New York has been my home for most of my adult life, but I'll still always be a West-Coast-best-coast kind of girl. So, when we had the opportunity to spend a weekend with Dave in the picture-perfect beach town of Seabrook, WA, flying across the country was a no-brainer.
Even lots of born-and-raised Seattleites still haven't heard of Seabrook because it’s actually brand new. The concept is half crazy, half marketing-brilliance. In 2004, a real estate developer decided to create a "new beach town" for Washington. The result is rows of pristine beach cottages and a millennial-friendly, picturesque cluster of shops, bars, and restaurants just off the sandy beaches of Washington's Olympic Peninsula.
The best part of Seabrook is that it's a dog's dream. In spite of the fact that the cottages look like they're straight out of Joanna Gaines' imagination, more than 150 of them are dog-friendly. We stayed in a house called The Seaberry, where Dave was provided with his own bed, bowls, a special Seabrook dog tag, and a throw sheet we could use to protect the couch if he got especially sandy on the beach. (Spoiler alert: he did.)
Check out our picks for a dog-friendly escape below.
Spend the Day at the Beach: Seabrook's beach welcomes both alcohol and off-leash dogs, which if you ask me, sounds a lot like paradise. Dave had the time of his life digging in the sand, chasing seagulls, and splashing in the shallows. Humans can rent paddle boards, surf boards, and boogie boards in town, or opt to spend the day relaxing in the sand.
Make Friends at the Seabrook Dog Park: Off the beach, dogs are required to be on a leash, but if you want Fido to make some friends, you can check out the Seabrook dog park for off-leash adventures.
Take Your Pup Shopping: Stop by The Salty Dog downtown to get your pup a new toy or treat. Or pick some sweets for humans at The Sweet Life and gifts at Seaworthy Home, which bills itself as "design friendly and dog friendly." Could you ask for anything more?
Hike the Olympic Peninsula: If you're visiting for a longer stay, don't miss out on the chance to take your dog on some of the Pacific Northwest's best hikes in easy driving distances from Seabrook. Consider exploring Crescent Lake, Lake Quinault, Kalaloch, and the Hoh Rainforest.
Eat and Drink:
Doggy Dining: Dine al fresco on Mill 109's pup-friendly patio with a mix of pub food, salads, and PNW favorites. Frontager's Pizza also offers a dog-friendly patio and mix of creative pizza combos and flavors. If you're looking for picnic ingredients, try Front Street Market for a curated selection of vacation necessities and artisanal picnic favorites.
Night Cap: Try the Stowaway Wine Bar for a selections of snacks (CHEESE!) and some great wines.
There are so many adorable Seabrook cottages that it's hard to choose. Each has its' own punny or beachy name, and you can browse them all here. Some of our favorites are the water-facing Seabluff, the environmentally-friendly Sea's the Day, the sweet little Sandpiper, and of course, The Seaberry, where we spent our stay. The pet fee for Seabrook is $50-$75 per pet, per visit with conditions listed here.