Life is better with pets! Am I right? Banish sad puppy eyes as you head out the door by bringing the pup with you on your next getaway. The Capital-Saratoga Region is brimming pet-friendly patios, here are a few of our favorites.
12 Pet-Friendly Patios in the Capital-Saratoga Region
The French Press Cafe & Creperie
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Grab a coffee and indulge with a Monte Cristo Crepe or the Pear-way to Heaven with sliced pears, brie and prosciutto. Bring the pup, then wander over to Cider Belly Doughnuts for a fresh-doughnut dessert. The little walk is great for your pup and for working up another appetite. | info
Lakeside Tavern and Marina
Located on the shores of the Great Sacandaga Lake, this place is great after a long day on the water. Serving up Italian family recipes, steaks and seafood – your pup is sure to be drooling just as much as you are. They have a special area for dining with pets, so be sure to let them meet your little guy/gal before they seat you. | info
This is an authentic German Biergarten, located in Albany’s ever-popular Warehouse District and with two other locations in Troy andSchenectady – and they’re all pet-friendly! They specialize in German bier and wursts, with European soccer matches on TV. Cheer on your favorite team with Fido right by your side. | info
This spot blends vintage Spanish elements with a distinctive, contemporary spirit. With a delightful selection of charcuterie, cheeses, tapas and big plates for the hungry, this inventive restaurant leaves you feeling like you took your pup to Spain, not New York. | info
Olde English Pub & Pantry
With two locations, pets are welcome on either patio. Sit in the sun, or relax in the shade of these beautifully landscaped patios, and enjoy traditional pub fare in one of Albany’s most historic buildings. | info
Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday. Enjoy lively Mexican street food with it’s own flair on their colorful patio. Their menu is packed with options, but be sure to try one of their signature guacamoles. | info
Enjoy brunch or an All Day Breakfast Burger anytime on their quaint, beautifully landscaped patio. Lobster fans have to try their Lobster Bisque! There’s plenty of space for your and your pets to grab a drink, some food, and relax. | info
Dawn’s Victory Sports Cafe
Be close to the action! Dine on the patio with your pup and watch the game through the window. There are always specials and they have a mean happy hour. | info
Nostalgia Ale House & Wine Bar
Time travel with your pets, all the way back to when hearty meals were offered at every restaurant. With views of Saratoga Lake and live music on the weekends, this is a place both humans and furry friends are bound to enjoy. | info
For when nothing will do but beer (craft beer to be exact) and pizza! Enjoy an ale, and house made sauces and cheese atop a wonderfully blistered crust. I don’t know about you, but every dog I’ve ever met will do anything for a morsel of pizza, so they’ll love visiting Druther’s. | info
Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen
A fun, family-owned Korean-style quick service restaurant and marketplace where pets are welcome to enjoy the patio just like the humans. | info
Superior Merchandise Company
Here you’ll find a selection of carefully curated and well-made home goods and gifts, exceptional specialty coffee, craft beer and wine, plus a sunny back patio to enjoy them on with your pup! | info
Downtown Albany is currently hosting Downtown is Pawsome, a lovely placemaking exhibit featuring 20 statues of Albany’s most famous canine, Nipper. You can download a map and take your pup to visit them all. | infoOther Tips for Traveling with Pets!
1. Check with the hotel to be sure Fido is welcome there before you arrive.
2. Don’t forget the water bowl and food. If you forget your pets favorite food, having to buy a substitute can cause tummy issues and put a big damper on the getaway fun.
3. Cars are hot – do not leave your animals inside! Generally, it is 20 degrees hotter in your car than outside. It is dangerous to leave your pet unsupervised in the car, even for a quick errand.
4. Leashes are necessary. Many parks and patios welcome pets as long as they are on a leash. This protects other pets, kids, and travelers – so even if your dog is the type who never misbehaves, for the sake of the pups that may not be as well-trained, follow the leash rules.
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