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Mount Rainier with a small dog: Fun despite stringent National Park Service limitations

The sad fact is that national parks are, typically, not dog-friendly (national forests and state parks are a much better bet). Mount Rainier, the biggest landmark of all in the Puget Sound area, is a good example: You can bring a dog to Mount Rainier, but she must be on a 6-ft. leash and she cannot go on any trails, into any “wilderness or off-trail areas,” into any buildings, or onto snow. Looking at it from the other direction, she  … Read more

Snapshot Saturday: Nico at Snoqualmie Falls

Yep, I missed Friday again — but Saturday is just as good, and this photo makes me happy. Reader Lenox contacted me because she and her husband were planning to travel from Colorado to Seattle, via Southwest, with Nico, their Rat Terrier. Nico’s just about exactly Chloe’s size (she’s about 12″ tall at the shoulders, and about 13.5″ long; she weighs 10 lbs., though, so she’s slimmer than Chloe) — but Southwest told Lenox she’d be too tall to travel  … Read more

Photo Friday: Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park

A couple of weeks ago, my dear friend Rosy visited Seattle and once again, I took her on a jaunt (last time she was here, I forced her to review a couple of Seattle food trucks for another post). This time, we went to the new-ish sculpture park on Seattle’s waterfront. I’d heard that it was lovely and dog-friendly, and now I can tell you from personal experience that it’s lovely! And dog-friendly! (We met, over the course of an  … Read more

Reader’s report: Dog-friendly Sheraton Hotel in Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, to the east of Seattle, across Lake Washington, is starting to steal a little of Seattle’s thunder. If nothing else, the parking is better on the east side of the lake, and the new-ish Bravern mall is the closest the Puget Sound area gets to glam. And being on the east side, it’s close to Microsoft and Google, and a host of smaller companies. I was happy, therefore, to get a report from reader Jennifer about her recent 4-day stay  … Read more

Photo Friday: Chloe at Seattle’s Seward Park

Seward Park is a 300-acre thumb of land that pokes into Lake Washington just east of “mainland” Seattle and just north of Renton. It’s a wonderful playground, featuring a 2.4 mile biking and walking path around its edge and a web of forest trails — and when I say forest, I mean serious trees:

That’s what the interior of the park looks like. The path around the perimeter of the park has a whole different vibe — here’s a  … Read more

A dog-friendly Seattle coffee house: C&P Coffee Company

I made plans with a friend last week for coffee, and she invited me to come to her neighborhood — West Seattle, where the city’s founders first landed (they moved across Elliott Bay, to deeper anchorage, after only a few months). It’s not quite an island, but it feels like one. It’s a great place, and I was happy to agree, particularly since I’d long wanted to check out the C&P Coffee Company, a reportedly dog-friendly coffee house located in  … Read more

Interlaken Park: A dog-friendly forest in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood

How embarrassing! I’ve lived on Capitol Hill in Seattle for five years now, and only this past weekend discovered the trailhead for Interlaken Park, a 51-acre chunk of forest in the middle of a very urban neighborhood. Normally when Chloe and I reach the five-way intersection at Galer and 19th Avenue E., we head east to walk past the beautiful homes between 19th and 23rd. Last Friday, though, we turned north instead, and found a bit of dog heaven. The  … Read more

Seattle farmers markets: Some are dog-friendly, others aren’t

Photo by the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

I thought I’d get this post in before the end (sob!) of the farmers market season. Seattle has farmers markets in various neighborhoods every day of the week. Seven of the most popular markets are organized into the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance: Capitol Hill (Broadway), Columbia City, University District, West Seattle, Magnolia, Phinney Ridge and Lake City. Some markets allow dogs to join their owners, and some don’t. The Alliance not only  … Read more

Two more Seattle street trucks: Bring your dog!

Just over  week ago, I wrote a guest post for my friend Helen Fazio’s blog (Travels with My Dog) reviewing many of Seattle’s food trucks — they’re fun to track down, the food at each has been delicious, and they’re a great choice for people with dogs. As I mentioned in the post, though, I missed two trucks: Where Ya At, offering “Creole soul food” (including po boys, muffalettas, and beignets) and Street Treats, offering a variety of desserts (including  … Read more

Visiting Seattle with a dog? Eat at a food truck!

At the Maximus/Minimus truck

“Portland and Seattle are often mentioned in the same breath, and there are a lot of similarities between the two cities, but one place where they differ — greatly — is in their attitude towards street food. Portland has lots of food trucks, typically gathered together in groups on city lots, and they’re a wonderful source of delicious, quick meals. Seattle, by contrast, has moved slowly to accommodate food trucks, and the ones that exist are  … Read more