Lee is a humble former mill town nestled among the verdant forests of the Berkshire Hills. This mountainous area is so lovely that it was listed as one of the “200 Last Great Places” by The Nature Conservancy. The surrounding cities are more popular with tourists, but the laid-back atmosphere of Lee is what gives this town its charm. This down-to-earth quality extends to the four-legged vacationers as well, with a magnificent national forest, a caring hometown vet, and many restaurants catering to dog families.
Lee is home to the largest forest in Massachusetts, the 16,000-acre October Mountain State Forest. This park is sure to get you and your pooch moving, with more than 14 dog-friendly hiking trails for all experience levels! October Mountain has plenty of facilities for those who anticipate a longer stay, including campgrounds, R.V. sites, and picnic areas with grills!
All that walking is sure to work up an appetite, so swap out your hiking clothes for some evening attire and head over to the dog-friendly patio at Cork and Hearth! This European eatery will have both your mouths watering with dishes like chicken almondine, wild mushroom ravioli, and filet mignon au poivre. Even Wolfgang Pup would be impressed!
We hope your pooch has high hopes for Mount Greylock State Preserve because there is nowhere to go but up! Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts, with a peak that allows sightseers to see up to 90 miles away! The park boasts 50 miles of trails with plenty of foliage and wildlife to see. The best part is your leashed pups can accompany you every step of the way! Besides the magnificent natural formations, there are also several beautiful man-made structures as well, like the Veterans Memorial Tower and the Bascom Lodge! No matter if your canine is a high-impact adventurer or a laid-back bird-watcher, there is something for both of you at Mount Greylock!
Eight miles from Lee lies Monument Mountain, a natural wonder that has drawn writers and artists to the Berkshires for two centuries. The trails that lead up the summit are strenuous, but keep pawing on -- the views at the top are so worth it! There are three trails to choose from, but the one with the best viewpoint is the 0.62-mile Squaw Peak trail. The hike is so much better when you have loved ones to share it with, but make sure you keep an eye on your two- and four-legged kiddos during your ascent because the cliffs are very steep!
Leash up your shaggy sommelier and head over to Les Trois Emme Winery for a taste of the finer things in life. Les Trois Emme means “the three M’s” in French and is a tribute to the first three granddaughters of the owners. For just $8 per human, you can tour the winery and vineyard and learn all about the art of winemaking! If a tour isn’t your terrier's taste, then enjoy a glass of their famous pumpkin wine in the gazebo that overlooks the vineyard. A visit here is the perfect excuse to relax and smell the undertones! Don't fur-get those waste baggies.
Main Street in Lee is one of the most happenin’ spots in town for doggos! This street is great for walks, with tons of historic buildings to admire along your way. A stop here would not be complete without a trip to Meow and Growl, the local pet store. This adorable shop has a vast inventory of nutritious dog foods, treats, toys, and accessories. They even have a do-it-yourself dog grooming station; the best part is they clean up the mess! Pooches in need of a hearty breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up should stop by the Starving Artist Café and Creperie. The cafe has an ever-changing menu suitable for any doggy's dietary needs. They even have vegan and gluten-free options! But don’t you worry, meat-eaters, there is plenty of goodies for you too!