Fidalgo Island – A Paradise for Your Dog

If you are a dog owner and like traveling with your four-legged friend that also means you are on the lookout for pet-friendly accommodations and activities. To make your trip with your pet to Anacortes hassle-free we decided to do all the legwork to provide you with dog-friendly options for your Fidalgo Island getaway.

Where to Play

Off Leash
Anacortes has two off-leash dog parks. One is downtown near Cap Sante Marina on 9th and Q Ave. and has a play tunnel and lots of space to run, cleanup bags, and a bench. The second, Ace of Hearts Rotary Dog Park on 3901 H Ave., has two fenced areas. One is for smaller dogs and the other is for larger dogs. It also has benches, picnic tables, a covered shelter, as well as a water pump with concreate bowls, cleanup baggies, and a kiddie pool for your furry friend to cool off on those hot Pacific Northwest days.

Trails and Hiking
For hiking or walking, the island has over 50 miles of multiple use trails, and some include and long stretches of beach. Popular dog walking spots are Washington Park, Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail, Tommy Thompson Trail, Guemes Island Trail, and Bowman Bay and Rosario Head, which are part of Deception Pass State Park.

Read more about the island’s trails at Find a Favorite Fidalgo Island Hike.

Parks near Downtown
Near downtown are a handful of parks with great views and beach access. Kiwanis Waterfront Park on 6th St. and N Ave. Park face Guemes Island and Channel. Seafarers’ Memorial Park, on the south side of Cap Sante Marina, has a pebble beach and picnic areas. On the north end of the marina, are large grassy areas and Rotary Park which connects to the 37-acre Cap Sante Park.

Anacortes Dog Friendly Hiking TrailsWhere to Stay

In the heart of downtown Anacortes, The Majestic Inn & Spa welcomes pets up to 25 lbs. The one-time $50 pet fee includes dog treats, a dog bone, and cleanup baggies, as well as a bed, and food and water bowls upon request.

Cap Sante Inn, near the downtown off leash dog park, charges $10 a night per pet, per night. In the offseason, San Juan Islands residents receive a reduced rate of $5. Complimentary doggie treats are available at the front desk.

Islands Inn, near the Commercial Ave. roundabout, has almost a dozen pet-friendly rooms and charges $10 per night, per dog.

Anacortes Inn has a few pet-friendly rooms and charges $15 per pet, per night.

Town Cottages has one dog-friendly cottage for one dog no bigger than 15 lbs. Their pet fee is $5 a day.

The Ship House Bed & Breakfast has no pet fee, and their fenced front yard has water views.

Within walking distance of the ferry and a two-minute drive to Washington Park is Ship Harbor Inn. Most of their rooms are pet-friendly, and they charge a one-time $35 pet fee. Complimentary doggie treats and cleanup bags are available upon request.

Fidalgo Country Inn, at Sharpes Corner next to the Hwy 20 spur into Anacortes, has a one-time $20 pet fee.

A three-minute drive down the road is Lake Campbell Lodging. They allow certain dog breeds in most of their rooms. Call to make sure yours is on the approved list. There is a $10 per pet, per night fee, with a discount for weekly rentals.

There are three RV Parks that allow pets for free. The Swinomish Casino and Lodge RV Park, near the Twin Bridges, Fidalgo Bay Resort along the Tommy Thompson Trail, and Pioneer Trails, near Sharpes Corner, allows specific dog breeds. If you rent a cabin at Fidalgo Bay Resort, there are two pet-friendly cabins with a $30 pet free.

Before you book, please check with each accommodation about the specifics of their pet policies.

In-Town Pet ServicesAnacortes Ace of Hearts Off Leash Dog Park

Pet Store
Anacortes has one pet store, Island Farm & Pet. They are open every day, except Sunday. Sebo’s, Ace Hardware, Walgreens and Rite Aid Pharmacy also carry limited pet supplies.

Day Care, Boarding, and Veterinarians
If you have an activity lined up, that is easier without your canine friend, Smarter Than Your Dog offers doggie day care services on weekdays only. In town, vet services include Fidalgo Animal Medical Center and Anacortes Animal Hospital.

Dining with Your Pet
Washington State law prohibits animals on the premises of food establishments, but you will find a few restaurants in Anacortes with outdoor seating where your dog can join you. Just ask a  local!

by Lara Dunning

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