Written by Elizabeth Pezzoni
Planning a weekend trip to Cape Cod? Good news! You don’t have to leave your pet behind. We’ve designed the perfect mid-Cape (Barnstable, Hyannis, Dennis and Yarmouth) day for you and your pooch to enjoy. Just picture this:
After a beautiful drive through Barnstable you arrive at the homey Lamb and Lion Inn, where you’ve managed to secure one of the three available pet-friendly rooms. You head to your room and find pet sheets, towels, and water bowls are available free of charge. After unpacking, you decide to head out and explore the area.
Barnstable is home to a number of outdoor activities, the front desk explains. You settle on the well-known Sandy Neck Beach, just a fifteen minute drive from the inn. As you drive through the gate the attendant explains that during the summer season, dogs are only allowed on the Off Road Vehicle Beach. You’re happy to learn, however, that there is also hiking trail-The Great Marsh Hiking Trail-where dogs are also allowed. After spending the day relaxing on the beach and hiking the trails, it’s time for dinner.
After packing up the car you set out for the Sesuit Harbor Cafe, a quaint, mainly seafood restaurant featuring outdoor seating that overlooks the marina and is open to dogs. You enjoy your meal as the sun goes down, then head back to the inn for a well deserved sleep.
More Resources for Dog-Friendly Hotels, Activities, and Vet Care
Marston Family Bed and Breakfast – both dogs and cats are allowed at a charge of $10/day/pet and a $50 damage deposit. All pets must be on flea preventative.
508-775-3334 | 70 Marston Ave. Box 458, Hyannis Port
Simmons Homestead Inn – pets of any kind, except cats, are allowed at a $25 charge. Dogs of any size are allowed, and you may bring more than one. All dogs must be on flea and tick medication.
508-778-4999 | 288 Scudder Ave., Hyannis
Cape Cod Beer – on the second Tuesday of each month from 4-6 p.m., the brewery holds a “Yappy Hour”, a social hour for dogs and their owners.
508-790-4200 | 1336 Phinneys Lane, Hyannis
508-779-7588 | 372 Main St., Hyannis
Barnstable Animal Hospital – Emergency and Critical Care & grooming
508-779-6555 | 157 Airport Rd., Hyannis
Glendon Beach Cottages
781-608-2463 | 91 Glendon Rd., Dennisport
Kingfisher Lodging – pet-friendly for a one-time charge of $30 and complimentary food/water bowls are available.
508-385-5883 | 177 Main St. Rt. 6A, Dennis
Cape Cod Rail Trail – the Rail Trail is busy with bikers during the summer season, so be careful to avoid collisions.
Chapin Beach Conservation Area – the beach does not allow dogs during the summer season, but the conservation area is open year round to leashed dogs and a beach parking sticker is required during summer hours.
Crowe’s Pasture Conservation Area and Beach – dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Fresh Pond Dog Park
Indian Lands Conservation Area – there is privately owned land to the left of the power lines, so be sure to stay on the marked paths.
*Information about locating each of these areas can be found at http://www.town.dennis.ma.us/Pages/DennisMA_AnimalControl/
Dennis Veterinary Hospital – Emergency and Critical Care, boarding for cats, grooming
508-385-8323 | 425 Main St., Dennis Port
Blue Rock Resort
844-611-8936 | 39 Todd Rd., South Yarmouth
Blue Water on the Ocean
855-488-3520 | 291 South Shore Dr., South Yarmouth
Yarmouth Country Cabins
617-640-3054 | 878 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth
Historical Society of Old Yarmouth Trail – dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
*Trail guides can be found at http://www.hsoy.org/home-page-1-2-3/
Yarmouth Dog Park
508-394-9535 | 917 Rt. 28, South Yarmouth
Hyannis Animal Hospital Inc. – Emergency and Critical Care
508-775-4521 | 102 Ansel Hallet Rd., West Yarmouth
Bridge Creek Conservation Area
Crocker Neck Conservation Area
Hathaways Pond Conservation Area
Long Pond Nature Trail
Old Jail Lane Conservation Area
Otis Atwood Conservation Area
Santuit Trail Reserve
West Barnstable Conservation Area
Whelan Conservation Area
*Trail guides are available for all of the aforementioned locations at http://www.townofbarnstable.us/Conservation/TrailGuides/
Cape Cod Animal Hospital – Emergency and Critical Care
508-428-6393 | 1415 Osterville West Barnstable Rd., West Barnstable