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Dog-Friendly Travel Tips - Northeast
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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


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


We love the Highland House in Cape May, New Jersey! And, Sunset Beach is a doggie friendly beach and a short mile from Highland House!!! Doggie friendly dining in Cape May is easy to find, but our favorite restaurant is Aleathea's Restaurant at the Inn at Cape May. Our "kidz" enjoyed their dinners while seated in very comfortable dining chairs (same as Mom and Dad's). They enjoyed a bowl of ice cold water and a dinner combination of steak and chicken on china plates! Highly recommend Highland House, Sunset Beach and Aleathea's ♥ — Janie Lamberton


How about Grapehounds - an event in NY and Virginia each year that combines wine tasting and adopted retired racing greyhounds - best part - all of the proceeds go to help greyhound adoption groups in these states! [Seneca Lake, NY, July 28-31; VA event in May] — Cindy Siddon


St. Augustine Beaches and town are dog friendly. What a delight to watch our 2 dogs run on the beach! Many vacation homes to rent are also dog friendly there. It was wonderful not having to leave them in a kennel for the duration of our trip. Go to St. Augustine's with your best buddy! — Cheryl Lee


My dogs and I vote for Canine Outdoor Adventures at Glen Highland Farm in Morris, NY. They host a fantastic off-leash group dog camp every year with amazing teachers. Camp size is about 40 informed & enlightened dog lovers and their dogs. The Farm itself is gorgeous - trails thru hilltop meadows, hemlock forests, a creek with tons of hideaway dog beaches. In addition to Camp they offer the Getaway where you and your dog(s) can enjoy 2-night min stay in one of their RVs, cabins or tents and enjoy the 175-acre property at your leisure. We've come back every year (for Camp and a Getaway) for the last 6 years. The 6-hour drive is totally worth it! — Joycelene Padilla


L'Oreal Day in August in NJ...so much fun and the goodie bags are legendary! — Debbie Viney


After the summer has sizzled and the leaves are brilliant gold and crimson, Shelburne Museum in Burlington, Vermont, opens its doors to the dogs of Vermont on September 18th. Over 1200 dogs and their human friends descend on the grounds for a day of agility, contests, training demos, frisbee lessons, and everything dog. For those carrying the purse, there are over a hundred dog-related vendors. For Vermonters, it really marks the calendar of the seasons changing from warm to cold. — Cindy Kilgore


For an absolutely heavenly time with my dogs, I head to Dog Mountain in St Johnsbury, VT. Founded by the late Stephen Huneck, an avid dog lover and artist, he created the Dog Chapel on Dog Mountain as a tangible expression of the deep and healing connection between humans and dogs. Dog Mountain is a place where people and their dogs can romp amid acres of green grass, wildflowers and sculptures that celebrate all the best things canine. Water, treats, agility obstacles and of course, The Dog Chapel are all there for the exploring as are trails and ponds. Inside the Dog Chapel, the walls are lovingly covered with notes and photos of dogs from all over the world---some in memory of a beloved dog, some in celebration. Stephen's wife, Gwen, and supporters of Dog Mountain are there to greet you and answer questions. A lovely store (that is dog friendly!) which carries the work of Stephen Huneck is there for you to browse for the perfect gift for a dog lover you know or yourself. Your purchase helps to keep Dog Mountain open free of charge for humans and canines from all over the world. — Mary Ramsden


The creme de la creme of 4-Season Inns, designed for dogs AND their owners in a beautiful, centrally located region of VT. The food is delicious, the accommodations fantastic, with their own agility ring, and deluxe "boarding house" if you want to get some time without "the kids." A class act, and very much worth the effort. The Paw House Inn, West Rutland, VT. — Katrina Anderson


Mystic Connecticut is a great place for dog owners.  You can take early morning walks on the water, and some of the main tourist attractions, including Mystic Seaport and Olde Mystik Village allow you to bring your dog.  There are some good outdoor dining spots, and there are plenty of chain hotels and inns that allow dogs. I've been twice with my dog Teddy the last several years, and plan to return again soon. — John Stemen


A great Fall adventure is going to Deep Creek Lake in Maryland.  Summer is full also but in the Fall the Dogs have more access to the parks. — Laurie Scible


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