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Weekend Getaway with Your Dog in Kalamazoo, MI

Posted on August 7th, 2019

From campgrounds to hotels, orchards to dog parks, and breweries to restaurants, there are so many pet-friendly and unique adventures in Kalamazoo! Check out how to plan a weekend getaway with your dog in Kalamazoo, MI:



Day 1



Coffee – Water Street Coffee Joint (Portage)


Just a few minutes from the pet-friendly Days Inn & Suites and Residence Inn by Marriott is the Water Street Coffee, where you can get your morning fix with your pup in the form of fresh house roasted coffee, full espresso bar, loose-leaf teas, shakes, smoothies, and more. There’re breakfast items including a chorizo & chihuahua cheese burrito and a spicy bacon, egg & guacamole sandwich, too!





Morning – Prairie View Dog Park


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After coffee, your dog will love playing with their new friends and galloping across open fields inside the 7 acres of fenced area at Prairie View Dog Park. Although, what’s really special about this park is the acres of enclosed woods that your dog can run through while you walk alongside on a shaded trail.






Lunch – Wax Wing’s Brewing


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We are closed today to recover from all that went in to making yesterday happen. Thank you so much to everyone who came out, you afforded us this opportunity- a day off to relax and enjoy. Pulling yesterday off required help and support from so many people who I didn’t even know 1 year ago. Josh Buck and Vorhees outworked me at my own gig, filling cans non stop through the night. Borsos made a quick phone call and 5 minutes later we were headed to Grand Rapids in a box van to pick up cans. Phil and Tia worked the busiest 12 hour shift all year like it was nothing. Adam Wisniewski brewed in 100 degree heat and Adam O’Donnell and the Sandstorms played for 3 hours straight. We are grateful and humbled by the support and can’t wait to get back to business. Cheers, Rob and Jordan

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After all that excitement, you’re probably getting hungry, so head to Wax Wing’s Brewing, they open at noon on weekends, just in time for a quick bite!

Wax Wing’s is a dog friendly brewery with a great selection that recently added food items to their menu. Their new ‘Crispy Boy’ burger baskets feature juicy smash patties prepared on a blackstone griddle.






Afternoon – Husted’s Farm Market & Cider Mill


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Since your furry friend has got their playtime in, why not do something for you? Husted’s Farm Market & Cider Mill has U-Pick strawberries, raspberries, peaches and tart cherries, and you can bring your dog along with you on your visit (just leash them if they can’t control fruit cravings). You can also grab a pie or one of their, other delicious homemade treats.






Dinner – Arcadia Brewing Co.


Sweets and fruits can’t be a whole meal, of course, so get dinner and a round or two at Arcadia Brewing Co. This local favorite makes their own, fantastic craft beer, and they have a dedicated fenced-in outdoor area for dogs to roam while you enjoy food from their deli-style eatery. Plus, Arcadia is so into canines that every week, they feature a dog on their Instagram – the next could be yours!






Evening – The Spirit of Kalamazoo


Finish up your day by walking around and exploring beautiful downtown Kalamazoo. While you’re at it, be sure to get some ice cream on the enclosed outdoor patio of The Spirit of Kalamazoo.






Day 2



Coffee – Something’s Brewing


Just a mile away from the pet-friendly Kara’s Kottages is the coffeeshop recommended by locals: Something’s Brewing. Sip an espresso milkshake, Snickers Latte, or a regular coffee on outdoor seating with your dog in heart of downtown.






Morning – Meadow Run Dog Park


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As the name suggests, Meadow Run Dog Park has 24 acres of completely fenced-in, rolling meadows, but it’s much more than just that. There’s a pond for swimming (with a deck your dogs can leap off of!), an agility area, a small dogs’ area, and even a place to rinse your dog off after the pond. They plow areas in winter and members can even host dog birthday parties! Just be aware that dogs must demonstrate suitable temperament before being allowed in.






Lunch – Shifter’s Bar & Grille

After your adventures, Shifter’s Bar & Grille makes for a great place to chow down on traditional bar food on their outdoor patio. Get your fill on burgers, burritos, BBQ, and more.






Afternoon – Al Sabo Nature Preserve


Al Sabo Nature Preserve is truly a wonderful place for both you and your pet. It holds miles and miles of nature trails through gorgeous fields, forests, and wetlands. It makes for a great, long walks with your best friends and you probably won’t want to leave. Just double check your dog is tick-protected before you go!






Dinner – The Thirsty Hound


At its heart, The Thirsty Hound is a place for dogs and dog-owners to mingle and make friends over food and drink. So, what better place for your final weekend meal than this dog-friendly tavern? Dogs are allowed inside the establishment that offers local craft beers on tap, along with wine, cider, canned cocktails, and more.


The Thirsty Hound declined its food license to allow dogs inside and outside, so be sure to bring your own food! You can order delivery/pick-up, buy from food trucks, or get some pre-packaged snacks!






Evening – Treat Street


With your new friends in tow, round out your night with some tasty ice cream and hot dogs from Treat Street. Your four-legged friend will probably stare at you the whole time you eat.








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Before you go on your vacation with your best friend, it’s good idea to find a place to stay! Kalamazoo has a plethora of pet-friendly hotels – 36 in all. You can also explore their campgrounds which allow dogs, such as Cold Brook County Park, Oak Shore Campground, and Markin Glen County Park.









Parks & Rec


There are plenty of pet-friendly parks in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area, along with other recreation opportunities, such as the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, Fairmont Dog Park, The Bark Park, Tails ‘n’ Trails Dog Park, and South Haven Bark Park.








If the aforementioned restaurants aren’t to your liking, you can also try these pet-friend restaurants in Kalamazoo and nearby: Boatyard Brewing, and Peterson and Sons Natural Wines.





Kalamazoo is the perfect place to take your furry best friend(s) for a weekend of fun. Be sure to request one of our great guides – especially the Kalamazoo Brewery Map!





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