The last full month of spring is here, and there’s no better time to get out and try new things with your best friend. Hike a beautiful trail that showcases spring delights, visit an ice cream shop devoted to dogs, and let Fido frolic off leash at these brand new May openings across the country.
Posted by Billy Francis
Looking for a place to celebrate Fido’s Gotcha Day? Located in the bustling neighborhood of Rittenhouse Square, Salty Paws serves up scoops of lactose-free and goat milk ice cream (better for canine digestive systems than ice cream made for humans). The store’s ninth location continues the tradition of enticing flavors, including concoctions that contain peanut butter, maple bacon, and cheese, plus a topping bar of favorites like dehydrated meat crumbles and dog biscuits. They also stock items to take home, like big bags of dog biscuits, collars, leashes, toys, and other swag.
If you are stopping in Philly on a dog-friendly road trip, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia is a short walk from Rittenhouse Square. The boutique hotel provides four-legged guests with treats, pet bedding, and food and water bowls to use during their stay.
Good Dog Bar & Dog Park
Good Dog Bar & Dog Park in Auburn welcomes dogs and their owners to play at its large, turfed outdoor dog park full of agility equipment, toys, and more. There’s a covered section for rainy days, a separate small dog park for less rambunctious canines, and Bark Rangers patrolling the park to make sure all pups are having fun. The bar for dog owners is stocked with beer, hard seltzers, wine, and soft drinks. If you’re feeling hungry, grab a bite to eat from one of the visiting food trucks. Day passes, monthly and annual memberships are available. Good Dog Bar & Dog Park is also scheduled to open a second location in Birmingham in 2022.
The Hotel at Auburn University is a great place to stay with your pooch after a day of play. Four-legged guests receive treats at check-in, and the property is surrounded by grassy areas to explore.
Common Law Brewing
Common Law Brewing in Spring Hill, 30 miles south of Nashville, is the first craft brewery to open in the city. This new community hub offers patrons 10 different taps that range from ales and lagers to seltzers and more. Leashed dogs are welcome inside to keep their owners company while they enjoy live music, meals from visiting food trucks, and trivia nights.
Take your pup for a weekend getaway and enjoy a true Southern retreat at Candlewicke HideAway. Let your dog relax off leash in the fenced side patio while you relax under the twinkling lights.
Lovettsville Community Park
Lovettsville Community Park has been a labor of love for local fundraisers and volunteers for over two decades. The recently opened recreational space provides just over 90 acres of outdoor fun, including baseball and soccer fields, winding trails, an amphitheater, and most importantly, an off-leash dog park. The fenced space is divided into a small and large section for pups of all sizes to play safely. After playing in the dog park, clip on your best friend’s leash and explore the rest of the area on the paved trails.
Make a reservation at nearby Sweet Grass Cottage and enjoy a relaxing stay next to a picturesque pond. Three farm dogs wander the property and are always happy to meet sociable four-legged guests.
West Hills Dogwood Trail
Dogwood Arts in Knoxville is a nonprofit that has been championing environmental stewardship and the arts in East Tennessee since 1955. West Hills Dogwood Trail is the 13th trail that has been assigned by the organization and the first new one in more than 20 years. The latest route to be added to the Historic Dogwood Trails & Gardens program showcases the city’s beautiful flora and adds eight miles to a trail system that already spans 85 miles. Follow the pink lines with your pooch and admire countless mature dogwoods in bloom, lovingly maintained front yards, and colorful gardens along the way.
Located near the West Hills neighborhood, Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville Papermill Drive is a popular pick among canine tourists visiting East Tennessee. Surrounded by grassy areas, it’s also close to the picturesque and pet-friendly Lakeshore Park.
Dix Park Dog Park
Dix Park Dog Park in Raleigh has long been a favorite among City of Oaks locals and pups passing through, but did you know the athletic field next to Biggs Drive was only temporary? Dog owners are now invited to release their hounds at the new permanent park between the Big Field and the Sunflower Field. This larger space is completely fenced and divided into a small and a large dog section. Fido will find welcome additions, like water stations and natural shade, inside the new space.
On your next visit to the Research Triangle, rise and shine at Aloft Raleigh. Located within walking distance of the park, this pet-friendly hotel provides treats at check-in and pet bowls upon request.