Friday, July 1, 2011

How to Be a Tourist with Your Dog Series: Seattle, Washington

We're always aware of limitations of having our big dogs, so we were extra excited to get this post from
 Darwin and her family. As an extra large dog, we're inspired how Darwin seamlessly navigates the city, accompanying her family around town and on endless hiking trips on the weekends. Plus, they live in beautiful Seattle, which given all their descriptions, we are completely convinced we want to visit. Here is Darwin and her family's description of what to do with dogs in Seattle.
If you've never been to Seattle before it's a great place to visit, especially with your furry friend! While we do have a reputation of being a grey rainy city (and it can be in the winter), we do have some of the most beautiful days in the spring and especially summer time.There are the usual tourist spots to visit like the Space Needle, Pikes Place Market and the waterfront.

And there are a fair number of dog friendly eateries, from restaurants that allow dogs on their decks (the Pink Door) to bars that actually allow dogs inside (Norm's, Jabu's, Beveridge Place Pub)!
{relaxing at Beveridge}
Seattle also has some great parks to take your dog to both off leash and non off leash. Marymoor Park (off leash), Westcrest (off leash with trails outside the off leash area), and Discovery Park (not off leash) are some of Darwin's favorites.
{bouncing through the grass at Discovery Park}
If you have a car, there are a ton of day (or overnight) trips you can take. In the spring we take our tulips and brewery day trip, in the summer and fall we do camping trips, and in between we go for hikes, some of which are just 30 minutes from Seattle.

Just recently we went on a weekend trip up to Orcas Island (an hour and a half drive north to Anancortes and a one hour ferry ride). We'll have a post up about it soon, but in just a few hours ride from busy downtown Seattle you can get away and totally slow down and enjoy island time.
We hiked around Mountain Lake at Moran State Park.

And hung out with chickens, horses and llamas.

It's hard to get into one post all the things there are to do in Seattle! If you like the outdoors there's plenty of things to see and do and the majority of them are dog friendly! Come check out our blog and you can see all the adventures we go on!
We love seeing the adventures of Darwin and her family, and you can read more about them here.
We've been so excited to read everyone's posts. And in case you missed them, you can also read about things to do with dogs in Kansas City, Nashville, Alaska, and Chicago. And you can read about roadtripping with 4 large dogs here. We do love hearing insider's tips, and if you would like to share your hometown, please click here for more information or contact us through our Facebook page.

18 comments:

Two Crazy Coaches said...

We love Darwin too! I love this idea of roadtripping! You're so smart! :)

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Darwin's such a pretty girl!

jen said...

What great pictures of Darwin! She is so beautiful!

Darwin said...

Darwin, Washington is so beautiful! I'd love to visit there in the future! You're so beautiful!

Tucker The Crestie said...

We love Darwin, and it seems we'd love Seattle. Modern Dog magazine's most current issue has a feature on dog friendly things to see and do in Seattle. Apparently even large dogs are allowed on some of the public buses.

brooke said...

Thanks for sharing our post!
We have the first half of our weekend in Orcas Island posted on our blog!

Laura and Hans said...

One of Wilbur's best friends is a Great Dane (Jack is one of the only dogs who can truly play tug of war with him). Darwin is such a pretty girl and I'm glad to hear her size doesn't cause any issues in their travels. We've found some motels have weight restrictions for dogs which makes no sense to me, any size dog can chew things or pee on furniture! Luckily Wilbur does none of these things. Seattle is one the city's I've always wanted to visit and it's nice to find that it's so dog friendly.

Benny and Lily said...

Awesome and quite dog friendly! Great pictures
Benny & Lily

houndstooth said...

Darwin is a girl after our hearts! I think she and our girls would get along famously. I love all the things that are available to do there. Going to Seattle is something we just have to do one day!

Mr. Pip said...

Gosh, these pictures are beautiful. Seattle is an AMAZING city. We have been lucky to visit several times and it is incredible. Darwin is lucky to live in such a beautiful place!

P.S.: We are going to have something for you in a few weeks - not about Chicago, you pitties have that covered!

Kari in WeHo said...

we love Seattle. We used to go there quite a bit when we lived in AK

Kari
http://dogisgodinreverse.com

waldobungie said...

Darwin is such a handsome dog! I just discovered their blog last week and am now officially obsessed! Next trip: Seattle!

Kristine said...

Seattle has long been on my list. So have many of the west coast American cities. Weird that I moved to the opposite side of the continent!

These photos make me wish I was there right now. The Pike Place market is even a life list item of mine. One day...

ForPetsSake said...

Darwin is gorgeous! Another city on my must see list - one day soon!

Two Pitties in the City said...

Darwin is so photogenic and we love seeing her out and about in Seattle. I think the tourism board should use her as a model.

Amy said...

This is great! We'll be in Seattle in a month or two and this will come in so handy. Also, I love that picture of Darwin's ears flopping as he runs across the field. Too cute.

saratogajean said...

I've never been to Seattle, but always wanted to - thanks, Darwin, for giving us an insider's tour!

loveandaleash said...

Oh Darwin, you are so beautiful, and so is your little piece of the world. Thanks for the inspiration. We may head up that way this fall on a very long road trip (who knows?)

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