Fido Can Come Too!

Jun 23, 2015

Fido Can Come Too!

by Cassandra Harrington, Executive Director of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

The Finger Lakes Region prides itself in being a popular and affordable family-friendly vacation destination. What if your family includes furry four-legged members? Wine loving canine parents need not fret because all sixteen member wineries of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail are dog-friendly.

For those considering a family vacation and weighing the cost of a dog-sitter, note that you could bring Fido along for the ride! Many of the wineries have dog treats behind the counter for four-legged visitors. Some of the owners, managers or team members even bring their dogs with them to work. It’s very common to see both native and visiting dogs in the tasting rooms and even more common to discover pet-friendly souvenirs and gourmet treats!

Americana Vineyards in Interlaken is particularly dog-friendly. When she’s not swimming in the vineyard pond or waiting patiently for hand-outs from restaurateurs, Rubie, the resident chocolate lab, greets all guests at the tasting room entrance. Since she was a puppy, Rubie and her late brother Max have been Cayuga Lake Wine Trail ambassadors. In his memory, Rubie wrote her third children’s book titled “My Brother Max”.  

Rubie and her family recently hosted an extremely successful event called Woofstock in Max’s honor. It was the third year of the event and Rubie and her supporters collectively raised over $6,000 in cash and materials to support four local dog shelters. Owner Joe Gober said “We’re extremely proud of our accomplishments. The Americana Vineyards team has always been animal rights activists. We’re just happy that we can help make a different for the animals who are less fortunate”. For those who were unable to attend, Rubie is still accepting donations at

Also, fellow dog-loving team at Swedish Hill Winery hosts an event at the start of summer to support Beverly Animal Shelter. This year’s Paradise Party will be held on June 27th from noon to five. Entire families are invited, at no cost for admittance, to enjoy live music, lawn games, and craft vendors. Homeless pets from Beverly will also attend, with hopes of finding their forever home. Shelter volunteers will be available to discuss their experience in case people are interested in lending their time and generosity to the homeless animals. Beverly Animal Shelter’s website has a list of supplies needed if partiers would like to bring donations with them to Paradise at Swedish Hill.

In addition, there are plenty of places for your pets to stay, ranging from pet-friendly campgrounds and cabin rentals, to inns and hotels that allow pets. Some restaurants have outdoor seating, where the entire family can dine together. For recreational options, Cayuga Lake has five New York State Parks along its shorelines and plenty of walking trails for Fido too.

Several dog parents are choosing the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail for their pet-friendly vacation destination. For more information regarding specific businesses, call the office at 800-684-5217 or visit

Cassandra Harrington is the executive director of the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. To learn more, visit