Canines and cocktails in dog friendly Boston

The Boston Seaport Hotel is just one of many dog friendly places to stay and play in Boston. Photo: Boston Seaport Hotel

BOSTON, July 24, 2013 — For more than 300 years, Boston has made significant advances in everything from science and engineering to culture and society. As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is well-known for Paul Revere’s midnight ride, the American Revolution and its prestigious Ivy League Colleges.

Our forefathers would be surprised today to learn that Boston is also one of the top pet friendly destinations in the United States.

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Pet Friendly Boston Hotels

Take the Boston Seaport Hotel, for example. Located right on the waterfront in the bustling Seaport District, this dog friendly hotel offers luxury accommodations with city and harbor views for you and your four legged best friend. With convenient access to all major points of interest including many dog friendly activities, Seaport welcomes pets with special amenities that include an array of dog beds for visiting pups to try, complimentary treats upon arrival, a choice of stuffed and squeaky dog toys from the Seaport Treasure Chest, complimentary doggy bags, and last but not least – Canines and Cocktails.

Canines and Cocktails is a weekly summer event, held every Wednesday evening on the TAMO terrace, an outside grassy area where guests and locals can bring their dogs and enjoy a menu of cocktails and special chef-prepared appetizers, while their pets mingle.

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Watch Brody, a Seaport VIP guest as he checks-in to Seaport, chooses a doggy bed and toys, and receives the luxury treatment he deserves. 

During the spring and summer months, The Liberty Hotel offers a “yappie” hour every Wednesday evening at the property’s outside bar located inside an enclosed courtyard. An architectural gem, what was once the iconic Charles Street Jail is now a stunning, vibrant pet friendly hotel. With a dog park just a few miles away and miles of green space on the Esplanade, this luxury pet hotel is the perfect spot to sniff out Boston.

The Liberty’s Paw Prints Package includes a professional pet portrait sitting with an award winning photographer as well as designer pet amenities.

The Hyatt Regency Boston has received its certification from Pets Can Stay as one of our country’s leading hotels that hosts pets. This pet friendly Boston hotel was independently certified by the online resource for pet travelers, as meeting or exceeding all criteria required for the Standard Certification designation.

Featuring impeccable service in a smoke free and green environment, families with pets will appreciate this luxury hotel’s attention to comfort after a long day of exploring. The hotel is centrally situated near famous attractions such as the Boston Commons, Fenway Park, shopping, dining, the theater district, Chinatown and live entertainment. Dog owners will be charged a $50 per stay fee upon check out.

Dog friendly things to do in Boston

You and your four legged best friend can get lost inside Harold Parker State Forest, offering miles of rolling hills, walking, running, hiking and jogging trails for you and your pooch to enjoy.

Featuring 3,000 acres of hardwood, hemlock and white pine forest just 29 north of Boston, the Harold Parker State Forest in nearby Andover is within an hour’s drive of many cultural and historical attractions. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and horseback riding, camping and picnicking. The forest has more than 35 miles of logging roads, 11 ponds and 89 camp sites for you and your dog. Don’t forget to bring your map.

Warm hearts and wet noses are invited to take the Dog Island Adventure. A boat takes you on a 25-minute cruise to the island where you and your pooch can spend a few hours romping around with like minded travelers. Please check Boston taxi schedules for departure days and times that vary with the seasons. The price is $35 per person – dogs and children twelve-and-under ride free. You pay on board the boat. Dogs must be well-behaved.

Then there’s the famous Boston Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile historical tour, marked by a red line on the sidewalk, runs by many famous sites including the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church. Your dog may join you on the self-guided tour. Before you take off on your walking tour of Boston, get your Freedom Travel map and directions.

The Joe Wex Dog Recreation Space at Peter’s Park is Boston’s first city-sanctioned off leash dog-park. This fenced in park is dedicated to promoting responsible dog ownership and fostering community and neighborhood development. Featuring a separate area for smaller or timid dogs, guardians can rest and relax on the many park benches, There’s plenty of clean gravel to romp and play and a doggie water fountain with a side nozzle for washing dirt off your hands.

At any given time, you’ll find 40+ dogs and their owners navigating and playing on the park’s rock obstacles. Before coming to the dog-park, you might want to check the park’s rules and regulations.

Get discounted rates on pet friendly hotels in Boston, or call 877-411-FIDO to speak with a pet travel expert.

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As a consumer dog product and service expert, Susan Hartzler is up to date on the latest trends for dogs and their guardians. Dogs are her passion; so naturally, the subject is something she knows about from both a personal and professional basis.

An award winning writer, Hartzler is a contributor to New World Library’s “Dogs And The Women Who Love Them,” an Oprah pick, and Simon & Schuster’s best selling “Divinity of Dogs.” A short story she wrote about her first therapy dog, Baldwin, was published in Animal Wellness Magazine and awarded the Angel on a Leash Award from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.  Hartzler has developed a loyal following of dog lovers for her serial blog,, a personal journey about dogs and men. She and her dog Bliss are a therapy dog team and visit children in the oncology ward at County USC Medical Center. For more information, please visit


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