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Surprised By Pet Friendly Bend In The Road

When we wrote about how much we enjoyed our visit to Portland, a few of you said that we needed to see Bend. Bend, Oregon wasn’t even on our radar. I’m so glad we have you guys to point us in the right direction! Bend is as lovely as you said, and just the perfect size for jumping right in to explore.

There is no doubt that Bend is a ski town … even in October they were itching for snow …. but it’s different than Aspen or Park City. Bend feels like a real city that grew up for all the same reasons small cities do – but it just happened to be within a 20 minute drive of some great skiing. Contrast that with Aspen or Park City where tourism is the economy, and Bend carries the vote for “realness.”

Mt. Bachelor - Bend, OR

Also known for its breweries and golf, Bend gets another high score for dog friendliness. Urban parks and trails, big fenced-in dog parks, hiking galore, and a great selection of eateries are all happy to have you and your dog as guests. And to top it off, they have a great sense of humor about some of the unpleasantries that can come with irresponsible dog owners. All along the Deschutes River Trail in downtown Bend they’ve installed Dog E Rest Stop waste stations with bags and a message that hits home.

Deschutes River Trail - Bend, OR Deschutes River Trail - Bend, OR

You’ll find some of the best of the best in this not-too-big, not-too-small town. We’ve already told you about the fantastic RV park we can’t wait to visit again. Another of our favorites was the 10 Barrel Brewing Company. Clearly dog friendly from the moment you walk up, their outdoor patio was hopping, and their bar has both inside and outside seating!

10 Barrel Brewery - Bend, OR 10 Barrel Brewery - Bend, OR 10 Barrel Brewery - Bend, OR 10 Barrel Brewery - Bend, OR

The Old Mill District is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Do a little window shopping at the pet friendly outdoor shopping center, grab a bite at one of the restaurants with outdoor seating, jump on the Deschutes River Trail for a nice walk, or pop over to the off-leash dog park to make some new friends.

Old Mill District - Bend, OR Old Mill District - Bend, OR Old Mill District - Bend, OR

When you’re ready to immerse yourself in the local grandeur, grab a map of the Cascade Lakes National Scenic Byway and hit the road. Though the route is only 87 miles, you’ll want to allow plenty of time to explore some of the 34 points of interest along the way, and perhaps take a short hike or two. The alpine lakes, peaks, and waterfalls are best experienced at a leisurely pace.

Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway - Bend, OR Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway - Bend, OR

If you’re not (yet?) part of the RVing crowd, there are plenty of pet friendly hotels in Bend to choose from. We thought the Mill Inn looked interesting. It’s a bed & breakfast with a couple of pet friendly cottages available for rent. The rates seem quite reasonable, the non-refundable pet fee of $25 per stay isn’t exorbitant, and it’s right across the street from a quaint little winery. If you check it out on your next trip to Bend, let us know what you thought!

The Mill Inn - Bend, OR Winery - Bend, OR

We might have cruised right by Bend if not for your suggestions … are there any other pet friendly gems you think we’d enjoy?

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  • I’m sorry that you don’t find Bend to be as pet friendly as we did, Chuck. Having our dogs off leash isn’t something that we do much of, so that’s not a big factor that we consider. I can understand if that if being able to let your dog off-leash is really important to you how these rules could feel restrictive. Perhaps there’s a nearby national forest where your pup could hit the trails sans leash for a good romp?

  • Chuck Peper says:

    City of Bend is NOT dog friendly. $275 fine for off leash. Cannot take dog to ANY public outdoor events. Off leash parks are small, dusty, and disease infected. Cannot be off leash on trails in summer. Most people and businesses are dog friendly, city council is dog hostile.

  • Donna Davis says:

    I love this town. All the dog amenities are terrific!

  • Becca Young says:

    TAW gallery in Tumalo is super dog friendly!

  • vote for Bend!! I love Bend…so do my dogs!!

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