Pets in the West

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Top 22 dog-friendly vacations

You can take your best pal with you on these getaways around the West

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Photo by Bob Friel; written by Loren Mooney and Bob Friel

Cannon Beach, OR

Play: It’s easy for a hotel, shop, or outdoor cafe to accommodate pocket pooches and handbag hounds, but big, bear-like breeds? That’s a different story. Cannon Beach, an enchanting little cedar-shaked town, is up to the task, with abundant pet-friendly hotels and eateries where dogs are welcome at outdoor tables. For a fun frolic with your pooch, head for the secluded northernmost stretch of Cannon Beach, across the knee-deep mouth of Ecola Creek. (Make sure your dog is leashed or under voice control.)

Stay: The Ocean Lodge (from $179; dogs $19/night;, next door to the posh kid/dog-averse Stephanie Inn, was designed by the same architect. The lodge welcomes pets with a basket stuffed with linens, treats, and chew toys and has an outdoor dog shower. At the Surfsand Resort ($$; $15 per night pet fee;, dogs get a beach towel, bowl, and basket of treats.

Shop & eat: At dog-accessory store Puppy Love by the Sea (, canines can pad right on inside.


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