A Dog Lover's Guide to Astoria and WarrentonCan’t imagine taking a vacation without your precious pup? You’re in luck. Astoria and Warrenton, Oregon are dog-friendly destinations. Some of our top attractions, restaurants, state parks and hotels allow you to take your furry best friend along for the adventure; all you have to do is pick up after your pooch and bring a sturdy leash. Read on for our top picks.
- Dine and Drink
If fresh fish is on your menu, you can stand in line for beer-battered Albacore tuna and golden steak fries at Bowpicker Fish & Chips with your pooch. Hours vary based on weather and the daily supply of fresh fish. Find updates on Twitter or Facebook. Leashed pets are allowed at these restaurants when weather permits. Call businesses ahead of time to ensure outdoor seating is open.
- Dabble around Downtown
Astoria Vintage Hardware is one of many shops that almost always has a water bowl for dogs outside if you’re passing by or want to take a peek inside at the shop’s eclectic mix of vintage goods. For 22 weeks from May to October, Astoria’s Sunday Market is another great place to stop by with your pooch and browse the selection of fresh cut flowers, handmade crafts and more.
- Explore the Outdoors
Take your pup to Fort Stevens State Park for more hiking, wildlife-watching and beachcombing. Enjoy historical displays ranging from the Civil War to WWII and explore the rare gun batteries. No matter the activity, your dog is welcome along for the ride. If you decide to stay the night, Fort Stevens offers pet-friendly yurts and cabins, but be sure to book in advance as they fill up quick.
- Walk and Wag Along the Waterfront
If you’re interested in exploring the coastline, Warrenton’s waterfront is the perfect place to take your pooch. Make your way from the waterfront trails to Carruthers Off-Leash Dog Park to wear your pup out for the afternoon. If you find yourself closer to Astoria than Warrenton, take your dog along the famous Astoria Riverwalk, providing a lively, non-motorized tour of the city’s waterfront. You’ll find various sights and gems along the way, including museums, restaurants, breweries, interpretive kiosks and the “Old 300” Astoria Riverfront Trolley.
- Kick Back at Fido-Friendly Lodging
With more than a dozen properties in Astoria and Warrenton ready to welcome your pets, you can have easy access to all the activities on your agenda. For the outdoor adventurer, all of Warrenton’s campgrounds are pet-friendly and many offer cabins for year-round comfort. The award-winning KOA has RV, tent and cabin accommodations and guests have access to a variety of amenities including Wi-Fi, the Kamping Kitchen, a swimming pool and various family-friendly activities.
If you prefer more traditional lodging, you can pamper yourself (and your pooch) at the luxurious Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, make yourself at home at the trendy Commodore Hotel or book a room at one of your favorite properties, as most hotels in the area have pet-friendly options.
- Visit Historic Sites
If you consider yourself a history buff and didn’t get your fill at the forts, there are plenty of other important sights to explore. Visit the remains of the Peter Iredale shipwreck in Warrenton, a sailing vessel that crashed onto the Oregon Coast in 1906, leaving behind an impressive iron skeleton. The Astoria Column is another must-see, not only for its historical significance, but also for its sweeping views of the surrounding area. You’ll be able to admire the scenery and your pup will appreciate the fresh air. As you wander the hillsides admiring the Victorian era architecture, drop by the site of Fort Astoria on 15th and Exchange Street where the city was first settled in 1811.