Finger Lakes Wine Country offers fun for the whole family including our four legged friends. From our wineries to outdoor adventures, attractions, and accommodation there are plenty of opportunities for pet-friendly adventures in wine country.
This pet friendly guide to the region introduces just a sample of the varying businesses and activities that are available for well-behaved pets. We advise that you call before your visit to ensure all the activities you’re hoping to enjoy are pet friendly in addition to the businesses mentioned here.
It’s important to plan ahead with accommodations, dining options, wineries, breweries, museums, and other attractions for the most positive experience and to best adhere to each individual establishment’s rules or protocols for bringing your pets. Most of our pet friendly activities and visits require that your pets be leashed at all times and that you pick up after your dog.
Also, keep in mind that these pet friendly fun options are outdoors.
Outdoor Dining with Pets
From our small towns to our restaurants and dining establishments, throughout our wine trails and scenic drives, wine country has a food scene worth bragging about along with plenty of pet friendly outdoor dining where you can wine, dine, and hang out with your pooch.
Some great dog friendly restaurants include Nickel’s Pit BBQ in downtown Watkins Glen on their spacious outdoor patio on North Franklin Street, Silverbird Woodfired and Gastropub in Penn Yan has a relaxed setting with an outdoor seating area, Ginny Lee Cafe at Wagner Vineyards has a gorgeous elevated outdoor deck patio seating area overlooking the vineyards and Seneca Lake in Lodi which is a great stop along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail along with Elf in the Oak who has a nice back deck and outdoor dining section, and Oak Leaf Cafe at Oak Hill Bulk Foods has a lovely outdoor seating area where you can dine with your dog to name a few options.
If you’re looking for a nice sweet treat that is pet friendly, Spotted Duck Creamery serves up homemade custard in Penn Yan with a dog friendly outdoor seating area surrounded by their duck farm and Seneca Farms in Penn Yan is a classic counter-serve with locally sourced comfort food and an ice cream parlor that offers a puppy cone for barking buddies.
Pet Friendly Wineries
You’ll find a majority of the wineries in Finger Lakes Wine Country offer beautiful outdoor seating areas that are pet friendly, many of which offer sweeping views of our region’s scenic landscape from the rolling vineyards to our pristine lakes and sprawling farmland across our three different wine trails.
Most tasting rooms are requesting that you make reservations and have group size limitations, so if there is a stop you don’t want to miss, give the wineries a call ahead to plan your visit and make sure that they are also pet friendly if not listed here.
Some of our wineries that have a pet friendly outdoor setup include Wagner Vineyards and
Lamoreaux Landing in Lodi, Three Brothers Winery & Estates in Geneva, Ravines Wine Cellars, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, Heron Hill Winery, and Keuka Lake Vineyards in Hammondsport, McGregor Vineyards, Fulkerson Winery, and Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, Point of the Bluff Vineyards in South Pulteney, Prejean Winery in Penn Yan, Damiani Wine Cellars in Burdett, Hosmer Winery in Ovid, and Buttonwood Grove in Romulus to name a few.
Pet Friendly Breweries
Much like the wineries in our region, you’ll find that the breweries also offer great outdoor seating areas to enjoy a freshly drafted craft brew that welcomes pets! Try Steuben Brewing Company and Keuka Brewing Company in Hammondsport, Grist Iron Brewing and Two Goats Brewing in Burdett, Lucky Hare Brewing Company in Hector, and Climbing Bines Hop Farm & Brewery in Penn Yan to name a few.
Hiking & Outdoors
Take advantage of all the gorgeous scenic hiking trails and natural areas that are dog friendly! All of these trails, state parks, and National Forest require your dog to be leashed at all times and you will need to clean up after your furry friend.
The Keuka Outlet Trail is a 7-mile trail that connects the town of Penn Yan to Dresden passing through a beautiful wooded area on a neatly maintained trail along with waterfalls gorgeous any season.
The famous Watkins Glen State Park allows dogs on the North Rim and South Rim Trails, please keep in mind that the Gorge Trail does not allow pets.
Sampson State Park in Romulus has a dog-friendly park plus a play area for the family, beach, and waterfront marina. This is also where the annual Wine Country Circuit Dog Show is hosted as well. Keep in mind that dogs are asked not to be in the bathing area here.
Catharine Valley Trail is a beautiful wooded trail running along an abandoned railroad and canal towpath corridors from Montour Falls to Horseheads that also welcomes two dogs per visitor/group.
Kanakadea Park in Hornell offers recreational sports facilities, picnic pavilions, grilling areas, camping sites, and hiking trails that are all pet friendly as long as they are kept on a leash and cleaned up after.
Finger Lakes National Forest is the only National Forest in the state of New York and offers over 16,000 acres of wooded trails passing ravines, pastures, wildlife habitats and scenic roadways between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake that also welcomes dogs to join their owners on a refreshing hike.
Keuka Lake State Park at Bluff Point offers a swimming beach, picnic areas, boat launch, fishing, and hiking trails and is open to the public year round. Camping is also available from May through October.
Fruit Picking with Fido
Celebrate the seasonal harvests by enjoying vegetable and fruit picking with Fido our U-Pick farms in wine country.
Apple Barrel Orchards in Penn Yan offers a variety of different fruits from mid-September through May including a variety of apples, grapes, and sweet cherries.
Fulkerson Winery also offers a variety of fruits and vegetables that you can pick from their farm with your dog throughout the seasons including asparagus, peaches, apples, grapes, and blueberries.
Finger Lakes Wine Country has a rich connection to arts, culture, and history and have incredible institutions, museums, and attractions to add to your trip with your dog!
The Windmill Farm and Craft Market in Penn Yan offers shopping for local crafts, produce, products, and food from over 200 vendors every Saturday from the end of April through the end of November and dogs are welcome to join all the fun.
The Finger Lakes Museum in Branchport offers a dog friendly campus celebrating the local culture, heritage and natural history. Dogs and their owners can enjoy swimming or hiking around the trails as long as you pick up after your pet.
The Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport has a collection of over 150 boats paying homage to the history and heritage of boat building in the region and is pet friendly!
Captain Bill’s Seneca Lake Cruises allows guests to bring their dogs on their scenic sightseeing cruises on Seneca Lake from mid-May through the end of October. Before or after your cruise, enjoy a meal with your dog at Seneca Harbor Station, a former train station that’s now a restaurant with an outdoor patio at the same location.
The Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes in Corning allows pets at their open-air interactive historical museum that allows visitors to experience 19th-century Finger Lakes life with their furry friend!
It is recommended that you contact these museums in advance to plan your visit as some require advance booking or visits by appointment only.
Pet Friendly Accommodation
There are a myriad of options when it comes to pet friendly accommodation in Finger Lakes Wine Country, from camping sites at our parks to vacation home rentals, bed and breakfast stays, and hotels to choose from. Each accommodation option will vary and you will want to contact each one in advance to find out each individual property's policies when it comes to pets and extra fees incurred for bringing your four legged friends.
Captain Jack’s II is a private home rental on the northern tip of the western branch of Keuka Lake with an elevated deck right on the lake and offers options for up to two dogs to stay during your visit.
Idlewild Inn is a full-service bed and breakfast in the village of Watkins Glen that offers two dog friendly rooms for guests traveling with pets.
Hotels that allow pets for an added fee in wine country include Microtel Inn & Suites Penn Yan, Radisson Hotel Corning, Staybridge Suites Corning, and Best Western Plus Vineyard Inn & Suites in Penn Yan.