Stay! At Yellow Bird’s Dog Friendly Properties
Walks on the beach, a dip in the lake, a day spent exploring outside followed by an evening of fine dining.  Why not experience it all with your canine companion in tow? With a plenty of pet friendly areas, Harbor Country is truly a vacation destination for you and your furry friend.  Here are some tips to make it a trip to remember:
Take an early morning walk with your dog along the lake, coffee in hand, listening to the lapping of the waves and the quiet before beach goers arrive. 

The Skip’s Open-Air European Farmer’s Market is a meet and greet for dogs and owners alike. Pet-loving vendors organic dog treats, Fido-friendly bug and tick repellent, and the latest canine fashions. Local farmers and artisans showcase fresh produce, breads, pastries, art, jewelry and more. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday at the corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeshore Road in New Buffalo (Skip's Restaurant Parking Lot). 

Warren Dunes State Park boasts a pet-friendly shoreline on the north side of the beach. A popular dog destination, be prepared for Fido to make lots of new friends while getting in some fun playtime at the beach. 

If the beach hasn’t worn your pet out, let your dog run free at Sari Asher Dog Park in New Buffalo or Harbert Dog Park on Red Arrow Highway in Harbert. 

Partake with the pooch in some outdoor waterfront dining at Bentwood Tavern, or visit any of the pet friendly eateries in the area listed below. 

What’s SUP? Try SUPing (stand up paddle boarding) together. SUP’s are available to reserve and rent for use on the Galien River in New Buffalo or the Paw Paw River in St. Joseph. Paddling season runs from May through September. 
If you are traveling with your pet for the first time, here are a few essentials to pack:
A portable kennel
A flashlight for nighttime nature calls
Extra dog food in case your stay is longer than expected
Treats and toys
Vaccination records 
Local Pet Friendly Eateries (outdoor only)
Bentwood Tavern, 600 West Water Street, New Buffalo, 269-469-7700
David's Deli, 30 N. Whittaker Street, New Buffalo, 269-469-7177
Milda's Corner Market, 9901 Townline Rd., Union Pier, 269-469-9880
Skip's Restaurant, 16710 Red Arrow Hwy., New Buffalo, Dinner only 269-469-3330
Terrace Room at The Harbor Grand, 111 West Water Street, New Buffalo 269-469-7700
Villa Nova Pizzeria , 34 E. Buffalo St., New Buffalo, 269-469-0200

Yellow Bird has close to 20 pet friendly properties. To find the right one for you, click here.

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