From pet-friendly restaurants in the White Mountains to walking trails and places to stay with your dog, there’s a whole lot to coordinate when planning a trip with a pup. Why not paws for a moment and check out our dog blog?
While we are very proud of our region’s pet-friendly reputation, we hope you will remember that not all of our visitors (and wildlife!) love dogs.
Out of respect for other visitors and our natural ecosystem, we encourage you to always keep your dogs on leash unless signage indicates leashes are optional and your dog is under voice control (and also remains in your line of sight at all times).
Let’s keep this vacation fun for everyone! And as always, Leave No Trace (aka, please pick up after your pets and bring the refuse to a proper waste receptacle).
Pet-Friendly DiningBack to Top of List
Our White Mountains restaurants are lauded for their hospitality and delicious food. Some also offer pet-friendly seating sections! Here’s a sampling of the best restaurants that allow dogs in our region.
Quick tip: call ahead to ensure that dog-friendly seating will be available during the timeframe of your visit, as options are limited depending on the season and visitation.
Black Mountain Burger (Lincoln, NH)
Burgers for you and burgers for Fido are all on the menu at Black Mountain Burger! We’re hard pressed to pick a favorite of their signature burgers, but we can say this is one of the best options for outdoor, dog-friendly dining in Lincoln.
Rek’-lis Brewing (Bethlehem, NH)
Schilling Beer Co. (Littleton, NH)
Schilling Beer Co. offers a special dog-friendly section in their riverfront beer garden. Wouldn’t you just love to sample artisan lagers, smashburgers and wood-fired pizzas while you enjoy some Gemütlichkeit with your four- (and two-) footed friend? Schilling’s dog section is open during normal business hours on a first-come, first-served basis.
Settlers Green (North Conway, NH)
In addition to the dog-friendly shops spread across Settlers Green, this outlet center has many dining options with outdoor seating. If your dog is well behaved, have fun noshing at the restaurant of your choice!
Sunset Grill (Campton, NH)
Pull up a chair at the Sunset Grill’s patio – your pup is invited! This dog-friendly restaurant in Campton even provides a bowl of water and treats.
Twin Barns Brewing North Taproom (North Woodstock, NH)
This taproom recently opened in North Woodstock, NH. In addition to hosting an ever-growing roster of fans, it also welcomes dogs! You’ll have to stick to Twin Barns' outside patio, but that gives you plenty of opportunity for people watching on main street.
Woodstock Inn Brewery (North Woodstock, NH)
The Woodstock Inn Brewery is an institution in the western White Mountains, and we’re delighted to say they also welcome dogs on the lower-level outdoor patio (weather permitting). Come here if you want pub-style comfort food and amazing, local craft brew.
Pet-Friendly Places to StayBack to Top of List
Does your pup prefer to lap it up in luxury or romp around on a trail first thing in the morning? Our dog-friendly lodging in the White Mountains runs the gamut from campsites, log cabins and historic manors to convenient motels and brand-new hotels. Choose wisely and the tail wags will last all the way through vacation!
Northern White Mountains
- Bretton Woods Vacations (Bretton Woods, NH)
- The Chandler at White Mountains (Bethlehem, NH)
- Eastgate Inn (Littleton, NH)
- Gale River Motel (Franconia, NH)
- The Lancaster Motel (Lancaster, NH)
- Profile Deluxe Motel (Twin Mountain, NH)
- Johnson’s Motel & Cottages (Twin Mountain, NH)
- Josselyn’s Getaway Log Cabins (Jefferson, NH)
- Top Notch Inn (Gorham, NH)
Western White Mountains
- The Common Man Inn & Spa (Plymouth, NH)
- Hampton Inn Lincoln White Mountains (Lincoln, NH)
- Loon Reservation Service (Lincoln, NH)
- Pemi Cabins on the River (Lincoln, NH)
- The Shamrock Motel (Thornton, NH)
Eastern White Mountains
Pet-Friendly Things to DoBack to Top of List
There are so many things to do with your dogs in the White Mountains; there’s the obvious option (like a walk in the woods) as well as the unexpected (like driving up the Mount Washington Auto Road with your dog or taking a scenic gondola ride to the summit of Loon Mountain. Keep scrolling for a sampling of the pet friendly activities in our region.
