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Why Portland Oregon Is A Mecca For Vegans & Their Four-Legged Friends

Portlanders, as they are often called, are some of the most animal-friendly people on the planet and their namesake city is no exception. While our vegan and vegetarian listings for this bustling town has over a hundred restaurants that serve the finest foods without the flesh, look for those with outside dining and it’s likely that your pet will be accommodated in this area.

Farmers Market Portland

For the freshest produce, Portland offers a variety of Farmers Markets(1) that deliver the finest in farm to fork foods. Those seeking the very best fruits and vegetables, without the pesticides, added salt and other health risks(2) from unnecessary additives, these open air shopping sites are a must for vegans.

But there’s more than healthy eating that proves Portland is the prime location for both animal lovers and their vegan owners.

A Dog’s Dreamland

Voted by Animal Planet(3) as the top pet-friendly location in the USA, Portland is home to more dog parks per capita than any other city. With almost three dozen off-leash parks, this pet and pedestrian friendly town is a walkable wonderland for humans and their four-legged friends.

Arguably one of the most popular dog roaming locations is Sellwood Riverfront park, where you and your dog can enjoy 1.5 acres of off-leash areas, paved and unpaved paths, picnic tables and stunning riverfront views.

Beer and Coffee

Portland is also known for their many microbreweries and trendy coffee shops. Similar to vegan restaurants with outdoor dining, some of these beer joints and cafes also offer covered patios and welcome pets along with their customers in these outside seating areas. Here are just a few of the most popular proprietors of pubs serving suds alongside your pup:

● Alleyway Cafe and Bar – Note there’s live music on Thursdays outdoors if your pet is sensitive to loud noises
Amnesia Brewing – The warehouse type location is open to service with your animal on its outdoor patio
Lucky Lab – Another great dog-friendly location to enjoy time with friends, both furry and otherwise
Risretto Roasters – Here you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a cold brew

While most coffeehouses, restaurants, pubs and cafes will require dogs to stay outdoors, don’t be surprised if a few well behaved mutts make it indoors.


Stay and Play

If you’re visiting from out of town and are looking for a nice place to stay that allows pets, Portland is known for its many eclectic locales, and lodging is no exception. For example, McMenamins Kennedy School was once a haven for elementary school children, but it has been transformed into an entertainment extravaganza that includes pet-friendly rooms. But it’s more than just a hotel, there’s a movie theater, music venues, restaurants and bars.

On the pricier side, there’s another unusual option to be found at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco. In addition to human amenities that include a fitness center and in-room spas, this upscale location will also pamper your pooch with a massage. Afterwards, enjoy a wine reception in their lobby or have a drink at their onsite bar, the Red Tavern.

With all its great dog parks, fine vegan restaurants, farmers markets and pet-friendly lodging options, Portland should be on your list of places to visit for a well-rounded getaway. While it has a reputation for being soggy, Oregon still enjoys many bright days and even brighter opportunities and adventures for vegans and their four-legged friends.


About the author: Mark Kirkpatrick is a journalist, health and fitness enthusiast in Los Angeles, California. He has found that productivity starts with healthy habits and hopes to help others achieve their goals through positive reinforcement. You can follow him on Twitter at @KirkpatricM.

Research source links:
1 – City of Portland Oregon ‘2015 Farmers Market Listings’ 2015
2 – Ross Quade ‘Health Risk Associated with High Sodium Intake’ 15 June, 2015
3 – Anna Vallery ‘10 Awesome Dog-Friendly U.S. Cities to Visit in 2015’ 2 Jan, 2015

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