Dogs. They’re not just man’s best friend, they’re all of our best friends and members of our families so as the summer winds down, of course you want to soak it in with the members of your two-legged and four-legged crews. Several dog-friendly Long Island establishments are with you on that one. It seems like more and more, local events and favorites are rolling out the welcome mats for pooches. Sit out on the lawn at a winery and you’ll likely see several dogs basking in the sun as their humans taste and sip, and some of Long Island’s gorgeous beaches allow dogs to swim and sunbathe. Kathy Grayson, owner of New York City gallery The Hole, even showed up to Market Art + Design with her cultured pup whose adorable mug may or may not have upstaged her colorful hair. Market Art + Design has come and gone, but there are plenty of other chances to tour Long Island with your dog in tow. Pack up the car. It’s time for one last summer of 2015 hurrah.
Canine Classic at Borghese
You know your dog is top dog, now prove it to everyone else on Aug. 16 at the Castello di Borghese’s Canine Classic. While you’re at it, have a flight of award-winning wines at the North Fork’s first vineyard and enjoy plates of food from Noah’s food truck. Canines for Companions will be making presentations.
Notes: Dogs must be leashed and up to date on vaccinations.
Let your dog frolic in the gigantic backyard of an 80,000-square-foot century-old medieval French chateau Gold Coast mansion. During the adventure, take in beautiful waterfront views on the estate that is home to the Museum of Long Island’s Gold Coast.
Notes: Dogs must be leashed.
Gardiner County Park
One of New York’s dog friendliest beaches, pups can take a dip in the water or lie next to you as you finish your summer reading list. Is your dog more of a hiker than a swimmer? The park has more than 230 nature trails for the two of you to explore together. There are even canine loops and drinking water just for dogs. Feel free to brown bag it because dogs are allowed in the picnic, playground and gazebo areas.
Notes: Dogs must be on a leash.
Lavender by the Bay
7540 Main Road, East Marion
Talk about the best kind of sensory overload for you and your pup. Walk through 17 acres of fields of lavender at the family-run farm. The main French Bloom happened in July, but there’s a gorgeous second round coming late summer or early fall.
Notes: Dogs must be friendly and up-to-date with vaccinations and humans must clean up after their pets. Open seven days a week from 9am-5pm.
Long Island Ducks Bark in the Park
Bethpage Ballpark, Sept. 2 at 6:35pm
Technically a nightcap, but that’s okay. The Long Island Ducks want you to take your dog out to the ballgame for Bark in the Park Night at Bethpage Ballpark. Enjoy peanuts, cracker jacks and America’s pastime on one of the summer’s final nights.
Notes: Humans must purchase a $13 Pooch Pass for their dogs by going to liducksgroups.com and entering the password, pooch.