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Destination: September 2002

Seattle, Washington:
Waterways, Markets and More!

The city of Seattle offers many sights to see and activities to do, both for people and dogs. In fact, canines are welcome at some of the most popular attractions, including the Seattle Center, Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, and ferry rides. You can take a sightseeing cruise on the Seattle Harbor and walk through the site of the 1962's World's Fair with your pooch.

There are many places to stay in Seattle including the Alexis Hotel and the Pensione Nichols Bed and Breakfast Inn. The Alexis Hotel is a boutique hotel, located within walking distance of the historic dog-friendly Pioneer Square. Well-behaved dogs of all sizes are welcome at the hotel and there is no extra pet charge. If you pay an extra $30 one time fee for your dog, he or she will receive the Deluxe Doggie Upgrade which includes a keepsake water bowl with water, doggie treats, a Three Dog Bakery cookbook, special doggie in-room dining service menu, and a morning and afternoon walk by the Alexis Hotel bellman. For an extra charge, they can arrange a pet sitter for your pooch if necessary. Room rates start at about $170 and up. At the Pensione Nichols Bed and Breakfast, dogs at least up to 75 pounds are allowed. The inn is located in downtown Seattle, and overlooks the dog-friendly Pike Place Market. Room rates range from $90 to $110 per night and $195 for a suite. There is no extra charge for pets.

There are many sightseeing opportunities in downtown Seattle, including the Seattle Center. This 74 acre urban park was home to the 1962 World Fair. While your pooch cannot go into the buildings, he or she is allowed to walk around the center with you and spot out several points of interest. The famed Seattle Space Needle resides at the center and is always a good photo opportunity. You and your pooch can also visit the Sculpture Garden and watch jugglers, musicians, face painters, and more. Pets must be on leash. If you have a doggie that happens to be under 20 pounds, you can even carry them on the Seattle Monorail.

While dogs are usually not allowed at many farmers markets, this huge marketplace actually allows dogs. The popular Pike Place Market is a historic area that covers nine acres, has about 15 residential and retail buildings, and gets about nine million visitors per year. This marketplace offers fresh seafood (watch out for flying fish!), vegetables, fruit, flowers, cafes, shops, artists, street performers and more. The place might look familiar if you have seen the movie, "Sleepless in Seattle," which was filmed at this marketplace. While here, dine with your pooch at the Il Bistro, an Italian ristorante. They offer three outdoor tables where your well-behaved dog can lay next to you. The dinner menu includes seafood specials, pasta and more. For lunch, you can stop by the Sister's Cafe for a sandwich and eat outside with your dog. Canines are welcome at the marketplace, but are not allowed inside the stores or cafes.

Next stop is Pioneer Square which is Seattle's oldest neighborhood. It is preserved as a National Historic District. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the Underground Tour at Pioneer Square. In this district you can stroll through the area and see the historic buildings, or better yet, take an elegant horse and carriage ride. Emerald Country Carriages allows well-behaved dogs and offers both open and closed carriages which seat up to six. Their standard tour includes the waterfront and Pioneer Square. You can catch one of the white and burgundy carriages on the waterfront, between Piers 55 and 56. The cost is about $35 for a standard 30 minute tour and an extra $10 if you make a reservation in advance.

Seattle is also famous for boating and its waterways. There are several dog-friendly boats you can ride with your best friend. First is the Washington State Ferries, the nation's largest ferry system and the state's number one tourist attraction. It is important to note that there are different pet rules for different ferry routes. If you take the Seattle to Bainbridge Island, Seattle to Bremerton, or the Edmonds to Kingston routes, your leashed dog is welcome to accompany you on the outdoor decks (dogs are not allowed inside), or in your car. If you take the Anacortes to Friday Harbor (San Juan Islands) route, dogs must stay in the car and are not allowed to walk around on the ferry. While you can venture to the above decks to get food at the snack bars, the ferry system recommends that you stay with your pooch in the car. For any of the ferries, dogs are not allowed inside the ferry terminals. In Seattle, you can board the ferries at Pier 52. The Edmonds and Anacortes ferries leave from their respective cities. Ferry prices for people and autos are determined by the route and peak times, but in general tickets for people are under $10 round trip, and more for autos. Dogs ride free!

