4 Pet-Friendly Maine Outings

Dog on the beach, Andrew Pons

Our May issue includes an oversized guide to Maine’s busiest season, so everyone can pick and plan their perfect summer itinerary. If your pet comes along for the ride, why not give him a bit of vacation fun? Here are four great ways to enjoy a pet-friendly outing in Maine.

By Caroline Praderio

Boothbay Harbor Mutt Scrub

Pup due for a summer scrub-down? All proceeds from this annual event benefit the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. Events like doggie musical chairs and a canine talent competition all but guarantee cuteness overload. July 25. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Downtown Boothbay Harbor. 207-633-7387. twosaltydogs.net

World Championship Boatyard Dog Trials

Hijinks and rule-bending are encouraged at this riotous day of water-based dog competitions. Submit registration by June 15. Trials take place August 16. 10:30 a.m. $12. Rockland Public Landing. 207-594-8622. maineboats.com

Inn by the Sea

This luxury hotel doesn’t just begrudgingly accommodate pets: it embraces them, drool and all. You can even book a doggie massage or request turndown service with a gourmet and locally made dog treat. 40 Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth. 207-799-3134. innbythesea.com

Rollover Cafe

Coffee, breakfast, and lunch for you, homemade treats for your four-legged companion(s). Follow up with a walk on nearby Wells Beach, which welcomes dogs anytime until June 15, and after 6 p.m. from June 15 through September. 358 Mile Rd., Wells. 207-809-7655. facebook.com/rollovercafe


Cover 15.05.inddGet the whole list of 137 Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever, including 3 Restaurants Worth Waiting All Winter For, 3 Incredible State Parks You Haven’t Visited Yet, 4 Secret Beaches, 6 Kid-Friendly Trips, and much more, in our May 2015 issue.

Photo credit: Dog on beach image by Andrew Pons, Creative Commons Zero license


Caroline Praderio

Caroline Praderio is a former Down East assistant editor.