The agrarian charm goes hand-in-hand with pet-friendliness in the quiet yet charming town of Granville, Massachusetts. With a rural demographic, the number of four-legged citizens is proportionate with the number of two-legged ones. Yes, the doggos love living in Granville! The town's streets are a great place to walk Fido. You can take a stroll through the village center, old center, and West Granville Center — all historic districts. Many of the buildings are hundreds of years old. You can even take a trip to the Old Country Store for their famous cellar-aged cheese. Walking down Route 57 — the main road through town — is a bridge to the past!
Pet parents love living in Granville with their pups. The natural scenery and big, open spaces provide an excellent place for dogs to explore. There are dozens of veterinarians, pet shops, and groomers in the greater Granville area. Dog owners also love taking their dogs to the pet-friendly restaurants in town. Fido can always take a seat next to you while you dine in the outside seating area. The town also has amazing fruit orchards where you can pick fresh peaches, apples, and wild blueberries. On top of all this, there are local state forests with trails through the woods where you can walk your dog on-leash through the natural scenery.
Does your dog like hunting for mysterious species that only exist in folklore? Your dog would love living in the North Granville part of town, just minutes from Cobble Mountain Reservoir where you might catch a sighting of Bigfoot! Locals often swap stories of different sightings of this elusive mythical creature in the area around the reservoir. Even if you don't see Bigfoot, it's a beautiful area to hike with your dog! Afterwards, you can head into town to visit the Granville Country Store. You can find all kinds of antiquities and novelty items in the store, including their infamous cellar-aged cheese.
Does your dog like the peaceful quiet areas in the deep woods? If you live in the Central Granville part of town, you head into the Granville State Forest. Across the 2,426 acres, you'll find hiking trails, areas to hunt, and ponds to fish in. And, when it's snowing, there are even cross-country skiing areas and snowshoeing trails! Fido is more than welcome in the Granville State Forest and can walk about on his leash sniffing out the white oak trees.
Does your dog like to hang out at the local joint to get pets and earn treats from the whole neighborhood? Then The Summer House in the East Granville part of town is definitely going to be his local hangout. The Summer House is primarily an ice cream shop that sells classic flavors of the frozen dessert like Moose Tracks and Rainbow Sherbet. They also have special flavors like Triple Chocolate Bliss and Milky Way. If you're in the mood for savory eats, then you can order burgers, wraps, and sandwiches from the regular menu. Fido can hang out for all the excitement with you!
Does your dog like to herd other animals? If your dog thinks he's a cattle herder, then you can take him Gran-Val Scoop to see the animals on the farm at this ice cream shop that has been in Granville since 1903! The Gran-Val Scoop has a petting zoo where your children, both four-legged and two, can see all the farm animals. They have cows, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, horses, goats, and more! You can also meet the farm dog, Angie. Angie is a Labrador Retriever who watches over all the animals at the historic Gran-Val, and she'll love your dog too!
Does your dog love to pitch a tent and go camping? If your pup is at home in the wilderness, then the 4,415-acre Tolland State Forest is the spot for him. The forest has 92 camping sites with easy access to boating, fishing, hiking trails, and scenic picnic areas. The Otis Reservoir lake has plenty of bass and trout for the anglers and their dogs to fish out. Hunters can find turkey, bears, and deer during their respective seasons. Strap on Fido's leash and grab your hiking boots!