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Summer is almost here. As we gear up to spend every second outside under the sun this season, we cannot forget to bring along our four-legged companions. Thankfully, there are many spots across the North Fork that welcome dogs. Whether it’s on a hiking trail, at a vineyard or dining on a restaurant patio, we’ve curated a dream-doggy date day for you and your furry friend. 

Start with a hike

There are many trails from Riverhead to Orient that allow dogs to tag (or wag) along – but our pick is Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport. This 1.5-mile trail stretches from the Sound to Inlet Pond and is easy to navigate. Make sure you bring bug and tick spray, a leash and plenty of water for you and your pooch. Inlet Pond County Park is located at 64795 Route 48, Greenport. 

Grab a glass  

For most, a dream day on the North Fork includes a visit to a vineyard. One of our favorites to hang with our dogs while enjoying a glass is Corey Creek Tap Room. Dogs are welcome year-round, as long as they are on a leash. If your fur baby is your only baby, come celebrate National Dog Mom’s Day with Corey Creek on Saturday, May 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Have a taste of the Wags & Wine Flight – which includes four tastes for mom, a dish of Greenport Jerky Co. dog jerky and a Corey Creek dog bandana! There will also be a free doggy dress-up contest at 3 p.m. Find more information on Corey Creek’s website

Barks and Brews 

Maybe wine isn’t your thing – or maybe you want to change up your doggy date with a visit to a brewery instead. Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic is the perfect next stop for you and your pup. Choose from one of their many varieties and hang out in the sunshine with your leashed dog. If your pup is the adventurous type, on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, you can register your pooch for Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.’s 7th Annual North Fork Dock Diving Contest, featuring numerous “jumping and diving” challenges. Tickets will be available soon on their events page and you can register your pup here.

Need a bite?

After a day of relaxing at the vineyard or brewery, you and your pooch are probably famished. Head on over to Greenport’s First and South for dinner, where dogs are welcome in the bar room and outside on the spacious patio. While there’s no doggie menu, there’s plenty for human diners to choose from including massive burgers, cheese fries, pasta and seafood. See the full menu and make a reservation here.

Finish with a treat

We all need a sweet treat as our day comes to an end. Whether you live on the North Fork or are heading back west, Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe is the ideal place to cap off the day – offering delicious frozen treats for you and, yes, your dog. Get yourself a cup or a cone of one of Snowflake’s homemade flavors and let your pup get a lick of a signature “muttwich”: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two Milk-Bone dog biscuits.

Wherever you take your pooch, remember to call ahead or check online to clarify policies.