Ride the Gondola at Loon Mountain Resort (Lincoln, NH)
If your dog is good with small spaces and you love a good view, book a ride on Loon Mountain Resort’s gondola. Over 1.3 scenic miles, you will ascend to the summit of Loon Peak while also having plenty of time for picture taking with your pupper.
This is a summer-exclusive offering. Dogs must be leashed, well-behaved, and under the owner’s control in order to ride the Gondola. Dogs can descend the mountain via ski trails or open slopes, but they are prohibited from all mountain bike trails.
Drive Yourself Up the Mt. Washington Auto Road (Gorham, NH)
Book a Drive Yourself tour to the top of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, and bring your dog along for the ride! Can’t you picture your pup’s ears flapping in the breeze as you ascend up to 6,288’?
To better protect the fragile ecosystem found on the Northeast’s highest peak, pets must always be leashed when outside the vehicle. Pets are also prohibited from entering the Sherman Adams State Park Building at the summit, but we think walking around the summit is well worth a few extra rules to follow.
Believe in Books Literacy Foundation (Intervale, NH)
Take to the woods! The Trails in the Wood, that is. The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation offers miles of dog-friendly walking trails, including their famed Storybook Trail (perfect for any kids tagging along on your adventure).
An annual or day pass is required, as are leashes. Remember to clean up after your dog too!
Experience Squam Boating Excursions (Holderness, NH)
A seasonal expedition on Squam Lake is one of our favorite ways to frolic with our four-legged friends. Experience Squam Boating Excursions offer private tours of one of NH’s most pristine lakes, and your dog is invited to partake!
Book online in advance on the Experience Squam website.
Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center (Gorham, NH)
Will you have your dog with you all day? We suggest driving up the Mt. Washington Auto Road in the AM, and then taking the afternoon to stretch your legs with a walking session on the dog-friendly trail network found at Great Glen Trails! If it’s the winter, you can also spend the day snowshoeing (as long as your dog has the proper gear to stay toasty warm).
Dogs must be leashed throughout their visit to Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.
Tanger Outlets Tilton (Tilton, NH)
If you’re hunting for deals at Tanger Outlets Tilton and one of your crew is more than content to just window shop, we’d say bring your dog along! There’s plenty to see at this dog-friendly outlet mecca.
Well behaved, leashed dogs are allowed in common areas
Settlers Green (North Conway, NH)
Settlers Green in North Conway, NH is another dog-friendly place to go shopping; in fact, they even offer pet-friendly stores! Look for the pawprint sticker on the door of select shops. After you’ve had your fill of deals, look for Percy’s Dog House (aka the perfect spot for a doggo photo), and use #seenatsettlers to get featured.
Pup waste bag dispensers are located throughout the shopping center. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Quincy Bog Natural Area (Rumney, NH)
Quincy Bog’s nature trails are mostly flat, so smaller dogs will have no trouble navigating the terrain. As you explore, you will travers through the woods and across causeways, boardwalks, and bridges that will immerse you in the bog’s natural beauty.
Visitors must stay on trails and pick up all dog waste.
NH State Parks (Various Locations
We would be remiss not to include the hiking trails at NH State Parks on our list of dog adventures in the White Mountains. The feeling of being out in the woods or atop a mountain is one that you and your pet shouldn’t miss. Just make sure to follow all the following rules and restrictions to make sure the entire trip is a success!
General Pet Rules for NH State Parks
- All animals must be on a standard or retractable leash not greater than 6 feet in length.
- Animal owners shall clean up any waste eliminated by their animals and place it in a trash can or remove it off-site.
- Animals must not be left unattended at any time, including at campsite, or in vehicle or camper.
- Service Animals are permitted, in accordance with the ADA
Specific Restrictions for NH State Parks in the White Mountains
Didn’t bring your own dog? Attend a K9s & Kisses Meet and Greet at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson, NH to get your fill of adorable rescue sled pups during the summer, or book a sled dog tour come winter!
As you can see, our dog-friendly offerings aren’t something to sniff at. In fact, they’re pretty fantastic!