Dog-Friendly Superior, Wisconsin Attractions. Dog-Friendly SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Dexter and I love finding unique dog-friendly attractions and activities. When we stayed in Duluth, Minnesota, we knew we had to cross over to Wisconsin and look for some fun dog adventures, and boy did we find one at the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum.

I contacted the museum prior to our arrival to ask if Dexter would be able to join us, and we were given the green light. First, a little history of the museum. The SS Meteor is the last remaining whaleback freighter designed by Captain Alexander McDougall. The SS Meteor was built right in Superior, Wisconsin.

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The earned their name “whaleback” because of their innovative cigar-shaped steel hulls that rode low in the water when fully loaded with their cargo, giving the impression of a whale’s back.

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Dog-Friendly Superior, Wisconsin

In 1972, the Meteor officially landed in Superior and is now permanently land-berthed on Barker’s Island. She ended her shipping career as the SS Meteor, after carrying a variety of cargoes over the years, including iron ore, grain, sand and gravel, cars, and oil. Guests are able to tour the ship from the pilot house to cargo holds. The SS Meteor Museum also features exhibits on Great Lakes shipwrecks and the history of shipbuilding in the Twin Ports.

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Dexter and I enjoyed the bottom half of the ship’s museum and did not take the guided tour. However, my step-dad did, and loved every minute of the tour. I was a bit worried that the steps would be too steep for Dexter and the top of the ship too hot. But Dexter and I had a great time looking at all the amazing pieces in the museum.

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This dog-friendly adventure was a great find! If you find yourself in Superior Wisconsin, I highly recommend checking out the SS Meteor Whaleback Ship Museum. Tell them Dexter sent you!


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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

Dexter and I love to take dog-friendly day trips from Ohio. We are fortunate enough to be just over an hour away from Put-in-Bay, which is located on the western end of Lake Erie. In 2014, we took a great dog-friendly day trip to Put-in-Bay, and when we read about their Octoberfest, we knew we had to go again!

When we were looking for a ferry to Put-in-Bay, we contacted Miller Boat Line. Dexter had such a great time riding the dog-friendly ferry a few years back, I felt they would be a great fit for this excursion. The Miller Boat Line is dog-friendly, family-friendly and budget-friendly, so perfect for our family. 🙂

What I really appreciate about riding the Miller Ferry Boat Line is their friendly staff, smooth ride, and quick service. Dexter? Well, he enjoys the ferry ride and smelling all the fresh air. On this trip, a little girl was feeding the seagulls, and Dexter was intrigued watching them follow the boat.

Once we arrived on the island, it was a quick walk up the hill to E’s Golf Carts for our Put-in-Bay golf cart rental. Put-in-Bay, also known as South Bass Island, is approximately 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. Given that Dexter has some mobility issues, having wheels was a definite must.

Dog-Friendly Put in Bay, Ohio. Things to do in Put-in-Bay with your dog. Dexter and I loved our dog-friendly day trip at Put-in-Bay. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Our first Put-in-Bay activity was to drive around the island in our golf cart. This was a great way to explore the island and make our game plan for the day. Dexter is a pro when it comes to riding a golf cart. I’m telling you, there is something about the wind in his ears and nose that really relaxes him.

We decided to hit the 24th annual Octoberfest in Put-in-Bay. Admission to the tent was $4 a person for all day. There wasn’t an extra charge for Dexter. The tent was lined with many food vendors. If you enjoy German-styled food such as brats, potato pancakes, apple dumplings, stuffed cabbage, pierogi, cabbage and noodles, schnitzel, and pies, this was the place to be. A lot of tables were available both inside the tent and outside. Dexter was impressed by the live polka and German band.

After lunch, we hopped back in our golf cart and headed to the Perry Peace Memorial Visitor’s Center. Put-in-Bay isn’t just a fun place to visit in Ohio; it is also rich in Ohio history. I asked if Dexter could accompany me, and we were given the green light.

