Ravenna lies just north of the University Village and, as such, is home to many of the students and staff of the university. In addition, you will find a lot of young professionals who call this neighborhood home. An outdoor mall and a lively culture make this a great place to hang out, but the neighborhood is also known for being quiet, making it the perfect balance of culture and a great place to go for a walk.
It is a great place to have a dog as well, with convenient access to pet stores and grooming. Boutique specialty stores ensure you have access to the very best of pet foods.
The Seattle climate does not get too cold as extremes are rare. It can be damp and that is cause enough to bundle up in the winter. Rain and wind storms off of the Pacific are one of the few things that are likely to keep you indoors.
Ravenna has some of the milder terrain in the north Seattle area, but that does not mean that it is flat. You will find a ridge that runs through the heart of Ravenna that is actually perfect for those who want to get some exercise while they are walking their dog. The hills are not super steep, but are steep enough to get your blood pumping and help your dog burn off some of that extra energy.
Ravenna has lots of quiet streets that can serve to provide unimpeded walking, but there are a lot of busy roads running through Ravenna as well. This area serves as a connection between the University of Washington and north Seattle that is not the freeway, so it can be heavily used during high traffic times. Depending on where you live, you should be able to avoid many of the busy roads, however, the closer you get to the Interstate, the more difficult that becomes.
Ravenna has one of the best greenways in the area within its confines. The Ravenna-Cowen Park is 50 acres and runs along a stream ravine. This makes the park an oasis in the middle of an urban neighborhood. Trails crisscross the entire park and allow for plenty of exploration. The tall trees and foliage make a perfect place to escape the summer heat and many of the trails are not paved. It is a favorite for locals to take their dogs to, so expect to see lots of friends for your pup.
Ravenna is also only a few blocks off Green Lake. You will likely need to take the car to get there, but a 2.8-mile walking path and lots of people make this a perfect place to walk your dog if you enjoy the hustle of the city. There is still plenty of grass and trees as well as picnic benches if you need to take a break.