Wags welcome in fur-friendly New Hampshire

Bring Fido along to lunch, to hike, to stay overnight

By Barbara Radcliffe Rogers and Lura Seavey
Globe Correspondents / September 12, 2010

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Dog lovers and their four-legged friends have found warm welcomes from New Hampshire’s seacoast to the White Mountains, with plenty of trails to walk and a growing number of destinations that allow dogs.

Canine Cupboard (603-431-0082, www.caninecupboard .com) on State Street should be any dog lover’s first stop in Portsmouth. The bakery serves a line of healthy canine snacks made from all-natural, low-fat ingredients safe for dogs. Along with traditional bone-shaped biscuits, look for granola bars and muffins and irresistible pawprint-shaped Muddy Paws — applesauce and cinnamon wheat cookies with their toes dipped in carob. In addition to baking beautiful and nutritious dog treats, the store has everything to pamper and care for a vacationing pet.

Breakfast is served at Popovers’ outdoor tables on Portsmouth’s Market Square, and Redhook Brewery (603-430-8600, welcomes well-behaved, leashed dogs at lunch and dinner. They can enjoy dessert off Market Square at Annabelle’s Ice Cream (603-436-3400,

Portsmouth’s South Mill Pond is a popular place for dogs to romp, in a fenced park and in the unfenced off-leash area along the west end. Along the seacoast south of Portsmouth, stop for a stroll along the rose-bordered cliff path at Little Boar’s Head between Hampton and Rye, past the grand “cottages’’ of Millionaire’s Row.

The Lakes Region, with miles of scenic trails at Gunstock Mountain Recreation Area and the boardwalk at Weirs Beach are two good options for exercising the family pet. Lago Restaurant’s terrace over the lake in Meredith is a dog-friendly place for dinner (603-279-2253,

Lodgings can be just as welcoming, from campgrounds and lake cottages to luxurious bed-and-breakfasts, including A Newfound Bed & Breakfast in Bristol (603-744-3442, and Glynn House Inn in Ashland (603-968-3775,

Just off Interstate 93, exit 19, reward a day’s travel at Dipsy Doodle in Northfield, where they serve award-winning fried clams, excellent ice cream, and welcome dogs with a bowl of cool water (603-286-2100, If beer and pizza sound good, bring Fido to lunch on the porch at Tilton House of Pizza, just down the road on Route 3, near exit 20 (603-286-7181).

In North Conway, well-behaved pets are welcome in the coaches of the Conway Scenic Railroad (603-356-5251, Owner Russ Seybold usually brings one of his Corgis to work, and the railroad is a teaching venue where Camp Canine trains service dogs. The railway’s Dog Daze and the Conway Area Humane Society’s annual Bark in the Park fund-raiser in September draw local and visiting dogs and friends.

Wildcat Mountain invites leashed dogs on scenic gondola rides to the summit for eye-to-eye views of the upper slopes and peak of Mount Washington (603-466-3326, Both Story Land in Glen (603-383-4186, and Santa’s Village in Jefferson offer on-site kennels.

North Conway headquarters for all things doggy is Four Your Paws Only (603-356-7297,, filled with grooming kits, stylish pet carriers, fully guaranteed Lupine collars, eco-friendly pet toys, and a cooler of ice cream bars created just for dogs. This upbeat shop with a Pet Bakery and Pet Community Playroom is a good stop before a camping trip or hitting a hiking trail, for waterproof travel beds, portable water and food bowls, and doggie backpacks.

Active dogs and owners can hike the White Mountains’ many trails together, from short hikes to waterfalls in Crawford Notch to the toughest routes up Mount Washington. Dogs are allowed on all White Mountain National Forest trails, as long as they are always under verbal or physical restraint. The region’s Rails to Trails Conservancy trails ( welcome dogs, as do most public trails throughout the state and most state park campgrounds (

Whitman (a yellow Lab) and Lilly (a Jack Russell terrier) will be at the door welcoming guests to Spruce Moose Lodge and Cottages (603-356-6329, www in North Conway. Visiting dogs find a welcoming dog biscuit and their owners get a discount at Four Your Paws Only.

Four-legged guests are welcome at Lazy Dog Inn, on Route 16 in Chocorua (603-323-8350, as long as they are well behaved. Dogs get the climate controlled Doggie Lodge and the fenced play area, where they can spend their days having fun at doggie daycare, included in the rates.

Yankee Smokehouse (603-539-7427, on Route 16 in West Ossipee, serves authentic Southern barbecue at picnic tables on the lawn, where you and your leashed friend can share a bountiful lunch or dinner. Primo’s Café, also on Route 16 (603-356-0078) serves deli-style sandwiches and welcomes dogs at the outdoor tables.

Karla’s Pet Rendezvous in Madison (603-447-3435,, just south of Conway Village, offers a full menu of services tailored especially to the needs of vacationers with pets, including day care, self-service pet wash, overnight care, and a doggy salon.

Perhaps the state’s most unusual pet-sitting service, K-9 Mountaineer Club (603-447-1356,, picks up dogs and takes them to exercise on one of the area’s many hiking trails. If the weather is too hot, the dogs are taken on a party boat to a private area where they can swim, socialize, and play.

Barbara Radcliffe Rogers and Lura Seavey can be reached at