Central Sedro Woolley, in Sedro Woolley, Washington, is about a 20-minute drive from Doran. This is a good place for an outdoor adventure with your precious pooch, as it’s the home of North Cascades National Park. Although the park doesn’t have a dog park, there’s not a need for one when you have this gorgeous area full of amazing landscapes, glaciers, and more in your backyard. Your pup must be on a leash if he joins you, but you’ll both love taking in the sights, getting some fresh air, and hiking along the paths and waterways. You can also visit the Cascade Trail, which reaches over 22 miles in length, and sets the perfect scene for a day outside with your dog pal.
A little over 25 miles from Doran is Bakerview in Mount Vernon, WA. This neighborhood is the home of Bakerview Dog Park, a fenced in park for your dog to run free. The park has some agility obstacles and fun toys to play with so you and your pup can make the most of his social and exercise time. Also in Bakerview is The Dog Academy, a professional service that teaches dog owners the best way to interact, and communicate, with their dogs to help make the training process go more smoothly. At Riverside Café, you can try some of the area’s favorite American-style dishes, from burgers to sandwiches and more, while feasting with your pup at one of the outdoor tables.
If you drive for about 25 miles west of Doran, you’ll reach Fairhaven, a neighborhood in Bellingham, WA. This neighborhood sits on the Bellingham Bay, where ferries to Alaska take off! Here, you can visit Post Point Dog Park with your four-legged friend. The somewhat fenced-in, off-leash park is a favorite of residents and tourists in the area, offering an outdoor adventure like no other. This dog park isn’t your typical one; it actually makes your dog feel at one with nature with a swimming area and trees and shrubs as natural fencing so your dog feels no boundaries! In Fairhaven, you can even have your leashed dog join you at Village Books, a local bookstore that welcomes furry book lovers, too.
The Downtown Business District of Bellingham is about a 20-minute drive from Doran and offers a good mix of water views with fun shopping locations. At Maritime Heritage Park, your leashed dog is welcome to join you on the grass for a picnic, walking the walkways for some outdoor exercise, or hiking along one of the trails. The neighborhood also boasts Happy Tails, Happy Homes, a non-profit organization that helps place pets in foster homes. You can inquire about volunteering and may even be able to bring your pooch along to help! If your pup is in need of some training, The Dog Guy will be at your service, offering customized training for your dog’s personal needs.
It will take you about a 30-minute drive from Doran to reach Larson Mill in Bellingham, which sits near the northeastern tip of Lake Whatcom. Larson Mill is on the outskirts of Bellingham, in more of a rural, outdoorsy location that gives you and your dog a good opportunity for some outdoor fun. Here, you can visit Bloedel Donovan Beach, a gorgeous area for swimming, relaxing, and taking in the area’s beautiful sights. Your leashed dog is welcome to join. You can also enjoy the Railroad Trail with Fido, which is part of the Rails-to-Trails organization, stretching 3 ½ miles to give you plenty of space to walk or run with your pooch.