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Pet friendly is the way to go in Newport

Sometimes we can’t be separated from our pets and other times we just don’t want to be — especially when we’re headed to a place whose sand, smells and surf can seem tailor-made for a doggie pal.

Don’t despair. Newport has plenty of hotels where your pet is welcome. 

Starfish Point in Agate Beach offers condos with fireplaces and kitchens and easy beach access with Agate Beach Golf Course nearby. The Inn at Nye Beach is another good choice, with free breakfast, good access to browsing Nye Beach and spa tub and services, along with its pet-friendly status.

On the harbor side of things, consider The Landing at Newport, located at 890 SE Bay Blvd., which has smoke-free condos and welcomes Fido. A free area shuttle and 24-hour fitness center are also pluses here.

The Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn is a perennial favorite for pet owners, as is Elizabeth Oceanfront Suites perched on the sea cliffs above Nye Beach.

For economy travelers, Motel 6 at 2633 S SE Pacific Way and Econo Lodge at 606 SW Coast Highway also allow guests to keep pets in the room.

If you do bring your pal, remember, it is cooler on the coast but the inside of vehicles can still heat up fast. Keep those windows cracked, make sure your pet has plenty of water and only leave them briefly and if you have to. Travel with your dog’s pillow or mat, water dish and chew toys so they have familiar objects around to help them stay calm.

Looking for a dog-friendly place to eat? The following Newport establishments allow well-behaved dogs in their outdoor seating areas: Nana’s Irish Pub, Cafe Mundo, South Beach Fish Market, Ocean Bleu @ Gino’s, The Coffee House and SeaDogs Restaurant & Lounge. Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, these establishments should have you covered.

Don’t leave the dog behind when there’s so much you can all enjoy together on the coast.