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For Dogs Only: Parks, Kennels, and Dog-Friendly Accommodations in the Finger Lakes

Honey, a canine tourist from Florida, plays Stick in the cool water of Muskrat Bay on the south shore of Oneida Lake in the Finger Lakes, New York USA

 

So, you're visiting the Finger Lakes or are new to the area and would like to have some fun and make a few connections. Well, we've got just the ticket for you.

WHERE TO GO

Long Walks

If you like long walks in the out of doors with the smell of rabbits, squirrels, and deer, take a hike on just about any of the trails listed here. The Finger Lakes Trail has hundreds of miles through public and private land. State forests, state parks, and the Finger Lakes National Forest are always a good bet, too. When hiking, don't forget to bring plenty of water.

Nature Centers That Allow Leashed Dogs

Cumming Nature Center

Mendon Ponds

Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve

Spencer Crest

Sterling

Twin Cedars

Nature Preserves That Allow Leashed Dogs

There are three land trusts in the Finger Lakes region--Finger Lakes Land Trust, Genesee Land Trust, and Central New York Land Trust--all of which have land that is open to well-mannered dogs.

Dog Parks & Meet-Up Groups

If you happen to be the more social type who likes a good game of fetch or chase, a group howl, or just chilling out together, try the dog parks listed below.

 

MONROE COUNTY

Add-En-On Playgroup

Mendon Ponds Park

112 Pond Rd.

Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

585-624-1155

Amenities: Fenced in, shaded, grassy area

Note: Large dogs and small dogs come at different times. Fee charged.

 

ONONDAGA COUNTY

Wegmans Good Dog Park

Wegmans Good Dog Park in Onondaga Lake County Park in the Finger Lakes, New York USAOnondaga Lake County Park

On State Route 370, .3 mi. west of John Glenn Blvd., Liverpool, NY

315-453-6712

Amenities: Treed area, fenced, water fawcet, benches

Note: This area is divided in two with one side for small dogs and the other for larger dogs.

 

Off-Leash Area

Jamesville Beach Park

4110 West Shore Manor

Jamesville, NY 13078

315-435-5252

Amenities: Field

Note: This area is not fenced or shaded. There is no place to sit and no water is available. Bring your own.

 

TOMPKINS COUNTY

Ithaca Dog Park

Dogs play at the Ithaca Dog Park in the Finger Lakes, New York USA4.8 acre fenced park next to the marina at the Allan H.Treman State Marine Park (adjacent to Cayuga Lake), State Route 89 just north of Cass Park, Ithaca, NY

Amenities: Grassy area, some shade, water fountain, picnic tables, separate activity area for dogs under 25 pounds

Note: Leashed dogs may be walked to the lake (a short distance) where they may swim leash-free. For information about joining a local dog-owers group visit TCDOG.

WHAT TO DO

One Potato Two

6900 State Route 5 and 20

Bloomfield, NY 14469

585-657-7446

Antique mall with 60+ dealers. Let your nose run wild!

Farm Sanctuary

Farm Sanctuary is a rescue, education, and advocacy organization for farm animals with a 175-acre farm near Watkins Glen and next to Sugar Hill State Forest. They have three cabins for rent and provide breakfast.

Lollypop Farm

The Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County at Lollypop Farm has a pet adoption facility, offers tours of its farm, and has a gift shop with many items of interest to dogs. Nature trail, obedience classes.

James Pass Arboretum

If you're one of those well-mannered types that doesn't mind being on a leash, the Pass Arboretum in Syracuse may be just the place for you. This quiet 13.8 acre park is a well-known dog-walking spot with many unique and interesting labeled trees. City wildlife abounds. Street parking is available. Access is along Avery Avenue within easy walking distance of Burnet Park. (The two parks meet at the intersection of Avery and Whittier avenues.) This 88-acre park has a picnic area, swimming pool, golf course, athletic field and zoo. Off-street parking is available at Burnet Park.

Wineries

Many of the wineries in the Finger Lakes allow dogs outdoors.

An EnLIGHTening Experience

Every winter Onondaga County Parks creates a huge, two-mile/three-kilometer drive-through display of lights at Onondaga Lake Park. You can view this display by riding in your own vehicle or by walking on the park's special canine night. A fee is charged. For more information, check out LightsontheLake.com.

BOUTIQUES

Aristocats & Dogs

62 E. Genesee St.

Skaneateles, NY 13152

315-685-4849

CANINE CUISINE (No bones about it!)

Bell's Barkery

CNY Regional Farmer's Market

2100 Park St.

Syracuse, NY 13208

315-374-1120

 

Dog Daze

2100 Park St.

Syracuse, NY 13208

315-475-9595 

 

Gourmet Express

6793 State Route 434

Apalachin, NY 13732

607-625-5159

 

WOOFIES Gourmet Dog Bakery

5087 Ridge Rd. W.

Spencerport, NY 14559

585-352-2275

EATERIES

Other than guide dogs assisting the blind, dogs are not permitted in restaurants. This is a New York State health law. However, there is no law that prohibits dogs from being in eating areas outdoors. Whether dogs are permitted in outdoor eating areas is a matter of policy for that particular eatery. The following businesses have indicated that they welcome dogs in their outdoor eating areas.

