If you are like my family, the thought of leaving Fido behind when you come to visit Block Island is inconceivable. Luckily, the island has many accommodations and areas that are pet friendly and allow both you and your pup to enjoy Block Island.
Be sure treat your dog with tick repellent before your trip, the island is known for its deer tick population and this leaves dogs running through the islands trails at risk. Be sure to pack dog food; there will not many choices available once you are on island.
One big thing to think about is the commitment to bringing along your furry friend. You will not be able to leave him for extended periods of time within the hotel and hot days can take the meaning of “the dog days of summer” to another level, leaving dogs indoors on days like these is not an option.
Dogs are allowed on the traditional and fast ferries. The traditional ferry from Pt. Judith requires you remain outside with the animal, unless crated. And the fast ferries only allow crated pets.
Where to stay
There are a number of hotels and inns that are dog friendly on the island, some charge cleaning fees, and those that leave you with close quarters to neighbors often request you leave a cell phone number if you are going to leave your pup for a short while (in case he misses you too loudly). Other small inns and rentals allow pets, be sure to ask when you call.
-Spring House Hotel- The hotel has one Seaside rental home, and 6 Townhomes that are open to dogs. There is a $150 additional charge over 35lbs and $75 charge pets under 35lbs, for cleaning after your stay.
-Darius Inn- $50 fee per stay, dogs are welcome in all rooms with private entrances.
-Gothic Inn-No fee in their 1 room and 3 apartments that are dog friendly, the inn also has one cottage for rent outside of town that is a “dog heaven” with fields, hiking and plenty of space.
-Blue Dory Inn-Allows dogs for $25 fee in rooms and suites with outdoor exits.
Shops and Restaurants
One great option on the island is the availability of take-out. Order up at your restaurant of choice; get it to-go and enjoy the all the spots the island has to offer.
– The National Tap & Grille: On the back porch of the hotel, you and your dog can enjoy dining and the full menu of the hotel’s restaurant.
-The Harborside Inn: Outdoor wicker seating allows you to dine with the entire family. They even provides treats and water.
-The Island Dog: Located just to the left of The Statue of Rebecca, this shop welcomes pups and owners to come in and browse and buy inspired by Block and those who bark. A great stop for a gift for the dog lover back home.
I spoke with Island Dog owner about the uptick in pet accompanying vacations. “Dogs are the new kids,” she said and I have to agree with her. This means Buddy can’t be left behind anymore than the newborn baby. She has seen popularity in her store grow with dogs being the new trend. Even if the animal does don’t come along for the getaway, he does certainly need a Block Island collar to be reminded of the week in kennel (but don’t worry he loves you still).
The town does have a leash law that requires dogs to be leashed in public areas, and non-accordance with the law can lead to fines. The best way to avoid this is taking dogs to the beach early in the morning or later in the evening when the space is less busy. The Greenway hiking trails are great pet-friendly activities as well. The island offers a great getaway that lets the entire family come along, so if your best friend didn’t make this trip, bring him back a little something and a promise he will surely be accompanying the next trip.
Dog Jaunt offered great information for this post, it is great site to use when headed anywhere with your pet.