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Best of the West

Here are CityDog's picks for the best of the West as it pertains to all things dog—the top people, places and things that make life and living with your four legged friends in the West so fabulous.
Written by Brandie Ahlgren | Photo above by Julie Clegg
Best Year-round Getaway
Suncadia Resort
Set on the eastern slopes of the Cascades, alongside the sparkling waters of the Cle Elum River and surrounded by pristine pine forest, canine-friendly Suncadia offers the ultimate luxury mountain resort experience with a perfect combination of year-round outdoor recreation and luxurious accommodations and amenities. From championship golf, fly fishing and miles of spectacular hiking and cycling trails in the summer to spa treatments, shopping, and fine dining year-round, Suncadia is a place for friends and family to enjoy, two- and four-legged alike. During winter, take advantage of Suncadia’s ice skating rink plus snow shoeing, cross courntry skiing and snow mobile tours. Afterward, warm yourself by the fire pit while sipping hot chocolate or making s’mores to round out your winter memories. suncadiaresort.com

Best Place to Sleep in a Teepee
Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn
Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast and Barn is perfectly located within Washington’s finest wine producing region, the Yakima Valley. The bed and breakfast boasts a swimming pool, horseback riding, close proximity to several highly rated wineries, three luxury (and pooch-friendly) teepees and a superb breakfast provided daily by owner and trail boss, Pepper Fewel. cherrywoodbbandb.com

Best Doggone Wines
Sleeping Dog Wines, Yakima Valley, Wash. sleepingdogwines.com
Owen Roe’s O’Reilly’s Pinot Noir 2009, Willamette Valley, Oregon. owenroe.com
Dunham Cellars’ Three Legged Red, Walla Walla, Wash. dunhamcellars.com
Mutt Lynch Winery, Healdsburg, Calif. muttlynchwinery.com

Best Book Ever
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Seattle author Garth Stein
The Art of Racing in the Rain is an unforgettable story told from the point-of-view of Enzo, a Lab terrier mix, who knows that he’s different from other dogs. Read full review here.

Best Hardware Store
City Hardware
City Hardware, located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is locally owned and operated, environmentally conscious and best of all, pooch friendly! This neighborhood hardware store is packed with more than 65,000 quality items. Swing by with your four-legged pal and Bear will give you a warm welcome. (901 Harrison Street, Seattle, Wash., 206.262.9440)

Best Wine & Dine Getaway
Cave B at Sagecliffe
Cave B at Sagecliffe, the Pacific Northwest’s only fully-integrated, premium winery and luxury resort, is well-worth the two-hour drive from Seattle. The Inn and Cliffhouses, perched 900 feet above the Columbia River, boast breathtaking views and luxurious accommodations, and warmly welcome guests of the four-legged variety. Tendrils Restaurant offers spectacular food, as well as the extensive Cave B wine list, and the 700 acres of land offers plenty of room to roam. There’s even a full-service spa and swimming pool if you are so inclined. cavebinn.com

Best Recipe
Dog Meatballs
Volunteer Park Café is a dog friendly hotspot for great food and good conversation in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Check out their recipe for dog meatballs for a simple and hearty recipe to spice up your pup’s next meal.

1 pound ground beef
2 eggs
1 carrot, peeled and finely grated
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Form into small balls. In small batches, pan fry over medium heat. Cool. Serve over dry food.

Best Family Vacation
Sunriver Resort
Located near the breathtaking Cascade Mountain range, just 15 miles south of Bend, Sunriver Resort offers a unique Oregon vacation experience for all ages, with 35 miles of pathways for pedestrians and bicyclers, two swimming pools, 26 tennis courts, an amphitheater, two parks, four golf courses, a spa, an airport, a marina and horse stables—plus, there’s the Village at Sunriver featuring a variety of restaurants, retail shops and the Sunriver Country Store. For kids, Sunriver has created the perfect place, aptly called Fort Funnigan, with all sorts of fun things for kids including arts and crafts, outdoor adventures, or “monkeying around” on the indoor bouldering wall. Kids have the run of the place—literally—with a 2,000 square foot indoor play area and another 3,400 square feet outside in the fenced play yard. sunriver-resort.com

Best Dog-friendly Hikes
Seattle, Cougar Mountain: Close to Seattle and with over 35 miles of trails, Cougar Mountain is an idyllic location to enjoy day hikes with your dog. There are four main trailheads, Anti-aircraft Peak, Red Town, Sky Country and Wilderness Creek, giving access to the park from all sides. Trails feature forest, waterfalls and spectacular views.

