Portland, Maine might be the most dog friendly city I have ever been to. I was told that the general rule is that your dog is allowed everywhere except restaurants (due to food safety requirements). Even with that rule, many restaurants will allow dogs on their outdoor patios.
There are water bowls along the sidewalks and shops even have treat jars to welcome your pooch. Portland is a small walk-able city on the waterfront and it is just a great place to wander with your pup. These are the places you shouldn’t miss when visiting Portland with your dog.
This was formerly the building for Planet Dog before they were bought by Denver Company Outward Hound. I am so glad that it is still a mecca for dogs, because the space is awesome. It is a bright airy store run by a furry manager named Otis who takes his job very seriously. This little pug with an attitude sat behind the register and greeted me with a bark.
Bayside Bark only sells the highest quality food and treats so you can trust what you buy there. They won’t sell anything that shouldn’t be in your dog’s body. There is also a full service grooming salon and puppy playgroups.
This is the oldest and most photographed lighthouse in Maine. It is so old that George Washington was the president when it was built! You can walk along the trails above the cliffs or frolic in the fields at the park.
Nearby Bug Light (aka Portland Breakwater Light) is another great place to visit. There is a sprawling park beside the sea that is perfect for Frisbee or kite flying.
Located right on the waterfront, this might be my favorite pet store in the world. It has the look of an old fashion general store, managed by extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff. They sell high quality food, treats, toys and accessories.
There is even a little doggie bakery area if you have a special occasion to celebrate. I purchased a hand made cat bed here years ago and every cat lover that comes into my house asks about it.
Boston friends- please note that they have opened a second location on Newbury Street in Boston.
This husband and wife team run a little boutique store in downtown Portland. More than likely, they will be there to welcome you as you walk in. Their handmade collars, leashes and pet beds are made with sustainable materials.
They pride themselves on being environmentally friendly and minimizing their carbon footprint. They also sell a great selection of doggie accessories and necessities.
Please note: their retail store at 13 Exchange St. in Portland is closed. They have reopened at 21 Exchange St., just four doors up from their previous location.
How can you not love a store based on a man’s love of his dog? This mutt was so loved, that she had a tavern named after her. The original Black Dog tee shirt was really just worn by the kitchen staff but people kept asking if they could buy them.
Fast forward 50 years and this successful chain now has 20 stores down the east coast. And that original tee is still on the shelves, sure to become your next live-in Netflix watching uniform.
Ok, ok, I know that this Flagship store is located 20 minutes north of Portland in the city of Freeport… but with a pet section the size of my house, I can’t not mention them.
L.L. Bean sells my all time favorite pet blanket that I don’t travel without. And no trip to Maine is complete without a picture with the giant Bean Boot.
Need more inspo for visiting Portland with your dog? Check out the petMAINE guides by clicking here. This free publication lists pet friendly hotels, dog parks, beaches, trails, events and activities. It is a great resource for up-to-date information.
To see the list of what I pack my dog on a road trip, click here.