Attention: residents of Phoenix. It is hot, still hot. You’ve still got time this Labor Day weekend to head up to Flagstaff, which may be Arizona’s most dog-friendly town.
In fact, it may be easier to list the places that aren’t dog friendly in Flagstaff than those that area — especially in downtown, historic Flag, where there dogs in all the best places.
Shopping in Flagstaff with your dog
You know how sometimes stores say they are dog friendly but you get a way-different vibe once you and poochie get inside? In Flagstaff, they offer genuine hospitality for dogs. There’s water bowls, dog treats and even resident dogs in the stores. Check out the art galleries along San Francisco street for a lot of love for dogs as well as dog-related art.
Dining with the dog
For breakfast, hit Biff’s Bagels, which is named after a beloved pet and has photos of everyone else’s dog on the wall. For lunch, wow — so many choices. Charley’s on Aspen and Leroux has a great dog-friendly patio. Or Mix. Or Macy’s. Or Mother Road Brewery. Or any others from our fine list.
Hiking with the dog
You don’t have to be a super wilderness person to enjoy a hike with your dog. There are a lot of mild trails out there — which is especially nice since you and the dog may not have been as active during this hot summer season. Altitude change can also affect breathing for you and the dog.
There are several dog-friendly park trails throughout Flagstaff. Just have a leash and plenty of water.
- Wilson Meadow at Hart Prairie: A hike that can go as short as you want it to go. Wilson Meadow offers plenty of romping room and a pond to swim in (That’s for the dog; not you).
- Griffith Spring Trail: Another short hike that allows your dog to wade in a creek.
Drinking with the dog
After a hard day of shopping, dining and hiking, it’s great to kick back with an adult beverage. Your best friend can come into the bar with you as long as the fine establishment doesn’t serve food. And that’s why we can get great scenes like this one at Hops on Birch:
Photo courtesy of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball
Baseball is back and that means you can have a hot dog with your dog at an Arizona Diamondbacks games in downtown Phoenix this season.
Last year, the Diamondbacks became the first of any kind of baseball team to offer an entire dog-friendly seating area through its Dog Days of Summer promotion. And because many of those games at the PetSmart Patio were sell outs, they are expanding it Mondays this year.
That means you can take your dog to 12 Sunday afternoon games and eight Monday night games at Chase Field this summer.
What you get at the baseball game
Dog Days offers a semi-private space with all the comforts for four people and one dog. You get All-You-Can-Eat hot dogs, soda, water, popcorn, peanuts, and chips. There’s also dog-friendly ice cream.
Dogs can also run around and play in Chase Field’s outdoor and indoor (air-conditioned) dog park.
In addition to having sellout games, the Dog Days of Summer were a success in another way: onsite adoptions held during the event allowed 58 dogs to find forever homes.
Check out the schedule if you are interested in taking the dog to the D’back ball games.
Does your love of dogs and baseball go even farther? Many teams in the National League West are sponsoring dog-day events. You and the dog could hit the road to catch a game in cooler place this summer.
Check out this list of dog-friendly games across the country
See you at the ball field!
“It’s hot. What do you want to do?”
“I want to have fun and not spend a ton of money.”
“Hey, let’s find a resort that has a deal and use their AC and swimming pool.’’
“What about the dog?”
Bring the dog with!
A lot of terrific Phoenix area resorts have smokin’ deals this summer and many of these resorts are dog friendly.
To clarify, some resorts say they are dog friendly and they really aren’t: they charge huge fees for your dogs and skimp on the treats. Others, like Firesky and W in Scottsdale, are totally down with dogs and lovingly liberal with their canine goodies.
For a complete rundown of dog-friendly resorts, check out our just updated list for resorts in metro Phoenix and Tucson.
See you poolside, umbrella drinks included!