Savvy entrepreneurs are capitalizing on America’s love for their four-legged friends in new and amazing ways. From exclusive members-only clubs to the finest in canine cuisine, here are our choices for the top doggy destinations the United States has to offer.
What are your favorite pup-friendly hot spots in your neck of the woods?
1.Best Restaurant: The Morrison Pub, Los Angeles, CA
The Morrison will literally serve up your dog’s favorite goodies on a silver platter! Choices include: Where’s the Beef, a decadent dish of chopped hamburger and rice, Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, a flavorful chicken and rice concoction, or the whimsical Frankenweinie, which – you guessed it – consists of chopped hot dogs and rice. All doggy menu items are served with a side of Milkbones. Oh, and apparently the human food isn’t too shabby either – their bread pudding was named the best in LA!
2. Best Bar: Dog Bar, Charlotte, NC
If the name doesn’t tell you everything you need to know, the Dog Bar in Charlotte is the ultimate spot to chill with your two-legged and four-legged friends. Astroturf extends throughout the indoor and outdoor areas which are fully fenced. The patio is cooled with a misting system in the summer and enclosed and heated in the winter.
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3. Best Doggie Deli: Morristown Deli, Morristown, NJ
Should you and your pup find yourselves in Morristown, NJ, the Morristown Deli will be happy to accommodate you both. Their outdoor patio area has a full doggy menu featuring seasonal treats and desserts. Canine entrees include scrambled eggs and healthy entrees of beef, chicken, liver, rice, noodles and veggies. They even provide pup-sized booster seats for the little guys. Be sure to pack a bib, your dog will need it!
4. Best Outdoor Eatery: The Watering Bowl, Denver, CO
Part dog park and part tavern, Denver’s Watering Bowl offers the best of both worlds – human and canine. It consists of a 7,000 square foot, fully fenced-in dog park that’s packed with shaded tables for pup parents. In addition, they have two fully stocked bars and two dog-friendly patios. Planning a dog wedding, birthday or Bark-Mitzvah? The Watering Bowl is happy to host it for you!
Runner Up: Mutts Cantina, Dallas, TX
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5. Best Cafe: Park Bench Cafe, Huntington Beach, CA
Just a few miles from gorgeous Huntington Beach is the Park Bench Cafe where you can find breakfast and lunch, and a full menu for your pup. Scrambled eggs, chicken breast, ground turkey and beef are favorite entrée options. For dessert they can try an adorable peanut butter iced cookie in a bone or dog shape. They also host doggy birthday parties.
6. Best Hotel Chain: Aloft, Nationwide
Forget that shady roadside motel! If you’re traveling with your pooch, you can’t beat the modern, amenity-packed Aloft hotel, located in cities across the country. Dogs up to 40 pounds are welcome at all locations, fee-free. Through the ARF Program, your dog will relax in style with a special bed, bowl, and a complimentary doggie bag packed with treats and toys. Several locations even foster adoptable pups from local shelters, displaying them in the lobby to help them find forever homes!
7. Best Beach: Fort DeSoto Dog Beach Park, Saint Petersburg, FL
This was the toughest category to choose a winner for. There are just so many gorgeous beaches across the country. The Fort DeSoto Dog Beach Park in Saint Petersburg, Florida took the crown due to its wide array of dog-friendly options. There are fenced areas for large and small dogs, and an off-leash dog beach where pups can splash and dig without worrying about breaking the rules. Hoses and fresh drinking water are available before you head home.
Honorable Mentions: Somers Point Dog Park, Somers Point, NJ & Fiesta Island Off Leash Dog Park, San Diego, CA
8. Best Dog Park: Beau’s Dream Dog Park, Lancaster, PA
In 2012, Lancaster resident Angela and her dog Beau won the Beneful Dream Dog Park contest that brought a $500,000 makeover to Buchanan Dog Park. The resulting canine paradise features small and large dog areas with splash pads, a doxi tunnel, and a tennis ball tree that launches tennis balls across the park to the delight of fetch-lovin’ pup visitors.
9. Best Upscale Boutique & Spa: Fetch Club, New York, NY
Manhattan’s Fetch Club is like Sandal’s Resort for dogs, complete with upscale shopping, exquisite overnight accommodations, homemade “room service” treats, a luxury spa, a fitness center with “trainers,” and even a night club! There is a 3,000 square foot indoor dog park packed with toys and agility equipment. If you’re heading out for a night on the town, you can drop your pooch off for some evening shenanigans at the doggy dance club.
10. Best Barkery: The Grateful Dog Bakery, North Ridgeville, OH
At the Grateful Dog Bakery, nutrition is the number one priority. Aside from the usual assortment of canine cookies and baked goodies, they also make their own bone broth and offer an extensive line of natural and holistic foods, hypoallergenic treats, gluten-free treats, supplements and vitamins. They have their own sustainable farm and purchase the rest of their ingredients from other local farms. Their incredible custom cakes rival the best bakers in the biz!
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