Dog's Day Out in Flagstaff, AZ
Formerly called the Sled Dog Inn, the Abineau Lodge Bed and Breakfast in Flagstaff is a comfortable bed & breakfast with nine cozy bedrooms, all with private baths. Its proximity to fields of Ponderosa pines is a big plus for travelers with dogs, and its also a convenient location for exploring other places across Northern Arizona – like the Grand Canyon. Pet-friendly lodging includes the Sled Dog Suite with two rooms, private bathroom, and gas fireplace. There’s also the special Sled Dog Inn Kennel House for dogs larger than 25 pounds.
Flagstaff Brewing Company has been a staple on the city’s dining scene since 1994. It provides craft-brewed beer to the mountain town and also offers a relaxed atmosphere. Beer lovers, modern-day hippies, and outdoor enthusiasts all flock to Flagstaff Brewing Company – and dog-lovers do, too. Though pets aren’t allowed on the actual outdoor dining patio (due to health code), it’s still just as convenient to grab and outside table and tie up your pup on the other side of the fence.
From May through October, the Flagstaff Farmer’s Market is the place for locals and visitors to enjoy produce and goods from regional producers. Vendors dish out items like homemade tamales, hot sauce, baked goods, honey and more. And some of the vendors even have dog-friendly goodies!
Tucked into the San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest about 15 miles from downtown Flagstaff, the Flagstaff Nordic Center is a cross country ski center with nearly 25 miles of non-repetitive trails. Owners and their leashed dogs can wind through some of the largest Ponderosa pine stands in the state. Trails are named for terrain features found throughout the Flagstaff area, most of which are named after significant individuals and historic figures. In addition to cross country skiing opportunities, the Flagstaff Nordic Center also has snowshoe trails that allow dogs.
A friendly gathering spot in the heart of downtown, the Square is the place to find an array of free entertainment and events. “Thursdays on the Square,” a live music series, is offered from Memorial through Labor Day. Also in the summer, “Movies on the Square,” popular with families, plays here Friday nights and the Heritage Square Trust summer concert series entertains on weekend afternoons. The dog-friendly downtown district is known for putting water dishes outside of shops for those warmer months.