Recognized internationally for its' beautiful tulips and scenic small-town downtown area, Mount Vernon, Washington is also an exceptionally pet-friendly place. If you're looking to enjoy the day with your four-legged friend, there's a myriad of attractions and events to enjoy.
Mount Vernon's dog park was established in the last few years, after much preparation from the town and its' residents. Bakerview Dog Park is an expansive fenced-in area that offers the standard dog amenities like water (except during the winter) and covered picnic tables. In addition, some agility equipment is available for those pooches seeking something a little extra.
Perhaps the best thing about Mount Vernon is its' proximity to a huge amount dog-friendly hiking and walking trails. In need of a gentle afternoon stroll? Little Mountain Park offers four miles of paths and just under a thousand feet of elevation gain, whilst providing gorgeous mountain-top views of the Skagit Valley, Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound.
Got an active dog who needs more of a challenge? Oyster Dome is a local favorite. This 7-mile path takes hikers 2,000 feet above sea level, towards stunning views of the Skagit River, Orca's Island, and the Samish Bay. Noted for the trail's many switchbacks and rough terrain, the stellar views and glimpses of local flora and fauna are enough to make this tough trail worth it.
There’s no better place to explore the outdoors with your pup than at Little Mountain Park. With 522 acres of land and 10 miles of sniff-tastic trails, you can hike with your dog all day long and enjoy nature at its finest. There is even a viewpoint overlooking the Olympic Mountains and tulip fields at the top! Edgewater Park is also a pawsome place to bring your furry friend to play, as long as he remains on leash. With green grass and a path along the scenic Skagit River, your dog’s tail is sure to be wagging all day long.
In the City Center, you will find plenty of dog-friendly eating spots that you can enjoy with your furry friend. If you love delicious food and craft beers, the Skagit River Brewery lets you have both, as well as enjoy the company of your dog at the deck tables. The Shambala Bakery and Bistro also allow pups the oppawtunity to sit with you outdoors. To reward your dog for being a good boy or girl, Lions Park makes a great location down by the Skagit River for a leisurely stroll. It has trees and wood areas to explore, as well as a grass field where you can play fetch.
If you are a food lover, the Riverside Café gives you the oppawtunity to bring your pup along for all of the fun. This family restaurant is dog-friendly and serves good ol’ American grub. Dogs are welcome to chill out with you at the patio tables and enjoy the good weather. For a refreshing beer, check out the Farmstrong Brewery Company that also houses Sushi by Chin, which is a food truck located in their parking lot. There is plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks and your furry friend’s company – a pawsitively great day for everybody!
This lovely neighborhood boasts a park that shares its name. Bakerview Park has a host of fun activities for all of the family to enjoy, including your dog! With 38 acres of green fields and open areas, your pup can explore on leash and play with their favorite ball, as well as enjoy pawsome off-leash facilities. The Bakerview Dog Park is fenced with plenty of room for your dog to run and have fun, as well as make some new furry friends. There are separate areas for small and large dogs. With all that exercise, your panting pup can enjoy some water, while you rest at the shaded picnic tables.
At Hillcrest Park in this neighborhood of the same name, your dog will love the open space for playing fetch and the sniff-tastic walking trails.This beautiful, 30 acre park is always full of life and with picnic shelters and plenty of nature to explore, you can have a great day out with your furry friend. All top dogs are welcome here, provided they remain on their leash. If you are hungry, you can head to Jorge’s Kitchen for some delicious Mexican food and beer. This place is dog friendly and pups are able to join you at your picnic table in the beer garden – Bon A-pet-treat!