Longtime Favorites for Dog Lovers
Cannon Beach and Seaside
One of the more popular destinations for visitors to and locals in the Northwest, Cannon Beach is often the “go to” spot for a day at the beach. The city is also well known for its iconic “Haystack Rock,” which graces many a postcard and
magazine cover, and works great as a backdrop for day-at-the-beach pictures. CB’s sister city to the north, Seaside, has its own share of notable landmarks, such as the Promenade, auto Turnaround, and of course, the statue marking the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail, the explorers rendered forever gazing at the horizon with . . . dog lovers take note . . . their trusty canine companion Seaman at their sides.
Visitors who insist furry family members be included in beach adventures will find plenty of pet-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, shops and dining areas in these two popular coastal towns. In addition to ample pet-friendly amenities, there are plenty of recreation opportunities as well.
Cannon Beach hosts an impressive array of art galleries and studios in its relatively small shopping district. You’ll also find a good mix of surf shops, bookstores, specialty boutiques and crafty, beachy places ideal for browsing. You and your pack are welcome at Puppy Love By The Sea, where your dog can have a treat while the humans visit with the friendly staff and pick out a new doggie toy for the ride home.
The main shopping district in Seaside has a festival atmosphere in summer, complete with surreys careening through the streets, Carousel songs, and the ever-present aroma of kettle korn. Shoppers can stroll along, checking out galleries, knick-knack shops and specialty boutiques. Furry shoppers rave about the Beach Puppy boutique.
Well, you are at the beach, so whether you’re racing down Cannon Beach or strolling leisurely along the water at Seaside, the ocean is the place to play here. However, both cities have several nearby state parks, including Ecola and Gearhart. For a short, brisk hike, Ecola State Park has a 2.5 mile loop trail, or you can traverse an eight mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail, keeping an eye out for the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse on a clear day. If you want to really wear the pack out, take a detour 30 minutes inland and tackle the Saddle Mountain trail. This 5.5 mile loop takes hikers up a long series of switchbacks, culminating in an incredible panoramic view.