Multnomah is a beautiful neighborhood on the southwest side of Portland, Oregon. The Multnomah Village is located centrally in the neighborhood and is easily walkable. This commercial area has unique shops and services, bars, and restaurants and is a popular pedestrian location. There are also commercial establishments along the southern border on Barbur Boulevard.
There are two pet-friendly restaurants by the name of Village Coffee and Labrador Public House which both allow pets on their outdoor patios. Dog owners can also access OREV Specialty Vet Care and Healthy Pets Northwest in the region.
Portland has plenty of overcast and rainy weather in the fall, winter, and spring, so you will need to ensure you have good rain gear handy. Winters are cool with average lows just below freezing. Frigid temperatures and snow are rare, so you don't need a heavy winter coat, however, icy conditions on sidewalks can occur and make footing treacherous, so take precautions when walking with your dog.
Multnomah is an irregularly shaped neighborhood with Vermont Street on the north, Interstate 5 on the south, Capitol Hill Road on the east, and 45th Avenue on the west. The terrain is hilly and you and your pup will need to climb up and down some hills when walking in the neighborhood. This can be an issue if either of you has mobility issues, so you may want to scout out more gentle inclines if this is concern.
Many residential streets do not have sidewalks which means you and your pup will need to share the road with local traffic. When this is necessary, walk facing oncoming vehicles with your dog leashed.
Dwellings in the area are mostly beautiful, unique single-family homes with plenty of variety. Private properties are lushly landscaped and well maintained. The area has lots of large shade trees and greenery, making it attractive for strolls with your pet.
The northwest corner of Multnomah is home to Gabriel Park, a 90-acre greenway with recreational facilities and amenities like restrooms, picnic sites, and WiFi. There are lots of trees and open areas which are interwoven with paved and unpaved walking paths which are ideal for dog walkers, especially since there is a dog park associated with the greenway.
Gabriel Park has two separate dog parks, one for winter use, and one for summer use. The summer dog park is enclosed by a chain link fence and has a natural grass surface. During the wintertime, the summer area can become too muddy and the winter area, which has a sand surface, comes into use. Drinking water and bowls for dogs are available in the parks. Because of its proximity to the tennis courts, there are usually plenty of tennis balls for puppy play laying around!
Other community parks include Custer Park and Spring Garden Park which provide open green spaces and make excellent walking destinations.