Adirondack Region, N.Y. - The Adirondacks are one of the top pet-friendly destinations in the Northeast for a number of reasons, namely, the sheer variety of lakes and ponds for swimming in, trails for hiking on, and pet-friendly outposts for staying at offering complimentary treats and even comfier beds.
New Pet-Friendly Hotel Opens Up in Lake Placid
Hotel North Woods in Lake Placid offers a newly renovated pet-friendly retreat for animal lovers, featuring an exclusive package for guests with dogs or cats called Outward Hound. For a $35 pet fee, the package provides a custom pet bed, a dining station, homemade Nutty Maple Bacon dog treats, and a guide to pet-friendly locations and hikes in and around Lake Placid.
Guests are also welcome to dine with their pets at the hotel's outdoor seating areas for Delta Blue and The Cabin Grill. Up to two pets are allowed in each guest room, and a portion of each pet fee collected will be donated to the Joshua Fund, a local organization dedicated to rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters in the United States. Rates start at $110 per night.
The Adirondack Region offers a variety of pet-friendly lodging options, including economy hotels such as La Quinta Inn & Suites in Plattsburgh, and ultra-luxury accommodations such as The Point Resort on Upper Saranac Lake. Club Rocky Top in South Colton provides an array of dog-friendly activities on its expansive property. Additionally, most of the area's campgrounds welcome dogs, but require proof of rabies inoculation.
Hiking With a Pooch
• Higley Flow State Park in Colton, nestled on the Raquette River, is home to the Beaver Pond Nature Trail with interpretive signs that describe the six distinct habitats the trail passes through. It's an ideal hiking spot for guests of Club Rocky Top.
• Cat and Thomas Mountain in Bolton Landing offers trails that combine old logging roads and forested trails. For hikers with pets, the Orange Trail provides secure access along a dirt road that winds 716 feet to the summit, offering 360 degree views.
• New Land Trust is located in the town of Saranac, offering more than 30 routes around 287 acres of pristine preserve ideal for pooch perambulations. Hike to the Meadow for a frolic, or stick to the Saranac Route for a longer walk. Great for guests of La Quinta Inn & Suites in Plattsburgh.
Alfresco Dining with Fido
During the summer and fall, several restaurants in the Adirondacks open their outdoor seating areas to well-behaved dogs, including:
• The Naked Turtle on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain.
• The Left Bank Café, a Parisian inspired bistro in Saranac Lake.
• Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro & Bar in Schroon Lake. The owners will provide fresh water and biscuits for four-legged guests.
• Matt's Draft House at Screamen Eagle in Inlet.
And as for swimming with a beloved pooch, unless otherwise marked as private or with a dogs prohibited sign, the Adirondack Region's lakes and ponds are great places to cool off during the dog days of summer. Find additional pet-friendly travel options at www.visitadirondacks.com/Discover.
About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is home to the six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks online at Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, Instagram.com/VisitAdirondacks and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at www.VisitAdirondacks.com.