Kennebec Valley Dog Friendly Vacations

Where to Go

The Kennebec and Moose River Valleys region draws outdoor enthusiasts from across the country. Featuring quaint river towns, beautiful rivers, rolling hills, and the Maine state capital, this region has something for everyone.

The Belgrade Lakes region, located north of Augusta, was the inspiration for Ernest Thompson’s play On Golden Pond. Its natural beauty and recreational opportunities make it the perfect getaway for you and your pet. Enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing, or hiking one of the region’s low mountains. Your dog is welcome to roam off-leash on hiking trails if she is under voice control.

The Kennebec River Rail Trail, located near Hallowell, provides excellent hiking and mountain biking opportunities. Your dog is free to explore off-leash on this trail.

Augusta has a Petco Pet Store if you need to purchase supplies for your pooch. The local Tractor Supply Company also supplies pet food, treats, leashes, and accessories.

Where to Stay

The Lodge at Woodland Camps, located in Belgrade Lakes, permits dogs with the owners’ permission. Other dog-friendly accommodations in the region include Lake Maranacook Cottage in Readfield, the Black Pond Guesthouse in Vienna, and Partridge Cottage in Belgrade.

If you are visiting Augusta, there are several chain hotels that allow pets for a small fee. Consider the Econo Lodge, Comfort Inn, or Motel 6. For accommodations with more local charm, find a vacation rental that allows pets. Several lakefront homes and cottages in Augusta permit pet owners to stay.

Where to Eat

Although Augusta is the state capitol, it is a relatively small city of less than 20,000 people. Thus, it does not have a large fine dining scene. Augusta and other areas in the Kennebec and Moose Rivers region tend to have more pubs and casual eateries than fine dining establishments. These casual restaurants are often more amenable to four-legged guests. Many eateries have patios or porches that are dog-friendly. Ask the restaurant owner or staff before bringing your pet.

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