West Hartford is a small city located in Harford County, Connecticut, and just very well may be the pawfect place to live. In 2010, West Hartford was named one of the nation's “10 Greatest Cities for Raising Families” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. While its family friendly atmosphere may have gotten it fame, this town obviously loves its pups, as it is home to seven veterinarians that your dog can visit for a health checkup.
If your furry friend loves exploring the great outdoors, then be sure to check out one of the beautiful parks that West Hartford has to offer. Take a nice walk in Westmoor Park and let your pup explore the woodlands and meadows that surround him. Westmoor Park has numerous trails to hike, plus a big, open grassy field which is perfect for fetch.
If you both get hungry while on your adventure through West Hartford, then stop at one of the dog friendly restaurants where Fido can dine with you. The Corner Pug offers some tasty American classic food, while Grants Restaurant and Bar serves up amazing beverages and delicious desserts. These eateries have dog friendly patios and welcomes your pup to come eat with you.
If Your pup is in need of a little retail therapy, then be sure to stop into Toy Dog Accessories at the Beadoir. This pawsome doggie boutique makes handcrafted items just for your pooch, and welcomes your dog to shop with you as long as he behaves! Check out their sweaters, coats, ceramic treat jars and dog bowls, and other gift items. They even have sweaters to match those boasted by stylish dog parents. Their treats are specially baked and organic, plus you can get a birthday cake for your dog’s special day.
The Loomis Land neighborhood has a plethora of different dog friendly restaurants that you and Fido can visit together for a bite to eat. The Elbow Room has an American contemporary menu, while Cosi is a great place to stop in if you’re craving flatbreads made any way your heart desires. Both of these eateries have outdoor patios which are dog friendly, and love when Fido joins and people watches with you. Once you’re done eating, walk off those calories with a shopping trip to Hope and Stetson, where your dog can shop with you if he stays leashed.
Kennedy Park is a great spot to take your furry friend to for a nice walk or a good session of fetch. This pawsome park offers a picnic area, playground, pools, and a nice open field. If you and Fido want to have your own cookout ,then you’re more than welcome to bring your own grill and use the picnic area. The city does ask that you clean up after yourselves. Locals love the park and note that due to its popularity, it can become crowded. Make sure to bring water for your dog and clean-up bags.
If your pooch is up for a small drive, then head 10 miles out of West Hartford to the Mill Woods Park Dog Park in Wethersfield. This off-leash dog park has separate areas for large and small dogs, and includes benches, picnic tables, waste bag stations, and water stations for your dog to stay hydrated. If the weather starts getting too hot, there’s even shady areas that you and your pup can relax under to get cool. After a good day at the park, stop in to Panera and grab lunch, as they have a dog friendly patio and welcome your dog to join you.