Portland, Tryon Creek State Park: This is a quick getaway at the edge of the city with gorgeous forest trails to traverse. Keep in mind that this is a relatively popular hiking destination and as such, dogs must be kept on-leash. Howard Buford County Recreation Area (Mount Pisgah): Located just outside of Eugene and boasting exquisite views of the valley, Howard Buford offers a range of trails, from short scenic hikes to all day outings.

San Francisco, Alpine Lake Trail: This gorgeous loop-hike runs along the shoreline of Alpine Lake, through redwoods to a spectacular view. Roy’s Redwoods Trail: This hike passes through pleasant meadows, into giant redwood forests, and back out again. Ablaze with wildflowers in the spring, this scenic stroll is sure to please you and your dog’s sense of adventure.  

Best Multi-specialty Vet Facility
Seattle Veterinary Specialists
Seattle Veterinary Specialists (SVS) is a state-of-the-art multi-specialty and 24-hour emergency/critical care facility in Kirkland, Wash. SVS focuses on collaborative medicine where teams of experts work together under one roof to combine their medical expertise, skills and experience to provide the best treatment for their patients including internal medicine, surgery, neurology, radiology and cardiology plus emergency and critical care. They also have a fully-equipped transport ambulance. (11814 115th Ave NE, Kirkland, Wash., 425.823.9111) svsvet.com

Portland's DoveLewis 24-Hour Hospital, 1945 NW Pettygrove, Portland, Ore. 503.228.7281 dovelewis.org

Best Spa Getaway
Salish Lodge & Spa
Located just 30 miles from Seattle, the Salish Lodge is a destination in itself. Perched above the spectacular, 268 feet high Snoqualmie Falls, the 66,000 square-foot lodge features 89 guest rooms, nine meeting spaces, two restaurants and a full-service spa. The renowned Salish Spa features a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna and therapeutic soaking pools—and the menu of treatments is seemingly endless: there are several different massages to choose from including the Salish Signature Heated River Rock Massage, a variety of facials, and something called the “Earth Cocoon,” which is apparently a “soothing purification treatment where warm, mineral-rich mud is applied from neck to toe and the body is gently wrapped for detoxification and nutrient absorption.” Sounds marvelous! salishlodge.com

Best Place for a Cupcake
Cupcake Royale
Founder, Jody Hall opened her very first cupcake shop six years ago in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. She now owns three others throughout Seattle with a fifth soon to open in Bellevue. With over a dozen varieties of cupcakes on the menu, it’s tough to choose, but one can never go wrong with Classic Vanilla with Chocolate frosting. Pair that with a Verite Coffee latte and relax in the comfy Adirondack chairs just outside with your pup. (1101 34th Avenue, Seattle, 206.883.7656) cupcakeroyale.com

Best Charitable Cause
Founded by 11-year-old Mimi Ausland, Freekibble.com is a trivia web site where visitors can answer a daily multiple-choice question, and correct or not, 10 pieces of kibble will be donated to a homeless dog. In only three short years freekibble.com and its sister-site freekibblekat.com have donated over 3.7 million meals to over 100 shelters, and are two of the top five most visited animal rescue sites in the world, boasting a whopping 100,000 combined daily visits from visitors in 137 countries. The trivia questions range from super easy to super fascinating, but whether you guess right or wrong, 10 pieces of kibble finding their way into the belly of a hungry shelter pet, and there’s nothing trivial about that!

