Lonely Planet Writer

A town in Maine is running street food tours strictly for dogs and their human companions

If you’d like to take a food tour in New England and don’t want to leave your pet pooch at home, you may be interested to learn that the town of Kennebunkport on the coast of Maine is running a dedicated street food tour for dogs.

Kennebunkport on the coast of Maine is running a dedicated street-food tour for dogs. Image: Maine Foodie Tours

Running on Saturdays  until October, the tour makes several stops where dogs and their owners can enjoy great New England food and treats. It is run by Maine Foodie Tours, and venues visited include Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, where owners get to drink craft brews while their dogs enjoy soft-centre peanut butter biscuits. At HB Provisions, everyone gets to enjoy ice cream, served with a biscuit bone for the canines and a serving of whoopee pie for the humans. The Candyman offers chewy saltwater taffy, and Scalawags pet emporium treats the furry friends to some coconut and cranberry granola clusters and white cheddar bark pops.

Kennebunkport on the coast of Maine is running a dedicated street-food tour for dogs. Image: Maine Foodie Tours

Kennebunkport is known as an animal-loving town, and dogs are welcomed in many shops, restaurants and even hotels. The Colony Hotel, a historic landmark on the Kennebunk River, even holds a season-ending weekend when dogs are allowed to eat in the dining room and swim in the beach club pool. The Captain Jefferds Inn has five pet-friendly rooms and offers personalised dog treats, bowls, towels and sheets.

Kennebunkport on the coast of Maine is running a dedicated street-food tour for dogs. Image: Maine Foodie Tours

While the Doggy and Me tour is great fun, it has an altruistic side as profits are donated to the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk. It costs $34 per person and lasts for 1.5 to 2 hours. If you come on vacation without your pet, no worries as you can still take the tour and bring home the treats to them.

Kennebunkport on the coast of Maine is running a dedicated street-food tour for dogs. Image: Maine Foodie Tours

“The dogs often provide lots of entertainment to us on the tours as they get to know each other and so far, they all get along,” Pamela J Laskey, owner of Maine Foodie Tours tells Lonely Planet. “Owners are all very aware that they should keep their dogs under control and all of them do.  Most of the time, guests get into conversations with one another about all sorts of dog-related topics and it’s just plain fun!”

For further information on the Doggy and Me tour, see here.