Spring has sprung and everyone is itching for a long weekend getaway, including man’s best friend! The weather is changing, and our four-legged pals know that it’s time to hit the beach. They’re ready to take advantage of the Pacific Northwest’s nook-and-cranny coastline, just like you are. Here, quaint seaside towns are just a hop, skip, and a jump from Seattle or Portland. And almost every one of them welcomes family dogs to join in weekend get-away. So, we’ve made a list of our favorite dog-friendly weekend getaway hotels in the Long Beach Peninsula.
Let’s start by shedding a little light(house) on the subject…
Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort
Our first property is 18-acres of puppy love. This special spot is proudly ranked as the one of the best dog-friendly hotel in Long Beach, WA. A consistent Tripadvisor Traveler’ Choice winner, this property is loved by humans and dogs alike.
All guest suites on the property are dog-friendly, as is their lobby. Their love for your furry companion goes as far as to ensure they have a welcome amenity upon arrival. Each pooch will receive a blanket, towel, treat, and puppy bags! And returning mutts will get their mugs on the Wall of Fame after their third visit. In fact, guests that come year after year have seen their dog grow from puppy to pooch in the lobby Polaroids.
Human friends are also in for a treat. Cabins or suites are large and boast stunning Pacific Ocean views. Amenities on the property include an indoor saline pool, jacuzzi, and afternoon latte stand. Play a round of pickleball or tennis on the onsite courts. Or simply enjoy your fireplace or full-sized kitchen. Plan your trip around their Spring Bark, where dogs stay for free during the month of April.
Breaking the next spot on the list is another fan favorite…
As we mentioned, this one has a lot of fuzzy fans. Nestled on 24-acres, The Breakers draws returning furry and human guests every year, making it the perfect dog-friendly weekend getaway. Well-stocked condos, each with their own living, dining, bedroom, and fully equipped kitchens, provide everything you need. The décor is cheerful and varies from unit to unit.
For Rover, there is plenty of room to romp. Discovery Trail and beach access are exceptionally close, so tire your dogs out with some beautiful walks. When you return, be sure to stop at the dog treat bar to get them a snack to enjoy back in the room. A selection of treats and provided water bowl will make your four-legged family member feel right at home.
For the non-leashed folks in the group, the offerings are bountiful. Rent one of their bikes and go for a ride. Embrace the local lifestyle and clean a few dozen of your clams at one of the provided fish and clam cleaning stations. Sit under the covered gazebo and grill your fresh catch on one of the charcoal BBQ pits. Play a game of volleyball on the sand volleyball court. Or take your kids for a swing at the children’s playground. But keep them away from the outdoor hot tub. That one is adults only! There, you can enjoy a beverage in the steaming water, while you gaze at the night sky.
While you are pondering life, discover another dog-friendly option…
Inn at Discovery Coast
This intimate, boutique inn is an ideal spot for a dog-friendly weekend getaway. The modern, coastal feel is captured from the moment you set eyes on the property.
The hotel offers three beautiful beachside buildings with lots of room choices. Unwind in their Ocean Front building, which has two unique room designs. You and your pup will see the rolling dunes and stunning ocean from almost every part of the corner rooms. Their Beach House is nestled in a gardened space near the main Inn. And their Pool House rooms have private balconies with views of the beach forest. All their first floor and pool house rooms are dog-friendly, which means plenty of oceanside relaxing with Rufus.
Enjoy the complimentary bikes during your stay. And upgrade your arrival to include Charcuterie baskets, European breakfasts, or bonfire packages! Most importantly, they offer a Puppy Package, complete with dog bowl, blanket, and local Crown to Tail dog treats!
And if that doesn’t wag your tail, then the next spot will be sure to float your boat…
Adrift Hotel + Spa
With a prime location just steps from the ocean, Adrift Hotel + Spa is perfectly positioned on the peninsula. Because all rooms allow pets, this hotel is an ideal dog-friendly weekend getaway retreat.