 

Sweet Melissa's Ice Cream Shop

200 W. Seneca St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

607-277-0090

 

Whatcha Got Cookin?

10 Liftbridge Lane West

Fairport, NY 14450

585-377-7770

FOR THE (really) ACTIVE DOG

Affordable Agility, Inc.

7428 State Rt. 20A

Bloomfield, NY 14469

800-254-9441

 

Max 200 Dog Equipment Co.

2113 State Rt. 31

Port Byron, NY 13140

800-446-2920

SELF-SERVE DOG WASHES

(Editor's note: I have to admit this was a new one on me. Now you can, in some cases, take your car to be washed and wash your dog at the same time. Prices vary from place to place, but most places seem to take VISA and MasterCard.)

Addison

Dog Wash

(at Super Shine Car Wash)

152 Front St. (St. Rt. 417)

Addison, NY 14801

607-359-4040

Brockport

The Dog Wash

4612 S. Lake Rd.

Brockport, NY 14420

585-637-7098

Elmira

Self Serve Dog Wash

(at Conwell's Laserwash)

1870 Davis St.

Elmira, NY 14901

607-734-5273

North Syracuse

K9 Wash & Go

Maines Plaza

628 S. Main St.

North Syracuse, NY 13212

315-452-0200

EVENTS

Wine Country Circuit Dog Show

When: 4 days the last weekend in September/October

Where: Sampson State Park, Romulus, NY 14541

Conformation, obedience, and agility trials with 3,000-3,500 dogs. Consession stands and dog accessory vendors. Free admission for spectators.

Barktobert Fest

When: 1st Saturday in October

Where: Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport, NY 14450

Contact: 585-223-1330

5 mile race or 1.5 mile walk along the nature trail. Doggie day spa, raffles, demonstrations, exhibits, vendors, contests, and much more.

Misha and friend, both transplnats from the Berkshires, enjoy a pleasant day at the Six-Mile Creek Natural Area off Giles Street in Ithaca, New York, USA.

IN MEMORIUM

Would you like to remember your favorite someone with a sculptured likeness or preserve their cremains in a lovely, hand-thrown jar? Check out Richard Aerni and Carolyn Dilcher Stutz's Web site Pet Jars to see their work.

KENNELS/DAY CAMPS/RESORTS

CAYUGA COUNTY

Chestnut Ridge Kennels

7246 Chestnut Ridge Rd.

Auburn, NY 13021

315-252-8087

 

CHEMUNG COUNTY

Tough Pups & Pampered Princesses

3358 State Rt. 352

Corning, NY 14830

888-959-8676

CORTLAND COUNTY

Barking Buddy Kennels

5640 U.S. Route 11

Homer, NY 13077

607-749-4972

MONROE COUNTY

Camp Add-En-On

Mendon Ponds Park

112 Pond Rd.

Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

585-624-1155

 

Camp Bow Wow

85 Mushroom Blvd.

Rochester, NY 14623

585-613-9247

 

Dogs At Play

75-79 Howell St.

Rochester, NY 14607

585-325-3647

 

Lakewind Kennels

2069 Ridgeway Ave.

Rochester, NY 14626

585-225-3838

 

ONONDAGA COUNTY

Canines Unleashed

806 Old Liverpool Rd.

Liverpool, NY 13088

315-451-3538

 

Doggie Play Day & Grooming Salon

8072 Oswego Rd.

Liverpool, NY 13090

315-652-3321

 

K-9 Kamp Dog Daycare

2115 Downer

Baldwinsville, NY 13027

-or-

228 Bridge St.

East Syracuse, NY 13057

315-437-7110

 

LaFayette Kennels

3033 State Rt. 11

LaFayette, NY 13084

315-677-7292

 

Onondaga Hill Pet Boarding

Stack Veterinary Hospital

5092 Velasko Rd.

Syracuse, NY 13215

315-478-3161

 

ONTARIO COUNTY

Barks and Recreation

64 School St.

Victor, NY 14564

585-924-3426

Boom Towne Canine Center

1296 Beaver Creek Rd.

Farmington, NY 14425

585-398-3647

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY

Mud Creek Kennels

7350 Myers Rd.

Savona, NY 14879

 

SENECA COUNTY

Mill Creek Cabins

2382 Parmenter Rd.

Lodi, NY

607-582-7673

 

STEUBEN COUNTY

Happy Tails Day Care and Pet Resort

11929 East Corning Rd.

Corning, NY 14830

607-377-5757

 

TIOGA COUNTY

Pony Express Ranch Kennels

528 Main St.

Waverly, NY 14892

607-529-6420

 

Spencer Boarding Kennels

70 Finkenbinder Rd.

Spencer, NY 14883

607-589-7295

 

Red Maple Boarding Kennels

372 Sabine Rd.

Spencer, NY 14883

607-589-6090

 

TOMPKINS COUNTY

Almost Home

1931 Hanshaw Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850

607-257-4338

 

The Bed & Biscuit

419 Van Dorn Rd. S.

Ithaca, NY 14850

607-277-2126

 

Boarding Barn for Pets

853 Auburn Rd.

Groton, NY 13073

607-533-7661 

 

Canine Comfort Doggy Daycare and Boarding

326 Mt. Pleasant Rd.

Freeville, NY 13068

607-273-4342

 

Freeville Dog Kennel and Cattery

642 Wood Rd.

Freeville, NY 13068

607-844-3641

 

The Pet Playhouse Kennels

274A Old 76 Rd.

