New England Road Trip with a Dog | Pet-Friendly Bethel, Maine




Best Dog-Friendly Vacations in Bethel, Maine

Traveling with a dog to Maine
Dog-Friendly Bethel, Maine Road Trip

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 Angel Nutter

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.

Pet friendly attractions in Maine
Dog-friendly museum

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.

Dog friendly resorts in Maine
Pet-friendly Bethel Inn

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.

Pet friendly resorts in Bethel Maine
Our pet-friendly room

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.

Dog-friendly walking areas
Public square in front of Bethel Inn

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.

Dog friendly cabins in Bethel Maine
Lake house on Sango Pond

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.

Dog-friendly spots in Bethel Maine
Mushroom tortellini to-go

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.

Stunning Maine sunsets
Sunsets in Maine
Pet-friendly inns in Maine
Sunset at the Bethel Inn

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. 😉

All inclusive Maine vacations
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast buffet near me
Lots of tasty choices

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.

Things to do with a dog in Maine
Dog-friendly museum
Fun things to do with a dog in Maine
Dexter dug the skis

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!

Dog-friendly restaurants in Bethel, Maine
We love food trucks!
Best food trucks in Maine
A+ Barbecue

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.

Best road trips to Maine with a dog
Amazing views at every corner

When planning your pet-friendly Maine excursion, visit Visit Maine’s website to plan the perfect trip.


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56 thoughts on “New England Road Trip with a Dog | Pet-Friendly Bethel, Maine

  1. Your dogs are absolutely beautiful! How cool to find places that are dog-friendly for your trip. It must be hard to leave dogs home. So much more fun to bring them along.

  2. Awww… This is really cool that the hotel is dog friendly. I hope there are more places like this to enjoy vacation with our pets.

  3. I must have not read your blog in a while as I am surprised to see that you now have two dogs. It looks like Dexter got a friend. Anyway, Bethel, Maine looks lovely and charming. It is great to see the extensive grounds available the Bethel Inn Resort and their facilities appear to be quite comprehensive.

  4. I have never seen a museum to allow dogs inside. That’s definitely a step forward for O’Neil Robinson House! The hotel you’ve staid at looks very nice and how nice of them to prepare water bowls and beds for your dogs.

  5. Recently I was on a road trip in Australia and check into pet-friendly villas. We don’t have our dog with us but we saw some cute dogs staying in the villas. It is really nice to have a pet around. The food in Bethel Inn NE looks not bad and I like mushroom too.

  6. This place is super amazing for pet owners. They can take their pet with them and enjoy each and every moment with them. Thanks for sharing

  7. Wow! This looks like so much fun! And I am sure those two adorable pups had a wonderful time in Bethel, Maine. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow that location is so beautiful and I love seeing your dogs getting pampered as they should be. When a location is pet friendly they have one my heart over. Love that they paid attention to your two beautiful dogs.

  9. Wow, that is so beautiful and I am sure Dexter enjoyed exploring that place. It feel so refreshing and relaxing to be there!

  10. First I wanna say cockerspaniels were my dream dogs as a child. Its nice to know that there are more hotels accommodating to pet owners!

  11. Ahh I used to live up in New England but didn’t get furry friends until after I had moved away. Would have loved to take them throughout New England with me.

  12. Your vacation with your furry pals looks like so much fun. I’d love to visit Maine and explore the area and enjoy some great seafood!

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