Best Spot to Grab a Beer and a Burger
Norm’s Eatery & Alehouse
This pretty much sums up their dog policy at Norm’s (as posted on their Facebook page): “If you are not a fan of dogs, then we suggest you go elsewhere.” But, it’s not just the dog-friendliness that draws folks to this Fremont neighborhood pub. It’s their awesome burgers and beers that keep ‘em coming. (460 N 36th Street, Seattle, 206.547.1417)

Best Breakfast Joint
Tin Shed Garden Cafe
The coffee is organic, shade-grown and blended to their specifications in Portland. Their dairy products are packed locally using no growth-hormones, the salmon is wild...you get the picture. And, to top it all off, dogs will find the Tin Shed’s dog menu divine with items like Kibbles-n-Bits (rice and free-range beef, $5.50), Ham-Barker Helper (rice and garden burger, $5) and Paw Lickin’ Good (rice and free-range chicken, $5.50). For humans, there is a plethora of items, but the one one that caught our eye is the Benni  Hill (poached eggs and black forest ham over toasted english muffins, topped with house-made hollandaise sauce, $9.75). All of you will enjoy the enclosed patio with heaters where dogs are welcome. tinshedgardencafe.com

Best New Graffiti
After breakfast, be sure to check out some dog-inspired graffiti, located in the same neighborhood as the Tin Shed Garden Cafe. It’s sure to make tail wags!

Best Roadside Attraction
Dog Bark Park Inn
Spend a comfy night in a fully-furnished, air conditioned dog-themed bedroom in the world’s largest beagle, Sweet Willy, while his smaller companion, Toby, stands guard nearby. It’s a nostalgic return to the days of whimsical roadside architecture seen while touring rural highways. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Dog Bark Park Inn is set on three grassy acres alongside Highway 95. Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin, who designed and built Sweet Willy and Toby, have operated the park for 10 years, a “truly mom and pop operation” they note with pride. dogbarkparkinn.com

Best Bed & Breakfast
Augusta House
Augusta House, located in Eugene, Oregon, is a luxurious bed and breakfast surrounded by the beauty of the Willamette Valley. Not your typical B&B (say goodbye to flowers and lace), this modern, dog-friendly oasis is a surprise gem. With high-class charm, Augusta House is a “suite” bed and breakfast experience for both two- and four-legged travel hounds alike. augustahouse.net

Best Off-leash Area
Double Bluff Beach
It’s tough to beat Whidbey Island’s Double Bluff Beach when it comes to designated off-leash areas. Situated along the base of steep Double Bluff, the Double Bluff Beach Off-Leash Area is a two-mile-long stretch of salt water beach on Useless Bay. At the base of the bluffs, enormous tangles of driftwood make great doggy jungle gyms. When the tide is out, the beach is hundreds of feet wide but even at high tide, the beach is wide enough for dogs to run themselves into blissful exhaustion. fetchparks.org

The Edmonds off-leash dog park, just south of Marina Beach, is worth mentioning too. Let your dog roam free to beach comb or go for a swim in the Sound while you admire the gorgeous waterfront view. olae.org

Best Ski Resort
Sun Peaks Resort
Yes, Whistler is awesome and totally dog friendly, but just north of Kamloops in British Columbia’s interior, is plenty of powder snow and ample sunshine, with less crowds. With over 120 trails on three mountains, Sun Peaks Resort boasts having the third largest skiable terrain in all of Canada and Fido is welcome on cross-country ski trails. The Nordic Center’s long and scenic McGillivray Lake Trail is open to dogs. Pet-friendly accommodations include the Delta Sun Peaks Resort (deltahotels.com) in the main village center. sunpeaksresort.com

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Photo credits: Suncadia Resort, J. Nichole Smith; Cherry Wood BB&B, Jim Henkens; City Hardware, Jamie Pflughoeft; Sunriver Resort, J. Nichole Smith; SVS, Julie Clegg; Salish Lodge, J. Nichole Smith; Cupcake Royale, Julie Clegg; Freekibble.com, J. Nichole Smith; Tin Shed and Graffiti, Jennifer Jansons.
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