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After a long day of pet-friendly activities in the Finger Lakes, Baxter, Kosar and I needed a clean and comfortable place to relax and refresh. There are so many hotels in Steuben County that will welcome you and your four-legged children – these are our favorites:

America's Best Value Inn Lodge on the Green

Baxter & Kosar napping on our comfy bed at Lodge on the Green
Baxter & Kosar napping on our comfy bed at Lodge on the Green

Pet Fee: $10 per stay
Pet Restrictions: none

Lodge on the Green is my (and Baxter and Kosar's) top pick for pet-friendly hotel in the Southern Finger Lakes. Located in Painted Post, less than 5 miles from the heart of Corning, Lodge on the Green offers cozy and clean rooms at a great value. Several buildings make up the hotel complex, with nice paved paths and a ton of grassy areas between each – away from busy roads and perfect for early morning / before-bed walks. Each room has a door leading directly outside, so no hallway noise to upset your pups in the middle of the night. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, in-room fridge and microwave, free breakfast, high-speed wireless internet and air conditioning.

Radisson Hotel Corning

Radisson Hotel in Corning, NY. Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Country.
Radisson Hotel in Corning, NY. Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Pet Fee: $75 per pet, per week
Pet Restrictions: none
If you and your dog are looking for contemporary style and tons of amenities, you'll find it at Radisson Hotel Corning. It offers an on-site restaurant and bar, room service, indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi spa and fitness center. Located in the middle of the Gaffer District, there is quick access to paved sidewalks and you're just a few blocks from Centennial Park. The high-end style and service makes this choice a bit pricier, but if you're planning on an extended stay in the Southern Finger Lakes it's well worth it.

Days Inn Bath Hammondsport

Pet Fee: none
Pet Restrictions: none
Location, location, location! Days Inn Bath Hammondsport is only 12 minutes from Hammondsport and Keuka Lake, and 20 minutes to Corning, so if your planned activities are spread throughout Steuben County (which is larger than the state of Rhode Island) then Bath is a great place to serve as home base. The free breakfast is earning rave reviews on Trip Advisor, and offer all of the basic amenities you need for a comfortable stay.

Happy Tails Daycare & Pet Resort

If you want to bring your dog along, but s/he is uncomfortable in hotels, check out boarding services offered by Happy Trails Daycare & Pet Resort in Corning. Your pup will be very comfortable in their roomy suites, complete with air conditioning and radiant heat in the floor.

Happy Tails Daycare & Pet Resort in Corning, NY
Happy Tails Daycare & Pet Resort in Corning, NY

Need a safe place for Fido to go for just a few hours while you explore the awesome museums in the area? Happy Tails also offers doggie daycare seven days a week, with tons of outdoor time with furry friends of similar size and activity level.

If your pup needs to release some energy off-leash, Happy Tails also has a HUGE dog park. Baxter and Kosar were able to check it out during our last trip – they absolutely loved it!

Dog Park at Happy Tails Daycare & Pet Resort. (That white blur on the left is Baxter.)
Dog Park at Happy Tails Daycare & Pet Resort. (That white blur on the left is Baxter.)

 

Kosar taking a break at the Happy Tails Dog Park.
Kosar taking a break at the Happy Tails Dog Park.

Whether you and your dog are looking for a clean room at a great deal, or prefer luxurious accommodations with tons of amenities, you'll find the perfect pet-friendly lodging property for your Southern Finger Lakes vacation!

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Lodging, Pet-Friendly

To me, the best vacations are about who you are traveling with just as much as they are about where you're going. My trips area always infinitely more fun when my two favorite travel companions join me – my dogs Baxter and Kosar.

I absolutely love the Finger Lakes, especially Corning. I travel here frequently for work, and was excited that there were so many dog-friendly vacation experiences in Steuben County that I could share with my pups.

Hiking is our favorite activity, and we set out with a goal of clocking as many miles as possible during our weekend getaway – and we succeeded. Here were our favorite dog-friendly hiking spots:

Stony Brook State Park

Stunning doesn't even begin to describe the beauty of the rugged cliffs and deep gorge at the center of this park.

View of a waterfall from the Gorge Trail at Stony Brook State Park
View of a waterfall from the Gorge Trail at Stony Brook State Park

Our hike started on the West Rim Trail. Don't let the steep steps scare you – even Kosar's little legs were able to carry him up without issue, and the stunning views of the gorge below are worth the extra effort in the beginning. At the end of the West Rim Trail, we cut down to the Gorge Trail and walked alongside the rushing waters of the brook, dipping our paws in to cool down and taking in the beauty of each of the three waterfalls.

Baxter and Kosar on the Gorge Trail
Baxter and Kosar on the Gorge Trail

The dogs and I spent almost 4 hours at Stony Brook, and could have spent much more time if we had come prepared and brought a lunch. Beyond the gorgeous trails, Stony Brook has a swimming hole with lifeguards, playgrounds, ball fields, tons of picnic areas with grills, even a snack bar. There is a $7 fee to enter the park, but the well-maintained trails and amenities make it well worth it!

Early morning view of the swimming hole at Stony Brook State Park
Early morning view of the swimming hole at Stony Brook State Park

 Spencer Crest Nature Center

It's hard to believe a large preserve like Spencer Crest Nature Center is just 5 minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Gaffer District. The three of us enjoyed exploring the vast trail system, which included a wooden Sensitivity Trail and lush flora everywhere you turned.

The Rockwell Pavilion at Spencer Crest
The Rockwell Pavilion at Spencer Crest

The dogs and I weaved through many of the trails, including the Sensitivity Trail, Laurel Lane, Deer Run and Ridge Run. We made our way back to the Nature Center via Maples Run, which took us by Amelia Pond where Kosar decided to go for a swim. 

 Kosar cooling off in Amelia Pond at Spencer Crest Nature Center
Kosar cooling off in Amelia Pond at Spencer Crest Nature Center

There were so many dog-friendly trails in Spencer Crest we didn't get to explore, but the boys were ready for a nap. A return trip is in our future!

 Birdseye Hollow 

Birdseye Hollow is a great rustic park about 15 minutes from Hammondsport and Keuka Lake. The single trail is short – less than a mile – but does connect to the Finger Lakes Trail if you are looking for a longer hike with your dogs. For us, the nice, easy walk was a great way to start our day!

Birdseye Hollow Pond
Birdseye Hollow Pond

Gaffer District / The Centerway

If pavement is more your style, take your dog for a stroll in the Gaffer District – Corning's Main Streets. We strolled along the wide sidwalks, window shopping at the variety of boutiques, galleries, and glass shops. After resting a bit in Centerway Square, we headed over the recently renovated Centerway Bridge which connects Market Street to the Corning Museum of Glass. While Baxter and Kosar didn't enjoy the maze and finding the animal prints as much as I did, you can't beat the views of the rolling hills and Chemung River.

Kosar strategizing his path through the maze on The Centerway
Kosar strategizing his path through the maze on The Centerway

We could have easily spent 2-3 more days in the area - there were so many other great parks in the Southern Finger Lakes that we didn't have time to explore. I know we'll be back to discover more Finger Lakes dog-friendly hikes, If you're traveling with your pups during the dog days of summer – or any other part of the year for that matter – Baxter, Kosar and I hope you'll enjoy our favorite hikes!

Stay tuned for future blog posts highlighting Baxter and Kosar featuring approved dog-friendly hotels and dining experiences we had during our trip!

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