Magazine Rates Yakima Valley Pet-Friendly
National Geographic Books has released “The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel” which includes dog-friendly businesses, attractions and outdoor areas in 75 pet-friendly cities and regions across the United States and Canada. The Yakima Valley is one of six communities in the Pacific Northwest featured in the book.
The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel was written by Kelly Carter, a New York Times best-selling author and pet travel expert for AOL’s PawNation and Elite Traveler. In each destination Carter highlights pet offerings including hotels, parks, pet shops and pet friendly businesses. Features of the book include walks to take with your dog, insider tips from local pet owners and sidebars detailing opportunities for people with a dog in tow.
Yakima Valley Tourism approached Carter in early 2013 as the book was being developed. In 2012 the tourism office had created WineDoggies.com, an award winning program developed to assist visitors traveling with their dogs to the Yakima Valley.
WineDoggies.com provides pet-friendly businesses and must-see stops in the region. It also includes a ‘Doggie Bloggie’ hosted by a local canine, an interactive map of 50-plus dog-friendly businesses with open-pet policies and a section where dog-friendly businesses and guests can add pictures and stories of their dogs enjoying Washington’s wine country. In addition to featuring the Wine Doggies website, the book highlights numerous Yakima Valley walking and hiking trails, local pet services, dog friendly wineries and pet events.
“When we found out she was writing this book we knew the Yakima Valley was the right fit,” said John Cooper, president and CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism. “We enjoyed working with Ms. Carter and are honored our community was included.”
The other Northwest cities included in the book are Seattle, Portland, Bend, Coeur d’Alene and Missoula. The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel can be found at local bookstores, Amazon.com and National Geographic’s online bookstore.