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Explore Washington’s Yakima Valley With Dogs

Continuing our theme of making Take Paws a showcase for people having fun traveling with their pets (that means you!), today we have a guest post from Katie Heaverlo. Katie’s taking us on a pet friendly tour of Washington’s Yakima Valley Wine Country, so fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!  


Free time is a rare commodity these days, especially for dog owners who have tight schedules with work, family and playing fetch with the four-legged family member. Before, planning a vacation with your pet was overwhelming, and the folks at Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau in Washington Wine Country have created another avenue to assist you. is a resource for dog friendly activities and companies in the oldest wine growing region in Washington state.  This helpful website offers a listing of pet friendly wineries, hotels, restaurants and other attractions in the Yakima Valley – including pet policies so you know what to expect for Fido. The following are a few great places for your dogs:

Sleeping Dog Wines

Sleeping Dog Winery - Yakima Valley, WAAt Sleeping Dog Wines you’ll find a small production winery that thrives on its simplistic style. Hand-picked grapes are monitored through every detail of the wine making process to ensure the optimal product for each vintage. Spread out your lunch on a picnic table overlooking the Yakima River while enjoying a bottle of Tail Wagger. Sleeping Dog Wines is inspired by four legged companions as the dog theme carries throughout. Aurora, the canine valet, will welcome well behaved pets and humans.

Wilridge Vineyards & Naches Heights Vineyard

Wilridge Vineyard - Yakima Valley, WAAlthough canines have a leash requirement at Wilridge Vineyards and Naches Heights Vineyard the tasting experience can easily turn into an outdoor adventure. The Cowiche Canyon Nature Preserve trail begins in the vineyard and angles itself down about a half mile to the canyon floor. The trail is perfect for stretching Fido’s legs while being surrounded by scenic wildlife and Basalt and Andesite rock formations. After the hike relax on the lawn and soak in the scenery while sipping a glass of wine.

Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn

Doggie-Digs Cherry Wood Winery - Yakima Valley, WAA western adventure awaits humans and canine alike at Cherry Wood Bed, Breakfast & Barn. Roughing it becomes luxurious with these teepee accommodations that include a dog bed. Wine tours by horseback are available or hop in the hay wagon (the cowboy limo) for an old fashioned good time. As animal lovers themselves, the owners have been known to rescue dogs as well as horses in need of caring homes and created the Canine and Wine Walk to raise funds for a local dog rescue organization. At this annual May event, attendees can walk with a canine companion through the vineyards and orchards to participating wineries and bond with other like-minded individuals.

Yakima Greenway

Yakima Greenway - Yakima Valley, WAThe Yakima Greenway is a 15 mile paved pathway that parallels the Yakima River. Dogs must be on a leash while walking or running with their owners and there is access to an off-leash dog park at the Sherman Park location along the pathway. This path system is easily accessible from downtown Yakima and provides parks and natural areas to engage in healthy outdoor activities.  The Greenway facilities are free and open to the public 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk.

To learn more about Yakima Valley dog friendly activities follow the “Doggie Bloggie.”  This blog is written through the eyes of Cooper, a golden retriever, who resides in the area.  He has numerous adventures in wine country and knows all of the best experiences for canine travelers.

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  • Sounds like a great trip, Kimberly! If there is snow, that would make for some fantastic photo opportunities. I hope you guys have a great trip – waggin’ trails!

  • I love Yakima Valley and look forward to see the area in a couple weeks (beneath snow maybe). Before dogs, we used to go a couple times a year; me for photography and J for golfing. Then we’d hit my favorite winery on the way home :)

  • We tried to get there, Jess, but the weather didn’t cooperate and we ran out of time. Fortunately, we were able to get this guest post to fill people in on the dog friendly sites. Yes, 100 degrees is too hot for man and beast – Ty and Buster, even though they’re taller than your pups, would wilt at those kinds of temperatures. It’s just not safe for them.

  • It’s so fantastic that the wineries work with the rescues on fundraising! What a win-win situation. And, yes, touring pet friendly wineries is always a good way to spend your time. ;-)

  • I thought maybe you guys went when you were in Washington. We did the doggy wine walk at the Cherrywood winery. It was almost 100 degrees and way too hot for short little dogs (since the ground radiates heat). My friend and I ended up just driving from winery to winery (I didn’t drink).

  • Wineries can be lots of fun to explore with dogs. Here in the Finger Lakes, wine tours are a big fundraiser for greyhound rescue.I’d love to explore the Washington wineries with Honey.

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