When you mention the Portland Oregon dog-friendly scene to any self-respecting well traveled local dog they will immediately think of The Lucky Labrador. There are actually four of them throughout the area. The Lucky Lab is a brewery with a, you guessed it, a Labrador Retreiver mascot on their beer labels. But you don't have to like beer to go here. They have a menu of salads and deli sandwiches as well. Your dog can accompany you to the outside areas of each of the locations. But Portland is not a one "Lab" town. Also try out the Tin Shed Garden Cafe which comes complete with a dog menu alongside its natural, organic and healthy people foods. There are many other restaurants in town that welcome dogs at outdoor seats.
There are many dog-friendly hotels in and around Portland. One of the most dog-friendly is the Monaco Portland, offering a number of special packages for dogs. Others are four pet-friendly La Quinta hotels, the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego and pet-friendly hotels representative of just about every hotel chain. If camping is your thing, there are a number of pet-friendly RV parks in the area.
We know that you and probably your dog will want to do things other than dining while in Portland. And there is a lot to do. There are a large number of fenced and non-fenced off-leash areas in the city. The world-famous Portland Rose Garden and the Peninsula Rose Garden allow your leashed dog as does the Hoyt Arboretum. The Portland Farmer's Market and Saturday Market allow leashed dogs. If you want to shop, try the Pearl District between 6th and 19th Avenues and W Bersnide St and Naito Parkway. There are many boutique shops, patio dining and regular events. Many stores have dog bowls outside. There are pet waste disposal stations throughout the area. Another excellent open-air dog-friendly shopping center is Bridgeport Village at 7455 SW Bridgeport Road.
Forest Park in Portland at 5,000 acres is the largest city park in the U.S. It is mostly forested. Your leashed dog is allowed throughout the park. The park has guided tours, trails and a vista point. For more strenuous hiking, there is excellent hiking in the Columbia River Gorge and throughout the Portland region. The Oregon coast a few hours from Portland offers a number of pet-friendly beaches. Try Lincoln City and Cannon Beach, but we have many others listed as well. For a road trip from Portland to a really dog-friendly destination visit The Oregon Garden one hour south of Portland.
The Portland buses and trains, TriMet, allow only small dogs in carriers.