Minnesota has loads of dog-friendly spots, and we’ve been shining a spotlight on one pup-loving area at a time. We started with the historic ‘burb of Excelsior but our next spot is a little closer to home: the vibrant, scenic Mac-Groveland neighborhood of Saint Paul (or thereabouts).
Without further a-doo, here are 13 wag-worthy hangouts:
- Thirsty? Check out Burning Brothers Brewing, where leashed dogs are welcome indoors. If you’re looking for more of a to-go experience, check out Scott’s Liquor or The Wine Thief & The Ale Jail.
- More indoor fun can be found in a couple of darling Mac-Groveland shops. Garrison Keillor’s the proprietor of Common Good Books, which our canine reporter deemed “smart and cozy…[with an] extensive and unique literary dog and human collection, a comfy couch, and friendly and knowledgeable two-leggeds working there.” Laurel Street Flowers and Grand Performance bicycle shop welcomes four-leggeds as well.
- On mild days, head to the historic Meeker Island Lock and Dam park. It features hiking trails as well as off-leash grounds where dogs can romp (and swim, weather permitting). If you ruv off-leash options, there are three additional dog parks within five miles of Mac-Groveland: Woodview Open Space, Lauderdale Dog Park, and Franklin-Terrace Off-Leash Recreation Area.
- And when sweet, sweet patio season arrives once more, you’ve got several options. Groveland Tap’s quaint patio includes umbrellas for shade, fresh water, and even a doggy biscuit or two (ask your server). French Meadow, Shish, and Stewart’s (formerly The 128 Cafe) are other yummy options.
Anything we missed? Speak!