It isn’t unusual to see travelers bringing their fluffy pals through the hotel. There are plenty of cozy places for them to curl up near the lobby fireplace. And the outdoor firepit is just waiting for a dog and human campfire sing-along.
And the treats are not just for Toto. Adults can enjoy the onsite distillery, Adrift Distillers, or the onsite restaurant, the Pickled Fish. Enjoy the spa (shared with the Inn at Discovery Coast) or take a ride on one of the complimentary bike rentals. Any way you float it, you’ll be adrift in happiness by the beach.
But if you’d prefer your dog to have some farm friends during their stay, let us take you to Raymond…
The Tokeland Hotel
A historical inn located in Raymond likes to say that they welcome hotel-friendly dogs! In fact, the grounds and hotel are a home to a crew of furry and feathery friends. Your dog will join Gus, the lumbering, loveable, yellow Lab that serves as the official hotel greeter. They’ll catch the scents of the onsite Little Goose Farms, home to pygmy goats, pigs, chickens, and a rabbit. A grassy yard overlooking the marsh allows for a fun game of fetch.
And their human provisions are outstanding too. Mexican Otomi embroidered pillows, flowery Kantha throws, organic sheets, and Public Goods body products are just some of the amenities.
The Tokeland Hotel takes pride in their property and grounds. Their dog policy is welcoming but firm. Dogs must be leashed and well-behaved, and owners must be diligent with their clean-up. Tokeland’s beautiful grounds are tribal lands and respect for them is paramount. If you’ve got an obedient dog, this is a great option for a dog-friendly weekend getaway.
If you want to get even closer to the action, check out the next spot on our list.
Ocean View Inn at the Arch
Any closer to the arch and you’d be sleeping on the sand. Welcome to the Ocean View Inn at the Arch, a beautiful 42-room inn nuzzled next to the infamous Long Beach arch. As a proud, dog-friendly hotel, all their first-floor rooms welcome your furry companions. These clean, crisp rooms offer magnificent views that overlook the dunes or the ocean. Each one is stocked with the comforts of relaxation. In-room microwaves and refrigerators keep your road trip snacks fresh and delicious. And their free, high-speed Wi-Fi allows you to quickly upload all those adorable pictures of your dog on the beach.
Speaking of close to the action, check out our next hotel on the list…
Inn at the Sea
Located minutes from the beach and Cape Disappointment, Inn at the Sea is in the heart of Long Beach. This well cared for two-story motel has an assortment of dog-friendly rooms offering the comforts of home. Mini refrigerators, microwaves, and Keurig machines are on hand for you. And you can kick back on their plush beds to watch your stories on the 50” in every room. But why would you want to??
Leash your dog and start strolling! Long Beach Peninsula is a walking town. So, head out to start exploring. With its centrally situated location, you and your dog will be in the heart of this magical seaside town.
Speaking of the heart of town, our next option is centrally located as well!
The Best Western Long Beach Inn
Right in the center of town sits the Best Western Long Beach Inn. Just steps away from the attractions and restaurants of downtown, this cheery yellow inn is a favorite for a quick dog-friendly weekend getaway. Full, hot breakfasts with made-to-order eggs will get you ready for your day. Their easy access to the main drag of town or the 28-mile beach give you plenty of room to roam. Colorful rooms feature comfortable beds. And they welcome dogs under 80 pounds. That means your oversized Otis is allowed!
Size doesn’t matter at our next hotel either…
Chautauqua Resort & Conference Center
Running parallel to sloping dunes and stunning viewing of the Pacific Ocean, Chautauqua Resort & Conference Center accepts up to two dogs of any size. They offer treats at the front desk and have designated relief areas located throughout the property. And of course, it’s hard to top the view of this classic oceanfront hotel in Long Beach, Washington.
Enjoy free breakfast, a heated pool, relaxing hot tub, or steamy sauna. Warm up and make new friends around the firepit that overlooks the dunes. And if you’re feeling frisky, grab one of the complimentary bikes and take a roll trip down the beach.