If you want more of a sightseeing cruise, Argoys Cruises allow well-behaved, leashed dogs on three of their sightseeing cruises. They offer one to two hour narrated cruises. The Harbor Cruise is one hour and departs from Seattle's historic waterfront at Pier 55. You and your pooch will learn about Seattle's history, view the city skyline, see one of the world's largest shipping terminals and more. Prices are $15.25 per person or less, depending on the season. Children's rates are about half of an adult's ticket price. Dogs ride at no extra charge. The Seattle Lake Cruise is about two hours and departs from the AGC Marina Dock E on South Lake Union, rain or shine. The tour will show the historic houseboat community, including the houseboat filmed in the movie "Sleepless in Seattle." You will also view Mt. Rainer from a distance and see homes of Seattle's rich and famous. Prices are $24 or less per person (children for about half price and dogs ride free). Snacks and beverages are available for sale on the cruises. Reservations are recommended, but not necessary.

By now your dog might be craving a visit to a park. One park of interest is Discovery Park, located northwest of Seattle. It has over 500 acres and is the city's largest park. It offers views of both the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Dogs on leash are allowed on about 7 miles of trails except for beaches, ponds, wetlands and the Wolf Tree Nature Trail.

Another park worth driving to is Sand Point Magnuson Park. The park is northeast of Seattle and is located across the lake from the city of Kirkland. This park has about 350 acres and is Seattle's second largest park. You will find over four miles of walking trails along Lake Washington, through grassy fields, trees and brush. Dogs are not allowed in the water at Lake Washington, except at the off-leash area. The leash free dog park covers about 9 acres and is the biggest fully fenced off-leash park in Seattle. It also offers an access point to the lake where your pooch is welcome to take a dip in the fresh lake water. To find the dog park, take Sand Point Way Northeast and enter the park at Northeast 74th Street. Go straight and park near the playground and sports fields. The main gate to the off-leash area is located at the southeast corner of the main parking lot. Your dog must be leashed until you enter the off-leash area.

After all this exercise, you and your pooch might have worked up an appetite. Stop by the Madison Park Cafe located south of Magnuson Park and south of 520/Floating Bridge. Well-behaved, leashed dogs can accompany you to the outdoor tables at this French bistro. The restaurant is open on the weekends for brunch and Tuesday through Saturday for dinner. The dinner menu includes entrees like Lemon Parsley Raviolis, Lavender Honey Marinated Rack of Lamb, duck, and steak. Prices start at about $15 per entree.

Whether you come for a day, a weekend or a week, you and your best friend will find plenty of places to go and sights to see in Seattle. And at the end of the day, after a full itinerary of activities, it is unlikely that you or your pooch will be "Sleepless in Seattle."

For more information:

Lodging:
Alexis Hotel, 1007 First Avenue, Seattle, WA, 866-356-8894
Pensione Nichols Bed and Breakfast Inn, 1923 First Avenue, Seattle, WA, 206-441-7125
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Restaurants:
Il Bistro, 93A Pike Street, Seattle, WA, 206-682-3040
Madison Park Cafe, 1807 42nd Ave East, Seattle, WA, 206-324-2626
Sister's Cafe, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA, 206-623-6723

Attractions:
Argoys Cruises, 1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Seattle, WA, 206-623-4252
Emerald Country Carriages, Piers 55-56, Seattle, WA, 425-868-0621
Pike Place Market, First and Pike, Seattle, WA, 206-682-7453
Pioneer Square, First Street and Yesler Way, Seattle, WA
Seattle Center, Mercer Street and Broad St., Seattle, WA, 206-684-7200
Washington State Ferries, Pier 52, Seattle, WA, 206-464-6400

Parks:
Discovery Park, 3801 W Government Way, Seattle, WA, 206-386-4236
Sand Point Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA, 206-684-4075
Sand Point Magnuson Park Dog Off-Leash Area, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA, 206-684-4075

 



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