No Better Place for a Pet-Friendly Vacation in Pennsylvania than Lancaster County

August 26, 2013

As an innkeeper, I meet a lot of travelers who love to get away, but don’t like to leave their furry friends behind. Lancaster County offers a number of dog-friendly activities and attractions that allow pet owners to enjoy their vacations with their four-legged family members.

We offer a dog-friendly room at the Historic Smithton Inn, so start planning your trip by calling us to book your stay. Then consider all the other places to go and things to do with your pet…

Photo from Beau’s Dream Dog Park’s
Facebook Page

Off-Leash Dog Parks
Lancaster has two off-leash dog parks where your pet can run and play untethered:  Beau’s Dream Dog
Park and Overlook Dog Park.

Nature Hikes / Walks
There’s no better way to release some pent up energy and get a breath of fresh air than a walk or run on the many nature trails in Lancaster County. Check out the area’s Rails-to-Trails (especially Ephrata’s “Richard D. Winters’ Memorial Trail”), the  Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, and Nolde Forest State Park. And the counties parks and preserves also provide beautiful natural settings for stretching your legs and enjoying the outdoors with your dog.

Only about 20 minutes from the Inn, you’ll find several pet-friendly stores in Stoudburg Village in Adamstown. Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse and the Tanger Outlets in Lancaster also offer a dog-friendly shopping experience.

Historic Attractions
And leashed pets are welcome on the exterior grounds of the Ephrata Cloister, The Amish Farm and House, Wheatland/ (President Buchanan’s estate), and Landis Valley Museum.

Photo from Aaron and Jessica’s
Amish Buggy Rides Facebook Page

Horse and Buggy Rides
Enjoy the experience of  Amish-style buggy rides that let your dog (provided it can sit on your lap) join you for your trot through the countryside. Check out Aaron and Jessica’s Amish Buggy Rides in Bird-in-HandAbe’s Buggy Rides in Bird-in-Hand, and the AAA Buggy Rides at Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse.

Venture out for a drive and self-guided tour with your pet to see the charming PA Dutch country covered bridges. Or if you’d feel more comfortable with a guide accompanying you as you explore the Lancaster County backroads in your vehicle, consider the Amish/Mennonite Guided Tours.

Let’s Eat
Lancaster County has a number of restaurants that allow you to dine with your dog in their outdoor seating areas. Black Horse Restaurant and Tavern in Denver, Isaac’s Deli on Queen Street in Lancaster, Kettle Café in Intercourse, and Iron Horse Restaurant in Strasburg let you eat with your favorite furry friend by your side.

As you can see, you never have to worry about leaving your best friend at home while you’re on vacation if you choose Lancaster County as your destination! Give us a call at 717-733-6094 to reserve our pet-friendly room, and find out even more about the things to do and see with your dog while you’re here.