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Paw House Inn, VT

ADVENTURES IN VERMONT

The Paw House Inn is located in West Rutland, VT.  Close to Pico an Killington Mountains and about 5 minutes to the bustling town of Rutland, this Inn is a perfect location for all dog lovers.  The Inn’s motto is “we cater to dogs, we tolerate humans”………and they mean it!

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We were welcomed by the resident dog, Stanley, and were given a tour of the grounds.  The owner told an interesting story about the eccentric neighbor who is an art collector of sorts and has many “interesting” sculptures surrounding the Inn’s property.  Here are just a few:

 

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This Inn is SPOTLESS!! I am a clean freak, so for me to say that is something, especially about a house with dogs in it!  The mud room after entering allows the humans to take their shoes off and towels to wipe any dirty dog paws.  So many cute touches throughout!

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Our room was on the second floor and immediately knew we were in good hands.  There was a framed dog bed with a bowl and towel for water, a towel in case of rain or an impromptu swim, and even a sheet to put over the bed in case your pup joins you for sleeping.

IMG_5573   We headed out to the fenced in “dog park” next and met our neighbors and their pups before hitting the sack.  Fun was had by all.

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Saturday we dined on the back porch with Brya and most of her friends for a gourmet breakfast which was delicious, then headed off to the indoor farmers market (dogs are invited)

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Since it was spring, the weather was just warm enough for a hike  The staff at breakfast was so helpful in giving us a list of possible trails. We finally settled on Pine Hill Park and it did not disappoint !!!!!  Breathtaking landscape and views awaited us at every turn.  Brya found several rocks to climb throughout our hike:

 

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Another great feature of the Inn is the on site kennel.  This separate building has kennels to keep your pup safe and cool/warm (depending on the season) if you have to go somewhere that isn’t dog friendly or just want an afternoon of human sightseeing. Although we didn’t use this service for Brya, it was nice to know it was available!

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It was so wonderful to be in a place that reveres these animals that are our family as much as we do, and to be around fellow dog lovers was such a treat.  Brya made wonderful friends and I know we will be back!

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Check them out for yourselves:  http://www.pawhouseinn.com/

 

 

15 Towns in 12 Months-June

FALMOUTH in June

This month we straddle the spring/summer seasons, but here on Cape Cod summer is already in full tilt! Dogs are allowed on the beaches Oct 1-April 30, so off to the trails we went!

The Knob-Quinnaquisset Ave-One of my favorite haunts! Such beautiful landscape and places to roam all year long on the ocean! Some pluses are the many spots for awesome photos and two small beaches that allow the dogs to swim even in the summer! Minuses to this location are the limited parking spots and the trails are not very lengthy. A definite must see!!!!!     Map:   http://www.saltpond.info/pdf/trailmap_knob.pdf

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Crane Wildlife Reservation-Located on Route 151 this 1800 acres of property was acquired from Frances A. Crane in 1958. The landscape is so vast and starts in an open field (which can get muddy) and heads into an array of wooded trails that intermingle. If your goal is to let your dog run, this is the perfect place to make it happen! Trail Map: http://www.300committee.org/documents/Craneeast.pdf

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Shining Sea Bikeway is a bike/walking trail that extends from Route 151 all the way down to Woods Hole. Along the way, such beautiful landscape surrounds you that I got lost in it and ended up walking 8 miles…..yikes! A typical up and back you have several opportunities to sit on a bench and people watch or sit and listen to the birds. Helpful hint: when you are a walker, stay to the right of the trail and listen for bikers signaling to pass. Trail Map:               http://www.woodshole.com/documents/bikewaymap.pdf

Long Pond-This walk is awesome! Starting on Brick Kiln Road and park just before the Goodwill Park. The walk is approximately 4 miles around the pond and is gorgeous. We saw a lot of wildlife and the only downside I saw was that the dogs are not allowed to access the pond since it is a source of drinking water for the town. Trail Map:                http://www.300committee.org/documents/LongPondfinal.pdf

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Bebee Woods-Depot Road, Falmouth. This hidden gem is located just behind the Cape Cod Conservatory at the end of Depot Road is a playground for dog walkers! There are two ponds, well marked trails and lots of shade for the summer. When the beaches are off limits, head here! You can tailor make your walk as long or short as you’d like!  Trail Map: http://www.300committee.org/documents/BeebeWoods.pdf

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I can’t fail to mention the Falmouth Dog Park located on 254 Brick Kiln Road-there are ongoing events and ways you can help fundraise for the park…for more info:          http://www.falmouthdogpark.com/

Falmouth has an AWESOME main street with many patios to eat with your pooch and a large grassy common area in the center to sit for a picnic. Some ideas:

Stone L’Oven-271 Main Street     http://stonelovenfalmouth.com/

The Pickle Jar-170 Main Street     http://www.picklejarkitchen.com/

The Raw Bar-56 Scranton Ave      http://www.falmouthrawbar.com/

 

15 Towns in 12 Months-May

Well, we did it again! May was a two town month :)

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Apparently, the people in Chatham and Harwich are passionate about their towns. All my cape followers guessed my “secret” clues very quickly which shows me that I need to get down cape more often. Not only are these two towns unique and beautiful, there are so many places to visit with your pup while there!

Chatham has beautiful beaches to enjoy with your pup September 16-April 30, but don’t worry, there are plenty of things to do in the summer season as well. We started May by heading to the Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (Clue #1)

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This beautiful stretch of beach and scrub is basically hidden from the general public….unless you are looking for it you wouldn’t stumble across this gem. You have to enter in to a neighborhood that makes it appear that you are entering a private subdivision, however just after passing the sign, you’ll see a paved driveway on your left that will lead you to the parking lot. Keep an eye out for seals that populate this area and be very careful of ticks as we had plenty on both human and dog!

