250 Main Hotel

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Jasper was finally old enough to travel to new and exciting places with us in the middle of May 2018. Our first trip was to a beautiful, pet friendly, boutique hotel located on Main Street in Rockland Harbor, 250 Main Hotel. As someone who doesn’t want to go anywhere without my dogs, I really appreciate being able to bring them with us on fun adventures like this! Although I will say that I was a little nervous to bring 3 goldens (one only being 16 weeks old) into this beautiful hotel but thankfully the dogs were so well behaved during this trip!

The drive there was an hour and a half from our house so once we got there, we let the dogs play and get some energy out in Harbor Park, conveniently located directly across the road from the hotel.

Anywhere we go out in public, these three joyful goldens always draw in attention. Its so fun to watch someones face light up once they see Jax, Jasper & Tavish. As we walked into the hotel a very nice older couple walked in behind us, just to ask if they could pet the dogs. The gentleman said that he had a golden who lived to be 16 years old and that he wishes us the same luck with our goldens. Since Tavish is 8 years old, it’s nice to hear about dogs who live long and healthy lives. After we talked for a few minutes, they went on their way and we checked into the hotel.

The staff were so friendly, to us and our dogs! They gave us dog treats, doggie bags and even a coupons to use at the local dog treat store, just a little ways down the road. Plus there were even organic lollipops for us in our beautifully modern, clean and comfortable room! After we unpacked our bags we checked out the artwork on each landing till we made it to the amazing rooftop deck! With the best view, comfortable chairs and even an awesome wooden picnic table, not only is this the perfect spot to watch sunrise or sunset but it’s perfect for any time of day!

In the evening after we fed the dogs, we took them for a walk around Rockland. These dogs can’t help but bring joy to everyone they meet, even people that are just walk or drive by smile after seeing them. During our evening walk, after a car drove by us, they stopped in the middle of the road, backed up and rolled their windows down to say “hi, we are just admiring the golden retrievers.”

After a great night’s sleep, we woke up and went to the rooftop to watch a very foggy sunrise. Since we couldn’t see much up there we decided to take the dogs for a walk around town while everyone else was sleeping. There is something so special about having a normally busy place, all to yourselves. Helps make the 4:45 am alarm worth it.

After we checked out of 250 Main and before we drove home, we took the dogs for a walk to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse! It took us an extra long time to get there and back for a couple of reasons, first reason being that we took our time so that no one would trip or fall. The Lighthouse is about a mile out into the ocean on large granite rocks with big cracks in between them plus we had 3 dogs-including a puppy!

The second reason was because everyone we walked by, stopped to say hi and some even took photos of Jax, Jasper and Tavish! A lot of people thought Jax was Jasper’s mother- which was pretty funny.

It was still a beautiful walk and the views made it worth it! By the time we got back to the car, we were all ready to go home and all three of the dogs were sleeping before we were out of Rockland!

We would highly recommend staying at 250 Main Hotel if you are in the area or even if your not- it’s worth the trip!

Thank you for the wonderful stay 250 Main Hotel!

 

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Acadia National Park

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Last year my fiancé, Dave and I took Tavish, Jax and Ali on a day trip to Acadia National Park. It is a 2 and 1/2 hour drive from our house and we wanted to be at the summit of Cadillac Mountain for the 5:00 sunrise. We left our house at 2:30am.

We were glad we left early because like almost every adventure with dogs, nothing went as planned once we got there. We missed a great parking spot and had to park in the lower lot. We started walking to the summit when I realized I somehow forgot my memory card! Thankfully, Dave ran back to car to grab the card while I kept walking with the dogs.

We met back up at the summit as the sun started to rise. It was simply BEAUTIFUL! We were so grateful to be able to see the beautiful golden light to come up over the edge of the ocean. Our trip here the year before, we arrived to a very foggy sunrise. We couldn’t see anything more than a few feet in front of us. Which was beautiful in its own way and we definitely didn’t let it ruin our fun. It just made us appreciate the beauty a little more this time.

From there we headed a little ways down the mountain to our car so we could feed the dogs and let them get some energy out. They were SO HAPPY to be out of the car after the long trip!

We drove slowly around the Park Loop Road enjoying the coastal views and stopped at Thunder Hole. Dave had to hold Jax and Tavish back as they really just wanted to jump into the ocean. We were leaving Thunder Hole as the place was getting busy, continuing slowly down the Park Loop with Jax and Tavish’s heads out the window. We could hear them say with smiling faces “ohh look at those beautiful dogs!”

We knew the dogs had some energy to get out so the next stop was an off leash dog park located just outside of the park borders. South of Jordan Pond, between Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor, where Long Pond meets the ocean, you will find a hidden dog park! This land is privately owned but thanks to the Rockefeller family its made available to the public!

The Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse was our last stop before heading home. Another stunning coastal dog friendly spot that you don’t want to miss if you are in the area! We walked up close to the lighthouse and then we walked around so we could see it from the rocky shore.

*Be aware, at Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse there is a long staircase that leads down to the rocky shore which can be hard for dogs after a tiring adventure. Tavish, the oldest dog was feeling a little tired after walking down and back up those stairs.

We had such a great time that we are looking forward to our trip this year when we get to bring Jasper along with the rest of us!

*Don’t forget to bring extra water & bowl for your dog as well as treats to help with energy on long adventures.

*If your walking on pavement, be aware of how hot it is and if its too hot for your dog.

*Take a couple photos and then put your phone away so you all can enjoy the moment.

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