By Christy Walcott
Ready to have a pawesome adventure with your four-legged friend? Pack your bags and head to Gaylord, Michigan to enjoy the dog days of summer!
Campgrounds are always a great place to stay with your furry friends, but if your dog is used to the more pampered life, many of our local lodging properties are pet-friendly. Whether Fido is used to resort life, looking for a lakeside cabin or happy anywhere he can rest his paws, you’ll have lots of options when you visit Gaylord.
Now this can be tricky…but it is possible to dine with your doggy in the Alpine Village. Several area eateries, including Alpine Tavern, the Iron Pig Smokehouse, Mary’s Tavern and Snowbelt Brewing, offer outdoor pet-friendly patio dining! Savor some of the tastiest meals and brews Gaylord has to offer, knowing your loyal companion is by your side.
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Happy trails result in waggin’ tails and our pathways and preserves were made to be enjoyed by both humans and canines! We welcome you and your dog to explore all our lovely trails, no permits required. Two areas you won’t want to miss are Aspen Park and the Shingle Mill Pathway in the Pigeon River State Forest. Please remember to clean up after your pet and keep all dogs on a leash.
Some pups just need a little extra room to roam. No worries, the Otsego County Dog Park caters to pooches of all sizes. With separate, secured areas for large and small dogs, you’ll be able to unleash some energy with a quick jaunt to this park. Conveniently located a few blocks from downtown, the dog park has a pavilion, picnic table and water on site.
Many of our beaches and public access sites are dog-friendly, but please pay attention to signs. Great places to cool your paws after a day of exploring are at Opal Lake or the designated dog beach at the Otsego Lake State Park!
It’s not too late to take advantage of some pet-centric Alpenfest events! Even though we know they are all cute, bring your pooch to the Ugly Dog Contest on Friday, July 12th at 10:00 a.m. Following at 11:00 a.m., dress your doggies in their Alpenbest and join us for our annual Pet Parade.
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