PET FRIENDLY Hudson River Valley

PET FRIENDLY Hudson River Valley

The Hudson River Valley is made up of three regions, Lower Hudson, Mid-Hudson and the Upper Hudson/Capital District. From Albany in the north to Yonkers in the south runs approximately 140 miles of river. That makes for a lot of running & splashing room for you and your dog as you explore the many quaint river towns that line the Hudson, many of which were down on their luck for a good part of the late 20th century but are now in the middle of robust revitalizations which, to us, means a huge pet-friendly playground north of New York City.

One of the huge comeback success stories is Beacon, NY, located in the mid-Hudson region and an easy 1:20 minute train ride from NYC on MetroNorth. Burgeoning now with restaurants and bars and boutique shops, Beacon (the longtime home of the late Pete Seeger) should be one of your first pet-friendly jaunts when heading to this beautiful region. Stop by Dogwood to taste one their 16 beers on tap. Or hit the Cafe Amarcord for some great dining, or the Beacon Pantry for some great soup and simple but delicious French fare.

Another great town is Hudson, NY, about 65 miles up the river. An early whaling port, since known for its amazing antique shops (where antique dealers go to get their antiques), it has now become an even more thriving and diverse community—primarily centered on Warren Street—which offers pet-friendly restaurants, shops, galleries and bookstores galore. Be sure to stop by at the Red Dot Restaurant & Bar for some great food at the back garden seating area. Other worthwhile Hudson Valley towns to visit are Cold Spring and Rhinebeck (upscale), Kingston (atmospheric) (particularly the Rondout Historic Waterfront District) and Catskill (gritty but up-and-coming).

The real reason to visit the Hudson Valley with your pet, though, is the great outdoors. Blessed with some of the most beautiful panoramas in the eastern United States, this area is chock full of amazing parks, hiking trails and historic sites that will keep your eyes, heart and imagination engaged and your feet (and paws) plenty busy, hurrying along to get to the next inspiring vista. Some must-see jaunts include Storm King State Park, the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, the Dutchess Rail Trail (including the spectacular Walkway Over the Hudson), Bear Mountain State Park, and the Mohonk Preserve Trail.

Oh, and we forgot to mention, you can also bring your pooches to meet our pooches here at, right in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley!

Featured Pet-Friendly Hotels in Hudson River Valley

Pet Policy: Pets allowed based on the availability of pet friendly rooms. Up to 2 dogs per room with an 80-pound weight limit. Additional pet types (cats, birds, etc.) may be accepted at the hotel?s discretion. Pet rate is $25 per day with a $125 per week maximum.

Policy Confirmed: 01/14/2022 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 01/14/2022

Pet Policy: There is a pet fee of $25.00-$35.00 per night.

Policy Confirmed: 07/22/2021 | Update this Pet Policy

Policy Confirmed: 07/22/2021

Featured Pet-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes in Hudson River Valley


Smoky Rock BBQ

6376 Route 9,
Rhinebeck, NY
Pet Friendly Smoky Rock BBQ in Rhinebeck, New York

You and your pup are welcome at any of the outdoor tables, in the front where you can people watch or on the quieter back patio. Enjoy classic bbq offerings or try some of the house creations, like Piggy Mac (mac n cheese with your choice of pulled pork or smoked bacon added), Volcano Potatoes (potato skins filled with pulled pork, pulled chicken, cheddar cheese, and bacon), or the Cowboy Burger (a beef burger topped with a slice of smoked brisket and melted cheese). All the meat is locally sourced and smoked on site. Wash is all down with your choice of craft beer or one of their 30 bourbons.


Iron Gate Cafe

182 Washington Avenue,
Albany, NY
Pet Friendly Iron Gate Cafe in Albany, New York

Located in downtown Albany, on Center Square, you can enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch with you pooch on Iron Gate's lovely pet-friendly garden patio. Breakfast and brunch choices include Phoenix Rising, a black bean burger topped with a poached egg, avocado, and pepper jack hollandaise; Elvis' Memphis Scramble, made with bacon, maple sausage, and cheese; and their Breakfast BLT, bacon, egg, tomato, arugula, and pesto mayo. The lunch menu has a delicious selection of salads and signature sandwiches, including vegan choices like Buffalo Seitan Wrap and TLT (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato).

Featured Pet-Friendly Bars in Hudson River Valley


Dogwood Bar

47 East Main Street,
Beacon, NY
Pet Friendly Dogwood Bar in Beacon, New York

Our favorite bar and restaurant in Beacon. Fantastic atmosphere, tons of beer selections (16 taps!), good food, great bar tenders, and they have live music on weekends and some Thursdays. Get an IPA. Then try the Deviled Eggs for starters. Move onto either Ma's Chicken Pot Pie which is awesome or their Classic BLT (really really good). If you must be healthy, the Harvest Salad with chicken add-on is great, too. And, of course, you can hang out with your pooch at the bar. There is nothing not to like at Dogwood. Nothing.


Madison Pour House

1110 Madison Avenue,
Albany, NY

This pub offers more than 40 draft and cask beers and over 100 bottles and cans. The menu is limited but creative and delicious. Snacks include hot pretzels, deviled eggs, and house-made potato chips served with a warm onion dip. Heartier fare includes a bacon cheddar brat served on a pretzel bun with sauerkraut, The Drunken Slider (bourbon pulled pork), and Macilla Mac Attack, a skillet full of mac n cheese that you can have bacon or a brat added to, if you like. Enjoy it all with your canine buddy on their pet-friendly patio.

Featured Pet-Friendly Dog Parks in Hudson River Valley


Dept of General Services Dog Park

44 Richard J Conners Blvd,
Albany, NY
Pet Friendly Dept of General Services Dog Park in Albany, New York

This is a fenced-in, off-lead area just north of the I-90 bridge overpass and Huck Finns Warehouse. Dogs must be friendly with other dogs, vaccinations current, and, at all times, under their owner's control. For safety, dogs must also be leashed when not in the designated off-lead areas.