Road Trip with Cabana - Ashland, OR

Our family just got back from a road trip up to Portland, Oregon. We had a great time, and so did Cabana, who got to come with us. The drive to Portland is about 11 hours, a little long for one day, so we divided the drive into two almost-equal portions. Our first night was spent in Ashland, OR, where we stayed at a quaint dog-friendly motel called The Palms Cottages. Here's their beautifully manicured front garden area.

Our room was right next door to this enclosed garden--so convenient and gorgeous!

The theatres were dark on the night we were there, so we didn't get to see a Shakespearean play. But we did make use of the swimming pool at the motel. Dogs aren't allowed in the swimming pool. For a non-swimming dog, you'd think Cabana wouldn't care. She sat and watched quietly while my husband and older daughter swam. But when my younger daughter jumped into the pool, Cabana started to bark! I think she was protesting, "Hey, what about me?! I want to get in, too!" I told Cabana, "that's enough," and she stopped barking right away, though she followed up with a few disgruntled groans. It was a hot day, and I wished I could have let Cabana dip her paws into the water. Poor Cabana, so mistreated and neglected.

The pool area offered sectioned-off shady lounging areas for an additional fee. Anyone want to rent a cabana for $25/day? Actually, the fee to have a pet at the hotel was $25, so I guess we really did pay $25 for our Cabana!

Ashland is lovely, surrounded by mountains and tons of trees. The clerk at the motel, a dog mom herself, told me about a field nearby where lots of people take their dogs to socialize in the mornings, so Cabana and I decided to check it out.

Only one little white dog was there when we went, but Cabana was happy to play with him for a few minutes.

Our time in Ashland was too short, since we needed to get back on the road. Interestingly, on DogFriendly.com, it says that Ashland is one of the least dog-friendly places on the west coast! It's true that we did find it a bit difficult to find a place with outdoor seating for breakfast. Even then, the cafe had posted a sign, saying that although they loved dogs, they weren't allowed on the patio. Thankfully, they had a little tie-up post a few feet away for dogs to be "parked". But I thought the motel had been extremely dog-friendly, even providing us with a water bowl, waste bags, and high quality treats.

Stay tuned for more posts about our trip!

My Life in Blog Years  – (July 15, 2012 at 2:38 PM)  

Looks like a beautiful place to visit!

therufusway  – (July 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM)  

We just moved to the Portland area, and absolutely love it! I can't wait to hear more.

Cassie & The Dogs  – (July 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM)  

So fun! Though, I am super bummed that you were there on the Saturday that Dagan and I finally made it to the park on a Saturday morning! I walked up tentatively (and Dagan was a BUTT on leash!!) and asked "Umm... are these Cabana's friends?" real classy like. Glad you guys had a good trip! Dagan says all is well with the dog park friends :)

JackDaddy  – (July 15, 2012 at 9:34 PM)  

That does look like a very beautiful place to stay. Jack and I usually end up at the Motel 6 :)

thattouchofpit.com  – (July 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM)  

I LOVE Ashland! I lived there for almost four months a few years ago and had a wonderful time. It's a beautiful town with great theater and amazing food! So nice to see your pictures with Cabana!

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