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Friday, July 05, 2013


Leaving your dog at home every day to go to work is already heartbreaking enough. Having fun without them is just not an option! From inns that love your dog (almost as much as you!) to special events for four-legged friends, check the following pet-friendly getaway options.


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Historic Plymouth

Ah yes, America's hometown, the land of the first Thanksgiving. While your dog might not wholly appreciate the historic sites, it will definitely appreciate the walk while you marvel at the birth of American culture.

The best part? In the southern zone of Plymouth Long Beach, dogs are allowed in-season (in contrast to many MA beaches which only allow dogs during the winter) on a leash!

Staying over night? Try the Hampton Inn and Suites, for a pet friendly hotel.

Photo: Emilian Robert Vicol

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Nothing to w(h)ine about

Get ready for a classy time at the Hyatt Cambridge for “Dog Days of Summer” a dog friendly cocktail hour where both owners and their dogs can enjoy a bite to eat and plenty of socializing time every Thursday until August, from 6-8pm. Can’t wait 'til Thursday? Dress up for an evening at the Liberty Hotel’s patio in Boston for their Yappier Hour, doggy happy hour, Wednesdays 5:30-8:00pm.

Photo: Laura Picken

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Provincetown getaway

Considered the #1 dog-friendly destination in the US, Provincetown is a great dog lover getaway destination, with much to do for you and your four-legged companion.

First of all, dogs are allowed in-season at the town beaches, (Memorial Day to November 1) off-leash from 6-9am and from 6pm-6am. They are allowed on-leash all the time!

Not a beach day? No problem. Take your pup to Pilgrim Bark Park, where dogs are allowed off-leash to play and socialize. It includes a fenced section just for small dogs and art exhibits all around the park.

The cherry on top? Dog owners can enjoy a great variety of activities without having to leave their dog behind. From whale watching to sailing, walking tours, parasailing, biking, trails, kayaking, cruising, and even shopping!

Staying over night? Provincetown has over 20 dog-friendly hotels, motels and campsites.

For more information on dog friendly Provincetown go here.

Photo: dbrooksNY/flickr

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Middlesex Fells Reserv.

MIddlesex Fells Reservation is 2,575 acres of on-leash, natural fun for you and your dog. The Fells Reservation has suitable terrain for walkers, runners, bikers, horseback riders, and rock climbers, and it also has wonderful picnic areas and refreshing ponds (no swimming though, sorry!)

The best part? Sheepfold Meadow is an off-leash designated area for your dog to run and play freely. Now that is something to wag our tails about.

Photo: Alina Michelewicz

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Paw House Inn

A couple of nights away from home is just right for recharging. While pet friendly hotels are not too hard to find, hotels that actually cater to your pets are a special and unique treat.

Plan a vacation to West Rutland, Vermont at the Paw House Inn. Dogs are welcome in the guest rooms with a bed of their own, and in hotel common areas accompanied by their owners. The inn also includes a playhouse–a care facility where you can safely leave your dog to have fun when you rather go out without it, and their Paw House park, an off-leash, fenced park full of activities for both dogs and humans amongst them obedience classes, outdoor movies and berry picking. Rates range from $145-$255.

Photo: Brian Snelson/flickr

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Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain, located at 143 Parks Rd., Saint Johnsbury, VT, is 150 acres of off-leash fun on a private mountain top. Your dog is allowed to play around on the trails, swim in the ponds and mingle with other dogs. For those dog owners whose dogs who have passed away, the dog chapel is a peaceful place for grieving dog parents to leave messages to their angel pets. The best part? Twice a year, the first sunday of August and on Columbus day, the Stephen Huneck Gallery at the Dog Mountain hosts a big doggy party with snacks for both dogs and humans, contests and prizes. An awesome excuse for dog owners to socialize.

Subscribe to their newsletter for more information and an invitation to the party!