For more trail hikes see: http://www.chathaminfo.com/nature-trails

Another wonderful trait of Chatham is the number of patio dining spots along the wonderfully quintessential main street for dining. We also came across the beautifully constructed Dog Bar at the Chatham Squire, so make sure you stop in for a fresh drink of water on your stroll.

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One of our favorites in the summer months is the Cape Cod Baseball League. You can watch games with your pup on the hill –just bring a chair or blanket and some refreshments! The field is near the rotary at 750 Main Street

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Lastly, the Chatham Bars Inn is a beautiful waterfront resort that is pet friendly. They have beachfront dining as well (Be sure to ask if that is allowed with your pup in the summer season) There is a $100 pet fee Mid June – Labor day + $40/night fee.   http://www.chathambarsinn.com

 

HARWICH was our second destinationl!

It seemed to me that Harwich seemed to have more wooded walking trails to choose from. We visited both Thompsons Field IMG_5999  IMG_6002

and the D Isabel Smith Monomoy River Conservation Lands. Thompsons Field is more wide open and apparently a very popular dog spot where you are allowed to have well behaved dogs off leash. The field portion of the conservation is a dog park-like atmosphere, and there is NO hunting on this property which is a nice change. The D. Isabel Smith property is more of a traditional trail and nicely shaded for the upcoming heat. IMG_5988      IMG_5993

For trail info: http://harwichconservationtrust.org/trails/

Don’t forget the rail trail is right off Main Street (aka 39) where you can have a great paved walk while keeping an eye out for bikers passing you on the left. When traveling to the main street town center we happened upon the Adirondack chair randomly placed in front of a pediatric dental office-so cute! Harw-Main St Chair 2015 Brya and I didn’t find any restaurants in the main section of town, but plenty of places that do take out and right on the main road is a gazebo which would be a wonderful place to relax and enjoy a sandwich.

Harwich has a Cape Cod League team as well-you can catch their games at 105 Oak Street.

On our way out of town was where we captured the rocket and other lawn “ornaments” in a private yard just before the intersection of Rte 39 and Rte 137.    We are not short on art-loving eclectic people here on the cape but that prized possession was just too unique to pass up a photo op! Harw-Rocket yard 2015

Sooo much fun heading down cape! These two are must see towns!

15 Towns in 12 Months-April

 

DENNIS is where it’s at this month! Now I know why people rave about the beaches in Dennis……it rocks!!! Being from the upper cape, we are used to having a lot of rocks under our beach blankets but not here. What fun we had exploring this huge town with so much to offer the pet friendly world! This is the first month the snow is GONE! Now we deal with mud here on Cape Cod.

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Located on South Street just off Route 6A past the Quivet Cemetery, this beautiful piece of conservation is a cooperative project  Den-Crows Pasture that results in heaven. We started from the first parking lot after the cemetery, but if the first lot is full there are other opportunities to park along the road. As we meandered along the woodsy trail that had beautiful glimpses of Culvert Creek to our right we were thrust into an open field just before joining the off-road trail leading to the beach. Although the beach ground remains rockless, what lends to the beauty of this location are the rocks that jet up along the waterline. Brya loves to climb so she was so thrilled to do so and run and play in the waters of Cape Cod Bay. Best news—-leashed dogs are allowed YEAR ROUND on this property. Yay!

 

Another beautiful white sandy beach is Mayflower Beach (Clue #2).

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Located on Dunes Road also off Rte 6A, is not as easy to find as you think but there are signs so just be on alert or use your GPS. This is a great flat beach walk with beautiful stone jetties. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted Memorial Day through Labor Day on this beach, so get out there quick or mark this on your calendar for Fall!

 

Very different from the beach atmosphere, yet with plenty of opportunities for swimming is the conservation at Flax Pond (Clue #3)             Den-Flax Pond April 15

This property was surprisingly large and we were able to do a 4 mile walk, but you can mix and match your route for a longer or much shorter walk. The parking lot is located on Setucket Road and has plenty of parking.  I am told this place is well attended in the summer for its shady trails and access to the Pond, so I would recommend going early or later in the day to avoid crowds. Trails are marked by either a white or red arrow affixed to tree bases. Starting from the trailhead, take a right when you dead end at the pond. It would be hard to get lost in here as most trails intersect or loop around to dump you back to the main trail. If your dog is a mud seeker, beware as there are several swampy areas in the middle of the tract…..or be prepared to get the shampoo out when you get home.

 

A much smaller walk, but ever so beautiful, Swan Pond Overlook Conservation Area

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is located on Center Street (from Rte 134, take a left on Upper County Road and left on Center Street…parking lot on right). This property is GORGEOUS and all 4 loop trails give you a quick woods walk and if your pup is a swimmer you can certainly tire them out on Swan Pond! A great find!

 

Pet Friendly Eateries

Box lunch                 Patriots square, Route 134, Dennis-sandwiches, outdoor seating

Kreme & Cone         Corner Rte 134 & Rte 28, on Swan River, Dennis-great fried clams!

The Dog House       Outdoor picnic tables with umbrellas, 189 Lower County Road, Dennisport

Remember to ask if you see the restaurant has an outdoor patio, most will allow you to have your dog join you there!

 

Other quick notes:

Fresh pond dog park-Route 134  small fenced area, very close to road, ramp for swimming on Fresh Pond  Denn-Fresh pond Dog Park 2015

Cape Cod Rail Trail-also on Route 134-huge parking lot!  This trail is well shaded for the upcoming summer months.  Keep in mind that as we get to the warmer months it will be increasing in traffic and you will be expected to share the road with bikers and rollerbladers.         Den-Rail Trail 2015

Remember your bike path etiquette and stay to the right and pass on the left.