Best Dog-Friendly Vacations in Bethel, Maine
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Our dog-friendly vacation to Maine was off and running. After our two-night stay in the Portland, Maine area, we headed inland to Bethel, Maine. We were looking forward to a more laid-back experience. We arrived in Bethel in the late afternoon. It was the perfect time to walk the dogs along Bethel’s uptown.
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We enjoyed walking around Bethel and even checked out a few of the historic structures throughout the village. The Bethel Historical Society offers a walking tour and map that will take you throughout the Village of Bethel. During this self-guided walking tour, you can visit historical buildings dating back to 1774.
By this time we were ready to check into our dog-friendly inn. The Bethel Inn Resort was the perfect spot to call home for the next two nights. The Bethel Inn offers a wide range of accommodation choices, including pet-friendly rooms in their traditional inn and townhomes.
Upon entering our dog-friendly room, I immediately saw two bowls and a dog bed for the dogs to enjoy. The spacious suite also had a large chair and sofa covered with a furniture cover for the dogs. We also had a fireplace, desk area, two queen beds, flat-screen TV, and curio cabinet.
In front of the inn was a great public square with lots of green grass and a walking path. The dogs really enjoyed the ample sniffing space and checking out the gazebo, historic bell, and other historical statues.
The resort’s Lake House on Songo Pond welcomes pups to swim, go canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding with their owners. The human guests can enjoy the 200 acres including a 6,700 yard championship golf course, the Guaranteed Performance School of Golf, tennis, health club with a year-round outdoor heated pool, saunas, workout room, spa services, and conference center.
After checking in, we were ready for dinner. There is an onsite restaurant, The Millbrook Tavern & Terrace. Their menu consisted of hearty entrees, choice steaks, seafood, pasta, and cocktails. Chris and I both ordered the mushroom tortellini to take back to our rooms. It was definitely a great choice. The mushrooms were firm, and the sauce was rich and creamy.
After dinner, we headed uptown to the Gould Academy’s campus to catch the sunset. It was really heartwarming watching the students bustling around campus and stopping to say hi to the dogs. After an extraordinary sunset, we were ready to call it a night. We had another full day in Bethel, Maine ahead of us.
For breakfast, Chris and I indulged in the inn’s breakfast buffet. The hostess was kind enough to provide us with takeout containers and utensils. We filled our plates with all kinds of goodies such as hot cakes, french toast, bacon, potatoes, and fresh fruit. Breakfast was a real treat, and the dogs enjoyed a bit of our fruit and maybe a bite of bacon. 😉
This day was going to be very fun and interesting. We were going to have our very own city tour guide to show us all the fun things to see and do in Bethel, Maine with a dog. Stay tuned for a future post (8/26/19). Wende Gray met us after breakfast and showed us all the great parks and provided an educational history lesson about the area. She took us into the dog-friendly O’Neil Robinson House, part of the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society. This museum, which is part of the self-guided walking tour, contains changing exhibits. It also has an extensive research library and gift shop. The dogs were immediately greeted with love and pets.
Wende was very generous and took us out to Smokin’ Good BBQ, which had plenty of outside seating for the dogs. And smoking good it was! I’ve just recently been trying barbecue during my travels, and I’m not sure why it took me so long to jump onboard. I ordered a pulled chicken sandwich that was stacked high with flavor. Chris ordered the pulled pork barbecue. They didn’t skimp on the servings!
We had such a lovely day with Wende, and I want to thank her for her generous hospitality. She made our last day in Maine memorable. If you are looking for a down-to-earth, dog-friendly Maine vacation, I suggest checking out Bethel, Maine.
When planning your pet-friendly Maine excursion, visit Visit Maine’s website to plan the perfect trip.
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