Photo: Stephen Huneck Gallery

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Sugarbush Farm

For the foodies amongst you, visit Sugarbush Farm in Vermont. It is famous for its waxed cheeses and pure Vermont maple syrup. You can take your pup on the maple walk, enjoy a meal in the picnic area, visit the animal area and the sugar house. You might even meet their famous dog Max the lab!

591 Sugarbush Farm Road Woodstock, Vermont. Visits are admission free, Open 8am-5pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends and holidays.

Photo: Sugarbush Farm

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Lazy Dog Inn, NH

Located at 201 White Mountain Highway, Tamworth, New Hampshire, the Lazy Dog Inn is a traditional New England Bed and Breakfast for dogs and their humans. Dogs are allowed in all facilities and will enjoy a fenced doggy play area and doggy lodging for day care. The staff will help any guest and doggy guest find the right New Hampshire adventure for them, including the Moose Trails or walking over to the villages of Chocorua and Tamworth. Rates range from $120-190 a night.

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Newport getaway

Take a dog-friendly cruise with Gansett Cruises, one and a half hour harbor boat tours and sunset cruises on Narragansett Bay. Enjoy a scenic tour of Newport and Jamestown. Choose from a selection of wine, beer, and signature cocktails while enjoying New England appetizers. Your dog will be well treated with a soft place to sit and doggy treats.

For a refreshing afternoon go to Teddy’s Beach in Portsmouth, dogs are always welcome as long as they are on a leash. For some off-leash fun take your dog to the Newport Dog Park at 102 JT Connell Highway.

Hungry? Head to the Canfield House for Canine Cocktails on Monday evenings in their outdoor dining area. They serve their full pub menu for our human guests and doggy biscuits for the dogs.

Photo: Hannah Gilbert/flickr

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Festival & parties

Summer is the time for festivals, rest assure many of them have your pet in mind. Here are some of them:

Party Animals, presented by Boston Baked Bonz, July 11

At the Bank of America Pavilion “Pup Tent” enjoy an evening of drinks, music, hors d’oeuvres, and dessert (including an ice cream sundae bar for humans and ice cream for dogs) to benefit MSPCA-Angell. 6:00-9:00pm. Bank of America Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue, Boston. Donation: $75 per person or $125 per person to bring one dog

Pet Rock Festival, September 8th

The Pet Rock Festival is an annual event held on the second Sunday of September each year. It is an afternoon expo/festival that includes live music, vendors,food, contests, and most importantly, more than 200 animal organizations broadcasting their causes. Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester.

Somerville Dog Festival, Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Doggy sports demonstrations and competitions, but not only that, your own dog has the chance to try these sports themselves!

Photo: wsilver/flickr

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Maine stay

Unwind with your pooch at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport Maine. Stay with your dog at their dog-friendly rooms. They have a $25 dog fee which includes a doggy bed and a water and food dish. Dogs are allowed inside and on the lawns. There are several dog services that can be requested like walks and playtime as well as a dog room service menu. While you stay enjoy the many attractions of the area, hiking, biking, fishing, whale watching and scenic tours.

Photo: Julia Bayly

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Go camping

There are many dog friendly campgrounds all over New England! There is no excuse to stay at home this summer. Here are some great ones:

In Maine: Desert of Maine has a dog course in their campground. Camp Ocean has a dog park with a kiddie pool, and Waltons Campground has great trails for dog walking.

In Mass: Bayview Campgroundhas an off-leash park, and Sweetwater Forest has a dog, air conditioned, day kennel.

In Vermont: Limehurst Lake has a safe play space for pets.

Photo: Tony Faiola/flickr

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Canine Camp Getaway

A vacation getaway for dogs and their humans. This vacation spot is filled with activities that dog owners can enjoy with their pets, they have trails, classes, workshops, swimming pools, and more. Humans also get to spend some time away from their pooch if they desire, hanging out at the spa or horseback riding. Getaways are five days in June and four days in September.

For more information go to http://caninecampgetaway.com


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