It’s All Gone to the Dogs, and We’re OK with That!
Deciding whether or not you should take your pup on a trip can be quite a conundrum. Leaving them at home means anxiety for them and guilt for you but taking them to a not-so-dog-friendly destination can ruin what’s supposed to be a restful and relaxing vacation.
Luckily, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County are as dog friendly as it gets.
For starters there are plenty of pet-friendly hotels, from Graduate Annapolis to The Hotel at Arundel Preserve. Equally welcoming are the streets and stores of downtown Annapolis, where water and snack bowls are common, as are the area’s abundant dog parks. Finally, you’ll take comfort knowing that there are 30 animal hospitals and plentiful pet stores, including specialty options such as Crunchies Natural Pet Foods and Loyal Companion, located throughout the county.
To maximize your time – and fun – when visiting our region with your canine companion, we’ve created a quick guide for you to make the most of your next vacation.
The Graduate Hotel Annapolis is just one of the many pet-friendly hotels in the area. Image courtesy of The Graduate.
Get Some Views
There’s no better way to see the many sights of Annapolis than to take a dog-friendly walking tour or boat cruise.
On Watermark’s always-popular Colonial Annapolis Walking Tour, you and your colonially-clad guide will visit historic landmarks such as the Maryland State House and Paca House. On the water, Watermark’s wide array of Cruises on the Bay include rides on the Severn River and Spa Creek aboard the spacious Harbor Queen, a faux tugboat, or the Annapolis Water Taxi.
Get Some Exercise
For those looking to get a bit closer to the water, your dog can do what all the cool local dogs do – play in the sand and go swimming in the river – at the Dog Beach at Quiet Waters Park. You can take things up a notch by renting a stand up paddleboard, complete with life jackets for both you and your dog, at Capital SUP. And if your dog isn’t a fan of the water, or perhaps you’re not a fan of the wet dog smell, take a trip to the newest dog park in town: the 10,000 square-foot playground at Happy Tails Pet Resort.
Take a paddle with your pooch! Image courtesy of Annapolis Discovered.
Get Some Grub
Describing itself as “Your local pub where patrons, pups, and prohibition-free pints are our priority,” Pour Dog House oozes dog-themed décor – and eats for hoomans as well as pups. For something sweeter, Salty Paws has a full dog ice cream bar, with flavors ranging from peanut butter and pumpkin to bacon and banana, along with cases full of tasty gourmet treats. There's also Sea Dog Pet Boutique located on Main street. This shop provides ethically sourced pet products as well as tasty treats. They'll even hold your purchases for the day while you continue your adventure with Fido.
Get Some Selfies
Last but not least, here are some of the most Instagram-worthy spots for the selfies without which no trip would be complete:
- Ego Alley Boardwalk, with downtown Annapolis and Main Street behind you.
- Susan Campbell Park, for a shot that includes boats and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
- Chancery Lane, with red-bricked walls framing the State House for a perfect pic.
Pups are welcome in almost every outdoor cafe', and even a winery or two. Image courtesy of Annapolis Discovered.
Check off all of the above and, while you and your pooch will both be pooped, you’ll have made the most of our incredibly dog-friendly destination.