Manzanita is a coastal village in Tillamook County. Its name, which means “little apple” in Spanish, comes from the abundance of Manzanita plants in the area. With the ocean vistas, Neahkahnie Mountain, and miles of sandy beach, it’s easy to see why people and their pets escape to this seaside retreat. Bring your pup for some R and R, golfing, hiking, or strolling through the waves. Although Manzanita doesn’t have its own veterinary clinic, canine care can be found five minutes east in Nehalem.
Manzanita Park is a great spot to spend some quality time with your furry sidekick, who will bark for joy at the chance to wander around the open lawn area or through the groves of trees. Bring a sandwich, and some biscuits for your pooch, and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Two legged visitors will enjoy the sand volleyball court, tennis court, playground, and horse shoe pits.
If you want to stick around for a couple nights, make a reservation
at the Inn at Manzanita. This charming hotel is just a bone’s throw from the
beach and has comfy pet friendly rooms. Before turning in for the evening,
stroll around their lush gardens. Your
pup can wind down from the day along the stone paths through flowers
and trees. With hidden gems like this, it’s no wonder dogs go mutts over
Have a hankering for some delicious Mexican food? Leash up your pup and pay a visit to Left Coast Siesta. Delve into a loaded enchilada or crunch down on a spicy chicken taco. The dog loving folks of this restaurant welcome four legged visitors on the outdoor patio. After dinner, exit the restaurant and hang a left. In just a couple minutes you’ll be on the beach. Take an evening stroll with your furry friend to expend some energy before heading off to bed. Be sure to stick around for a famous West Coast sunset.
If it’s not already, the Nehalem Bay State Park should be on your pup’s barket list. Located just to the south of Manzanita, this beautiful state park is mostly comprised of a four mile long sand spit. Your pal can dart and dash around the dunes or go for a dip in the ocean. The Nehalem Bay Jetty Trail takes you to the end of the spit where you’ll walk through open beach, rolling dunes, and fragrant spruce forests. If your pal is having too much fun and doesn’t want to go home, stay the night in the park’s pet friendly campground. RV and tent site are available or you can be adventurous and bunk in a yurt.
Looking for a new place to hike with your pup? Lace up your hiking boots, pack up your pooch, and head over to the Coal Creek Trail in Nehalem. It’s less than 15 minutes away and is rarely crowded. The trail runs for about a mile before it connects with Coal Creek Ridge. Your four legged hiking buddy will love a stroll through the thick hemlock and spruce. Coal Creek is a great fishing spot, so bring a pole and see what you can catch. Outback Trail is also in the area. If you opt for this trail, keep your pup close since it is pupular with mountain bikers.
Neahkahnie Mountain is easily the most pupular hike in the area. This impressive mountain is located just five minutes from Manzanita. It juts 1600 feet above sea level and provides unparalleled views of the area. For an easier hike, start at the southern trailhead. This route is about 3 miles and only gains 800 feet in elevation. If your dog is up for a challenge, take the north trail. Clocking in at five miles, it has an incline of 1450 feet. Both trails lead through spectacular terrain filled with colorful wildflowers and thick coastal forests. Your four legged hiker will feel like an absolute champ getting to the top!
Neahkahnie Beach neighbors Manzanita to the north, and this tiny community has a beautiful white sand beach where you and your pup can enjoy the sunshine. Feel the salty sea air run through hair and fur as you both trot along the ocean’s edge. Bring a ball for fetch or dance with the waves. Since this beach sits at the base of Neahkahnie Mountain, you’ll have amazing scenery has you chillax on the sand. Pack a picnic, bring a kite or a book and spend the day at this lovely spot. When the tide goes out, your pooch can sniff around the tidepools and check out the little sea creatures.