Both seaside and urban, Portland offers travelers a metropolitan-yet-quaint destination in a classic New England setting. Enjoy Maine’s fresh seafood, like lobster rolls or New England clam chowder, with your dog in tow at Portland Lobster Company. To experience some of the breathtaking scenery, snap photos at Portland Head Light and Fort Williams Park—the state’s oldest lighthouse and a 90-acre, dog-friendly park.
Located just seven miles south of downtown, Cape Elizabeth’s Inn by the Sea has been welcoming furry friends for 25 years. The beachside inn offers complimentary stays for pooches, water bowls, beach towels, and L.L Bean dog blankets at check in, and handmade treats at turn down. The hotel also offers a gourmet pet menu, dog walking, daycare and pet massage. Dogs are welcome to join their humans for meals al fresco on the seaside deck or full menu service in the fireplace lounge. For two weeks in October, the pool is open exclusively for dogs to paddle around in.
“The Greater Portland region is a welcoming, relaxed destination with a variety of entertaining activities for people travelling with their dogs,” says Robert Witkowski, creative director of Visit Portland. “[The]city is open to pets, and the easily-accessible surrounding areas with dog friendly beaches, island ferries, ponds, forest walks or parks and pet friendly hotels make it a terrific getaway for people and their furry companions.”
Image via: Visit Portland/Inn by the Sea