5 dog-friendly vacation spots to visit this summer

words by Caylin Harris | photo by Jennifer Johnson

5 dog friendly vacation spots

When you’re planning a family getaway shouldn’t that include the whole family? And yes, your four-legged friends absolutely count as family members. Unfortunately, not every destination is as pet-friendly, but don’t be discouraged. While it might not be feasible to fly your pup to Europe, if you’re road tripping to any of these cities this summer your dog will have just as much fun as you will. Here are a few pet-friendly cities worth the trip.

Bar Harbor, Maine
While your dog might not be into the lobster rolls as much as you are, there’s still plenty to do with your furry friend in Maine. For food and drinks try Coffee Hounds—your pup’s furry face just might end up on their Facebook page. For dinner, enjoy one of the best views and go for dinner on the porch over at Stewmans. When you’re ready to walk off your meal, there are a ton of trails and beaches ready to explore: Little Long Pond, Bear Brook Trail, and Dorr Mountain. If all of that adventure gets exhausting, you and your pup can rest your heads at The West St Hotel. They even have dog biscuits at check-in! 

San Diego, California
Ideal California weather means that people spend more time outside, so naturally their pups would follow suit. Get active with your dog and check out some of these awe-inspiring landscapes. Places like The Original Dog Beach, Cabrillo Tide Pools Trail, and Los Penasquitos Canyon Reserve all have different rules about on and off leash play so be sure to bring one just in case.  

Nantucket, Massachusetts
There’s nothing better than walking the quaint, cobblestone streets of Nantucket with a leash in your hand. This island is practically designed for canines. One of the best ways to spend an afternoon? Head out to Cisco Brewery. With food vendors and music you can easily spend hours there. Grab a bite to eat at Henry Jr. Sandwich Shop or the Sandbar at Jetties Beach. Afterwards take a stroll (on leash, please) at Francis Street Beach. 

Key West, Florida
Even though it’s small, Key West has a lot for dog lovers to do. For example, even though we all know Ernest Hemingway’s thing was cats—his home and museum are open to dogs too. You can also explore the area’s rich navel history, plan to visit the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum and the Key West Aquarium. Hungry? There are a ton of excellent places where you can dine with your pup. Geiger Key Pub & Grill, Hurricane Hole, Pepe’s Café & Steak House, and Nine One Five Bistro & Wine Bar are only a few!

Newport, Rhode Island 
Full of coastal charm for you and plenty of waterfront room to run for your four-legged partner in crime, Newport is very dog friendly. If you’re coming during busy season (May-October) be sure to pay attention to leash laws. Because of the crowds they’re especially important and will help keep your pup safe. Some of Newport’s tastiest restaurants, Diego’s, Perro Salado, Belle’s Cafe (down in the shipyard), and O’Brien’s Pub are pet-friendly and local hotels, Gurney’s Newport and the Grace Vanderbilt both accept pets too. In fact, they’ll even provide their very own beds for the occasion. 

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