The Hudson Valley loves pets, doggonit! So, we’ve put together a list of some of the best pet experiences for you and your furry BFF. From posh, pet-friendly accommodations to doggy ”yappy hours”—expect warm welcomes and plenty of happy pups.
Lower Hudson Valley
Main Street, Cold Spring
Imagine stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting. With eateries and ice cream shops, antique stores and other artsy establishments to choose from—Main Street in Cold Spring promises to delight you and your pet. Make your way down to the gazebo on the edge of the Hudson River for post-worthy pics.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville
There’s boundless open space for bucolic walks of all lengths among the 45 miles of wide carriage roads to choose from. The well-groomed trails are perfect for your pet’s paws. Find maps of the carriage roads at the Preserve Office. A maximum of two leashed pets are allowed.
Village of Nyack
The Village of Nyack has all kinds of tempting restaurants and cafes, many with outdoor dining—and most welcoming pets! Meander around Main Street, then make your way down Broadway to Nyack Beach State Park. Take to the trails with your leashed pup or stroll along the Hudson River.
Mid Hudson Valley
Drayton Grant Park at Burger Hill, Rhinebeck
One of the highest points in Rhinebeck with views of the Hudson River, the surrounding countryside, the Catskill and the Taconic mountains—this short half-mile, uphill hike is fun for the whole family—including the dog! Appropriate for all seasons.
Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
Looking for a great venue to socialize and exercise your dog? Check out the dog park at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. Set on1.5 acres with separate areas for “Small Dogs” and “All Dogs,” water fountains, benches and shade, this is a fenced-in, off-leash spot. Open seven days a week.
Walkway Over the Hudson, Highland
The longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world—this awesome attraction is perfect for impressive views and tail-wagging dog walks. Be sure to keep all parties hydrated and check the pavement temperature—or go early morning or late evening to avoid the heat.
Upper Hudson Valley
Grafton Lakes State Park
Grab a map and your four-legged hiking partner and get out on the trails of this forested, picturesque plateau. With six ponds and nearly 2,500 acres, you’re sure to sniff out lots of fun. A maximum of two leashed pets are allowed.
Mountain Brook Hotel, Tannersville
What a treat! You and your pet will both love discovering the area’s only first-class Adirondack-style lodge—and its magnificent views of the Catskill Mountains. Open year round, this upscale hideaway invites you to indulge with its gourmet breakfasts and adventurous activities like hiking.
Nine Pin Cider, Albany
The Tasting Room at this craft cidery is famously friendly – especially to pups. In fact, it’s been known to host a “yappy hour” (happy hour for dogs!) Of course, there’s Samba, Nine Pin’s “official” dog who can attest to the amiable atmosphere—not to mention the positive feedback from Nala, Nine Pin’s “unofficial” cider dog.
Warren Street, Hudson
Beloved by history buffs, hipsters and hounds (and almost everyone in between)—Warren Street is home to an amusing array of shops and restaurants. Take a stroll, stop for a bite, enjoy a nice beverage. With so much to do in this pet-friendly area—it’s sure to get a big paws-up from all.