Dog-Friendly Road Trip in the Midwest
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Dexter’s 2019 epic dog road trip has officially begun! January and February were filled with local dog-friendly day trips, but Cambridge, Ohio was our first pet-friendly weekend getaway. Traveling with dogs is always more fun with friends, so I invited Dexter’s BFF, Levi, and his mom, Chris to join us.
Cambridge, Ohio is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern portion of Ohio in Guernsey County. With a population of approximately 13,000, this small town was going to be the perfect dog-friendly destination to explore.
Our first stop was lunch at McKenna’s Market in downtown Cambridge. This dog-friendly restaurant offered outside seating and, with the sun shining, we stayed warm and dry, even in March! This family-owned market is owned by the McKenna family, who have been in the deli and market businesses since the ’70s. The family restored the century-old historic building that soon became the place to be for foodie lovers. McKenna’s Market is known for their scrumptious homemade subs and salads, we knew we were in for an outstanding experience.
The menu was extensive and offered a variety of food to meet anyone’s taste buds. Chris ordered the shrimp basket and I went with the Fiesta Chicken Salad. Hot coffees for us and the dogs, they were greeted with fresh water and dog treats.
While we sipped our coffee, people walked up to us, chatted, and petted the dogs. They were a big hit, and everyone was so kind and social. McKenna’s front door had people buzzing in and out during our entire lunch; they do have a hopping business. When our food arrived, I soon learned why. The food was amazing!
When I travel, I really try to order food that isn’t my normal fare, and I’m usually quite pleased. The Fiesta salad was the bomb! It was so fresh, colorful and full of flavor. My taste buds and belly were very happy. Chris’s shrimp and chips looked warm and inviting. She said they were cooked to perfection.
After lunch, I checked out the inside of McKenna’s Market. It was full of bulk snacks, fruits, candies, gourmet cheese, meats, artisan and local foods, fresh-ground coffee beans, vintage soda pop, wines, and so much more. I ordered a couple of their famous subs to go for dinner along with a bag of freshly ground coffee.
We thought it would be fun to drive around the town and look for fun and quirky sculptures, murals, and local landmarks. We weren’t disappointed. Cambridge was the home of former astronaut and US Senator John Glenn. Although we were not able to visit the John & Annie Glenn Museum with the dogs, we did find an Ohio historical marker about him.
Another local celebrity was William Boyd. William Boyd made quite a name for himself as the cowboy star Hopalong Cassidy, who hit the big screen in the1930s and 40s and television in the 1950s. Cambridge has a Hopalong Cassidy Trail, which is a collection of memorabilia on display at various locations throughout Historic Downtown Cambridge. It was fun finding a few of the displays.
Our tummies were craving something sweet, so we headed to Kennedy’s Bakery. Kennedy’s Bakery has been serving Cambridge since 1925. Members of the family have been baking for over 80 years. This scratch bakery sounded like the perfect spot to pick up some baked goods.
When I walked in, I was greeted by a warm smile and the sweet smell of fresh baked goods. There were so many delectable items to choose from! I was surrounded by fresh brownies, breads, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, pastries, candies, and so much more.
One of the owners, Patty, gave me a behind-the-scenes tour. I was shocked at how massive the bakery actually was. They had vintage ovens and equipment that they have been using since the start of their store. I really enjoyed all the love and dedication the family has for the bakery and their community. It was a pretty neat experience.
Before I left, I ordered a rich chocolate muffin, a fresh donut, and some of their best sellers, tea cookies. As my teeth sank into the decadent muffin, it was evident that this muffin was made with love and fresh ingredients. The tea cookies were so cute, I almost didn’t want to eat them. But I’m glad I did; they were moist, with the right amount of sweetness.
It was time for us to call it a day and head to our dog-friendly cabin at Salt Fork Lodge and Conference Center (click to read more about the cabin). After feeding the dogs, Chris and I were ready to dive into our subs from McKenna’s Market. I had ordered the Roscoe Village Chicken Salad and Chris ordered the McKenna’s Favorite. The Mckenna’s Favorite was brimming with capicola, salami, pepperoni, and 4 cheese Italian blend. My salad was just amazing. It had big chunks of chicken with a great sauce, not what you would think of when ordering a chicken salad sandwich. It was so unique and flavorful.
After our full day of exploring Cambridge, Ohio, it was time to hit the hay and rest up for the adventure ahead. Saturday was going to be a full day of walking and delving into Ohio’s largest state park, Salt Fork. But first, sleep!
