Take a drive with your pup to the neighborhood of Bay View, located about 4.4 miles northwest of Fredonia. This community, located on the shore of Padilla Bay, offers some pupcredible outdoor activities for you and your pooch. You and Fido will enjoy exploring the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Walk the trail along the shore or head upland. You can also head down to the beach and explore the intertidal mudflats. Dogs are welcome in this expansive natural area provided you keep them on a leash and clean up after them. If you’re looking for a place to stay in this community, you can rent one of the pet-friendly cabins at Bay View State Park.
Located just under six miles southwest from Fredonia, the community of La Conner provides water access and a network of walking trails for you and Fido to enjoy. Bring your boat to the Laconner Marina and launch into the Swinomish Channel that feeds into Skagit Bay for a pawtastic day on the water with your pooch. When you want to stretch your legs, take advantage of one of the walking trails through town. Canine companions are free to join you provided they are on a leash. Finish your day with some delicious surf or turf at the Waterfront Cafe. Dogs are welcome on the patio, which provides a delightful waterfront setting.
When you’re looking for some amazing outdoor adventures with your pup, head to Snee-Oosh Point, located about 9.5 miles southwest of Fredonia. Bring your tent or camper and spend the weekend or longer at the La Conner RV & Camping Resort, located on Puget Sound. If you don’t have your own accommodations, some of the rental cabins welcome pets for an additional fee. Explore the hiking trails with your pooch, or walk along the ½ mile long saltwater beach. Dogs are welcome to join you at this 111-acre campground provided you keep them on a leash and pick up their waste.
The community of Anacortes, just 10.7 miles northwest of Fredonia, is a furrific place for pups and their owners. With a variety of parks, trails, and an off-leash dog park, you’ll have endless opportunities with your pooch. For some play time with other four-footed friends, take Fido to the dog park in Ace of Hearts Rotary Park. There are separate sections for small and large dogs to romp off-leash. Both areas include water stations and waste bags. When you want to walk or jog with your pup, check out the Tommy Thompson trail, a part of the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Make sure to keep your special pal on a leash while on trail or in other public areas.
The neighborhood of Cap Sante, on the tip of Fidalgo Island, is about 11.5 miles northwest of Fredonia. In this area, you and Fido can explore Cap Sante Park. Roam through the forested areas and walk along the banks of Fidalgo Bay with your canine companion. Catch some amazing views of Anacortes, the bay, and the Cascade Mountains. If you have a boat, you can head out onto the water with your pooch from the Cap Sante Marina. Remember to keep your pal on a leash while in the park or marina and to pick up any messes. After a day hiking or on the water, head to Salt and Vine to sample a plate of gourmet cheeses and meats. Your furry friend is welcome to join you in the sidewalk seating area.