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During the War of 1812, western Lake Erie was front and center in the war between the United States and Great Britain. Put-in-Bay served as the base of operations for Oliver Hazard Perry. It was from this harbor that Perry sailed and defeated the British fleet under Robert H. Barclay. If you enjoy American history, Put-in-Bay is a great place to visit.

After a little Ohio history, we jumped in the golf cart once again, and headed to Scheeff Point Park. The preserve has a lot to offer, including a walking path, bird watching, and fishing access. We took the time to walk around the shoreline, and Dexter enjoyed all the smells of Lake Erie. By this time, we were all bushed and decided it was time to call it a day and head back to the Miller Ferry Boat Line.

Dog-Friendly Put in Bay, Ohio. Things to do in Put-in-Bay with your dog. Dexter and I loved our dog-friendly day trip at Put-in-Bay. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Dog-friendly islands

Once again, we had such a great dog-friendly day trip to Put-in-Bay. Dexter and I are already planning for our next trip; maybe next time we will visit another one of the islands. If you are heading to Put-in-Bay with or without your dog, check out the Miller Ferry Boat Line and E’s Golf Carts! You will be happy you did.

Dog-Friendly Put in Bay, Ohio. Things to do in Put-in-Bay with your dog. Dexter and I loved our dog-friendly day trip at Put-in-Bay. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

One of my favorite pastimes is traveling with my dog, Dexter. Dexter and I love dog-friendly weekend trips. Dexter and I were invited to speak about cats at Anderson Animal Shelter’s Pets-a-Palooza Pet Festival, so we made a weekend trip out of it. Once again, we took our good friends Levi and Chris. It’s always more fun to travel with friends.

When I’m searching for a dog-friendly hotel, I look for five things I want in my dog-friendly accommodation.

  1. Safety
  2. Location
  3. Refrigerator
  4. Cleanliness
  5. Friendliness

When I was looking for a dog-friendly hotel in the Chicago area, I found Extended Stay America – Chicago – Lombard – Oak Brook. The hotel is located at 2701 Technology Dr., Lombard, IL, which is about 30 minutes from Chicago. After reading some reviews, I decided the hotel sounded like it would be a clean, friendly, and safe hotel to call home for the weekend.

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Dexter and I have stayed at various Extended Stay Americas over the years, and we have always been very happy. One of the best attributes for us is that all the Extended Stay Americas are designed for longer stays (and are great for shorter stays too) and include a lot of great perks. The rooms are spacious and feature an amazing kitchen area with a full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stovetop, and dining and cooking utensils. Because Dexter eats fresh food, this is so important to me. I really appreciate the kitchen space.

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Large kitchen and living area

The Extended Stay America – Chicago – Lombard – Oak Brook offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, iron and ironing board, on-site guest laundry, grab-and-go breakfast, large in-room work space, and updated bathrooms. While checking in, I was offered full-service cleaning, but I declined this service since I prefer not to have housecleaning in my room when I’m traveling with Dexter.

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Grab-and-go breakfast

We booked the studio suite with 2 queen beds. Our Extended Stay America room was amazing and perfect for our weekend trip. We had lots of great foot space, chairs, large closet space, lots of dresser drawers, and a great eating bar. The room was clean and fresh, including the bathroom and the kitchen area. The beds and pillows were comfortable and clean, including the mattresses.

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Comfortable and clean beds

It’s all about the doggie potty breaks for Dexter. Our Extended Stay America had a lot of great walking areas and green space for Dexter to relieve himself outdoors. Hotel safety is so important to me, since I tend to travel alone and Dexter needs frequent potty breaks through the day and night. During the evenings, I prefer to stay in well-lit areas, close to the hotel entrances, and the hotel had plenty of walking and green space right up front on both sides of the entrance. I felt perfectly safe walking Dexter there at night. During the day, I was able to walk the hotel grounds with Dexter and even around the pond adjacent to the hotel. I had zero concerns walking Dexter around any part of the hotel, which was very comforting.

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Lots of safe green areas to walk.

