Ready to have a pawesome adventure with your four-legged friend? Pack your bags and head to Gaylord to enjoy the dog days of summer!
Where to Rest Your Paws: 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. Choose your type of lodging, do a quick filter search for pet friendly amenities, then book a room or vacation home where you can rest your feet and paws at the end of the day!
Chow Time: 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 patio dining where your pooch is welcome! Savor some of the most tasty meals and brews Gaylord has to offer, knowing your loyal companion is by your side.
Best Places to Sniff: Ever read about an amazing trail with breathtaking vistas only to learn dogs are not allowed? You won’t find that here! Our trails and outdoor spaces were made to be enjoyed by both humans and canines! We welcome you and your dog to explore all our lovely pathways. 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.
Wild and Free: 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.
Where to Dip Your Paws: 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!
Pets at Alpenfest: 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 13th 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.
Wednesday, July 11th is National All American Pet Photo Day! Share your favorite pet photos on our Facebook page.