Activities For Dogs In Rhode Island On Cold Days

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Introduction

Rhode Island might be best known for being small, but that doesn't prevent it from having big winters. While it doesn't get as much snow as some of its more mountainous neighbors, it still gets just as cold as anywhere else nearby and because of it, threatens to keep residents, visitors and their dogs inside and away from the often biting winds. But staying indoors isn't the only way to beat the New England chill. There are plenty of opportunities to balance outdoor adventures with staying warm, comfortable and dry inside. So if you need some ideas on how to tolerate winters in the Ocean State, you've come to the right place.

New Take on Newport

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Cold Day
Moderate
Easy
1 - 3 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Activity description
Between the sprawling mansions, classic New England vibe and gorgeous beaches, there's little wonder why Newport is a popular spot for tourists most seasons out of the year. Unsurprisingly, winter is not one of them. But that doesn't mean there isn't anything to do there either. If you don't need to tan on a beach or walk around in shorts, winter is actually a great time to take in the cozy coastal culture, as long as you don't mind bundling up a bit. You'll get to avoid most of the area's tourists, get to take advantage of off-season pricing on accommodations and see a side of the city that only true locals get to experience.
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To play and stay
If you're a Rhode Island resident, chances are you can make it home from Newport within about an hour, so there may be no need for you to pay to stay. However, if you're from out of state or really just want a change of scenery, start by finding a nice dog-friendly place to stay. Sites like Airbnb are great places to secure a spot that's immersed in the city, its people and culture. There are colonials, beach-houses and regular old rented out homes (plus dog-friendly hotels) to check out, many of which will help cement the New England feel, so you have plenty of options. Even one night can be enough to feel like a mini vacation.
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Tour de jour
If you're looking to largely stay out of the cold, consider booking a tour with Newport Tour & Guide. Their private, dog-friendly driving tours are completely customizable, so if you want to learn some history you can. If you want to try out some classic dishes, you can do that too. Some locations will allow dogs inside, but for those that don't, you can leave your dog with the experienced and caring staff while you check out any dog-free zones. If that's not appealing, you can customize your trip to be 100% dog-friendly as well. Pricing varies on the length and depth of the tour, so it's not always cheap, but it's a great personalized way to learn about the historic city.
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Winter walks
For those looking to save money but still wanting find something new to do or see, there are several places around town worth checking out. Just a few minutes East of the city is Sachuest Beach, which normally restricts dogs during the touristy season but is wide open in terms of both day and time otherwise, which is anytime after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. There is also a cliff walk with beautiful views on the Eastern edge of town that provides about 45 minutes of walking one way as well as Fort Adams State Park, which includes a large open space, more walking paths and even tours of the buildings on site as well, up until January 1st.
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New England Yankee Pot Roast

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Cold Day
Cheap
Easy
4 hrs
Items needed
Two Dutch Ovens (or similar)
Top Round or Chuck Roast (5 lb)
Salt & Pepper
Vegetable Oil (2 tablespoons)
Red Wine (1 cup)
Onion (1 large)
Carrots (2 large)
Celery (6 ribs)
Garlic (4 cloves)
Beef Stock (1 cup)
Activity description
When the weather gets particularly brutal, sometimes it's not even worth trying to brave the cold and snow. But that doesn't mean you can't come up with something fun to do inside. One of the best ways to appreciate the cold is from the comfort of a chair and a dog bed near the window with some delicious hot food and drinks nearby. For many New Englanders, it doesn't get much better than diving into a Yankee Pot Roast and the best part is, with a little editing, you can make it just as tasty and healthy for your dog as well. Between the beef, carrots, celery and the small amount of vegetable oil (which in small portions is actually great for their diet), you'll have a hot, tasty and easy-to-make meal perfect for winter that won't cost too much.
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Gather and prep
The first step you'll need to do is buy or gather the materials listed above. Then, you'll need to calculate how much of the meal you should allocate to your dog, depending on their size. This will also help you determine how much of each ingredient you'll need for each dish. Then, turn the oven to 325F and dice your vegetables to a medium size. Combine the carrots and celery but keep the onion separate. Slice your round or chuck roast into proper proportions for yourself and your dog. Season yours with salt and pepper but leave your dog's unseasoned (salt generally isn't good for them).
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Start the cook
Use each Dutch oven to heat the vegetable oil on high (split accordingly) and sear the cuts of meat on each side. Remove both roasts and deglaze only your roast's pan with red wine (don't use the full cup, use a proportionate amount to your cut size). Re-add both roasts to their respective pans and add all vegetables to yours, and just carrots and celery to theirs. Then pour in a proportionate amount of beef stock to each, cover and put them in the oven to roast. Depending on the size of the cuts, you may need to take one out before the other (general cooking time for the full roast is 3-4 hours, so less for each individual cut).
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Serve and eat
You can keep your vegetables whole if you choose (which is probably best for them) but you can also put yours and the juices into a food processor and turn it into a natural juice, or cook with flour to turn it into a gravy, depending on your preference (classic preparations seem to be split on which is most appropriate). When it's all cooled enough to eat, grab your dog's bowl, a plate for yourself and serve it. Then find a comfy spot with your dog near a window or throw on some music or the TV and enjoy your classic hot New England feast with your beast!
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Halloween Horror Tour

