From northern Maine to western Connecticut, New England is full of pet lovers. Pets all over the region enjoy parks, inns and even restaurants that cater to pets and their owners. Take note of some of New England's best spots for pets while planning your next outing with Fido.
Play on or off-leash in New Hampshire
Enjoy the warm summer weather at a park with designated off-leash areas for dogs to play and socialize. The South Mill Pond in Portsmouth, N.H., features a fenced-in area for dogs of all sizes to play off-leash, as well as an open space bordering the pond where dogs can splash in the water. Visit www.bringfido.com/attraction/504 for more information.
Make yourself at home at a Connecticut pet-friendly inn
The Harbour Inne and Cottage in Mystic, Conn., has everything you'd expect from a cozy New England inn — fireplaces, rustic decor and free continental breakfast. Even better, the innkeeper is a pet lover, so you can enjoy the comfort of your stay with your well-behaved, four-legged friend at no additional cost. Stay in a private bedroom with access to the kitchen and living/dining room, or rent the cottage for even more privacy. For more information, check out www.bringfido.com/lodging/101624.
Enjoy some barkin' good treats in Rhode Island
Treat Fido or Spot to some natural, homemade dog treats at Johnny's Barkin' Bakery in South Kingstown, R.I. Tasty treats are made without preservatives, salt and sugar, and the store was built with pups in mind. Relax at the custom seating area or take a long drink at a custom-built water fountain. To learn more, check out www.johnnysbarkinbakery.com.
Take a dog-centric vacation in Vermont
There are vacations for people who like dogs, and then there are vacations for people who love dogs. The Paw House Inn in West Rutland, Vt., falls into the latter category. The resort includes private guest rooms designed for up to two people and two dogs, an off-leash dog park, agility training and plenty of nearby dog-friendly adventures and hiking. For more information, go to www.pawhouseinn.com.
Grab a bite with your pup in Maine
Can you dine with your dog? At Rollover Cafe in Wells, Maine, the answer is “of course you can." Bring your dog along with you to the outdoor seating at lunchtime, where he can enjoy a water bowl and a fresh treat while you dine on sandwiches, coffee, pastries and more. Check out www.bringfido.com/restaurant/9738 for details.
New England is a great place to be a pet owner because of the variety of pet-friendly destinations around the region. Whether you're planning an overnight stay or a day trip, take note of some of the area's best attractions for pets to make the most of your outing.