Do you have a buddy who loves to run, play and drink… water, that is! Here are a handful of dog-friendly places to visit in Leelanau County. (Of course, all locations require owners to use a leash and cover potty pick-up.) There are many more, but here are a few to start exploring – along with a few cute dog products to check out. Enjoy – and add a little bark to your outings this summer!
Blustone Vineyards opens up its huge glass door and serves wine and food on the patio or around the fire pit. Dogs are welcome on the patio. You can find their house dog, Lexi, in the vineyards or on Instagram at Lexi_the_Lab.
Dogs are welcome at Chateau Fontaine. Try a glass of their “Big Paw Red,” an everyday red blend: fruity red, not too dry or sweet, and wonderful for everyday dishes like hamburgers, pizza, and pasta.
Northern Latitudes Distillery is a dog-friendly establishment that offers an outside seating area where you can enjoy sampling a choice of premium spirits. (They will soon have a location in Suttons Bay as well!)
Suttons Bay Ciders has a friendly “house” dog named Gordie - who will greet you outside, usually with his signature red frisbee in his mouth. Look for Gordie on the merchandise too, including a plush puppy to take home in his likeness. Also look for Gordie on tee shirts, sweatshirts, caps, magnets, stickers, and a collapsible dog bowl!
Two K Farms Cidery & Winery. Stop by for a tasting and enjoy panoramic views of West Grand Traverse Bay from Two K’s front porch. Try one of their ciders with manly names like Arthur, Benjamin, and Norman – while their Lee Pointe cider is an ode to the road directly below the cidery that laces out along Lake Michigan.
Tandem Ciders has a great outdoor area open to pets. Try the local favorite Smackintosh cider, and, if you dare, their pickled eggs, set on the counter in a giant jar.
Dogs are welcome at an outside table at Mawby Vineyards & Winery. Try a glass of Mawby’s Freestyle wine – which is a little different every year. This year’s wine has a beautiful color and light blueberry, cherry, and peach aromas.
The Bear Den Gallery allows dogs in their shop in Suttons Bay. This shop posts photos of their four-legged visitors on their FaceBook page all the time, and people love it! Here’s a recent post: “A post to brighten your day like it did mine. Meet Finnegan and his mom, Sarah.”
All four of the Crystal River Outfitters Recreational District's businesses (Crystal River Outfitters, The Cyclery, M22 Glen Arbor, and Coastal) are dog-friendly. They are owned by dog lovers and many of their employees own dogs of their own. (Dogs are allowed on the Crystal River, but must remain on a leash at all times as required by the National Lakeshore.) Pictured here is Roxy enjoying the M22 Wine Patio. The wine patio is open daily, rain or shine, and pet friendly!
Cherry Republic and Public House
Dogs are allowed in Cherry Republic retail stores in Traverse City, Charlevoix, Holland, Ann Arbor and Frankenmuth, but only service pets are allowed at their Glen Arbor store. They do, however, have a “house” dog: Owner Bob Sutherland brings his dog to work often. His name is Sonny and he is a Bernese Mountain Dog – with roaming rights in the Glen Arbor Headquarters!
But, don’t worry, dogs are welcome at the outdoor seating area next door at the Cherry Public House. Pop into The Public House to order burgers, salads, chili, craft beers, and more.
And while you’re there, try Cherry Republic’s Woof Whompers! Back by pup-ular demand, these cherry dog cookies are handmade and includes a free dog tag!
The Mitten Brewing offers a covered outdoor patio, stone fireplace, and backyard bier garden, a welcome landing spot for your pup. Try one of their specialty pizzas like the Westerdog or Da Meat Hook.
Rove Estate Vineyard & Winery is located at the highest point of the Leelanau Peninsula. Dogs are welcome to join you on the estate grounds, including the Rove Point Hiking Trail, year round.
Right up the road, have fun at Jacob’s Farm, a 40-acre farm that welcomes dogs. They have food (pizza!), bonfires, live music and a corn maze and pumpkin donuts, come fall. Watch for their resident Golden Retrievers who play clean up duty at the picnic tables.