Twisp River Suites owner Joe Marver relaxes in the fenced area connected to one of three new dog-friendly units he is now offering. Photo by Don Nelson

Twisp River Suites owner Joe Marver relaxes in the fenced area connected to one of three new dog-friendly units he is now offering. Photo by Don Nelson

By Don Nelson

It was one weekend a year ago, after seven potential guests asked if Twisp River Suites could accommodate dogs, when suites owner Joe Marver decided that building canine-friendly units might be a good idea.

The plan came to fruition recently when Marver began offering nightly lodgings tailored to dog owners and their pets  – in a three-unit building across the street from the suites on Twisp Avenue.

Many other local lodgings have dog-friendly options available (see list below). Marver takes the concept a step farther: Each unit has a separate, fenced outdoor area for pets to cavort in, with a “doggy door” from the inside rooms to an outside deck. The fenced areas can each be reached through a locked gate.

Also outside will be a dog-washing area for pets that accompany their masters to the Methow’s outdoorsy attractions.

Inside, the units are each equipped with flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-refrigerators, coffee makers, fireplaces and “doggy pillows” for reclining canines. A fully equipped common kitchen can also be shared by guests.

The building’s exterior is designed to match the suites’ distinctive metal cladding.

Marver said he had decided not to allow dogs in the suites when he opened in June 2012. But when he saw how many inquiries he was receiving, he moved out of the house he was living in and began converting it to the dog-friendly units.

Marver was able to tap into a long list of customers to begin spreading the word about the new units. “It’s almost like it [the marketing effort] was ready-made,” he said.

Marver didn’t like any of the names he came up with for the addition, so he is conducting a public contest to name it. The winner will get a free overnight stay plus dinner. Ideas can be emailed to info@twispriversuites.com.

Two of the rooms regularly rent for $159 a night; a third with a king-size bed goes for $199, according to the Twisp River Suites website, www.twispriversuites.com. Each accommodates up to two pets.

Like most other inns that take pets, Twisp River Suites will add a non-refundable charge of $25 per night plus a $200 refundable damage deposit, Marver said.

According to Central Reservations, the following local establishments offer dog-friendly options: Winthrop Inn; Virginian Resort; River Pines Inn; River Run Inn; Wolf Creek Cabins & Lodging; Mazama Trails Complex (five cabins in Mazama); Twisp River Inn B & B; Lost River Resort; A Bend in the River Lodge & Cabin; Cascade Condo Development; and various private cabins throughout the Methow Valley.