Blue Point is a scenic hamlet in the town of Brookhaven, in Suffolk County, Long Island. Its origins date back as far as 1655. The name Blue Point is believed to have derived from the bluish haze that settles over the piece of land extending into the bay. In 1752, Humphrey Avery, from Connecticut, purchased what is now Blue Point and Patchogue, for 2,600 pounds (about $6,000 in today's money – now that’s what you call a bargain!).
If the name “Blue Point” sounds familiar, then chances are you may have tasted the world-famous Blue Point Oysters. In 1815, Joseph Avery (son of Humphrey) planted some oyster seeds in the bay off Blue Point. The resulting oysters became hugely popular, and would eventually go on to gain worldwide recognition. Indeed, soon all oysters in the bay came to be called Blue Points.
When the railroad came through Blue Point in 1869, Blue Point became a very popular summer resort, and it’s not hard to see why, with its fabulous shoreline. It’s also the pawfect place to vacation with a dog, as it's home to a groomer and veterinary hospital. If you’re planning on spending a few days in the area, then the La Quinta Inn & Suites in nearby Bohemia is a pet-friendly option, where one pet of any size, or two pets up to 50 lbs, is welcome for no additional fee.
A little further down the Long Island shoreline is Gardiner County Park in West Bay Shore. This land was originally owned by the Gardiner family, Suffolk's first non-native landowners, and is now a 231 acre nature-oriented public park. The park has a great reputation as a dog-friendly spot (pardon the pun!). The park has lots of trails for you and your pooch to explore. One trail leads down to the beach where you can catch a fabulous view of the Fire Island Lighthouse; other trails bring you through the woods, and there are benches all along the route. The park also has a playground, picnic tables, and a pond.
Stump Pond Loop Trail is a 4.5-mile hike in Blydenburgh County Park that takes in some beautiful scenery as you and your pooch make your way through forests and around a freshwater pond. The hike takes about 2 hours to complete. This is quite an easy hike and is suitable for all ages and abilities, and is especially good for beginners (whether human or canine!) The park is very well-maintained and has some wonderful scenic views and lots of wildlife. Be aware that horses also share this trail at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, and dogs must be leashed.
If you’re looking for somewhere to let the pooch go off-leash and run like crazy, then the Mud Creek Dog Park is perfect for you. There’s lots of space for Spot to explore to his heart’s content at this beachfront park. Just keep an eye on your pet because the park has only natural boundaries. Also, there are no water facilities on the beach, so don’t forget to bring water. And while you’re in Patchogue, why not pay a visit to the Blue Point Brewery? In operation for nearly 20 years, Blue Point’s craft beers have an award-winning pedigree. Leashed dogs are welcome inside the tasting room and outside.
Blydenburgh County Park is a massive 627-acre park located at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River. Wander through its forests and valleys and make your way to Stump Pond, a man-made lake that was created at the turn of the century. And there’s also a dog park! The dog park is made up of 2 acres that include a fenced dog run for large dogs and a separate area for smaller dogs. Each section is double-gated for safety and includes a drinking fountain. You can also take your pooch for a hike along the trails, and to the pond for a swim (for your doggie – not you!). The park is open year-round from 8:00 am to sunset.
“Meet and eat in Flo's Famous Luncheonette,” reads the sign, and that’s what people have been doing in Blue Point for over 90 years. (And they have some fabulous photographs to prove it!) Flo’s serves just about everything you could want from a classic American diner, from burgers and hot dogs to sandwiches, wraps, salads, and shakes. And, of course, given the location, there’s plenty of seafood on offer too, from lobster rolls to baked clams. And the best part is you get to bring the pooch along and sit at the dog-friendly picnic tables outside.