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50 thoughts on “Dog-Friendly Vacations in the Midwest – Cambridge, Ohio | Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Landmarks”
Dexter on a road trip? That must be so awesome and Dexter must be enjoying it already, right? You also had so much yummy stuff to eat awhile;the chicken salad looks so delicious!
Dexter LOVES his road trips! 🙂 Yes, the food was amazing. I love eating local.
It looks like Cambridge Ohio is not only a pet friendly city but also a little paradise for foodies. That shrimp basket looks absolutely delicious, I could have it right now.
You are right! A great location for foodies. I would eat there every day if I could!
It is nice to discover trips where you can take them and where they and the owner can have fun!
Thanks, Cristina. I love finding great spots that welcome our furry friends.
Love that there are so many places that dogs can enjoy. Those dog cookies are so darn cute.
Hi Tara. Me too! Oh, they were adorable. Such talented bakers.
What a cool trip. This looks like a great area. That restaurant looks amazing too. I feel like I need one of those cookies!
Cambridge is an amazing spot! That food and those cookies, YUM!
How fun. When my farm dog was still alive, I loved taking him places, its nice to read about pet friendly places for the pooches!
Hi Cindy. Sorry to hear about your dog. <3 It's great he was able to go explore.
This is an amazing idea, love it!!! Oh and your two dogs, SOOO CUTE!!! Thanks a lot for sharing.
Thanks Chad! They had so much fun.
I would love to take our dog on vacation too. It is nice to know about these dog-friendly establishments and accommodation. Hopefully we get to travel to Cambridge with our fur baby soon!
Thanks, Annemarie. I love hearing that more people travel with their dogs, it’s so much fun.
What a lovely spot! They are so cute and sweet! The dishes look so tasty! We need more places like this one. XO
Cambridge is a great spot for sure. The food was mouthwatering and so fulfilling.
Love it and my Teddy would too! What an amazing place to visit with our fur babies.
Thanks, Cynthia. You and Teddy should head to Cambridge, so much fun!
I am from Ohio, we made a stop in Cambridge once when we were heading on one of our few out of state trips. Kennedy’s Bakery is pretty great! We stopped in there when we were there. Your dogs are super cute by the way!
Hello from one Ohioan to another. Yes, Kennedy’s Bakery is amazing! I could eat one of those muffins right now!
Looks great! I would love to visit such place with my fur babies! The cookies look super nice too, I’d love to grab a bite so much! Hungry now
Thanks, Lyosha. I’m always hungry looking at these photos and video! Such good eats.
I would love to take my boys away with me, but everywhere seems to be anti dogs in a lot of places. It is lovely to read of your travels x
So glad to share our dog-friendly destinations. The best first stop is the area’s local tourism bureau. They are a wealth of information!
Looks like you had a great trip and I would love to visit here. Thanks for sharing this post.
We had a great time! Cambridge, Ohio is a great destination.
Oh wow. What an awesome place to visit! I would love to take my dogs there too. They are like family so I am happy to know that Cambridge OH is a dog friendly place to visit.
You should! You and your dogs would have such a nice time in Cambridge. 🙂
I absolutely adore traveling with my dogs! Thee stops are a huge help and make me so excited to try a trip with my pooch again soon.
Ya! So glad to hear that Alexandra. Keep exploring.
This is such a great idea! I’d never thought of dog-friendly vacations, but my two fuzzy buddies would absolutely love this!
Glad to inspire! It’s so much fun to include our pups.
You guys really had a jam packed day, filled with so much tasty food and treats. I think it’s the best travelling with pets.
We love packing in a lot when we travel. I’m always afraid to miss something. 🙂
What a fun sounding trip and so great to share with those little bundles of gorgeousness! I absolutely love the pictures!
Cambridge was a great weekend road trip. It’s always fun to be with the puppers. They make people smile.
Love the murals and pup friendly stops. ThAt fiesta salad yum!
Murals are so beautiful. Oh, that fiesta salad was so fresh and yummy!
This will be such good information for my friends who own a dog .
The cookies look so yummy!
Looks like a great trip and how great you were able to experience so many dog friendly locations.
Thanks, Val. We had such a full weekend!
Looks like a great trip and how great you were able to experience so many dog friendly locations.
Thanks, Val. We had such a great weekend in Cambridge, Ohio and experienced a lot of fun things.
This does look super dog friendly! I would love to take our mini golden doodle there with us sometime!
Cambridge was a great dog-friendly destination. I bet your golden doodle would have a blast.
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