Taking a trip with your dog can be a lot of fun, but it also requires a lot of planning. After all, you won’t know which places are dog-friendly unless you plan ahead. If you’re planning a trip to “The Granite State”, use this New Hampshire dog-friendly travel guide to start your research:
8 Dog-Friendly Activities in New Hampshire
Having some dog-friendly attractions on your trip itinerary ensures you and your pup have fun things to do together where you know they will be welcome. Consider adding these dog-friendly activities in New Hampshire to your trip plan if your travels will bring you nearby:
1. Franconia Notch State Park
Franconia Notch State Park is located in Lincoln and is a great place to explore nature with your dog. Although your dog is not permitted on the campgrounds or at Flume Gorge, they are welcome to join you on the trails as long as they are leashed or have mastered voice commands.
There are plenty of trails to choose from including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. Just make sure you check the trail difficulty and keep your dog’s abilities in mind as some of the trails can be challenging.
2. Bear Notch Ski & Snowshoe Trails
If you and your dog are fans of playing in the snow and your travels bring you near Bartlett during the season, stop by Bear Notch Ski & Snowshoe Trails for some winter adventure. This touring center has everything you need for some cross-country skiing and snowshoe trail hikes.
In addition to the supplies you need, there are 60km of well-maintained trails for you to explore. You can take a guided tour or explore the trails on your own. Plus, your dog is welcome to join you. Just make sure you bring the right winter dog products your dog needs to stay comfortable and safe in the snow.
3. Settlers’ Green Outlet Village
If you love shopping when you travel and you find yourself in North Conway, take some time to explore Settlers’ Green Outlet Village. This shopping center features over 60 places to visit and presents a mix of specialty stores, factory outlets, familiar brand stores, cafes, and restaurants.
Plus, your dog can walk through it with you. Not all of the stores are dog-friendly, but many of them are and they identify themselves as such with a sticker on the door. Waste bag dispensers are located throughout the village in case you run out.
If you’ll be traveling to this area during mid-summer, check to see if “Bring Your Dog Shopping Day” is happening while you’re there. This day celebrates dogs in the village and often offers free leashes and goodies, provides a photo booth, and more.
4. Conway Scenic Railroad
Also located in North Conway is the Conway Scenic Railroad. There are multiple trips of multiple lengths available for you to relax and enjoy the beautiful New Hampshire sights and scenery. As long as your dog is leashed and well-behaved, they can join you in the coach cars.
5. Granite State Whale Watch
If you’re near Rye and you and your dog both enjoy boat rides, consider taking a trip with Granite State Whale Watch. As long as your dog has been on boats before, is comfortable out on the water, and is leashed, they are welcome to join you for a scenic whale watch.
6. Jackson Falls
Should your travels bring you near Jackson and you want to build a nature break into your trip, make a stop to explore Jackson Falls. There are a lot of waterfalls in and around Jackson, but Jackson Falls is purported to be one of most picturesque in the state. Your dog is welcome to join you as long as they are leashed and you can park at the top or the bottom of the falls to explore them.
7. Poverty Lane Orchards
Poverty Lane Orchards is located in Lebanon and is a great place for people who like apples and spending time outside. Your dog is welcome to join you on the grounds while you pick your own apples, purchase already-picked apples, sample their Farnum Hill Ciders, and more. In addition to practically all things apple, the farm store also features jams and jellies, squash, pumpkins, and gourds.
8. Wildcat Mountain Scenic Gondola
The Wildcat Mountain Scenic Gondola is located in Gorham. It’s also the only place in the United States that is a lift conversion from a high-speed Quad in the winter to a scenic gondola during the summer.
As long as your dog is leashed, well-behaved, and comfortable on sky adventures, they are welcome to join you for the ride. Just make sure you keep an eye on the weather and temperatures. Although the gondola does have windows and a vent, it can still get hot and may get too hot for your dog on some days.
3 Dog-Friendly Hotels in New Hampshire
After a day full of travel, exploration, and adventure, it’s important to have a place where you and your dog can relax and rest. Because not all hotels welcome dogs and rooms at the ones that do fill up fast, it’s a good idea to research places to stay and reserve a room early so you know you have a dog-friendly place to stay. Here are a few dog-friendly hotels in New Hampshire to help kickstart your search:
1. Spruce Moose Lodge and Cottages
The Spruce Moose Lodge and Cottages is a bed & breakfast located in North Conway in the White Mountains. The Conway Cottages and Jacuzzi Bungalows allow two dogs of any size to join you for your stay.
There is an additional pet fee, which is $10 per dog and per night of your stay. Your dog cannot be left alone in the room and there are plenty of grassy areas on the property.
2. Mill Falls at the Lake
Mill Falls at the Lake is located in Meredith and sits along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. There are six dog-friendly rooms available where two dogs of any size can join you for your stay. There is an additional pet fee, which is $25 per dog and per stay.
They also offer a goodie bag upon check-in with things like beds, bowls, treats, and toys. There are grassy relief areas on-site and you can leave your dog unattended in the room as long as they are quiet and well-behaved even when you are not around.
3. Econo Lodge Manchester
If you’ll need to stay overnight in Manchester during your trip, consider booking a room at the Econo Lodge Manchester. At this hotel, two dogs of any size are welcome to join you for your stay. There is a refundable deposit of $100 and an additional pet fee, which is $20 per dog and per night of your stay. Also, you cannot leave your dog unattended in the room.
If you need to stay overnight somewhere else, you may be able to find another Econo Lodge in that location. Policies, availability, and fees may vary between locations, so make sure you call the location you’re interested in to make sure they are dog-friendly as well and that you are aware of their specific fees and policies.
3 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in New Hampshire
Although you can always stick to the food you packed, convenience stores, and fast-food restaurants, doing so can also get boring and make you miss out on the local flavor. If you find yourself near any of these dog-friendly restaurants as you travel through New Hampshire, consider stopping by for some food:
1. T-Bones Great American Eatery
Should you find yourself getting hungry and you’re near Bedford, consider stopping for a meal at T-Bones Great American Eatery. Not only is this restaurant located in a gorgeous building, but they also offer dog-friendly seating on the terrace. Plus, their menu features some classic comfort food favorites like burgers, chicken Parmesan, stuffed scallops casino, homemade chili, steaks, and more.
2. Rí Rá Irish Pub
If your travels bring you into Portsmouth, think about carving out some time to rest and eat a meal at Rí Rá Irish Pub. In addition to a wide variety of brews, you can also sample delicious food from their Irish-themed menu. Local favorites include pub poutine, Dublin sliders, corned beef and cabbage, Guinness BBQ burgers, and more. Plus, your dog is welcome to join you on the patio seating.
Street is also located in Portsmouth. This is a great stop for a chance to sample local flavors from around the world. This unique eatery features a menu of popular street food from various other countries. You can get banh mi, bibimbap, thai ribs, empanadas, falafel, shawarma, and more. And, it has dog-friendly patio seating, so your dog is welcome to join you.
Although this New Hampshire dog-friendly travel guide doesn’t include everything, it’s a good place to start your research. If you find somewhere else you want to explore, just make sure you check ahead of time that it’s dog-friendly before you stop.
If you’re headed somewhere else, check out the other dog-friendly travel guides available. Here’s to safe travels and wagging tails no matter where your adventures take you!