Every dog has its day in Ellensburg: Here's where to take yours

No need to leave your dog at home during your next vacation! Ellensburg offers plenty of dog-friendly activities and establishments that you and your furry friend will love! Keep reading for a few ideas and visit myellensburg.com to learn more and begin planning your stay!

Pet-Friendly Events

Ellensburg is a dog-loving city, and nothing shows that more than Dachshunds on Parade! Hundreds of dog-lovers from across the Northwest come to Ellensburg to show off their Dachshunds! The event includes a Breakfast with the Dogs Pancake Feed, a short parade, Dachshund races, pet tricks and a costume contest! In 2017, more than 275 dogs registered to take part in the events so this is a must-see event for dog-lovers, whether you own a Dachshund or not! The 17th annual Dachshunds on Parade will take place Saturday, June 20, 2020.

For more tail-wagging fun, the Kittitas County Farmers Market in Downtown Ellensburg is also dog-friendly. Bring your pup to the lively market to shop for farm fresh local produce, baked goods and fine hand-crafted products. You can visit the farmers market beginning the first Saturday in May!

See more upcoming events in Ellensburg at myellensburg.com/events
Photo courtesy of Cornerstone Pie

Dine with Your Dog

Several restaurants around Ellensburg offer dog-friendly outdoor seating. Enjoy a delicious meal on a shaded patio that’s perfect for bringing your pup and staying cool! Options include Cornerstone Pie, offering delicious fire roasted pizza. If you’re looking for more options, other restaurants may allow dogs so just call ahead of time to check!

Whipsaw's Brew Dogs

Whipsaw Brewing might just be the most dog-friendly establishment around. Just scroll through their social media accounts to see dozens of pictures of some pretty cute pups in the taproom, on the bar and welcoming customers! Your pup will love the energy in this taproom with tons of dog-loving patrons to give a few belly rubs and maybe even the chance to meet some other dogs! For owners, Whipsaw is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day. The independent craft brewery delivers some exceptional beers, always ensuring its patrons receive the highest quality product. Visit Whipsaw and enjoy a pint as a great way to end an adventurous day spent with your furry friend!
Photo courtesy of Whipsaw Brewing

Shop with Your Dog

Ellensburg may be known as a great spot for antiquing but when you hit the streets downtown don’t forget to pick up a treat for your dog! Shop local pet stores with your pooch for unique
accessories, toys and more! Ellensburg is home to fantastic shops including Ellensburg Pet Center and Old Mill Country Store. Find a list of all shopping in Ellensburg at myellensburg.com/things-to-do/shopping/ 


Grab your leash and explore the great outdoors of Ellensburg! With so many parks and hiking trails to choose from there is plenty of opportunity to bring your pup with you for some exercise. Umtanum Creek is one option that can be enjoyed by dogs and their owners. Enjoy this beautiful hike and get the chance to see a variety of wildlife including wildflowers, birds and bighorn sheep! Find more options for parks and hiking trails that may allow dogs on leashes at myellensburg.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/parks/
Off leash dog parks are located in two of Ellensburg’s parks. Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park and Rotary Park both feature areas for going off leash and are great for dogs that play well with others. Dogs are free to run and play with new friends and the parks are just as enjoyable for owners!

Dog-Friendly Hotels

When you’re ready for a good night’s sleep, don’t feel guilty having left your pet at home, bring him along! Ellensburg’s hotels offer options for bringing your dog along. Find dog-friendly accommodations at nearly all of the lodging options in Ellensburg, including Holiday Inn Express, Comfort Inn, Econo Lodge, and more! Begin planning your doggy’s dream vacation at myellensburg.com/stay/