BringFido’s Ruff Guide to Maine

Posted by Jason Halliburton

Thinking of spoiling your Schnauzer with a trip to Maine? If so, he’s one lucky dog. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the dog-friendliest things to do in The Pine Tree State, as well as the rest of the country. And we've assembled it all in the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States.

Now in its second edition, the book features over 365 of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. Order your copy today and save 50% off the retail price when you use the discount code ACADIA.

For a preview of the book, here are a few of our editors' top picks for dog-friendly things to do in Maine:

Take a Guided Tour of Acadia

Bar Harbor, ME
The Princess and the Dog. Photo by Melissa Halliburton

Spend a glorious day with your pup surrounded by the beauty of Acadia National Park on a tour with Carriages of Acadia. You and Fido will enjoy traveling down Acadia’s historic roads in a horse-drawn carriage on one of four guided excursions. If you would rather explore on your own, take the free, pet-friendly Island Explorer shuttle into Acadia and wander the trails, hike the granite peaks, and savor the natural beauty of the flora and fauna. Visit the Jordan Pond House for famous popovers, lobster stew, or a refreshing glass of hand-squeezed lemonade on the lawn. See Acadia’s wonders from the water with a scenic nature cruise aboard the Sea Princess. Narrated by an Acadia Park Ranger, the pet-friendly cruise will take you to the Great Harbor of Mount Desert and Somes Sound Fjord.

With many rooms offering views of the island or Frenchman Bay, Harborside Hotel Marina and Spa refelcts the beauty and tranquility of Coastal Maine. The hotel is within walking distance to downtown shops and the harbor, as well as a short drive from the hiking trails in Acadia National Park.

All Aboard for a Fun Time

Kennebunkport, ME
“Two’s company, three’s a growl!” Photo by @accidentalbirddog

Chug over to the world’s largest and oldest electric railway museum with your canine conductor and hop on board a restored street car at the Seashore Trolley Museum. Stroll with Fido through the visitor center, three public exhibit buildings and the observation gallery, where you can see restoration work taking place. Take your pup for a ride on one of several restored street cars that travel a 1.5-mile private railway. You can hop off and hike a nearby trail system and then complete the loop with a return ride to the visitor center. After your visit, make your way to the Cape Porpoise Pier for a fresh seafood or Maine lobster dinner with your pup at the Cape Pier Chowder House.

Extend your dog-friendly Maine getaway with a night at The Colony Hotel in Kennebunkport. You’ll relish the spectacular ocean views from this historic coastal resort. Take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean or the hotel’s heated saltwater pool. Fido is free to play on the hotel’s private beach and explore the famous Maine tidal pools.

Sunrise and Shine, Fido!

Portland, ME
“I see the sea!” Photo by @linusvanderfloofen

Explore the islands of Casco Bay with Fido aboard one of the daily cruises offered by Casco Bay Lines in Portland. Start your morning with a beautiful ‘Sunrise on the Bay’ cruise, a two-hour tour that starts at the peak of dawn, giving you opportunities for great early morning photographs. If island hopping is more your style, check out the ‘Mailboat Run’ instead. As the name implies, the Mailboat navigates the many small islands of Casco Bay, delivering mail and freight, as well as hauling passengers and their furry friends. Roundtrip cruises take approximately three hours and depart twice daily. Dogs must remain leashed at all times. After you’ve worked up an appetite helping to deliver mail, stop by the Portland Lobster Company to enjoy a classic Maine lobster roll. The restaurant welcomes your pooch with ample outdoor seating.

Located a short drive from Portland, Inn by the Sea is a true doggy delight on Crescent Beach. The hotel offers an ‘Inncredible Pets’ package, which includes a two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite, personalized L.L. Bean dog bed and toy, Inn by the Sea dog bowl, nightly dining from the gourmet pet menu, and evening turndown service (complete with a locally made seasonal dog treat). The property’s human perks are great too, and dogs of any size stay for no additional fee.

Ready for a Road Trip?

Photo by Linda Segerfeldt

If this Ruff Guide to Maine preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our new book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use discount code ACADIA to save 50% on your copy. Happy Travels!

Have you and your dog been to Maine? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by BringFido/Andie Sargent.