Once again, our stay at Extended Stay America was a wonderful experience. This dog-friendly hotel was well-maintained, safe, and in a perfect location for our adventures. The hotel staff was extremely friendly and always asked how we were when we came in and out, and checked if we needed anything. The TV and Wi-Fi had great reception, the bedding and linens were clean, and the bathroom was stocked. The hotel met my five criteria of being safe and clean, in a good location, with refrigerator and friendly staff. I would certainly stay at the Extended Stay America in Chicago – Lombard – Oak Brook. again. For more information on finding a dog-friendly Extended Stay America on your next vacation, visit their website.

 

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Dog-Friendly Folly Beach, South Carolina. If you are looking for a dog-friendly beach, you won't want to miss this one! #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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During our dog-friendly vacation to Folly Beach, South Carolina we had to see Folly Beach. Folly Beach is also referred to as “on the edge of America,” which I think is super cute. Folly Beach is dog-friendly with some rules.

A little history on Folly Beach

Folly Beach was once full of trees and dense undergrowth, which was called “Folly” in Old English. This reference dates back to 1696. Folly Beach has gone through a lot over the years, including wars and hurricanes. Folly Beach is now home to 2400 residents and tourists who come for Folly’s laid-back atmosphere and great beach.

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Dogs are allowed on the beach May 1 to September 30 before 10 and/or after 6 pm. During the off-season, October 1 through April 30, dogs are welcome anytime on Folly Beach. Dogs must stay on a leash, but swimming and playing is allowed. As always, cleaning up after your dog is a must—and the law. Folly Beach provides pet waste bags at the beach access points, but please remember not to count on this as your only source for pick-up bags. You are responsible for ensuring your dog does not leave a mess behind.

Dog-Friendly Folly Beach, South Carolina. If you are looking for a dog-friendly beach, you won't want to miss this one! #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Dog-Friendly Beaches in South Carolina

Dexter and I had a great time walking on the warm beach sand. Dexter enjoyed getting his toes wet in the Atlantic Ocean. I will admit I’m a bit leery of sharks and alligators, so getting our toes wet is all we did. It is always the highlight of my day to walk the beach with Dexter. We both really enjoy breathing the ocean air, listening to the birds and hearing the waves crash. Folly Beach was definitely a little piece of heaven for us.


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Dog-Friendly Vacations in Manchester, Vermont. Traveling with dogs is amazing, especially when you find dog-friendly attractions like the The American Museum of Fly Fishing. #raisingyourpetsnaturally

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Our dog-friendly Vermont vacation was originally intended to include my mom and step-dad, Ed. Unfortunately, my step-dad had some business he wasn’t able to get away from. However, throughout our vacation, he was in my heart and I wanted to ensure that Dexter The Dog and I visited some dog-friendly places that Ed would have enjoyed, so we could tell him all about it, in the hopes of visiting Vermont again.

Ed enjoys fishing, and fly fishing has always brought him joy. I thought it would be fun to visit The American Museum of Fly Fishing in Ed’s honor. And guess what? It’s dog-friendly! The fly fishing museum was established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont by a group of anglers. These passionate fishermen believed that the history of angling was an important part of American tradition and culture and deserved a place to preserve this tradition.

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Field and Stream, Classic Fly Fishing Magazines

This fishing museum has the world’s largest collection of angling and angling-related items, and that’s something to write home about. With thousands of collections for a visitor to enjoy, the exhibits were very interesting to look at and read about the history. The museum included documentation of the evolution of fly fishing as a sport and art form. Fly fishing flies, tackle, magazines, photographs, rods and reels… this museum had a little bit of everything.

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Did I mention that The American Museum of Fly Fishing was dog-friendly? I just think that is so special. I loved the fact that Dexter was able to visit this unique museum in Manchester, Vermont with me. Finding dog-friendly places like this truly makes traveling with your dog a much happier experience. Even if you aren’t a fishing nut, this dog-friendly museum is something to check out.


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After our dog-friendly Vermont vacation, we decided a trip to Niagara Falls was in order. I mean, we were basically going to drive through New York to get back home. The first question was, “are dogs allowed at Niagara Falls?” I was super excited to learn this was a big yes! Okay, dog-friendly New York, here we come.