If you want something a little different than a hotel, let us show you some cottages…
Shakti Cove Cottages
In the magical, seaside town of the Long Beach Peninsula, there are several cottage collections for you and Clifford. The first up is a collection of eleven quaint cottages, nestled in a grove of trees, and known as Shakti Cove Cottages.
The 1940s cottages are each equipped with kitchens, complete with cookware and dishes. You can grill on the free-to-use, community Weber grills, or borrow a movie from the free, onsite DVD library. Studios to two-bedroom cabin floorplans are available, offering ease of configuration depending on your party size. With the beach just a short walk from the grounds, you’ll have easy access to the sand. And as a bonus, the rolling waves can be heard from the cabins.
But the true stars of the visit are, of course, your dogs. All cabins are dog-friendly, and the 3-acre grounds have plenty of room for scampering. All dogs must be leashed but make it a long one so that they can frolic!
Our next cottage option is in the heart of downtown Long Beach. Boardwalk Cottages can be your charming dog-friendly weekend getaway. Each cottage is fantastically appointed. Ranging from intimate studios to a three-bedroom townhouse, these cottages are equipped with kitchens, jetted tubs, and fireplaces. Take a sauna in the unique, onsite barrel sauna. Or relax on the porch and enjoy one of the fresh pastries delivered from Dylan’s Cottage Bakery. This welcoming spot is a perfect place to rest your paws.
And they love your dogs! Each room allows up to three dogs, and there are no restrictions on weight or size. If your dog can fit through the door, they can stay!
If you can’t get enough of cottages, we have one more option to share with you.
The Anchorage Cottages
Our final cottages on the list are right in the heart of town as well. The grey shingled Anchorage Cottages are a delightful dog-friendly weekend getaway for you and your dog. Their rooms are full of nostalgic character and charm. Golden wood surfaces, seaside knick-knacks, and bookcases filled with games await. Some units have fireplaces, giving your pooch a place to curl up in front of.
Human amenities like full kitchens brimming with pans, dishes, and utensils, allow you to cook up your fresh catch! And grassy gardens and patio areas that hug each unit provide plenty of places for Scamp to scamper. And a path through the wispy dunes and burgeoning pine forest will lead you to the beach sand.
But maybe you and Benji are looking for something a little more bohemian. Look no further than our final spot on the list…
Sou’wester Historic Lodge & Vintage Trailer Resort
This is not your ordinary lodging! Welcome to the beloved Sou’wester Historic Lodge & Vintage Trailer Resort. Tucked in the trees in Seaview, the grounds are a patchwork of vibrant housing options. Cabins, suites, RV, and camping spaces, as well as their coveted vintage travel trailers make up their offering. But it’s the vibe at the Sou’wester that really makes it a special, dog-friendly weekend getaway.
Let’s talk about their onsite options, starting with their vintage store. The Thrifty is a tiny thrift store tucked into a vintage trailer. Pop on over to their Garden Spa and Finnish Sauna. There you can heat up in the hand-milled, cedar sauna and then ice off in a cold-plunge bath. Follow up with their onsite tearoom. The “Q-Tea” is a tiny teahouse located next to the sauna. Sit in the four-person room or take your tea to go! And when you’re done sipping, browse their Art Trailer gallery. Housed inside a 1960’s Aloha, this colorful gallery is on wheels. Finally, after the sun sets, climb into the Red Bus Theatre. This school bus turned theatre is a memorable spot to view a flick.
Ol’ Blue can join you for most of the fun. Many of their accommodations allow pooches and their community spots are ideal for furballs.
It would be difficult to find a more dog-friendly town than the Long Beach Peninsula. And being only 2.5-hours from Seattle or Portland makes it an excellent dog-friendly weekend getaway destination. So, pack up Fido and your frisbees. A paws-itively paw-some adventure awaits!
By: Danelle Dodds
Danelle is an international traveler, road tripper, writer, and artist. She firmly believes in testing the limits of word count, mileage, and AYCE sushi.