Your pup can get in on the vacation fun at these restaurants, hotels and parks.


Urban Olive & Vine

Hudson is home to a unique dining experience for you — and your pup. Urban Olive & Vine provides tasty eats for humans with their many waffle options, sandwiches and latte flavors. They also have treats for your canine companion: a “Yappy Hour” menu available day and night to their four-legged customers. They’ll enjoy a Hot Diggety Dog, homemade meatballs or even a “Bowser Beer” in the comfort of a lovely outdoor patio.

520 2nd St., Hudson,

Bark & Brew

Just outside Green Bay, you’ll find a libation destination that’s one of the first of its kind: A bar that allows dogs to be off-leash indoors. That means you can sip a Spotted Cow or a canine-inspired cocktail (like the Irish Setter or Corgi) while your furry friend joins you. And don’t worry — they won’t be left out. Order a Barkin’ Biscotti or a Canine Cannoli from the Bone Bar for your pup.

2310 Lineville Rd., Suamico,

The Iron Horse Hotel

In addition to offering dog-friendly accommodations — complete with locally-made treats and common areas where dogs can hang out, too — the Iron Horse Hotel’s eatery, The Yard, welcomes hounds. The chic, open- air surroundings are idyllic for you to nibble the afternoon away with your four-legged best friend. You’ll love the seasonal cocktails and appetizers, while your dog gobbles a Bow Wow Burger or a “Puppacino” — otherwise known as a cup of house-made whipped cream.

500 W. Florida St., Milwaukee,

Leinie Lodge

What’s better than savoring a pint of Leinenkugel’s beer as you soak up a beautiful summer day? OK, you already know the answer! The brewery’s Leinie Lodge encourages guests to bring their dogs along. Doggos will get a belly-full with treats just for them and bowls of water while you sip a Honey Weiss or Creamy Dark in the beer garden.

124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls,

Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza And Grille

In Door County, there’s a culinary stop you should make during your vacation. With three locations in Fish Creek, Egg Harbor and Sister Bay, Wild Tomato Wood Fired Pizza and Grille is a delight for the taste buds — and your canine’s. All the patios are completely dog-friendly. They can lap up water from a provided bowl while you sample hot-from-the-oven pizzas, like The Fun Guy, featuring five types of mushrooms.

4023 State Hwy. 42, Fish Creek; 4633 Market St., Egg Harbor; 10677 N. Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay,

Wisconsin Brewing Company

Located in an idyllic slice of Verona, just outside of Madison proper, is Wisconsin Brewing Company. Their expansive outdoor area offers plenty of room for social distancing and when the sun is shining, it’s a great place to be. And, good news for dog-lovers: Leashed pups are welcome not only on their backyard patio, but in the taproom. So spread out a blanket, arrange your picnic (it’s BYO food) and sip a Badger Club, S’Wheat Caroline or ReFresh Grapefruit radler while hanging out with your furry friend.

1079 American Way, Verona,


Justin Trails Resort

With gorgeous views and equally gorgeous cabins, cottages and suites, Sparta’s Justin Trails Resort also happens to be a doggie’s dream. The resort is set upon 200 acres of Driftless land, where your pup can roam eight miles of trails and enjoy playdates with the owners’ Siberian Husky in a fenced area. Dogs can come to breakfast and the fire pit, and they’ll even get to snack on homemade treats. Campsites are available as well.

7452 Kathryn Ave., Sparta,

Iroworks Hotel

On the Rock River in downtown Beloit, you’ll discover an industrial, yet completely luxurious, hotel that loves dogs. The Ironworks Hotel offers a Wine & Wags package in which you’ll receive a bottle of wine and truffles and your canine pal will get a special dog treat, bandanna, ball and waste bags. Pets are permitted in the lobby and main corridors and there’s lots of space outdoors where they can walk the grounds.

500 Pleasant St., Beloit,

Country House Resort

On a Sister Bay shoreline resides a beautiful resort that has gone to the dogs in the best way possible. From a corgi concierge named Riley, who greets guests with welcome baskets — filled with bowls, a placemat, towels, sheets, treats and a container of waste bags, all for you to keep — this Door County destination is a dog’s paradise. Visit the resort website for “Riley’s Recommendations,” a list of local, dog-friendly places.

2468 Sunnyside Rd., Sister Bay,

The Ridge

For a Lake Geneva resort that’s a bit off the beaten path, pack up your dog and travel to The Ridge. Nestled between two lakes with plenty of walking trails nearby (like the area’s iconic Shore Path), the resort also offers a fun, on-site diversion for your pup: A grassy area dedicated to dogs that leads to a lakeside road is perfect for walks.

W4240 WI-50, Lake Geneva,


Happy Tails Dog Park

This may be one of the most pleasant dog parks in all of Wisconsin. Chippewa Falls’ Happy Tails Dog Park features things your dog will love, including tons of room to run (at nearly a mile in circumference), areas for small and large dogs, water bowls, a dog wash station, a sheltered picnic area, toys and waste bags. If you’re visiting as a non-member, be sure that your dog is wearing a rabies tag.

841 Chippewa Crossing Blvd., Chippewa Falls,

Wisconsin State Parks

All of Wisconsin’s state parks, from Devil’s Lake to Kettle Moraine, are pet-friendly. Twelve state parks, such as Lake Kegonsa and Whitefish Dunes, contain designated pet swim and picnic areas. Your dog is allowed on trails and roads. Before traveling to a Wisconsin state park with your pup, review the rules on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website and bring along your dog’s immunization records, just in case.

Visit for state park locations. 

Pictured: Justin Trails, Leinie Lodge, Bark & Brew, Leinie Lodge

This article originally appeared in the 2020 issue of Experience Wisconsin magazine. The contents of this article were checked for accuracy when it was published; however, it’s possible some of the information has changed. We recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the destinations, attractions or restaurants mentioned in this article.

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Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer from Madison, Wisconsin, contributing to national and regional outlets like Midwest Living, Rodale’s Organic Life, and BRAVA. You can learn more about her at

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