A Weekend in the Dog-Friendly Hamptons

Posted by Erin Ballinger

The Hamptons are known as the summer playground of the rich and famous, but this alluring cluster of villages along the South Fork of Long Island, NY attracts a diverse array of visitors and their dogs. Fido will love long morning walks on the beach, schmoozing with fancy friends at charming eateries, cruising on a lobster yacht and watching the sunset from the water. So, pack your pup’s fanciest collar and get ready for a weekend in the dog-friendly Hamptons!


"Spoil me with treats at Mill House Inn." Photo by @jillianlaks

3 p.m. Mill House Inn

Located a block from the boutiques and galleries of East Hampton, Mill House Inn is a lovely bed and breakfast with outstanding service and creature comforts like down-filled dog beds, stainless steel bowls, doggy towels for the beach, nightly turndown dog biscuits, and a fenced yard. You can even order room service for Fido! Choose from turkey or lamb with oats and fresh vegetables prepared by the in-house chef for your furry foodie. Dogs of any size are welcome in select suites for an additional fee of $60 per dog, per night.

“I’ll have one of each.” Photo by @yourdogneedsaninsta

4 p.m. Yappy Hour at The Maidstone

Stroll over to The Maidstone in East Hampton for its daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fido is welcome to join you inside in the hotel’s cozy lounge where he can order sophisticated canine food like grass-fed beef and the catch of the day from the dog menu. Portions come in Chihuahua, Husky, and Mastiff sizes and will keep his tail wagging while you sip prosecco and nibble on an appetizer of local oysters.

Walk the Dog Log at Springs Park. Photo by @berkleythecavalier

6 p.m. A Walk in the (Dog) Park

Allow Fido to stretch his legs at nearby Springs Park. While the entire park is pet friendly, there’s also a fully fenced dog park here with more than 20 acres for your pup to expel some energy off leash before dinner. Bring your own water and waste bags, and be sure to check your pup for ticks before you leave.

Dinner is served, Fido! Photo by @bistroete

8 p.m. Dinner

Treat your pampered pooch to a classy doggy date night on the manicured lawn at Bistro Ete in Water Mill. Canine connoisseurs can dine at this chic restaurant which spoils them with a $32 “Paw Course” prix fixe menu paired with a bottle of Evian. Chef Arie lovingly prepares the three-course meal consisting of a house-made dog biscuit, a bacon-wrapped chicken leg with short rib gravy that’s topped with shaved summer truffles, and, for dessert, peanut butter-banana-coconut ice cream. While Fido noshes on his meal, you’ll savor coastal French cuisine like the chef’s classic escargots, fondue and raclette.


“Please pass the bacon.” Photo by @jillianlaks

8 a.m. Breakfast at the Inn

Enjoy one of the best multi-course breakfasts in the Hamptons included with your stay at Mill House Inn. You can have it delivered to your room or head to the dining room, where your dog is welcome to join you. Start with a cappuccino, freshly squeezed orange juice and a selection of fresh berries, granola and yogurt. Follow that up with lobster frittata or blueberry pancakes topped with maple syrup. Before you leave, stop by the front desk and ask one of the Mill House’s personal assistants to prepare you a picnic basket of charcuterie and cheese at no additional charge. You’ll want to it for the afternoon boat ride.

Take a hike… on the beach. Photo by @kessiethecatahoula

9 a.m. Hiking at Cedar Point County Park

During the summer, dogs are only allowed on East Hampton’s Main Beach before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m., so it's better to head to Cedar Point County Park for an outdoor adventure with your canine companion. The 5.6-mile hike to the lighthouse offers incredible views of Gardiner's Bay and a mile-long stretch of rocky shoreline where Fido can swim in the ocean. Plan to spend at least two hours exploring the park with your pup.

You may have to share. Photo by @brooklyn.theyorkie

1 p.m. Lunch at Page at 63 Main

Reserve a sidewalk table at Page at 63 Main in Sag Harbor. The dog-friendly restaurant on Main Street is an excellent spot for people watching. Your furry friend will be greeted with an organic dog biscuit and a water bowl while you dine on locally sourced seasonal dishes like a lobster BLT or garlicky pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe.

Stretch Fido’s sea legs on a lobster yacht in the Hamptons. Photo by Facebook.com/SagHarborCharters

3 p.m. Sag Harbor Charters

Captain Hagen invites you and your pup aboard the Marlinspike lobster yacht for a trip with Sag Harbor Charters. Charter your own course or choose from one of the Captain's favorite trips. Either way, you and Fido will have a whale of a time out on the water. The boat is outfitted with a swim ladder, so bring a swimsuit and your dog’s life jacket! After your swim, break out the picnic basket prepared by the inn for an onboard snack.

Dogs are welcome on the patio at this Hamptons hangout. Photo by @montaukmads

8 p.m. Dinner at “The Shack”

Tonight, dine with your pup at 668 The Gig Shack in Montauk. The watering hole is popular with Hamptonites for its coastal cuisine, live music and a tempting selection of local libations. Snag a picnic table on the patio where your pooch will be offered a fresh bowl of cool water. Listen to the band as you munch on tasty fare like fish “Montacos”, white wine mussels, or the lobster roll.

“I could get used to living like this.” Photo by @redrightreturnhome

10 p.m. A Cool Treat at John’s Drive-In

Before you leave Montauk for the night, treat yourself and your pup to a frozen treat at John’s Drive-In. Choose between chocolate or vanilla soft serve or homemade ice cream in flavors like Chocolate Chip, Toasted Coconut, or Fido’s favorite, Peanut Butter Blast.


There’s nothing like a sunrise with your dogs at Montauk Beach. Photo by @harper_oliver_hudson

7 a.m. Off-Leash Play at Montauk Beach

Wake up bright and early to hit the beach. From May through September, dogs are only allowed on Montauk Beach before 9 a.m. or after 6 p.m. On the plus side, they’re welcome to play off leash during these hours. Bring a Frisbee for a game of fetch on the sand and go for an early morning swim with your pup.

“I approve of your choice.” Photo by @oldfashionedmommagazine

10 a.m. Brunch with Fido

The Restaurant at The Maidstone allows dogs to brunch with you in the garden or sunroom. Fido can browse the dog menu while you select from options like chicken and waffles, avocado toast, NY strip with eggs, or French toast topped with warm maple syrup, vanilla ice cream and berries. Pair your meal with a green smoothie, bloody mary or mimosa made with fresh juices. Don’t forget to stop by the hotel gift shop on your way out to purchase a stylish souvenir bandana for your good boy.

Dine on the grassy lawn at Joni’s in Montauk. Photo by @dogswaitingnyc

If you prefer to try a new spot, head to Joni’s in Southampton for a nutritious brunch at one of the dog-friendly outdoor tables. Choose from healthy options like an acai bowl, house-made granola, smoothies or build-your-own breakfast wraps. Tell Fido to keep his eyes peeled for celebrities who frequent Joni’s like Gwyneth Paltrow and her Maltese, Daffodil.

Last call in the Hamptons. Photo by @uzi_ddr_gsd

12 p.m. Beer Tasting at Montauk Brewing Company

Before you head home, sample local craft beer on the dog-friendly patio at Montauk Brewing Company. Enjoy the warm kiss of the sun on your face (and maybe a kiss from Fido, too) while you sip on the summery Watermelon Session Ale. Depart with a pooped pooch after a fun-filled weekend in the dog-friendly Hamptons!

Have you visited the Hamptons with your pooch? What are some of your favorite dog-friendly spots? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!