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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - Northeast
Dozens of destinations for you and your co-pilot


From St. Augustine Beaches, to a dog camp in Morris, N.Y., Bark readers reveal their must-go dog-friendly summer destinations in the Northeast.

Fourpeaks Adirondack Backcountry Camps in Jay, N.Y.: 700 acres of breathtaking beauty. You cannot count the stars. No leashes. I have never met a crabby person there and most people bring friendly dogs. It is heaven. — Kathleen Hurley

Nothing better for a family/dog vacation: Provincetown, Mass., at the easternmost tip of Cape Cod. It’s easy to find a motel or inn that takes dogs, and when you walk down Commercial Street, merchants have bowls of water out for thirsty canines, and many stores and outdoor restaurants let you bring your dog in. There are beautiful (and free) beaches where you can take your dog on off-peak hours; a great dog park, Pilgrim Bark Park; and nearly everywhere you walk offers scenic views of the Atlantic. — John Stemen & Lisa Cohen

Burlington, Vt: Swimming in the lake, three off-leash dog parks, outdoor dining on Church Street, walking the 13-mile bike path next to the lake, exploring trails in the Burlington Intervale and Ethan Allen Homestead. — Cindy Kilgore

Do the dew! Dewey Beach, Del., that is. Dewey Beach is a dog-friendly town. The beach is available for dog play before 9:30 in the morning and after 5:30 in the evening. Every entrance to the beach and most street corners have free doggie bags and trash cans. It truly is better when you don’t have to leave your best friends behind. — Lisa Rufft

If you find yourself in Providence, the East Side is a wonderful network of walkable, tree-lined streets connecting a couple of cute neighborhoods ... each with super dog-friendly businesses! Wayland Square on one end has a dog friendly book store (Books on the Square), Cafe (The Edge Cafe - with home-made dog biscuits), Wine Store (Wayland Square Fine Wines) and dog boutique (Plaid and Stripe). A short (1.5 mile) stroll down Blackstone Boulevard with its tree-filled central park takes you to Lippit Park, home to an awesome and super dog-friendly Farmers Market on Saturday mornings all summer (there's even a doggy bakery, Jack's Snacks). From there, you can wander back up Hope Street to another stretch of restaurants and cafes (Seven Stars, for one!) with dog-friendly outdoor seating. — Laurelin

The Daniel Rust House B&B in Coventry CT. Pet friendly and they'll watch your dog while you meander! — Elinor Bernstein



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Submitted by Jane | June 10 2011 |

New England is a great place to travel with pets. In addition to all the great tips here, we have listings of dog-friendly lodgings, campgrounds, beaches, and fun destinations at www.NewEnglandDogTravel.com.

Submitted by Ann Withun | March 28 2012 |

Come join us at the Blue Ridge Dog Scout Mini Camp in Swanton, MD this year! 4 days full of fun with all the dog sports and activities you want to try, complete with campfires and s'mores. All activities and instruction (available from 9am-9pm), all meals, and lodging included in registration. Fun for all levels of dogs and handlers, and benefits the Dog Scouts' nonprofit mission of responsible dog ownership.

Ann Withun, BS, ACDBC, CPDT-KA

Submitted by Intrepid Pup | March 29 2012 |

We love getting out and about in Maine's "Vacationland." Top spots include romping at Kennebunk Beach (Kennebunk), hiking Mount Battie and other trails in Camden Hills State Park (Camden), and taking the Casco Bay Lines ferry to explore Peaks Island (Portland). We've provided more pet-friendly details and itineraries for each of these locations at http://www.intrepidpup.com/2012/03/04/vacationland/

Submitted by JPadilla | March 29 2012 |

Every summer for the last 6 years I've taken my dogs to Glen Highland Farm on a Canine Country Getaway. The property was built around people to enjoy with their dogs. Stay onsite in a tent, cabin or RV and enjoy nature outside your door. Their website is http://www.canineoutdooradventures.com - highly recommended!!!

Submitted by Anonymous | March 29 2012 |

The paw house inn VT!! Great place caters to dogs!!!

Submitted by Jerry | March 30 2012 |

You won't find a dog-friendlier place than Daggett Lake Campsites in the southern Adirondack mountains. A weekend in June dedicated to dogs (Daggett Dog Days), a "dog beach" for swimming, separate from the "people beach," hiking trails all the way around the lake that take you to heights with breathtaking views. Campsites, RV sites, camper cabins, and cottages--all dog-friendly. http://www.daggettlake.com. Check it out. You won't regret it.

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