To inspire spectators (live or via broadcast) and their four-legged companions to consider a tail-wagging adventure in New York’s Westchester County, I’ve mapped out several pet-friendly parks, restaurants and hotels, which I hope will spark your consideration and storytelling.
Get a caffeine fix at the award-winning Coffee Labs Roaster in Tarrytown. With roasts like Doghouse Blend, Rockit Dawg and Circus Dog Espresso and its own canine mascot, this shop is as welcoming to pups as it is their human companions.
Travelers can grab a cone of their favorite ice cream at Longford’s in Rye (and don’t forget to get the pup a classic treat, too!).
It’s Play Time
When not reserved for special events like Westminster, at the Lyndhurst Estate dogs on leash can explore 67 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the Hudson River. The estate’s Gothic Revival mansion was once inhabited by railroad tycoon Jay Gould, whose youngest son owned, bred and exhibited St. Bernards at Westminster at the turn of the 20th century.
Take a stroll along the Playland Boardwalk in Rye to take in the views of Long Island Sound and one of the nation’s most historic amusement parks.
Drive north to Chappaqua and the 126,000 acres of Gedney Park. Dogs are permitted off leash in the morning hours (and are welcome on leash at other times) to explore miles of trails through wetlands and woodlands.
Croton Gorge Park in Cortlandt, located at the base of the Old Croton Dam, allows dogs on leash and offers impressive views of the dam plus access to the northern end of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.
Cap off an excellent adventure with a stop at Croton Pet Station in Croton-On-Hudson for a special treat and a self-serve Laundromutt to get pup clean and ready for their next adventure.
Head over to Hastings for exquisite food and breathtaking views at Harvest on Hudson, where guests can relax with their loyal companion on the outdoor patio.
Start with a great brunch at Sweet Grass Grill, a Tarrytown favorite that welcomes dogs in its outdoor dining area.
Enjoy the night at Tarrytown’s RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen which earned raves from critics and locavores for its farm-to-table focus—and has a patio that’s perfect for an al fresco dinner with the pup.
When it’s time to turn in for the night, choose one of Westchester’s many hotels with pet-friendly policies like The Opus, Westchester’s newest contemporary lifestyle hotel in the heart of White Plains. Guests are welcomed with a social nature and modern appeal, featuring eclectic art and décor, authentic experiences and urban glamour.
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