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Apr 27

Next travel, don't leave your Belle-a of the ball at home!

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 12:15 PM by Michael Goens

Let’s face it, leisure travel just isn’t the same without your best friend coming along. And leaving little Bella behind sometimes just isn’t an option. Bella being your good-natured, well-behaved and friendly pet, not your infant. Hey now, Bella may be an important part of the family, and separation anxiety can exist for both owner and animal!

Travelers more frequently bring along a beloved four-legged friend and seek amenities/allowances in hotels and restaurants. In Manhattan, we have our own special places and events where Daisy or lil’ Buddy can roam or accompany her and his owner, without worry. lists three Manhattan parks that don’t roll up their snouts toward our furry friends. CiCo Park and Fairmont Park each have designated areas for your animal to be unleashed, where Sadie can feel the wind in her hair on a sprint. These parks feature fenced-in areas with water fountains for your pet.

dog runs free at park

On-leash activities are welcomed at most of Manhattan’s two dozen other parks, such as City Park right off Poyntz Avenue. City Park has a 1-mile paved path around the park, where joggers and walkers regularly have tag-along friends. Dogs are also encouraged at Tuttle Creek State Park campgrounds.

Eight of Manhattan’s 13 hotels allow your pooch and pets in general: Best Western, Bluemont, Candlewood Suites, Four Points, Holiday Inn (at the Campus, Express & Suites), Parkwood Inn and Super 8. Bluemont Hotel (1212 Bluemont Ave.) has a typical pet policy, for which owners pay a small nightly fee and observance of pet weight limit (60 lbs. at Bluemont). Restrictions to accessible areas will also apply when owners are accompanied by Zeus and Apollo.

Also with greater frequency, special events encourage pet owners to bring Duke along. Each Thursday, Eleven Fifteen Venue and Urban Garden throws “Paws and Pints” on the patio, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tapped beer for $4 brings more encouragement to come out with friends, and you’ll be out of the doghouse when you get your dog out of the house.

Pets travel in MHK

Paws on the Patio on Wednesdays at AJ’s NY Pizzeria rolls around in the spring, summer and fall months. Enjoy beer and pizza on AJ’s outdoor patio (3rd and Poyntz) as portions of sales benefit the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter in Manhattan. Additional pet-friendly restaurants include Bluestem Bistro and Porter’s in Aggieville, and Mr. K’s plus Powercat Sports Grill, all with outdoor patios or al fresco dining.

Your next travel occasion to Manhattan doesn’t have to exclude Lula-Mae. When in doubt, check with each individual hotel and restaurant venue to verify that location’s pet policy. Have fun and enjoy your trip!

Note: Event disclaimers are clear that owners are responsible for their pet and any potential damage to property.


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