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Cold Day
Free
Easy
30 - 180 min
Items needed
Leash
Dog Bags
Activity description
Like most New England states, cold weather starts creeping into Rhode Island when the calendar turns to October, sending chills down spines just in time for Halloween. While they are a few scattered dog-centric holiday festivities nearby, many of them aren't within state lines and don't apply to our list. But that doesn't mean you can't make some Hallow's Eve fun of your own. We've got some unique spots you can read about and check out on your own. As long as you're respectful about the distance and doggy restrictions, you can see some pretty creepy spots right up close, all on the free and easy - or just take a tour and learn the dark and dirty secrets of historic Providence.
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Drool and ghouls
If you're okay spending a small amount of cash, considering signing up for one of Rhode Island's best tours: the Providence Ghost Tour. Not only is it perfect for chilly October weather, but it's quite entertaining, dog-friendly and even gets the pair of you some exercise (especially if it creeps you out enough to shiver). Make sure to reserve your tickets in advance and let them know you plan to bring your dog with you in case there are any restrictions or special details you should know beforehand.
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Abandoned
If there is anything more creepy than an abandoned spot, it's an abandoned amusement part taken over by nature with a chilly wind blowing through it. Just outside of Hopkinton there is exactly that. You should certainly be careful because there are no clear paths and nothing has been kept up or cleared for safety. There is another spot in Newport as well, this time the only remains of an epic mansion that used to exist seaside. After being destroyed by fire and then torn down, all that's left of the estate is a crumbling stable and carriage house. They are surrounded by a chain link fence and semi-frequently patrolled, but you won't need to get right on top of it to get the undoubtedly ominous feel.
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Grave graves
If you were ever a fan of creepy-crawly horror/sci-fi writer H.P. Lovecraft, there's a lot to love about Rhode Island, which is where the author spent much of his life. You can always walk past his home in Providence (which was used as a model for his story "The Haunter of the Dark") and the nearby parks he frequented for a taste of history, but if you want to get closer than ever before, you can visit his grave located in the Swan Point Cemetery. Etiquette wise, if you want to get up close, have a friend watch your dog or find a safe and respectful place to temporarily tie them up if you're comfortable. The same holds true if you plan to visit and even creepier grave: that of Mercy Brown, known as New England's last living vampire. The story behind her is ultimately creepy for both humans and the supernatural so we recommend for extra chills you read the story beforehand.
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Park Partners

If the weather is tolerable enough to be outside, take your dog to one of many of the state's designated dog-friendly trails or parks. There are numerous choices littered throughout the state and when dogs get holed up inside, they usually have a lot of energy to burn, making getting excise, on-leash or off, a great solution as long as you're both properly bundled.

Christmas Shopping

Although it's sometimes hard to find places to go out of the house that will still keep you warm inside, consider going holiday shopping. Plenty of big chain stores are dog-friendly if you know where to look. Just make sure to call ahead to find out that it's okay in advance.

Conclusion

Rhode Island may only have about 1,200 square miles of space, which may seem even more limited in winter, but that doesn't mean there's nothing left to explore once the calendar turns and the cold wind blows in. With any luck and our list, you now have some great ideas on how to spend your late fall and winter days, if not some inspiration on how to find your own fun to boot.