Updated: Aug 28, 2019
Fall is a great time to pack up the pooch for a Maine vacation and enjoy the walkability of Portland; a bustling seaside town with great restaurants, breweries and friendly locals. The temps from late August to early November are just right for fuzzy four-legged family members and the changing leaves and sea salted nights offer a true New England experience.
Not every restaurant with a patio allows dogs, so it's worth double checking with sites like Bring Fido. It's also good to know what type of patio scene you're getting into as travel can be stressful for some pups and some patios can be overwhelming.
Little Tap House offers five patio tables exclusively, keeping the dog count manageable. If you're just in town for a quick visit or passthrough, enjoy our curated selection of 14 fresh local microbrew draughts. Sample a diversity of styles and brewers while pup lounges. Check out our current Tap List. We are always happy to take reservations on our patio for traveling or local pups. Book through our reservations tab or give us a ring!
Dog Friendly Accommodations
The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel is a great and very dog friendly hotel located just up the street from Little Tap House. There is no pet fee and all breed sizes are welcome. The Portland Harbor Hotel offers dog accommodations for a $25 pet fee, and The Inn at St. John for an additional $10.
Dog Friendly Activities
Exercise - The Eastern Promenade is a scenic trail along Portland's East End and a great place to stretch those furry legs. There is also a dog friendly beach along the trail for cooling off. If you're looking for a hike outside of town check out Maine Trail Finder for a complete list of trails in Maine.
Brewery Hop - Dog friendly breweries are a great leisure activity and East Bayside offers a host of walkable options! Austin Street Brewery, Rising Tide Brewery, Lone Pine Brewing and Goodfire Brewing are all nearby and allow dogs on their patio. That being said, always good to call ahead as seasons change and rules change.
Shopping - Need a new bone or squeaky souvenir? Check out Fish & Bone on Commercial Street, Planet Dog on Marginal Way, or pick up a super cute homemade doggy bow tie and matching leash at Uncommon Paws on Exchange Street. All locally owned!
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