Montvale is a borough in Bergen County, featuring a mix of residential and commercial neighborhoods. It’s ringed by communities that are home to parks and hiking trails that are sure to please dog lovers and their canine companions. It’s also a great place to grab a meal with your furry bestie in one of Montvale’s dog-friendly restaurants, like Bellissimo.
Bellissimo boasts a large patio where Fido can join you for lunch or dinner in the Italian style: classic entrees, soups, pasta and more. Veal, chicken, steaks and seafood are on the menu, all served creatively and affordably. What a treat it would be if you shared with the pup!
Another dog-friendly restaurant in Montvale is Food Evolution, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. They serve up vegan options alongside burgers with a choice of beef, turkey, veggie or chicken patty. Their ingredients are organic and there’s certain to be something for both of you to enjoy!
Should your fur-baby need medical attention for an unexpected illness or injury while in the area, be aware that there are three animal hospitals in Montvale and neighboring Park Ridge, with veterinarians and staff ready to get her up and wagging in no time!
Whether you live in or near Montvale, or are visiting, there is a lot on offer here for you and your pooch, and it’s all pawsome!
Westwood is a borough just 4 miles from Montvale. Its Borough Center neighborhood is host to Westvale Park, a place the whole family will enjoy, including the fur-baby! The park features baseball, soccer, and football fields, plus a playground for the tots. There are miles of paved walking paths perfect for strolls with Fido in tow, and they are paved so the strollers, bikes and trikes are welcome, too! This park also features a dog park with separate large and small dog runs, and connects via a walking path to dog-friendly Pascack Brook Park, 79 acres of paved pathways, a lake for fishing or just relaxing nearby, and picnic areas including a covered pavilion. Come for an hour, or for a whole day! Woofderful!
Harrington Park lies about 5 miles south of Montvale, and is home to the dog-friendly 32-acre Pondside Park. This park boasts a large pond that is visited by ducks and geese, and is open for fishing. The pond has a wooded walking trail around it that affords a lovely view of the serene water, and a bridge over the stream that feeds the pond. There is even a bench swing for walkers and their pups who want to take a breather. The park provides fitness stations along the trail for stretching and focused exercised while you walk. Your pooch can join you for a casual picnic lunch at the area near the pond, or throw down a blanket on the vast grassy area and take a snooze after lunch. This park will delight you and Fido, too!
This small town is just south and west of Harrington Park, on the Oradell Reservoir. Emerson Woods, a large preserve here, is 19 acres in the watershed area surrounding the reservoir. The preserve consists of forest and wetlands with wooded trails, and it welcomes dogs, on leash. There are 3 ponds and 2 trails through and around the wetlands. The main trail is approximately .5 mile, and it has entry points at the main entrance off Main Street as well as the South entry, where you’ll also find a parking lot. Fido will enjoy using his senses to detect some of the wildlife living within the park, and you will see lots of it! From waterfowl to small mammals to deer, this is definitely a park to explore!
Park Ridge is another dog-friendly neighboring community of Montvale. The Borough Center contains Atkins Glen, a park that surrounds the actual Glen, a deep ravine through which runs Bear Brook. The constant rush and flow of water is a restful backdrop to the woods and trails of Atkins Glen, where you and your leashed fur buddy can walk. Multiple species of birds and other wildlife are on view here, particularly during the spring and fall migratory seasons. In the warmer summer, Fido will love walking through the brook and lapping up some of the cool water. In the winter, a still hush comes over the Glen, but it is still an inviting spot for a quiet walk in nature. This is a must-do walk for you and your canine friend!