Dog Friendly Activities

You can always just go for a walk on trails around our property, but here is a list of some of our favorite pet friendly places to visit! Vermont is very dog friendly, and although running off-leash on the trails is fine, please keep a leash with you, practice good pet etiquette and pick up after your pup:

Rochester swim hole:

WHITE RIVER Rochester: Peavine Dr., Rochester (15 minutes, great for dogs and people!)

  • Take Rt 100 south for 7 miles to Rochester.
  • As you enter Rochester, look for gazebo/pavilion on the right and turn right onto Peavine Dr. (Fire station will be on right.)
  • Go to the end and park by tennis courts and field.
  • Walk across big field to far right corner and look for river entrance in trees.
  • River is just 50 feet in.

Rochester Skip Mart (Irving gas station) with $1 doggie ice cream cones:

  • “Downtown” Rochester look for the Irving gas station (only gas station in town)
  • At the side window off of Bethel Mountain Rd., you can order ice cream “creemees”. I highly recommend getting one and if you ask, they will give you a $1 cup for your pup!

Sunset Ledge Hiking Trail

(1-2 hour RT, semi-easy hike, beautiful western views)

  • Drive north on Rt 100 to Warren (12 miles from cabin)
  • Go left (west) on Lincoln Gap Rd. to summit and park (4 mls)
  • Park and hike south on Long Trail for 1 ½ miles to ledge.
  • Bring flashlights if you stay for sunset, so you see way home!

Dog Friendly Breweries: Beer Trail

Clark Brook Trail

(3-4 hrs, moderate-difficult hike to Mt Roosevelt, great views)

  • Head north on Rt 100 only a mile, then turn left onto West Hill Rd, USFS road 55. Continue straight, then bear left on dirt road (55).  Continue for 1.7 miles and park in lot just after hunters cabins.  Trailhead is on the right across the street.
  • Hike up moderate then more difficult trail until reaching Long Trail.
  • Go right on Long Trail ½ mile to rock ledge and views.

Waitsfield Farmers Market:

  • Open Saturdays 9-1pm, May 16 into October. A great way to spend a Saturday morning sampling local, fresh food and picking up the finest goods/veggies for dinner later… with lots of dogs to say hello to. They ask that you not overly socialize, but rather get whatever you want/need, then head back home. Please check the website for more instructions.

Burlington Church Street Marketplace:

Vermont’s biggest town (200k) and home of UVM. You can spend a great day/afternoon/evening here meandering the giant pedestrian mall. It’s lined with many shops, pubs, and interesting stores, and is exceptionally dog friendly. Check for updates on Covid 19 policy and restrictions, but there are several great places where you can eat outdoors with your pooch.

Our trails in the winter: