Dog-Friendly Destinations: Bend, Oregon

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I have heard so many great things about Bend, Oregon over the years, so I had to include it on my career break itinerary. I knew that Bend would make a great dog-friendly destination. Bailey and I enjoyed 3 nights in Bend before moving on to Southern Oregon. Thankfully, we arrived just after the majority of smoke from the wildfires, although the smoke did blow back in the day before we left. Bend is known as a destination for outdoor adventure, and although I was surprised at how large the town is, I really enjoyed Bend.

Here are the dog-friendly spots we found in Bend, Oregon.

Eat in Bend

There is no shortage of dog-friendly food stops in Bend! We enjoyed several al fresco meals, where Bailey was treated like a valued guest.

Currents at the Riverhouse

Currents at the Riverhouse

I enjoyed a birthday dinner on the patio at Currents at the Riverhouse. Everything, including the service, the setting and the food, was top notch! I started with a pomegranate coconut cider and the Rogue Smokey Bleu Cheesecake. It sounded weird, but I took the server’s recommendation and it was delicious! I would come back and just order this again!

Currents Restaurant at the RiverhouseRogue Smokey Blue Cheese Cake - roasted garlic, pear chutney, baby arugula, crostini

I chose a steak for dinner, and savored every bite along with this amazing view of the Deschutes River. Bailey lucked out and got leftover steak from the couple sitting next to us! We both had filet for my birthday!

Birthday Dinner at Currents at the Riverhouse

McKay Cottage

The McKay Cottage is located very close to the campground we were staying at, so I stopped in for a yummy breakfast on the patio. The outdoor area is really large, but it was full when I visited, including several dogs and families enjoying the fall weather in Bend. Bailey was happy to receive a bowl of water and a dog treat!

Broken Top Bottle Shop

The Broken Top Bottle Shop is a “brew hub” and mostly serves bottled beer, although they do offer a food menu with counter service and outdoor seating. I had a tasty iceberg wedge salad. No beer for me!

Play in Bend

The Bend area offers tons of outdoor adventure activities.

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park is located just outside of Bend and is an icon of outdoor adventure in the Bend area. The park is popular with rock climbers and slack liners, as well as hikers. We hiked part of the Misery Ridge Trail, although turned around when it got too hot. There was no water on the trail, so I didn’t want to push it with Bailey. Instead we headed back and I let her splash in the river.

Smith Rock State Park

Robert Sawyer Park

Sawyer Park is a nice little city park which is also close to Tumalo campground, where we were staying. There’s a bridge over the Deschutes river, that leads to a trail network and offered access to the river for splashing around.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

The Painted Hills unit is almost two full hours from Bend, but well worth the trip. I can’t say that I’ve seen any place like this in the US! I only learned about it when I was looking into a trip to the Painted Mountains in Peru! There isn’t much hiking here, just a short trail up to some overlooks, but it’s a great spot for photography! It’s also a beautiful drive from Bend.

Painted Hills - John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Stay in Bend

Tumalo State Park

We camped at Tumalo State Park for this visit and it remains one of my favorite campsites of the trip. It is practically right in town, but you would never know it when you’re at the park. The lower loop, which did not have hookups, is right along the river and very quiet. The upper loops featured shower houses and you can also rent yurts here!

Tumalo State Park

Tumalo State Park

Riverhouse Hotel

If camping isn’t your jam, check out the Riverhouse Hotel for dog-friendly digs. They were full when I visited, but we were given a tour of the property before dinner at the restaurant. My first impression of the hotel was the scent – the lobby and common areas smell like Westin’s White Tea scent, which is one of my favorites. I was already sold!

The location along the river can’t be beat!

Currents at the Riverhouse

The hotel recently underwent a major renovation, which you can see in the guest rooms. The pet fee at the Riverhouse is a bit high at $75, but if you’re staying more than a few nights, it’s not bad averaged out over the stay. Only 2 of the buildings are pet-friendly, so be sure to reserve early!

The Riverhouse Hotel

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I was provided with a complimentary dinner and a tour at Riverhouse Hotel. These are solely my personal opinions and I was not financially compensated for this post.

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15 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Destinations: Bend, Oregon

  1. I’m obsessed with your dog and selfishly wish said dog was in every picture, but your pictures are so gorgeous anyway, it’s ok! This is such a helpful post too 🙂

  2. Your photos are gorgeous and I am absolutely in love with your dog! Oregon is such a beautiful state! I haven’t been to bend yet, but I can’t wait to!

  3. Sounds like you guys had a great time. The photos of your dog are so cute. Does he like to pose for photographs? I haven’t had much of a chance to explore Oregon but the area looks beautiful and I would love to stay in a yurt. The food looks so good too. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

  4. These are some gorgeous spots! Our home base is Seattle and we just invested in a rooftop tent, so we’re storing up places to explore within driving distance. Of course our pup will be with us, so these are perfect 🙂

  5. Bend is so amazing, I’ve been there just once, hope to go again…LOVE The pic of the dog and the darn cute!


  6. Oh I love this! I’m a dog owner and lover myself so this is great! My husband and I always talk about all the places we’d love to bring our pup with us! Gorgeous photos too, I haven’t been to Bend yet, but it’s on the list of course!

  7. I’m all about that dog friendly destination, since I have a furry sidekick myself. If I ever roadtrip it out to Oregon from Texas, I’m def coming here with my dog!

  8. This is such a nifty post! I love seeing all the accommodation and eatery options on offer and this covers so much! Bend looks so cute and has been on my list for some time. I am sure pet owners appreciate being able to take their best friend along on the vacay!

  9. Hello to Bailey! I wish there were more pet friendly places around the world like these ones in Bend. Some would label their property as pet friendly but don’t really give pets equal importance. Great post!

  10. This is a great guide for anyone with a dog looking to visit Oregon! Your dog must have had such a great time. I think travelling with my dog would be so fun, but short-term international travel with pets is really tricky and my country isn’t too dog-friendly, so we’ll have to settle for parks and dog runs.

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