Pet adoptions increased during the pandemic as those spending more time at home found new companionship in the form of fluffy friends.
And now that travel is picking up again, it’s hard to leave those sad puppy dog eyes at the door. Thankfully, you don’t always have to. There are plenty of pet-friendly restaurants and hotels throughout the Northeast that invite all members of the family – four-legged included!
From hip eateries to AAA-approved hotels, here are some of our favorite places to take your pet on your next day trip or vacation in the Northeast. For more, use AAA’s pet travel tool to search for hotels, restaurants, attractions and campgrounds across the country.
Please remember to call all pet-friendly establishments ahead to check for any restrictions or fees.
Pet-Friendly Restaurants in the Northeast
This health-conscious Mediterranean eatery in Montauk is attached to the Solé East Resort, which anchors the eastern corner of Long Island in the Hamptons. A cozy collection of Adirondack chairs invites you and Fido to sit and rest while listening to the faint sound of waves just a five-minute walk away.
East Hampton, N.Y.
Also attached to a hotel – this time, AAA Three Diamond Designated, pet-friendly hotel, The Maidstone – The Restaurant offers a contemporary twist on American classics such as chicken and waffles or rustic flatbread. They even have a menu especially for dogs. Pups are welcome at the outdoor tables or ask about pet access in the lounge while enjoying a pre-dinner cocktail.
New York, N.Y.
Bring your pets to the center of New York City at Parnell’s, a traditional Irish pub with dog-friendly outdoor tables. Once you’ve had your fill, give your pooch some exercise by ambling westward to Hell’s Kitchen or north to the Upper East Side.
Asbury Park, N.J.
Reviewers say this American pub has a menu for dogs, which means there’s a delicious selection for both you and your pup. Sidewalk seating means that a patch of grass or ray of sunshine is never far away.
Jealous Monk, home of Mystic’s only beer garden, allows dogs outside, and in their winter igloos. This friendly gathering spot serves up bratwurst, schnitzel and an ever-rotating variety of brews on tap. It’s the perfect place for friends and their furry companions to meet for an afternoon or evening of good conversation and good eats.
Lucky Lou’s is a pet-friendly restaurant that serves a medley of classic American and Italian dishes. The seasonal dog-welcoming patio extends the dining room, established in the historic 1787 Deming-Standish House in Old Wethersfield.
Is there anything as relaxing as basking in the sunshine and watching the waves roll in with your best friend by your side? Windjammer Surf Bar is a family- and pet-friendly establishment with live music, beach access and a full bar.
It’s not always easy to find a pet-friendly restaurant in Boston. State Street Provisions has a waterfront dog-friendly patio that’s ideal for indulging with a cheese board, raw bar offerings or a cup of classic clam chowder.
Salem’s Village Tavern serves an American menu that includes smoked wings and thick burgers. Sidewalk tables allow you and your pooch to watch the world go by (and sneak a peek at the Peabody Essex Museum across the way).
Your pet will love this lively brewpub with stunning views of the White Mountains. The beer garden fills up quickly for Sunday brunch, so arrive early to snag a table. Then sink your teeth into a fresh burger and take your pick of brews from the rotating list.
10 Pet-Friendly Hotels in the Northeast
Pets stay free at the AAA Four Diamond-Designated Westin in Buffalo. The elegant hotel features a restaurant, convenience store and fitness center in the heart of downtown. Your pup will love their cozy dog beds, too. Book now.
Asbury Park, N.J.
You’re welcome to bring up to two pets during your stay at the colorful, eclectic Asbury Hotel. With a rooftop lounge, outdoor movie theater and regular live music events, you and your fur babies have plenty of opportunities to spend quality time together outside. Book now.
Asbury Park, N.J.
Another Asbury Park landmark, the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel has a reputation as an incredibly pet-friendly hotel. Once you’ve signed the hotel’s pet policy waiver, you and your small pooch can take a quick stroll to Asbury Park Beach, where a boardwalk full of souvenir shops and fun eateries awaits. Book now.
Long Branch, N.J.
Do you fall head over heels for artsy, design-centric lodging? Then you and your pet will love the kid-, dog- and cat-friendly Bungalow Hotel. The property even has a grassy relief area for pets. Book now.
New Haven, Conn.
Furry friends of Yale students will enjoy a stay at the AAA Three Diamond Designated Omni, where food and water bowls are available upon request. A nearby park offers lots of green space for relief and roaming. Book now.
An outdoor fire pit and grilling area welcomes families to the Hyatt House Hartford North. This pet-friendly hotel makes a great home base for exploring historic Windsor’s Northwest Park & Nature Center or the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. Book now.
The Graduate Hotel group has a reputation for quirky, hyperlocal décor and pet-friendly policies. The AAA Three Diamond Designated Graduate Providence is no exception. Add in the 24-hour fitness center, complimentary bike rentals and spa services, and you’ve got yourself a relaxing stay for the whole family! Book now.
The pet-friendly Hawthorn Hotel exudes elegance and style. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, the establishment offers a VIP (Very Important Pets) package that includes dog treats and $10 toward an item on the pet-focused room service menu.
Opened in 1927 in the heart of Boston, the AAA Four Diamond Designated Boston Park Plaza is one of the most pet-friendly hotels in the Cradle of Liberty. The hotel concierge even offers dog walking services. Book now.
Anchored below Mount Washington, The Glen House acts as a home base for exploring New Hampshire’s beautiful outdoors. Only a handful of rooms are pet-friendly, so book early if you’d like the package that includes a comfy bed, bowl and treat for Spot. Book now.
Get more tips for traveling with pets.
Plan your pet-friendly getaway with AAA Travel.
Do you like to travel with your pet? Share your favorite pet-friendly restaurants and hotels in the comments below.