Welcome to western Washington with its wild and rugged scenery, charming small towns, the 28-mile longest beach in the US on the Long Beach Peninsula, Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve—the spectacular islands of Whidbey and Bainbridge, and the 68-mile natural fjord of Hood Canal. We’re excited for Scout, Melissa and Lois to discover this wondrous area. Head over to Scout’s Instagram for more highlights from their road trip in Washington @scoutgoldenretriever!
Scout the Golden Retriever Dog Friendly Road Trip
DAY – 1
Boutique luxury hotel & pub at the port in Ilwaco, the At The Helm Hotel & Waterline Pub is a beautiful building constructed of reclaimed lumber and has been designed with many eco-friendly features throughout.
Take in the view of the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse from the North Jetty—a signature photo spot especially when big surf crashes against the Cape Disappointment headlands. Best at high tide!
DAY – 2
This grand, rustic lodge on the border of a lake and rainforest was built in 1926. It’s warm and inviting, President Roosevelt has even dined here! Pets welcome and there is a pet fee.
One of the most photographed beaches on the west coast with its “ghost-like” sea stacks, huge surf-tossed logs, and bald eagles. A short ¼ mile hike will provide access to the beach and breathtaking views out over the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a little time beachcombing, taking photos, and just breathing deeply! Pets are allowed on the beach on a leash.
A marine sanctuary with a variety of protected coastal habitats boasting sandy beaches to rocky headlands. Pets are allowed on the beach on a leash. From the Kalaloch Campground Day Use Area, find the trail to the beach access. Once on the beach, it’s a short walk north along the beach which will bring you to the Tree of Life.
DAY – 3
This is a gem of a place. A spectacular getaway perched on a bluff overlooking the sea. From here you can easily explore Hurricane Ridge, Ruby Beach, go whale watching, or just grab a glass of wine & take in the epic views of the San Juan Islands & Victoria in the distance.
Hurricane Ridge is a mountain citadel that puts you at the edge of the park’s jagged peaks. From the summit, a 360-degree view embraces the surrounding mountains and the San Juan Islands. It’s absolutely not to be missed.
Fort Worden State Park was a former military base constructed to protect Puget Sound from invasion by sea. It’s now a multi-use conference and event center for music, arts, weddings, history, and marine science with magnificent miles of trails, beaches, and panoramic vistas of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.
DAY – 4
This six-acre farm located in the heart of Freeland on Whidbey Island is the home of Dancing Fish Vineyard wines – all made in collaboration with top winemakers across Washington state.
DAY – 5
Framed by charming timber architecture, towering evergreens, and views of the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains, this resort seems utterly removed from civilization yet is just two hours from Seattle and Portland. Since 1913, they’ve offered an authentic four-season Pacific Northwest experience with an inspiring backdrop for any occasion.
Located in the Lynwood Center neighborhood of charming Bainbridge Island, Pleasant Beach Village is a community destination. The Village includes The Manor House, Bainbridge Island’s premier weddings and special events venue, and a 22-room luxury Inn.