Dog's Day Out in Columbus, OH
Enjoy true French baking without ever leaving Columbus – and all with your pooch by your side. La Chatelaine offers a huge selection of French dishes, as well as a constantly changing variety of baked breads, pastries and creamy deserts. Their large and comfortable patio is a cozy spot for you and your four-legged friend to sit and enjoy your meal while watching people pass by. There’s a lot of foot traffic in this area with Upper Arlington just to the west and The Ohio State University to the east, so there’s plenty to look at while you enjoy the outdoors.
Battelle Darby Creek is the largest of central Ohio’s Metro Parks, consisting of over 7,000 acres. The Pleasant Valley Quarry section of the park consists of three walking trails, all of which welcome leashed dogs. The trails have a grass surface, not gravel, designed to be easy on your dog’s paws. There is also a pond just off of the parking lot where dogs are permitted to take a swim. Get out, escape the city and get a breath of fresh air and a bit of nature with your canine friend at Battelle Darby Creek.
The food at Black Creek Bistro is farm fresh. The long-time owners own a farm just down the road, and grow most of the food served at the restaurant. Items not from their farm are purchased locally when possible as well, so the menu is always changing to accommodate what’s available. Basically, this means don’t get too attached to your favorite dish, because it may not be on the menu when you. Reservations are recommended at this popular Old Towne East eatery, especially during Happy Hour. Every Monday through Friday, 4-7 p.m., meal-sized appetizers are offered for just $5 each. Dogs are welcome on the patio.
Claddagh Irish Pub is a little bit of Ireland tucked into a corner downtown Columbus. The pub feel is cozy, warm and friendly, and continues all the way out to the patio, where you and your dog are more than welcome. Eat an Irish meal in the comfort of friends, or sit back and sip on a cold brew, all while your dog sits by your side. Most of the waitresses love canines, and will spoil your dog with water, treats and head rubs while you eat your meal.
Cross Creek Camping Resort at Alum Creek State Park, is located just north of Columbus in Delaware. Dogs of all sizes are welcome at no additional charge, making a great trip for the whole family. Make sure whatever plans you have include your four-legged friend -- dogs are not allowed on the grounds unsupervised. Your dog must be leashed at all times, and a special dog walk area is available. If you have a dog classified as a dangerous breed, bring proof of liability insurance with you – they won’t let you stay without it. Although this is one the few campgrounds around Columbus that’s open year-round, services are very limited after Thanksgiving. If your crowd is tough enough to stay through the cold, take your family through Fantasy of Lights, a drive-through holiday lights show on the grounds.