Brooktondale, NY 14817

607-539-6600

 

Prestige Boarding Kennel

5309 Heverly Rd.

Trumansburg, NY 14886

607-546-4189

 

Puppy Trails Day Care & Over-night Spa

62 Pleasant Valley Rd.

Groton, NY 13073

607-898-5583

 

WAYNE COUNTY

Cobblestone Kennels

5893 Geneva Rd.

Sodus, NY 14551

315-483-4933

 

Creekside Resort & Lodge

2150 Sherburne Rd.

Walworth, NY 14568

315-986-8654

 

Orchard Kennels

1570 Walworth Penfield Rd.

Walworth, NY 14568

315-986-1605

DOG-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS

Motels/Hotels

Caboose Motel

Best Western

Brookwood Inn

Clarion

Comfort Inn

Country Inn & Suites (Ithaca)

Days Inn

EconoLodge

The Erwin Motel

Hampton Inn

Holiday Inn

Lodge on the Green

Microtel Inn & Suites Seneca Falls

Motel 6

Quality Inn

Ramada

Red Roof Inn

Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

Skaneateles Suites

B&Bs/Inns

Many places will accommodate dogs but don't want to publicize the fact. The best thing to do is to call the place where you want to stay and describe your dog. Offering to pay a refundable security deposit can act as an inducement to a cautious bed and breakfast or inn owner.

 

Canandaigua Inn on the Lake

770 S. Main St.

Canandaigua, NY 14424

800-228-2801

 

Greenwood Hill Farm

230 Slaght Rd.

Andover, NY 14806

607-478-5171

 

Inn on Columbia

228 Columbia St.

Ithaca, NY 14850

607-272-0204

 

John Morris Manor Bed & Breakfast

2138 State Rt. 89

Seneca Falls, NY 13148

866-484-4218

 

Log Country Inn Bed & Breakfast

4 La Rue Rd.

Spencer, NY 14883

800-274-4771

 

The Noble House Farm

215 Connecticut Hill Rd.

Newfield, NY 14867

607-277-4798

 

Tillinghast Manor Bed & Breakfast

7246 S. Main St.

Ovid, NY 14521

607-869-3584

 

Turtle Dreams B&B

481 Lafayette Rd.

Groton, NY 13073

607-838-3492

 

The Vagabond Inn

3300 Sliter Rd.

Naples, NY 14512

585-554-6271

Campgrounds

Most campgrounds listed in the Accommodations section of the Web site permit dogs. Call just to be sure.

Cabins and Cottages

 

Cobtree Vacation Rental Homes Resort

440-454 Armstrong Rd.

Geneva, NY 14456

315-789-1144

 

You, your family and your pets are always welcome at Cobtree Vacation Rental Homes Resort. We offer 7 amazingly affordable, individual rentals: 4 deluxe log cabins and 3 English-style brick cottages. All rentals are air conditioned and come with a fully equipped kitchen as well as free Wi-Fi, cable tv and domestic telephone service.

 

Take advantage of nearly 2 miles of wooded trails, with more hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter on our 59 acres of fields. Beach access to Seneca Lake is just 1.5 miles away. Boats, kayaks, canoes, water skis, tubes and wakeboards may be rented at a nearby marina.

 

Strategically located in the heart of the Finger Lakes on the west ridge overlooking Seneca Lake, Cobtree offers spectacular panoramic views in a quiet rural setting just minutes from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Seneca Lake State Park and downtown Geneva. Next to the new Lacey Magruder Vineyard & Winery and only several miles from Belhurst Castle and Geneva on the Lake, Cobtree provides easy access to the best wining and dining the Finger Lakes has to offer.

 

Come enjoy the fun and see what the Finger Lakes has to offer at Cobtree Vacation Rental Homes Resort.

Hunter's View

2086 Goundry Hill Rd.

Bradford, NY 14815

570-337-4219

 

Check the Accommodations section of this Web site for a list of short-term rentals in the Finger Lakes.

Apartment Rentals

Lollypop Farm maintains a Pet-Friendly Apartment List for dogs who are interested in living in or around Rochester. They also have a brochure with advice on being a responsible renter and how to write a resume that will help you show off your best traits and make you even more appealing to potential landlords. (Hint: This brochure could certainly be used by any dog interested in renting in the Finger Lakes.)

 

Notes to companion humans:

1. State law requires that all dogs be vaccinated against rabies. If asked, you must be able to provide proof of such. All dogs residing in New York State must be licensed and that license must be worn by the dog.

2. State law allows police, environmental conservation, and peace officers to shoot dogs chasing deer. DO NOT allow your dog to chase wildlife.

 

Updated 10 March 2014
 

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