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Westminster Comes to Westchester – Pet-Friendly Travel Ideas

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is returning June 18-22 to Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, NY – and this year’s event is even more exciting because it marks the return of in-person viewing.

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.

The Zoomies!

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.

Cuddle Up

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.

Additional hotel options:

·        Springhill Suites Tarrytown

·        Sleepy Hollow Hotel & Convention Center

·        Sonesta White Plains

·        Hilton Garden Inn Westchester/Dobbs Ferry

·        Hyatt House White Plains

·        Sheraton Tarrytown Hotel 

·        Courtyard Tarrytown – Westchester County

·        Hyatt Place New York / Yonkers

·        Hampton Inn & Suites Yonkers

·        Courtyard By Marriott – Yonkers

·        Residence Inn by Marriott – Yonkers

·        The Days Inn by Wyndham – Elmsford / White Plains

·        Hampton Inn & Suites Yonkers – Westchester


About AJ Woodson (2398 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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