is your pup’s first time visiting, so have your vet email them to you before you head out of town.
Places to Stay
Of course, you will want a base of operations to stay while visiting the Central Oregon Coast, and we invite you to stay at one of our homes in the Newport area. They all feature incredible locations, beautiful decor and amazing views, and include fun features like a Secret Game Room, a Whale Watching Deck, 100″ screens with Hi-Rez projectors for movies or gaming, and spas. And they are all dog-friendly! You can see pictures and check availability here Dream Homes of Oregon
Coming Attraction: We have a new home coming soon in Waldport, just to the south of Newport. It has its own private beach, with plans for a private dock, on 4.5 acres! It is like being on your own private island, and will sleep up to 16 when complete. I will be writing about this property as we begin the renovation, and will share our progress with you.
I have barely scratched the surface on great places to go with your pups. Lakes, rivers, waterfalls – I will cover these on a later post.
Where are your favorite places to go with your pups on the Central Oregon Coast? We would love to hear from you!