Fluffers Al Fresco: Picnic & Dog-Friendly Fun Near Seward Park

Everybody is itchin’ to get out of the house these days, but it’s important to do so safely. How about some open-air dining fur two? Follow this guide to go on the ultimate Seward Park date with your dog while supporting local businesses along the way.

Start the Day with Caffe Vita

Fido is raring to go, but you take a while to fully wake up. On your way south to Seward Park, swing by Caffe Vita off Wilson Ave. S. for a cup of their furbulous Joe. Hot day? Make sure to ask the friendly baristas for some water for doggo (you can bring him inside!) while you pick up a pastry for yourself. Carbo loading for the big walk, right? If coffee isn’t your jam, get out of Seattle. KIDDING! Vita is also stocked with loose leaf teas, and a little birdie told me their hot cocoa is to die for (it’s me, I’m the birdie).

Order Takeout from King Donuts

It isn’t a dog picnic without some delicious noms, and King’s is the answer whether you want baked goods, Thai food, or a place to do some laundry (fur real–it’s equal parts bakery, laundromat, and Thai resto). Swing by and pick up a to-go order. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we’re personally in love with their Pad See Ew. And if you need one more pastry for the road, then A) You’re our people, and B) GET THE MAPLE BAR. Plz leave pupper outside while you grab your food. Don’t worry–the service is quick!

Walk at Seward Park

Coffee in hand, food in bag, pup on leash–you’re ready to go! Your four-legged friend has been patiently waiting as you did all these hooman errands, so they are ready to GO GO GO! Click that leash on and walk the Seward Park loop. On a clear day, Mt. Rainier can be seen from a solid 75% of the walk, and with Lake Washington literally around every corner, there are plenty of private divots from the path where you can let a well-behaved pup take a swim. Dog = swimming, you = scarfing down Thai food. All is right in the world!

Finish the Outing with Ideal Pet Shop 

Floof did so good on the walk! Little to no pulling and only mild begging for the Pad See Ew means he’s due a reward, don’t you think? Ideal Pet Shop is a quaint store a couple blocks from the park absolutely stocked with pet foods, treats, toys, and accessories. #ShopLocal and pick up a couple treats for the goodest boy there ever was!

What’s your pal’s Seward Park must-do? Woof at us in the comments, and be sure to tag #SidewalkDog in all those outdoorsy pics.

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