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March 15, 2024
Everything you need to know to plan a dog-friendly getaway to Door County from lodging to restaurants, beaches and hikes.

Unleash the Fun: The Ultimate Dog-Friendly Guide to Door County

Door County

Welcome to Door County, Wisconsin – a paradise not just for you but for your furry friends too! Imagine a place where every wagging tail is met with smiles, and every sniff adventure leads to another unforgettable memory. That’s Door County for you and your pup. From cozy stays at dog-friendly cabins to patios that welcome paws, trails that beckon for exploration, and shores that are ready for splashing, we’ve got the ultimate guide to ensure you and your four-legged companion have the vacation of a lifetime.

Everything you need to know to plan a dog-friendly getaway to Door County from lodging to restaurants, beaches and hikes.

Find Your Perfect Retreat: Top Dog-Friendly Lodgings in Door County

Porte Haven: A serene escape nestled on the shores of Lake Michigan, offering luxury and comfort for you and your dog. With spa-like bathrooms, a game room, and stunning views, it’s a slice of heaven where tranquility meets luxury.

The Point: Imagine waking up to 360-degree water views and spending your days exploring Clark Lake with your pup. With cozy interiors, an outdoor fireplace, and watercraft rentals, it’s a dream come true for water-loving dogs and their humans.

The Bay: This charming rustic cabin offers modern comforts amidst the beauty of Clark Lake. Your dog will love exploring the nearby attractions, and with kayaks and paddleboats ready, adventure is just steps away from your door.

Rowley’s A-frame: Tucked in the pine-scented forests and tranquil waters of Rowleys Bay, this vintage cabin combines charm with modern comfort, perfect for creating treasured memories with your furry friend.

Dining Al Fresco: Dog-Friendly Restaurants and Patios

From casual eats to fine dining, Door County is packed with spots where your pup is not just allowed but welcomed with open paws.

  • Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor: Enjoy a scoop or two on their dog-friendly patio.
  • Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille: Indulge in delicious wood-fired pizzas on their pet-friendly patio.
  • Shipwrecked Brew Pub: Your pup can join you on the patio for a meal under the sun.
  • Harbor Fish Market & Grille: They go the extra mile with a bowl of water for your pet on their welcoming patio.
  • The Hitching Post Bar & Grill: After a day at Cave Point, refuel with tasty offerings on their dog-friendly patio.
  • Good Eggs: best burrito in town and your pup can sit by your side as you enjoy breakfast.
  • Blue Bear: Seasonal and local cuisine does not disappoint and dogs are allowed for patio seating.
  • PC Junction: family friendly train-themed restaurant will have everyone in your group happy.
  • Not Licked Yet: outdoor dining along the shoreline with a playground and unique fresh custard makes this a must stop.
  • Pizza Bros at One Barrel Brewing Company: outdoor seating, pizza from the counter, live music and games – what more could you ask for?
  • Sip: from coffee to breakfast and lunch, this is a patio to put on your list and bring your pup.

Adventure Trails: Exploring Door County with Your Dog

Door County’s natural beauty is best explored on its trails, and there’s no reason to leave your dog behind.

  • Peninsula State Park: Offers several trails where leashed dogs are permitted, with the Eagle Trail and Sentinel Trail among the favorites.
  • Whitefish Dunes State Park: Enjoy scenic walks along Lake Michigan’s shoreline with your leashed dog.
  • Newport State Park: For a quieter experience, explore designated trails with your pup and enjoy the natural serenity of Door County.

Paw-splashing Fun: Dog-Friendly Beaches

Door County’s beaches are a haven for dogs who love to splash around and play in the sand.

  • Whitefish Dunes State Park: Offers a pet-friendly beach area for dogs and their owners to enjoy together.
  • Cave Point County Park: While on a leash, your dog can take in the breathtaking views alongside you.
  • Peninsula State Park: Certain sections allow leashed dogs, making it perfect for a beach day with your furry friend.

Cheers to Dog-Friendly Wineries and Tasting Rooms

Door County isn’t just about the natural beauty; it’s also a place where you can enjoy a glass of wine with your dog by your side.

  • Stone’s Throw Winery: Enjoy wine tastings in their outdoor seating area with your dog.
  • Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery: Offers a pet-friendly outdoor seating area to savor their wines.
  • Hatch Distilling and Door County Brewing Co: Both welcome dogs in their outdoor areas, perfect for relaxing after a day of exploration.
  • Door County Brewing Co: This iconic music hall is a must-stop on your Door County visit. Dogs are welcome outside (occasionally there will be an outdoor band)
  • Peach Barn Farmhouse & Brewery: Enjoy one of their delicious beers or hard seltzers while relaxing in their beautiful outdoor space and bring the kids too with games available for all ages.
  • Twelve Eleven Wine Bar + Provisions: Relax on one of their Adirondacks or cozy up by the fire, your furry friend is welcome on the patio.

Beyond the Leash: Other Dog-Friendly Activities

Door County offers unique experiences that you can enjoy with your dog, from sailing the waters with Sail Door County to exploring the great outdoors with Door County Kayak Tours. Take the Washington Island Ferry and explore the dog-friendly Rock Island State Park. And don’t forget the Skyway Drive-in Theatre for a movie night under the stars with your pup. Door County festivals are also all dog friendly so bring a leash and your fur-baby along!

Let Them Run Free: Door County Dog Parks

With several dog parks like Harbor Hounds Dog Park in Egg Harbor, Captain Bailey’s Dog Park in Baileys Harbor, Gills Rock Coffee Shop & Dog Park, and Sister Bay Dog Park, your dog can enjoy off-leash fun in a safe environment.

Plan Your Dog-Friendly Door County Getaway Today!

Door County is a place where memories are made, adventures are had, and tails never stop wagging. Whether you’re cozying up in a cabin, savoring local cuisines on a pet-friendly patio, or taking in the scenic beauty of the state parks, every moment here is an opportunity for joy and relaxation.

Remember, at Door County Cabin Collective, we believe that vacations are better with all family members present, including the furry ones. Our unique, dog-friendly waterfront cabins are designed with your comfort and your pet’s happiness in mind. From Porte Haven’s luxury atop an old boathouse to the A-frame charm amidst Rowleys Bay, we offer the perfect backdrop for your next family and friends getaway.

Don’t leave your best friend behind on your next vacation. Check out our dog-friendly cabins at and book your Door County getaway today. Your four-legged friends are not just invited; they’re expected!

We hope these tips help you plan all of your upcoming dog-friendly vacations in Door County!

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  1. Holly says:

    The Thirsty Cow Taphouse (Baileys Harbor)has a dog friendly deck & grassy area


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