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Fido-Friendly Travel


If you’re anything like me, I hate leaving my dog at home - whether it’s for a couple hours or the whole day. Luckily, Upstate New York has plenty of pet-friendly attractions so next time you’re looking to get away, grab the leash and invite your four-legged friend along for the ride!

Note: Before crossing the border, it’s a good idea to check the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol website and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information about bringing an animal into the United States.

Eating and Drinking: Who’s a good boy?!
Rochester Club West @ Bohn’s in Batavia offers casual, fine dining for you and your pet. Enjoy their outdoor seating area and feast on New York strip steak, lobster tails, fettuccine alfredo and more. Don’t worry, your dog won’t have to beg because they also have a gourmet doggie menu featuring broth and rice and puppy popsicles.

Of course a place called Dogtown Hots welcomes people and canines alike. “Where the best hot dogs live,” Dogtown Hots offers 18 unique varieties of hot dog toppings on a choice of dogs (the Frank, not the furry kind), nestled in French bread. They’re creative with their concoctions, like the Basset Hound - topped with melted cheese, fried onions, Boss sauce, and a pickle, or the Snoop Dogg - topped with melted swiss, a spinach mushroom topping, and a dash of oregano. Bring your dog and grab a dog!

If you’re looking to grab a really good cup of coffee, visit Glen Edith Coffee Roasters. They’re a small batch coffee roastery and coffee parlor that offers a special, sectioned-off area for dogs and their owners. Sit in their garden area - which comes with a water bowl for your pooch, and enjoy a pour over or espresso.

As you travel further east into New York, you’ll enter the Finger Lakes region, which is known (and loved!) for its delicious wines. Some of their wineries even allow your furry friend to tag along, like Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards on Seneca Lake. Founded in 1985, on the land their family owned since 1852, Hazlitt has been growing great grapes that make award-winning wines. Sample their unoaked Chardonnay or barrel fermented Chardonnay - which pairs perfectly with popcorn (yes, please).

If you prefer sipping beer over vino, head east to Woodland Farm Brewery & Taproom in Utica. A part of Brew Central, Woodland regularly brews unique and creative beers. They always have 2 casks featuring unique twists like IPA conditioned on additional hops, or stouts with peanut butter or coffee. And the best part, pups are welcome in their tasting room - open Tuesdays through Sundays. Or check out Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood for more pets and pints. One of their newest releases is Thick Mint, reminiscent of your favorite minty Girl Scout cookie.

Outdoors: Let’s go for a W-A-L-K.
Step into Letchworth State Park, the Grand Canyon of the East, and choose among 66 miles of hiking trails. The scenery is magnificent, with the Genesee River roaring over three major waterfalls and lush forests with plenty of good spots to sniff.

Allegany State Park is made up of two regions: the Red House Area with five miles of bike paths and the bedrock city - Thunder Rocks - to see the park’s hidden beauty, and Quaker Area with many hiking trails to explore the naturally formed caves. Both areas are open to household pets on leashes no more than 10 feet.

Lodging When you’re doggone tired.
Chautauqua County has many pet-friendly choices, from bed-and-breakfasts and hotels, to cabins and cottages. Check out (or check in to…) any of these options during your trip to the world’s destination for vacation learning.

After a day at the theme park, spend the evening by the campfire. Choose one of Darien Lake’s camping packages and invite your pet along for the fun.

Conesus Lake Campground is perfect for summer getaways as it’s located (you guessed it!) right on Conesus Lake. Whatever water activity you’re into, they probably have it - including pontoon boat, row boat, and kayak rentals. There are many RV and tenting sites where pets are permitted, but paws off the cottage and lodges.

Now it’s time to grab your camera, sneakers, and probably some treats - and head out to Upstate New York for a tail-wagging good time.