La Conner is an intriguing and beautiful waterside town with more than ten dog-friendly restaurants sprinkled throughout the main strip. You will find a local animal hospital that services all of the local pet owners in town. You will also find several points of access to the water of the North Fork Skagit River. Pack plenty of towels for your journey to this town. Full of Native American cultural influences, you will find history rich emblems throughout the city as you and your furry friend make your way up and down the river visiting shops and green spaces.
Dog owners in La Conner spend a lot of time walking their fuzzy buddies up and down the main streets where most of the dog-friendly restaurants are found. You will enjoy stopping in La Conner Waterfront Café with all of the other dog owners in town swapping tail-waggin’ stories about their adventures in and around town. Be sure to bring a water bowl and plenty of dog-safe treats for your companion to enjoy while you take in the scenery of the river from the café seating area. If you are looking for a Native inspired town with a welcoming feel and a modern vibe, La Conner is a barktastic place to be!
Central La Conner has several dog-friendly establishments where you can bring your dog along for a bite. Oyster and Thistle Restaurant and Pub is a popular destination for locals looking for delicious comfort food and well-made beverages that will make you feel at home. The COA Mexican Eatery is another barkin’ spot in town loved by locals who enjoy some special flavor. When you have eaten your fill, you can head over to La Conner Marina with your dog for a quick splash in the water or even a waterside picnic. Bring the waste bags and a reliable leash and head on over to Central La Conner for a sniffin’ good time!
Found on the south side of La Conner, Pioneer Park has its own namesake green park at its center. Leashed dogs are a welcome sight here, as long as you remember to clean up any mess! Leaving this pretty park the way you found it will ensure that the locals continue to welcome dog lovers for many years to come during their travels. Once you have run your fill around this park, you can head to Calico Cupboard Old Town Café for an enjoyable, pet-friendly meal in their outdoor seating area. The view of the lake from this café is truly spectacular and a sight for sore eyes (or paws) if you have been traveling long.
A unique town just ten minutes North West of La Conner, Swinomish Village is a well-known destination for travelers and camping enthusiasts. This area is largely unincorporated, which makes it a great spot for those who love the outdoors and those who are looking for some peace and quiet. Be sure to observe and respect the boundaries of the Swinomish Reservation as you explore this area with your dog. There are two campgrounds on the western side of the reservation if you are looking for a structured spot with amenities and other dog lovers to socialize with. You will want to pack plenty of food, water, towels, and waste bags for your stay here, as there are not any restaurants found directly in the Swinomish area.
Shelter Bay is a small residential community largely occupied by home owners on the southern side of La Conner, on the opposite side of the river. You will enjoy the riverside view found everywhere in this beautiful neighborhood. You will also find the green spaces naturally spread throughout this neighborhood a great place to take your pup on endless walks and wags! There are many access points to the local marinas and an unnamed green space in the middle of the neighborhood where you can bring your dog as long as you don’t forget a leash and some waste bags.
Conway is another great little neighborhood found just twenty minutes outside of La Conner. Found farther up on the Skagit River, Conway is a great retreat for those looking for small town comforts and a break from busy city life. Being on the river, this town is similar to La Conner, albeit smaller in size and population. This town sacrifices none of its charm, however. Your dog will love having space to walk and run with you as you explore the green streets of Conway. You can take your dog to the Pasek Cellars for a beverage and souvenirs in their outdoor seating and shopping area.