There are two things in abundance — lakefront views and pet-friendliness — in the community of Boyne City, Michigan! Residents enjoy 11 miles of lake frontage alongside the eastern shore of Lake Charlevoix, which flows from Lake Michigan. Whether you love lounging with your dog out on the beach or hopping on a boat so Fido can feel the wind in his face, "fur-ollowers" of lakeshore living have found a haven here in Boyne City! Downtown Boyne City offers quick access to great restaurants, eclectic gift shops and boutiques, and art galleries. This and much more makes Boyne City rate "fur-st" in cities to live in or visit with your dogs!
Dog owners love living in Boyne City! Fido has everything he needs, including a veterinary hospital, 2 pet groomers, and a pet shop within the 4.5 square miles of the city limits. On top of the water activities you can do on the lake, there are also 10 city-owned parks to choose from, with one of them fenced-off for dogs to get the "opppawtunity" to take their leashes off to play! If you like going out to dinner with your doggo, there are 4 pet-friendly restaurants with outside seating areas set aside for pups. In the northern pockets of the city, you'll also find two hiking trails to enjoy — the Avalanche Preserve Trail & Boyne Mountain Trail. There is truly a pet haven in Boyne City!
Does your dog get his leash out with the specific demand to go to the beach? If so, Young State Park is pawfect for you! Nestled along Lake Charlevoix, you and Fido can swim along the shoreline, eat at the picnic area, or rent out 1 of the 3 cabins available in the park. Your dog will get the best of all worlds with grassy fields to play in alongside the dazzling white sand of the beach. Dogs are allowed at Young State Park but must be leashed during their stay. If you get hungry while visiting, you can always head over to the concession stand for a snack for both species!
Does your doggie consider themselves gourmands and know all the hot spots to eat? If you live off Lake Street in the downtown area of Boyne City, you have options. If you want to get drinks with your meal, you and Fido can head over to Boyne City Tap Room. Here, you can order delicious entrees like grilled Mahi Mahi tacos, loaded mac n' cheese, or the black bean veggie burger! The Tap Room has a happy hour with beer and cocktails too! If you're craving a burger, the best pet-friendly place to visit is Thick N' Juicy Diner, which is modeled after the 1950s. This burger joint serves up burgers like The Ring of Fire, The Fonz, and The Cali Burger! Fido will be begging for some fries as a treat!
Does your dog's favorite pastime involve doggie paddling in the shallows at the beach? If you live near Glenwood beach, your pup can go paddling anytime! Leashed dogs are welcome here, and the shallow waters are great for the pooches. If your dog just has to get their collar off, you can also take them a little further east into the neighborhood to The Ridge Run Dog Park. Ridge Run has two plots of fenced-off land with designated play areas for big and small dogs to run and play with the leash off! The park's open all year long, so when it gets too cold to visit the beach, you can always head to Ridge Run for some wintertime exercise for Fido!
Does your dog love the flavors of South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico cooked up at a single restaurant? If your dog's lucky enough to live off of Front Street, you two can visit the Red Mesa Grill, which specializes in these diverse flavors usually found south of the border! Your "furritto" can hang out with you in the outside seating area while you chow down on entrees like the Tequila & Lime Marinated Fajitas, the 3 Grouper Taco Platter, or the Shrimp Chorizo Twister. There's live music and daily happy hours on top of the Tequila 180 Club, which samples 180 "dif-fur-rent" tequilas! Bone Appetit!
Does your dog enjoy cooling off by waiting for some of your ice cream cone to drip to the floor? Fido's always in position for accidental table scraps! If you live off Water Street, you can walk over to the Parkside Grill & Treats, where you can get a sweet treat or a savory meal with Fido! Parkside serves 24 flavors of soft-serve ice cream in dipped waffle cones. Also on the sweet side are whiteouts that come in flavors like Banana Split, German Chocolate, and Mud Pie. If you're looking for something savory, Parkside also serves burgers, wraps, and baskets! Fido's got the hankering for "whatevfur" you'll order!