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Dexter and Levi

We visited Niagara Falls USA on our way home from Vermont. Since our dog-friendly trip to Niagara Falls, New York was during the off-season and on a week day, we almost had the park to ourselves. Don’t get me wrong, there were definitely tourists and small families, but it was not busy or packed, which I really enjoyed. Niagara Falls State Park is open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. But no outdoor concerts, festivals, or entertainment were happening during our trip, and even the eatery was closed. That was a bit disappointing.

The landscape was very nice, even though things weren’t in their spring or summer bloom. With over 400 acres of landscape, wildlife, attractions and of course, the Falls, Niagara Falls should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Dog-friendly vacations with your dog. Dog-friendly Niagara Falls, New York USA. Open 365 days, Niagara Falls is a great pet-friendly destination. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Niagara Falls Best Views

Niagara Falls offers some really interesting attractions such as the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds. However, these are not dog-friendly, so we did not partake in those adventures. However, we did explore the park through the various paved paths, saw the Falls from different viewpoints, and there are lots of great water features throughout the park.

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There are actually two USA sides of Niagara Falls, Goat Island and Luna Island. We chose to visit Goat Island and we were glad that we did. We were able to see the rapids, Three Sisters Island, Bridal Veil Falls, and Terrapin Point. It was wheelchair, or dog stroller accessible, so it was perfect when Dexter became too tired to keep walking. After a few hours exploring the park, we headed back to our dog-friendly hotel for a little R & R before coming back for Niagara Falls Illumination.

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Niagara Falls Illumination is an amazing light show over the falls every evening! This special event has been impressing visitors since 1925. And impressive it was. The range of colors throughout the falls was breathtaking. I’m really disappointed I’m didn’t have better photography skills to really capture the spectacular show.

They even have a special Niagara Falls Illumination Board (NFIB) to manage this attraction. The NFIB also helps raise awareness for special causes through special Niagara Falls light show requests. That’s really a neat idea!

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Niagara Falls at Night

At the end of the dog-friendly day trip, Dexter and Levi were beat! Chris and I really wore these two Cavaliers out. If you and your dog enjoy a good adventure, I would recommend checking out Niagara Falls. It truly is a breathtaking attraction.


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When the family headed to Folly Beach, South Carolina, we knew we had to visit The Lost Dog Cafe. I mean, how could a dog adventurer like Dexter not eat at an outdoor cafe that loves dogs?! We stayed in a dog-friendly cottage in Folly Beach and were just down the road from The Lost Dog Cafe, so we checked it out on one of our first days.

This quaint dog-friendly cafe was a great, laid-back beach cafe. Affectionately referred to as “The Dog,” this pet-friendly restaurant really felt like home. The staff was extremely friendly and welcoming to Dexter, and even encouraged friendly mingling. The Lost Dog Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week.

And the menu? The large menu offers something for everyone. Order a huge breakfast burrito, bagel sandwich, fish, wrap, salad, shrimp and grits, or my favorite, a mouthwatering cinnamon roll. You knew I would eat something sweet—I do love my sugary foods. Don’t forget about the drinks. They offer custom blends of coffee roasted specifically for The Lost Dog Cafe. If coffee isn’t your style, you can try chai tea, hot chocolate, or fresh lemonade.

During our week-long stay, we became regulars at The Dog. And just how did they come up with their name? When the owners were creating the cafe, they didn’t know what they were going to name it. Their dog, Hocus, ended up taking off and disappearing for a while. When Hocus returned and was bounding toward home, the name clicked and their logo was created. I’m obviously so happy Hocus found her way safely home.

The next time you and your dog are in Folly Beach, you need to check out The Lost Dog Cafe. And they even have a wall of dogs and gift shop!


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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Extended Stay America. However, I will always offer my readers an unbiased and honest account of my experiences. Your trust is very appreciated, and never taken for granted. ~Tonya, Dexter and Nutter

During our dog-friendly vacation in Maryland, I knew I wanted to take Dexter on a boat ride. Dexter LOVES taking boat rides. I think there is something about the gentle rocking of the boat, the breeze in his ears and the scent of the open water that just mesmerizes Dexter.

