Maggie Mae and her canine friends find that Portland Maine is a city that welcomes them and makes them feel at home--even if they're just visiting. This is another in our reports on a weekend getaway to this city two hours North of Boston.
From the very fabulous "Fetch" store for pets, to our favorite coffee shop, Portland Coffee Roasters, Maggie was invited in with us. She strolled through gourmet shops, kitchenware, bakeries and gift stores.
Casco Bay Lines' ferries post animal fares on their schedule and simply ask for good behavior and a leash. This means you don't have to leave your companion in the hotel room while you explore the Islands or spend a few hours on the water.
The city has worked hard to recognize the recreational needs of those who choose to spend their leisure time with dogs. They have a page on the city site with the areas where you can have your dog on a long leash or off leash and under voice control.
If your getaways include a well-behaved canine companion, consider a trip to Portland. If Amtrak allowed dogs onboard, it would be a regular run for us. But, even though we're forced to rent a car, we make it to Portland at least once a year.
In our next report, we'll to tell you about Portland's other great attraction for us- excellent restaurants and fabulous food.
Down East Magazine is a perfect way to prepare for a trip to Maine or to keep up with what's happening in Maine if it's one of your favorite vacation spots.
(Photo: © 2009 Penny Cherubino)
Other posts in this series:
Fetch - 195 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
Here's the Yelp on Fetch. We're not the only ones who love it.
Portland Coffee Roasters - 111 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine
Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal - 56 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine