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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - Northeast

Two well behaved dogs are allowed to stay for free with their owners at the beautiful Paradise Point Cottages on Lake Umbagog located at: P.O. Box 98 Rte.26 Errol, New Hampshire. 603-482-3834. The owners, Ricky and Linda Blais have 3 yellow Labs. A most beautiful spot to relax and vacation on the NH/ME border and near Canada. Wildlife abounds like moose and loons, deer, bears and of course the natural beauty of Lake Umbagog and peace and quiet and the beauty of sales tax free New Hampshire. Beautiful clean cabins await you for your stay. Something for everyone year round in New Hampshire's Great North Woods. Highly recommended. —Luanne Nieder-Goodall


The best off leash fun is Bare Cove in Hingham, MA. Dogs are expected to be under voice control as many people use this fantastic place for family fun, exercise and simply enjoying nature whether or not they own a dog. There are trails through the woods or paved paths for the less adventurous type. Fresh water can be found but the larger bodies of water are brakish and perfect for swimming (dogs and humans alike!). — Joy Higgins


Mention the "dog beach" and our Portuguese Water dog, "Max,” goes bonkers! Off Rt. 85 on the Marlboro/Hudson, MA line, this pet-friendly beach area is small and not "advertised,” but very visible as it's part of Fort Meadow reservation. It's a short walk off the road through some woods. We've never seen a dog fight or any misbehaviour and humans can even go in and get wet!! — Bonnie Elman


We had a great vacation with our dog last summer at the Interlaken Inn in the Southern Berkshires. Great dog friendly lodging surrounded by cute little towns. Plus the Inn has a lovely lake with a beach for human and canine swimming. And the Inn supports a local animal shelter. — Jen B.


At least half of our adventure is driving to our destination. I don't know if you can name a particular hotel/motel chain, but we definitely recommend LaQuinta. Pets are always welcome! — Sister Mary Winifred


If you are staying in the Portland, Maine area the best hotel to stay at is The Inn by the Sea in Cape Elizabeth, ME. They treat your dog like they treat you. They have a Special Package called incredible pets, that includes your dogs own PERSONALIZED LL Bean dog bed, made in maine dog toys, turn down treat, spa treatments, room service menus, the works! Plus you are close to Fort Williams Park, several local dog parks, Old Port in Portland and the beach all great, scenic dog walking places!! — Gloria Peterson


Boothbay Harbor, Maine, Lots of Dog Friendly shops....lots of water bowls,pet friendly accomodations, miles of preserve trails and The Creative Turtle..dog friendly art gallery specializing in Pet Portraits & eco friendly dog items!! Small harbor town ....perfectly Maine! — Anita Roelz


I grew up around Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park in Maine. There are tons of dog-friendly B&Bs, restaurants and businesses (everyone has a dog water dish outside of their store). And, there are amazing trails for every ability. It’s a must-go every summer for us. — Laurelin Sitterly

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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.
http://blueridgedogscoutcamp.blogspot.com

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.