While searching online for a dog-friendly boat cruise, I found Cruises on the Bay℠ by Watermark®. I messaged them about bringing Dexter aboard their boat, and they were very helpful and friendly in our conversations. With over 45 years of experience, this was the Annapolis dog-friendly cruise I wanted to take Dexter aboard.

Watermark’s cruises are pet-friendly as long as dogs are friendly and leashed, and the dogs cruise free of charge! The boat also had restrooms and a full bar and cruise mementos. I have to admit, I wanted to purchase a souvenir, but totally forgot.

Dog-Friendly Annapolis, Maryland Activities. We enjoyed a great dog-friendly cruise on the Annapolis Harbor thanks to Cruises on the Bay by Watermark. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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While purchasing our ticket, the nice gentleman was telling me all about his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Everyone was very happy to see Dexter and Levi board the cruise ship. Our 40-minute narrated cruise left from the City Dock at 7 pm.

We sat on the upper deck to get the most out of our dog-friendly boat cruise. It was a sunny and warm evening, but the breeze cut down the heat and Dexter and I positioned ourselves in the shade. We learned so much of the area’s history listening to the narration while sightseeing the waterways of the Annapolis Harbor. Seeing the U.S. Navy Academy was a treat, too.

Dog-Friendly Annapolis, Maryland Activities. We enjoyed a great dog-friendly cruise on the Annapolis Harbor thanks to Cruises on the Bay by Watermark. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Levi sleeping

Both Dexter and his travel buddy, Levi, enjoyed smelling the fresh air and looking around. Eventually, both dogs were lulled to sleep. Whether you are looking for dog-friendly things to do in Annapolis or want to leave Fido at home, Watermark has the perfect cruise for you! Plan a group trip, field trip, or private charter with their team of specialists. Tell them Dexter sent you.

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Dexter and I had another dog-friendly weekend trip recently. This time, our dog-friendly trip took us to the DC area. The weekend was going to be fast and furious, because our weekend trip was really about a dog behavior workshop I was presenting on fearful dogs. The folks at Your Dog’s Friend asked me to present a dog training workshop on Saturday afternoon, so that left me with Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday evening to tour the area with Dexter and our other friends Levi and Chris.

When I’m searching for a dog-friendly hotel, I look for five things I want in my dog-friendly accommodation.

  1. Safety
  2. Location
  3. Refrigerator
  4. Cleanliness
  5. Friendliness

When I was looking for a pet-friendly hotel in the DC/Baltimore area, I found Extended Stay America – Washington D.C. – Tysons Corner. The hotel is located at 8201 Old Courthouse Rd., Vienna, VA, which was about 15 minutes from where I was going to be presenting my workshop on fearful dogs. After reading some reviews, the hotel sounded like it would be a clean, friendly, and safe hotel to call home for the weekend.

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Dexter and I have stayed at other Extended Stay America locations in the past, and have been very happy. What I really like about Extended Stays is that the hotel rooms are designed for longer stays, so are spacious and feature a substantial kitchen area with a full refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stovetop, and dining and cooking utensils! This is a pretty big deal for me, since I bring Dexter’s home-cooked dog food, and sometimes even cook for him on the spot.

Dog-Friendly Extended Stay America, Vienna, VA
Large Dog-Friendly Rooms

The Extended Stay America – Washington D.C. – Tysons Corner also has an on-site guest laundry, free Wi-Fi, grab-and-go breakfast, flat-screen TVs, iron and ironing board, generous workspace, and updated bathrooms. Speaking of updating, this location is in the middle of some renovations and they had just laid the hallway carpet, so there was a “new carpet” smell in the halls. This, however, did not affect my room and there was not an odor in my room.

Dog-Friendly Extended Stay America, Vienna, VA
Grab-and-go breakfast

Since Dexter and I were traveling with friends, we booked the studio suite with 2 queen beds. The studio suite was perfect for our weekend, with plenty of foot space, chairs, hanging space and drawers to more than accommodate our weekend. The hotel beds were comfortable and even included a mattress protector. I always look at my mattress to check for bed bugs or dirt. The mattress was sparkling white and crisp—just what I want to see. The inside of our room was clean and fresh, including the bathroom and kitchen.

