There’s nothing worse than leaving your furry friend behind while you’re away. Leaving his little furry face and big, sad eyes are almost too much to bear. Not to mention, finding lodging for your pup can be difficult. Friends could always dogsit, but it’s not always easy to ask. Kennels are an option, however, it’s never a great feeling to leave your family pet in the hands of a total stranger. The question remains, what should you do?
Bring your dog along, of course! The trip will be a lot more fun with your best friend along for the ride. If you’re heading to Ohio for some R&R, here’s a handy dog-friendly travel guide to make the most out of your trip – for the both of you.
We hate leaving our pups back at the hotel, but luckily there are plenty of things to do in Ohio for both you and your pup. Here are just a few of our favorites throughout the state:
Ohio’s grooviest turn out is for the annual Woofstock dog festival held at the Cleveland Metroparks! Every fall, Rescue Village holds the fundraiser for homeless pets in need. Pups go on parade, enter contests, and rock out to live music for a good cause. Miss the date? Nothing to fear, the Cleveland Metroparks are pet-friendly all year round. Join in the pack walks and get your dog socializing!
The Holden Arboretum is home to about 20 miles of hiking trails over an astounding 3600 acres. Hundreds of carefully cultivated plants grow over the sprawling, verdant land. Plus, you’re sure to get amazing views during any time of the year. Imagine the breathless excitement your pup will display at all the new sights and smells!
Bow Wow Beach
This 7.5 acre park is the ideal place for you to relax, and for your pup to go wild. He can race along the beach chasing seagulls, and swim in the lake to his heart’s content. He can sample the area’s native grasses while you watch the sunset. As an added bonus, Bow Wow Beach is completely fenced in for the safety of your pup – and has waste and dog wash stations! It’s open mid-March to the beginning of December as weather permits.
Main Street in Chagrin Falls holds a charming array of independent shops. Quirky curiosities, specialty boutiques, and art fixtures line the street with whimsy. At many of these shops, dogs are welcome visitors and treasured company.
Finding dog-friendly hotels can be difficult, especially out on the road. Don’t worry, these hotels will gladly host you and your companions for a comfortable place to stay:
This hotel in downtown Columbus not only accommodates pets, but does so for free! Two pets up to 80 pounds are allowed to stay with no additional charge. Sheraton Suites even has a canine concierge to assist you with any doggy needs.
Metropolitan at the 9
This is a luxury hotel that absolutely exudes style. For people, and pups, who appreciate the finer things in life, this hotel was made for them. Metropolitan at the 9 permits up to two dogs up to 75 pounds each, and charges a $100.00 fee for each. However, this fee comes with access to a special pet package upon entry, as well as a 24-hour dog park located upstairs.
The Westin in Columbus is dog-friendly, no matter the size of your pup! Up to two dogs of any size are allowed to stay in rooms at the Westin – given that they are not left alone. It even has a field across the street that’s perfect for stretching your pup’s legs and getting rid of excess energy before bed.
All the rooms at the Comforts Suites in Columbus are pet-friendly, including pets of any size! For a fee of $20.00 for each pet, per night, this hotel allows any number of pets. Within reason, of course. For travelers with more than two pets, or who are on a budget, this is the place to stay.
It’s rough vacationing with a dog when you don’t pack enough trail mix. Stopping for a quick bite isn’t easy with a furry companion. With these pet-friendly restaurants, you and your pup can stop for a little nibble, and a little kibble, to satisfy your hunger together:
Johnny’s pulls out all the stops when it comes to fine dining. Their Italian cuisine is top-notch, and their dog affinity couldn’t be higher. Johnny’s Downtown allows seating for dogs, and frequently leaves water out for its canine customers. The owners will also slip your furry friend dog treats for his enjoyment.
Luxe prides itself on diversity. Their multicultural menu features items like carrot hummus and lamb merguez – along with the K9 casserole. That’s right! Luxe Kitchen has outdoor seating for dogs, but also offers a doggy dish consisting of rice and beef on the menu. On Sundays, they also host a Bow Wow Brunch for pups who crave a more refined breakfast.
Gresso’s Restaurant & Bar hosts a “Pups on the Patio” event twice a week for its clientele! With a menu of burgers and wings, your pup will not be disappointed. Dogs are permitted on the patio, and the wait staff are friendly to four-legged companions.
Scotti’s Italian Eatery
Another pup-friendly patio, Scotti’s Italian Eatery is a traditional pizzeria. This establishment allows dogs on the patio for a dining al fresco allure. The wait staff are also known to slip doggy treats to four-legged friends when tempted.
Brown Bag Deli
The Brown-Bag Deli is a classic delicatessen with artisan flair located in Historic German Village. Their soup and sandwich pairings are truly inspired! Best of all, they accommodate pups with a spacious deck outside, which is open spring through fall.
Hopefully, your pup-laden vacation is seeming less complicated already. Our little guide to Ohio’s doggy destinations is just the first step on what will be a fantastic journey!
If you’re planning to head to another state, check out our other dog-friendly travel guides to help plan your trip!