Walking along the historic harbor, your mind wanders to what it must have been like to live in Boston during times of great upheaval and change. You can practically see them in the distance, those leaves of tea floating on the surface, remnants of the tea party heard around the world. Your stroll through Boston Common is anything but wicked. Instead, it inspires in you a deep appreciation for your forefathers as the changing leaves catch your eye. Along the Freedom Trail, you ponder your next great adventure. In the words of Mary Oliver, “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
But you don’t need to be alone on these epic forays into history and culture. With so many pet-friendly hotels in Boston, you can bring your favorite four-legged travel companion with you to the Northeast. Grab some doggie treats and hit the road, because Beantown awaits.
Yes, Boston has plenty of off-leash dog parks! With your bags and bones put away neatly at one of the dog-friendly hotels in Boston, you and your pooch will need a way to stretch your legs. When the weather is warm, local dog parks are the perfect way to spend some time together and maybe even make some new friends. Is that an accent you detect on the local terriers? Bring Fido to Peter’s Park, Charlesgate Dog Run, or the South Boston Dog Park—just to name a few. You can also bring dogs to Boston Common all the time, and between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. they are permitted off-leash in designated areas.
Leave your pooch at the hotel and get gussied up. Boston is teeming with fresh lobster, crab cakes, chowder, and plenty of tables with a view. Legal Harborside, KO Pies at the Shipyard, and Sam’s are just a few of the places to give both your eyes and your stomach a feast to remember. Most restaurants with a water view also afford the sight of the downtown skyline. Dine outdoors in the spring and summer, letting cool salty breezes play with your hair. By winter, an indoor table by the window will do the trick.
Cape Cod is 70 miles southeast of Boston. You can make the drive in less than 90 minutes with little to no traffic, and you’ll find yourself in coastal bliss once you arrive. While dogs are not welcome at all Cape Cod beaches, you can still bring Fido to the sand in places like Eastham and Provincetown.
Book a room at one of our Boston pet-friendly hotels and put your pooch in his finest sweater vest. Now that you’re dressed to impress the fine folks at Onyx Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel or the Sheraton Boston Hotel, you may just earn an accommodation upgrade. Now that’s wandering wisely.