Archives for 2014
Canine Meadows Off Leash Dog Park – John Rudy County Park – York, PA
Okay, so I will admit it. Our reason for coming to York was to take Fiona and Secret to this dog park. Rob discovered it several years ago when I was a vendor selling books at Irish festivals. York has a wonderful Irish festival in June every year; it is wonderful in every way, except no dogs are allowed! So Fiona and Rob needed something to do and found this delightful dog park.
There are three meadows to be exact, in Canine Meadows. One for small dogs, one for large dogs, and one in waiting. They appear to rotate them like crops. I guess it gives the land time to recover! Each meadow is so large that the edges seem to disappear off into the horizon. It is a varied landscape with clumps of trees for shade, long stretches of grass for running, and a small hill. There are benches for the peeps. And a dog water fountain at the entrance to quench your dog’s thirst and fill the water bottles and bowls which you carry to the hinterlands of the other side if you so choose.
Visit their web site for more details: CANINE MEADOWS. It’s a perfect way for your dogs to burn off some steam so you can then go and look at Amish antiques in peace!
The Markets at Shrewsbury: A PA Dutch Market – Glen Rock, PA – www.marketsatshrewsbury.com
We visited The Markets at Shrewsbury in nearby Glen Rock, Pennsylvania for our dose of Pennsylvania Dutch goodies. This beautiful market is home to a variety of stores with Amish furniture, toys and collectibles, stoneware, outdoor furniture and structures (if you want a fairy tale gazebo this is where you go to order one), and a wide variety of foods, prepared and otherwise.
We took turns hanging out in the shaded front porch with the dogs while the other went inside to browse and shop. Bear in mind that most Amish businesses are closed on Sunday for the Sabbath, and may close early on Saturday like the Markets, which closed at 4 pm. We did not realize this and it cut our shopping time short. Oh well, more time to spend with the pups!
We discovered a beautiful framed nature print for our living room at a very reasonable price. The print has pride of place behind our living room couch at home now, and reminds us of our spontaneous journey to the heart of Amish country with our two crazy dogs.
TownPlace Suites – York, PA – Pet Friendly
The TownPlace Suites in York, Pennsylvania was a perfect home away from home for our short sojourn in the heart of Amish Country. The room was quite large and comfortable, with plenty of room for two large dog beds on the carpeted floor and for the dog food and water bowls in the tiled kitchen area. There is also a huge walk in closet in the bathroom, should you need a place to store a dog crate or any additional pet accessories.
The staff could not have been friendlier and were extremely generous with dog cookies every time we walked Fiona and Secret past the front desk. They were given as much attention, if not more, than the human guests. [Read more…]
Featuring 120 popular outlet stores connected by a wide walkway, the Jersey Shore Outlets in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, offers an opportunity for a fun outing with your pup. The stores do not allow dogs inside, but they are of course allowed on the wide, beautiful walkways between stores. You might want to bring a friend along to take turns dog sitting while the other shops inside.
Dogs make good traveling companions. With a little preparation and training, you and your dog can easily enjoy adventures away from home – together. On a recent visit to New York City we put our young Siberian Husky Fiona’s travel skills to the test.