The outside of our Extended Stay America had lots of grass for potty breaks and plenty of sidewalks around the property to choose from. There was also a small partially-enclosed courtyard for potty breaks. The hotel felt very safe and I had zero concerns walking Dexter around any part of the hotel, which was very comforting. Hotel safety is so important since I tend to travel alone and Dexter needs frequent potty breaks at various hours of the day and night.

Dog-Friendly Extended Stay America, Vienna, VA
Clean and safe

Our stay at Extended Stay America was a great experience. The hotel was nice, quiet, safe, and a great location. Our room was comfortable in every way, including the beds and bedding. The big TV had good reception, and so did the Wi-Fi. The towels were clean and the bathroom was stocked with shampoo and soap. The hotel met my five criteria of being safe and clean, in a good location, with refrigerator and friendly staff, I would certainly stay at the Extended Stay America in Vienna, Virginia again. For more information on finding a dog-friendly Extended Stay America on your next vacation, visit their website.

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Do you travel with your dog? Tell me in the comments.

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For those of you who have been following my dog blog, you know I HATE winter, snow, and the cold. But I love Dexter The Dog, and he loves dog adventures, no matter what the weather. My brother moved to Cotton, Minnesota, just outside of Duluth, last year. Dexter and I have not been too far west, and my step-dad wanted to try a little ice-fishing, so off we went.

Driving from Ohio to Minnesota the first weekend in March was a bit sketchy. We traveled in some scary wind and snow. Not a ton of snow, but enough snow and wind to create white-out conditions during our drive. But my step-dad is a trooper when it comes to road trips, so we did just fine. Slow and steady.

My brother lives in a small cabin in Cotton, Minnesota on Lake Elora. This was the perfect place to call home for an extended weekend. My brother and step-dad, Ed, were able to go out on the lake for daily ice-fishing. Unfortunately, they were not too successful in their catches, but they did have a great time!

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Standing on Lake Superior

Throughout the weekend, we had a few dog-friendly day-trips to Duluth. Today, I want to share with you our day on the Duluth Lakewalk. This was one of our favorite days in Duluth. The Lakewalk, sometimes referred to as the Boardwalk, offers a scenic path around Lake Superior for walking, running, rollerblading, or biking. Duluth Lakewalk has a dual path to accommodate everyone. One path is paved and one is a nice boardwalk, which I found very helpful. Since Dexter cannot walk for long periods, I have to pop him in his dog stroller for rest times.

Admittedly, we did not walk the entire three-mile walk, which runs from Bayfront Park to London Road, on the northeast side of town. After all, it was cold! It was a great walk and watching the waves crush developing ice around the shorelines was breathtaking. I had to hold Dexter back because he wanted to dip his toes in Lake Superior. Sorry, Dexter—not on this trip!

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No swimming today

Even though there was snow and slush around, I could tell the grounds were well-maintained, with a variety of fun sculptures and landmarks for photo opportunities. Dexter and I love our photo ops. Okay, him, not so much. The Lakewalk takes you through a variety of Duluth attractions, including the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge, Lake Superior Marine Museum, and Canal Park. The walk also provided easy access to restaurants, cafes, pubs, and restrooms, but it did not have a commercial feel—it was very pleasant and relaxing. There were also plenty of park benches and even poop stations. This made the Lakewalk a great dog-friendly park.

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Fun dog photo-opportunities

The Duluth Lakewalk is such a great opportunity to access both Lake Superior and historical attractions, it’s a must-do. I am happy to say that the family will be back in July, and I can’t wait to take Dexter back to the Duluth Lakewalk!

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Where is your favorite pet vacation spot? Tell me in the comments.

Dog-friendly vacations in Duluth, Minnesota. Traveling with dogs in Duluth can be a blast if you know where to go. Check out these dog-friendly Duluth attractions. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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