Calling your dog your best friend is an understatement. She’s always ready to cheer you up after a long day, with no judgment about that second fourth glass of wine or the fact that you occasionally eat Ben & Jerry’s for dinner. Which is why you’d never leave her behind when you head out east every summer. Thankfully, you don’t have to: Here are six spots where your pup is totally welcome.
CEDAR POINT COUNTY PARK
Gather your favorite four-legged friend and head to this East Hampton park for an all-day excursion. Start with a hike through the numerous trails (FYI, letting your dog chase the wild turkeys is frowned upon), then gawk at the historic lighthouse before claiming a barbecue for an afternoon grill sesh.
5 Cedar Point Rd., East Hampton; 631-852-7620 or suffolkcountyny.gov
The whimsical hotel in East Hampton is a dream retreat for anyone looking to spend a weekend out east—you’ll find a cozy bar, a gourmet restaurant, luxe rooms and even private cottages—but it’s especially so for dog owners. Well-behaved pooches are welcome to spend a night or two at the hotel. They’ll even have a “dog concierge” to help them make the most of their stay.
207 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-5006 or themaidstone.com
PAGE AT 63 MAIN
While you feast on the bounty of the East End with an alfresco farm-to-table meal at Sag Harbor’s Page at 63 Main or Back Page (the adjacent patio), your pooch can be right there with you, munching on an organic dog biscuit.
63 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-1810 or page63main.com
Take your precious pup for an early morning workout sesh (or leisurely stroll) on one of the Hamptons’ beaches. Most allow dogs before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. during the summer (including East Hampton’s gorgeous Main Beach and Ditch Plains in Montauk), and in the off-season, there are even fewer restrictions. Who’s up for a game of fetch?
Confirm pet-friendly towns with your local beach: suffolkcountyny.gov
DUCK WALK SOUTH
The only thing better than an afternoon of wine tasting at a picturesque vineyard is doing so with a dog snoozing at your feet. Your pooch (leashed) is welcome to sit outside with you at breathtaking Duck Walk South.
231 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-726-7555 or duckwalk.com
For those poor souls without a dog, you can briefly borrow one at Montauk Brewery thanks to the resident pup. Sit outside at a picnic table and rub her belly while you sip on one of the brewery’s seven varieties of beer. (Patrons’ dogs are also totally welcome.)
62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk; 631-668-8471 or montaukbrewingco.com