Posted on March 9, 2016
We like to keep a pot of fresh , locally roasted coffee on the counter for weary travelers passing through the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau – it’s just our way of saying thanks for stopping by.
But the full water dish and the bits of bone-shaped biscuits? Those are reserved for our four-legged friends. And, hot dog, we’re crazy for canines! Call it “puppy love” or what you will, but one thing’s for sure – this Peninsula is for the pets!
Traveler’s Companion readers in January voted the Long Beach Peninsula as southwest Washington’s best pet-friendly vacation destination. And Our Coast Magazine recently highlighted all the benefits of bringing Bowser to the beach. We won’t argue with that!
Imagine: 28 miles of sandy beach, temperate weather to keep your dog cool under the collar, sand for digging, the Discovery Trail for running and water for splashing. Sounds like pooch paradise to us (and pretty sweet for the owners too)!
And rest assured, Peninsula lodging establishments keep Fido in mind. The vast majority of member hotels, motels and cottages welcome the family pet and some even cater to canines. The Adrift Hotel in Long Beach offers a $50 “Treat Yourself Treat Your Pet” special that includes a take home pet blanket, a bottle of wine with a dog on the label, a Frisbee and in-room rawhide chewies.
Or maybe your pooch is in need of some serious pampering? Head over to Paws by the Sea in Long Beach, where your pup can enjoy full-service grooming and doggie daycare, in case you’re in need of a break. And in case you’re in need of a different kind of break, head on over to Morgan’s Long Beach Tavern, where they keep cold brews behind the bar and a full bowl of H2O for bowwow by the door.
Pets are welcome across the board at member campgrounds and RV parks – just visit Funbeach.com to see where to stay. And many local businesses employ four-legged mascots like the shop dog at Time Enough Books in Ilwaco and the resident feline at Banana Books & Espresso Saloon in Long Beach. And the Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach welcomes dogs.
Most Peninsula trails are pet-friendly, although dogs have to remain on a leash in state parks and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.
Pet supplies, of all shapes and sizes, can be found at Dennis Company stores throughout southwest Washington. And the Southern Pacific County Humane Society is a local champion for animal welfare. It’s holding an April 23 silent auction and pasta dinner celebrating 20 years of sheltering on the Pacific. On May 27-29, during the World’s Longest Garage Sale, the Humane Society will operate a booth at the shelter annex.
Peninsula Quilt Guild Show – March 18-20
Spring Break Family Kite Fun – March 18 – April 22
Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show – April 1-3
Long Beach Razor Clam Festival – April 9-10
Tokeland North Cove Art Studio Tour – April 16
The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.