Ruffing It Yurt Style

Ruffing It Yurt Style

If you have never gone camping in a yurt, you will be pleasantly surprised at how much it is like camping in a tent, yet, with conveniences of a cabin, such as electricity and heat, and a futon bed. What’s even better is now there are yurts that allow you to take your dog with you. Here are a few in Washington and Oregon to get you started.
Written by Kathleen Hunter | Photos by Julie Clegg
WASHINGTON. If you and your dog enjoy bird watching or simply walking along the beach, then Grayland Beach State Park in Grayland, Wash. is the place to visit. There is a 412-acre park with “marine camping” on the oceanfront in Southwest Washington. They have four pet-friendly yurts available and are open year-round. The weeknight rate is $65 per night; weekend rate is $76 per night.

Near Mount St. Helens is Sequest State Park. With 475-acres of forest and shoreline on Silver Lake. There is one pet-friendly yurt in the park and within walking distance of the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center. They are open year-round; rate is $76 per night.

A little further inland is the Kanaskat-Plamer State Park. Situated on a 320-acre park along the Green River Gorge. Enjoy trout fishing and picnics along the shoreline. River rafting and kayaking is only for the expert-enthusiast. They have one pet-friendly yurt available and are open year-round. The weeknight rate is $64 per night; weekend rate is $75 per night.

There is a $15 per night fee for pets. They do not have a limit to the number of pets or size. Washington parks require that you plan at least one day ahead if you want to make a reservation or as early as nine months before your arrival; call 888.226.7688 or online at parks.wa.gov.

There’s no ruffing it when staying in a Desert Yurt (pictured above) at Cave B Estate Winery, Resort & Spa near Quincy, Wash. There are 25 yurts in all, perched on a hillside overlooking the property with sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding vineyard. Each yurt features a private bathroom, with walk-in shower, sofa, table and chairs, mini-fridge, teapot, and iPod docking station. The cool skydome is perfect for stargazing while relaxing with Rover in the comfort of your king sized bed. The rates range from $169 to $379 (available April-Oct.); 888.785.2283; cavebinn.com.

OREGON. If you want to enjoy some coastal seafood while you’re camping with your dog, Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is going to be your paradise located in Reedsport, Ore. They offer “some of the best crabbing and sports fishing along the Oregon coast.” They have one pet-friendly yurt and are open year-round. Rates are $75 - $80.

Beverly Beach State Park in Newport, Ore. has some campsites along the beach. The main campground is along a creek and “… is one of the state’s largest.” This campground has two pet-friendly yurts and is open year-round. The rates are $54 per night.

William M. Tugman State Park located off highway 101 near Lakeside, Ore. is located on Eel Lake and is perfect for boat fishing or sitting on the edge of the dock. There are also trails through wooded forests where you might have the opportunity to see wildlife such as deer, osprey and eagles. There are six pet-friendly yurts available year-round. The rates are $53 per night.

All Oregon parks require that you plan at least one day ahead if you want to make a reservation or as early as nine months before your arrival. Prices include a $10 fee per night pet fee with a limit of two dogs per site. There are no size limitations. For reservations, call 800.452.5687 or you can reserve online at OregonStateParks.org. Unfortunately, online reservations are not available if you plan to take your pet with you.  
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