Cliff Island is a tiny island community with less than a hundred full-time residents. This rustic northeastern community, however, is still technically part of the large city of Portland. This means Cliff Island, a seemingly remote community, is near many coastal amenities -- including about fifteen vet clinics within twenty miles.
One of the most iconic locations in all of Maine, the Portland Head Lighthouse is more than just a photo opportunity. This gorgeous, historic lighthouse is surrounded by a dog-friendly park and even walking trails; it’s also a fantastic place for a picnic. Also in Portland is Congress Square Park, which is newly dog-friendly! This park is known for its free Wi-Fi and live music.
The Mackworth Island Trail is a gorgeous coastal walking trail in Falmouth. Because the trail is maintained by the state, it’s always clean and has plenty of seating for you and Fido to take in those gorgeous ocean views. Leashed pups are welcome to join their owners on this scenic, 1.25 mile hike.
There are also a few dog-friendly restaurants near Cliff Island -- the two most prominent being Erica’s Seafood and the Salt Cod Cafe. Both coastal restaurants are top-rated for their excellent seafood, so visit them for an authentic Maine crab or lobster roll!
North Deering is a neighborhood of Portland. It is approximately ten miles west of Cliff Island. Quarry Dog Park is located at 1026 Ocean Avenue. This dog park has seven acres of fenced land for dogs to play off leash. There is a smaller enclosure for small dogs. This dog park does not provide water or waste bags, so be sure to bring your own. Here, Fido will have a multitude of different terrains to explore, including dirt trails and large grassy areas. Human companions have a small shelter for protection from the elements while their pup runs off-leash. There’s also a teepee for dogs to sniff and check out! The dog park is open from 6:30 a.m to 10 p.m.
Eastern Promenade is a neighborhood about ten miles west of Cliff Island. This neighborhood has many activities and places for a person with a pup. The Eastern Promenade Park is a 68-acre area on the Casco Bay and Portland Harbor. This park is dog-friendly with dedicated off-leash trails that wind around the water’s edge. Access is located at 86 Eastern Promenade. There are no fences in this park. After a romp along the Bay, a person and dog may get a bite to eat at East Ender located at 47 Middle Street. This restaurant has a couple of outdoor tables ready to seat you and your pup for lunch or dinner.
Western Promenade is a neighborhood about ten miles west of Cliff Island. This neighborhood has many activities and places to go that welcome dogs. Valley Dog Park is located at 162 Valley Neighborhood. Valley Dog Park is a fully fenced enclosure for all dogs to run and play off-leash. There is water available. A sheltered bench gives the human companions of place for some shade and protection from the weather. This dog park has only a single enclosure; there isn’t a separate area for small dogs, so be mindful of that. The ground on this dog park is natural terrain with a few large rocks for the dogs to climb on. The dog park is open 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.
Downtown Portland is about ten miles from Cliff Island. This Fido-friendly neighborhood welcomes a person and pup with many places to visit. Need somewhere to stay during your time in Maine? The Residence Inn by Marriott is located at 127 Fore Street. This dog-friendly hotel allows two dogs of any size to stay for an additional charge of $100. Westin Portland Harborview is located at 157 High Street. This hotel accepts two dogs of no more than 50 lbs for no additional fee. The Standard Baking Co., located at 75 Commercial Street, sells its many kinds of bread and is dog-friendly. The bakery has a couple outdoor tables for a person with a pup. This establishment even has treats on hand for the visiting dogs!
Rosemont is a neighborhood that is ten miles west of Cliff Island. Rosemont has plenty of activities for its dogs. Capisic Pond Park is located at 1 Macy Street. This small park has trails for dogs to walk off-leash and get some sniffs of nature. The pond itself contains a lot of vegetation and is not good for swimming. The park provides waste bags, but drinking water is not available on-site. Baxter Woods Park, located at 555 Stevens Avenue, gives a person and their dog an opportunity to take a walk in the forest. Dogs must stay on leash while exploring the designated trails of the park.