The Village of Burdett lies in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, about 30 minutes west of Ithaca. What Burdett lacks in parks, it makes up for in pooch-friendly wineries and vineyards, being part of the well-regarded Seneca Lake Wine Trail. The village also has one veterinary clinic to serve the needs of its canine residents and tourists.
The Finger Lakes National Forest is the only national forest in the state, tucked between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes, and covering 16,259 acres in Seneca and Schuyler Counties. Adventurous puppers will go crazy over the forest's 30 miles of interconnecting trails that traverse woodlands, ravines, pastures, and gorges. One of the most pawpular is the Finger Lakes Trail, an easy 7.4-mile, out-and-back trail that features a lake and several spots to set up camp. Always keep Fido on a leash and carry out any trash that you bring in.
Stop by Berta's Cafe on your way to the Finger Lakes National Forest to make sure that you and Fido are ready for adventure. This furiendly cafe and bakery has a covered patio that welcomes four-legged customers. Berta's takes pride in preparing almost everything from scratch in their kitchen, and serves vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.
Visit Burdett for a doggone good time with Fido!
The northern side of Burdett is dotted with wineries that belong to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. The best part is, most of them are dog-friendly, so you can bring your pooch along as you taste some pawtastic wines! Known for their reds and fruit wines, the Silver Springs Winery is run by wine and dog lovers, with their own pup helping tend the store. Another spot to check out is the Atwater Estate Vineyards, where you can enjoy unobstructed views of Seneca Lake with Fido while sipping wine at their outdoor tasting area. For pooch-friendly accommodations near the wine trail, head over to Seneca Sol. This luxury campsite is tucked away in a secluded forest, but still offers modern-day comforts.
Located about 7 miles northeast of Burdett along the eastern shoreline of Seneca Lake, the Smith Memorial Park in neighboring Hector is a puptastic place to go camping with your best friend. Boasting over 2,300 feet of lake frontage, this community waterfront park features a swimming beach, a boat launch, picnic pavilions, nature trails, and camping facilities. Explore the expansive park with Fido by tackling the trails that meander among 200-year-old trees and various wildlife, then cap off the day by having a relaxing picnic on the water. Note that park rules require dogs to be leashed and attended to at all times.
Can't get enough of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail? Head up 7 miles north of Burdett and continue your wine adventure in Hector, which is also home to many Fido-friendly vineyards and wineries. One such place is the Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, which has been around for more than 150 years. Try their famous Red Cat wine, served with free popcorn, at their outdoor seating area. Just a couple of minutes away is the Leidenfrost Vineyards, which was one of the first wineries in the area to feature a wide range of dry reds. Head straight to the spacious deck in the back for a puptastic view of Seneca Lake!
Situated on the southern tip of Seneca Lake, the Lakeside Park in nearby Watkins Glen is a woofderful place to spend a beautiful afternoon with your canine companion. A pawpular site for weddings and events, this 35-acre park features grassy open fields, tall trees, playgrounds, a 150-person pavilion, a sandy beach, and lakeside picnic areas with lovely views. Boat launch facilities are also available on-site, so you and Fido can go paddling in the lake as well. Whether you and your pooch stay on land or venture out into the water, the Lakeside Park is definitely worth the 4-minute drive from Burdett.
Head down 4 miles south of Burdett and escape to nature at the Catharine Creek Wildlife Management Area in Watkins Glen. This marsh complex, which was formed due to the sedimentation and manipulation of the lake level, is home to a variety of wildlife, including 64 bird species and 29 fish species. To explore the area with Fido, proceed to the Catharine Valley Trail, a 4-mile, out-and-back trail that stretches from Watkins Glen to Montour Falls. The trail offers an easy hike next to the Barge Canal, with beautiful wildflowers along the way. Remember to keep your pooch on a leash at all times, and pack out what you pack in.