Pet-Friendly Lodging in Eugene, Oregon

by Cicely A. Richard

Eugene, Oregon, features the natural beauty of Mounts Pisgah and the Coburg Hills, and the Willamette and McKenzie rivers flow through the city. Pet-friendly lodgings in Eugene offer views of these scenic landscapes, many with open spaces were pets may roam freely. While numerous lodgings only allow pets in rooms, select properties provide pet amenities, including special menus. Dog owners are within walking distance of one of Eugene’s five off-leash dog parks and pet stores.

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Indoor Pools

Best Western New Oregon Motel is within walking distance of the University of Oregon, an ideal location for visitors attending sporting events. The motel has designated rooms for guests bringing pets and requires a deposit upon check-in. Pet owners must call before bringing pets to see if their breed is acceptable. If rooms are not damaged, the hotel returns the deposit. In addition to a heated indoor pool, the motel offers fitness facilities, basketball and racquetball. All guest rooms contain refrigerators. Hilton Eugene & Conference Center is located in downtown Eugene next to the Hult Center for Performing Arts. It has an indoor pool and whirlpool. Hotel amenities include airport shuttle service, bike rentals and a 24-hour fitness center. Select suites offer kitchenettes and print-on-demand services.

Outdoor Pools

Valley River Inn sits on the banks of the Willamette River next to the Valley River Center, which offers more than 140 stores. The property features flower gardens containing rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and Douglas firs. The concierge arranges guided tours of the gardens. On-site amenities include a seasonal outdoor pool, airport shuttle, grocery shopping and bike rentals. The “Pampered Pooch” package consists of doggie treats, lists of pet-friendly attractions and dog parks, and gift certificates to Lexi Dog, a local pet salon. Extended stay suites have living rooms, dining tables, wet bars and flatware. Residence Inn Eugene Springfield, also on the banks of the river, offers suites with full kitchens, living rooms and a dining area. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, grocery shopping, restaurant delivery and evening receptions.

Campgrounds/RV Parks

Armitage Park, operated by the Lane County Department of Public Works, sits on 57 acres on the banks of the McKenzie River. It has a two-acre off-leash park area with water, doggie bags, picnic table and shade. The park also offers volleyball courts, a boat ramp and a half-mile nature trail. The campground provides year-round overnight accommodations for tents and RVs with electricity, water and sewage. Premier RV Resort of Eugene is two miles north of Eugene on the Coburg foothills and features a pond filled with ducks and geese. The resort offers a fenced, off-leash dog-walking area. On-site amenities include a convenience store, laundry facilities, bath houses, a pool and a game room. All paved RV sites have electricity, cable television, water and sewage hookups.

Bed and Breakfast

Augusta House is a bed and breakfast featuring the Willamette Valley, which includes fertile mountains and valleys surrounding Eugene and the Willamette River. The bed and breakfast has two suites with king-size beds, sofa beds, flat-screen televisions and DVD players, safes, and Internet access. The bed and breakfast provides complimentary laptops. The property has fenced-in front and back yards where dogs can run around, and the innkeepers supply special dog menus.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .