A Home On The Harbor

dog on a beach

Dog Days on Whidbey

Whidbey Island is a very dog friendly place to vacation. From patio dining to off-leash beaches your four-legged friend will have the time of her life.

Freeland Park on Holmes Harbor is a wonderful beach for walks with your furry pal. It’s easy to pop out the door and take off for a nice beach walk and then up into the woods by Freeland Hall. In the summer, this trail smells like warm blackberries and the views of the harbor are so calming. On windy, wintery days it’s fun to bundle up and enjoy the crashing sound of large waves.

Playing on a beach
Playing on the beach on Holmes Harbor.

Another great dog beach is Double Bluff Beach. This beach has a two mile long stretch of off leash luxury for your dog. You’ll enjoy tidelands, views of Mt. Rainier and you might even partake in the year-round clamming. Bring shoes that can get muddy and a dog towel for the car.

Dog in a field

Visiting the beautiful and peaceful woodland gardens at Meerkerk Gardens. The garden is a pet friendly walk in cultivated nature. You and your doggy will be dazzled with the beautiful Rhododendrons Meerkerk Gardens is famous for as you explore the 53 acres of ornamental gardens and coastal woodland trails. You can even bring your picnic!

One of our favorite places, Greenbank Farms, has off leash trails for doggies. You can enjoy the seaside farm setting with trails, ponds, and gardens. Then after you are finished enjoying the beautiful outdoors, you can grab picnic supplies from The Cheese Shop and picnic outside on the picnic tables. Of course, you should also consider a visit the not-to-be missed Whidbey Pies and Cafe. You can enjoy your lunch and pie in the doggy friendly patio dining.

Greenbank Farm

Speaking of picnics, maybe you’d like to stop at a winery with your dog. Spoiled Dog Winery is aptly named and welcomes your dog on leash in the outdoor tasting area and the covered spot also has overhead heaters for colder temperatures. After you’ve relaxed and enjoyed your tastings you can feel free to walk the vineyards with your furry pal.

Spoiled Dog Winery
Dog Friendly, Spoiled Dog Winery

Maybe you need some doggie supplies or would like a do-it-yourself bath at a professional center after a muddy beach day? Our favorite pet supply store is nearby Healthy Pet. They have a self-serve dog wash with four tubs and they include aprons, towels, shampoo, grooming tools, and dryers in the low flat rate. We love to get our raw and specialty dog food here too.

dog wash

If you need a some professional grooming help or a drop in nail trim check out Four Paws Only Pet Salon located behind the Shell station. Even my dog doesn’t mind getting her nails trimmed here. Cash only.

Another great pet supply store is our local Country Store. You’ll find leashes, food, toys, and all here, plus you can pick up a pair of mud boots for you! Extra bonus if baby chicks are in!

Many more of our favorite places to hike and visit also welcome your pet on leash, but these places should be a good start. We hope you get out there and enjoy Whidbey with your wonderful buddy.