4 Reasons Frederick, Maryland, Is a Perfect Dog-Friendly Vacation Destination

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When you visit Frederick, Maryland, you can bring the entire family, because there are a number of things to do where dogs are welcome. From lodging to parks to restaurants, here are four ways you can enjoy your time in Frederick with man’s best friend in tow.

1. Shopping. You don’t have to leave the dog outside when shopping in Downtown Frederick. A variety of stores let your dog join you inside, whether you’re shopping for clothes, antiques, home furnishings, art or jewelry. Some of the pet-friendly stores in Frederick include Brass and Copper Shop, Cannon Hill Place, Chic to Chic, Sky’s the Limit, Muse, Hunting Creek Outfitters and Griffin Art Center.

2. Dining. All that shopping will make pups hungry, and plenty of restaurants welcome both you and your canine friend. Take a coffee break at Cafe Nola or Frederick Coffee Company, have a pint on the puppy patio at Brewer’s Alley, share some fajitas on La Paz’s patio, and finish it off with dessert at Sweeties.

3. Playing. Frederick has some great parks – national, state, municipal, and dog parks – with room to roam for you and your pet. The Downtown Frederick Dog Park is fun for dogs and owners alike, and Ballenger Creek Dog Park, just outside of Downtown Frederick, has lots of space for dogs to run.

4. Staying. When it’s time to get some rest, lots of hotels open their doors for pet owners. In the Frederick area, check out Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn Frederick, MainStay Suites, TownPlace Suites, Oak Tree Inn, and Country Inn & Suites. If you’re staying in the Thurmont or Emmitsburg areas instead, you can take your dog to Rambler Inn, Sleep Inn & Suites and Ole Mink Farm Recreational Resort.