Activities For Dogs In Maine On Cold Days

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Introduction

Thinking there's not much to Maine on cold days? Well, that couldn't be farther from the truth. While most seaside towns shut down for the off-season, seaside states like Maine take pride in all things nautical year-round. Sure, things may slow down a bit, but that's just an invitation to take advantage of the longer operational hours of things like parks. Plus, there's plenty of warm places to hang out in, from stores, to quaint bistros, restaurants, and cafes, or even specialty pet shops. In other words, you can do more than just lie by the fire with the dog. Get out there and explore, all the while staying warm.

Visit Bark Harbor

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Cold Day
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1 hr
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Bark Harbor is a cute, small pet boutique that carries collars, leashes, toys, treats, and even interesting choices for cats. Of course, their Maine-themed selection includes lobster print collars, leashes and more. They even have seasonal clothing, so you can rest assured your dog won't freeze during your cold weather adventures! So hop on in, get yourself a Bark Harbor mug, and get your best friend something to remember Maine by! They now have a bakery and it has the most adorable selection of goodies you've ever seen. There are dog-shaped biscuits, happy birthday bones, and even macaroons for dogs. Pawsome!
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Make a grocery list
Before going to Bark Harbor, it may be a good idea to make a grocery list. There is so much to choose from in the small boutique, that it's easy to get sidetracked. So, a list should keep you on target. Think about what your pet needs. Is it a new toy, a new bag of food, a birthday treat, or a coat for the cold weather?
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Prepare for the unexpected
Because the pet boutique caters to so many cats and dogs, don't be surprised if you bump into a few in the store. Although all on a leash, it's still something to keep in mind if your dog tends to have problems getting along with other dogs, or is a bit shy and nervous. Another thing to keep in mind is to set a budget. The boutique has a lot to offer, and there are several price ranges, but you're bound to find a few things you weren't expecting to purchase. So, be kind to your wallet and set a budget!
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Enjoy!
Now that you're ready, head on over to Bark Harbor! It's on Main Street, and it's small, but packed with a great selection of things for your best friend. It opens daily at 9 am, so you still have time to swing by a coffee shop on your way to the pet shop. One thing to consider getting for sure is the Acadia's Favs Medium Box of treats, which runs around $24.95. A little on the pricey side for dog treats, but these are all amazing to look at, and are handmade. They look tasty, but remember, they're dog treats!
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Winterport Winery

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Cold Day
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1 hr
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Looking for a place to hang out on a cold Maine day? Wishing you could warm up with a boozy drink, but don't want to leave the dog behind?  Well, that's where Winterport Winery comes in. As long as your dog is well-behaved and on a leash, that is! This wonderful place is a bit classy, but welcoming to all. Expect to lounge for about an hour, savoring some local brews, and making light conversation with the bartender and friendly locals. Your dog will be fine taking a nap on the floor by your feet, in a nice warm room, away from the cold! It's a win-win.
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Call the ahead of time
Even though dogs are allowed at Winterport Winery, and there is no mention of having to call ahead of time, it's always a good idea to call and inquire about dogs. You never know when their pet policy will change, so consider this a way to clear any doubts. After all, you want to drink in peace!
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Prepare for the visit
Make sure you have everything you need for your trip to Winterport Winery. That probably includes a leash for the dog, your wallet, phone in case of emergencies, and of course, your car keys. Bring anything else you may need, such as doggy waste bags, a light snack, or dog treats.
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Enjoy!
Once you're at the winery, take a look around, making sure your dog is on the leash. Select what you're going to drink and grab a seat. Ideally, you want the dog with you at all times, so encourage a nap by your feet. Just don't forget the dog is there, and be aware of signals that may mean they have had enough and it is time to move on!
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Maine Coast Book Shop & Cafe

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Cold Day
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1 hr
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The Maine Coast Book Shop & Cafe is well-known in Damariscotta, ME. And what's more, is that well behaved dogs are always welcome inside! There's even a water dish outside for thirsty pooches.This shop has 4.5 stars out of 5 for ratings in popularity and everyone from locals to tourists love it. Food is cheap, and you can get breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even takeout from here. There's outdoor seating on the porch entrance, and there's row after row of books old and new to choose from. In other words, if you're looking for a quiet, warm place to read, grab a bite, and hang out with your dog, this is it.
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Research the excursion
Because there's plenty of food and book options at the Maine Coast Book Shop & Cafe, it's a good idea to make a shopping list. Maybe you've been meaning to read a certain title? Maybe you're wondering whether a particular author has another book out already? It's not a bad idea to take a look at the cafe menu before you head out either. Although you can certainly look and order once you're there, it helps to get an idea of what to expect when you go. This is a great idea if you're watching your figure, and want to make sure you're not overdoing it on calories for the day. As well, your pup won't need to stand in line too long while you make your selection.
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Enjoy!
Remember, your dog absolutely must be on a leash, but aside from that, you're just fine. Don't push your dog onto other people, and don't let your dog sniff or meddle into other's affairs. Instead, look around the shop and see what you can find of interest. Maybe there's a book on dogs, or maybe a book you've long since lost is available. Maybe you can't really find anything, but you did see a tasty sandwich on the cafe menu? Be sure to share a bite!
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Visit Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters

This Maine retailer sells items for cats, dogs, and humans alike. It gets five star reviews across the board, and some of the common notes about the place are that staff are friendly and welcoming, there's a great selection of items in-store, and they have a cute selection of locally made treats to choose from too. For dogs, they have food, collars, gear, grooming items, harnesses, health supplies, leashes, toys and treats. And of course, a lot of their selection is nautical in theme, so they have sea creature squeak toys, pufferfish and whale stuffed toys, crunchy cod skins (yes, cod, like the fish), and more. They even bake dog birthday cakes!

Visit Boothbay Railway Village

Ride on the authentic steam and diesel train, tour a vintage village, and see over 60 automobiles and model railroads. Dogs are allowed everywhere, including the train and the buildings, as long as they're on a leash. Note, it will be cold, but as long as you both wrap up in coats and outerwear, it should be fine and comfortable. This is in large part because the park closes October 15th all the way to May 25th of the following year. So it's really only open for spring, summer, and the early fall, making it light coat weather. Cold, but not unbearable.

Conclusion

Well, there you have it, five pawesome activities you can do with your best friend even on a cold day in Maine. This beautiful seaside state has a lot going on, even during its off-season, so don't be fooled. From eateries to sightseeing, you and your best buddy will find plenty to do to keep you entertained no matter what the temperature!