9 Places Your Dog Is Welcome in West Michigan

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By Phoebe Lipton

November 4, 2022

Don’t leave Bingo behind—there are plenty of pet-friendly spots in West Michigan where you can eat, drink, shop, and more.

It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re getting ready to meet friends. Sensing you’re about to leave, your pup follows you everywhere as you gather your things. When you finally look down, you’re greeted with big, sad eyes. Do you text your friends and cancel to snuggle with your dog or swallow the guilt and just go?

Everyone appreciates a welcoming atmosphere, including your dog. Check out these West Michigan spots that encourage you to bring your pooch along.

Mitten Brewing Company (Grand Rapids)

527 Leonard St. SW

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This local brewery was founded in 2012 by two close friends who strived to create an inclusive atmosphere for everyone that stops by, and that goes for dogs too. The Mitten Brewing Company is in Grand Rapids’ historic Engine House No. 9, which provides the perfect spot for people to come together and enjoy a unique, lively ambiance. Stop by this vintage baseball- themed spot for handcrafted beer or gourmet pizza in a spacious outdoor seating area.

The Poppy Peach (Holland)

21 E 8th St. Suite #100

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This quaint boutique in Holland opened in 2018 with a focus on high-quality lightweight statement pieces. The next time you’re looking to expand your wardrobe or find that perfect gift, stop here with your pup in tow. He or she will be welcomed with a treat.

Hobo’s Tavern (Muskegon) 

1411 Whitehall Rd.

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This pub is another perfect spot to enjoy with your four-legged friend. At Hobo’s you can enjoy a casual dining experience by a warm fire or head inside for an evening of lively music. The mouthwatering dishes are affordable, and they’re known to provide exceptional service. They have plenty of outdoor seating for you and your dog to come and enjoy a unique ambiance.

Fenn Valley Vineyards (Fennville)

6130 122nd Ave

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This family-owned and operated vineyard and winery was established in 1973 and has sought to produce world-class wines from the grapes grown along the shore of Lake Michigan. The beautiful Fenn Valley Vineyards is situated between many popular destination spots in West Michigan such as South Haven and Holland. You can visit the winery for free tastings or make reservations for private wine tastings—and your dog is more than welcome to enjoy the plentiful outdoor areas with you. 

Farmhaus Cider Co. (Hudsonville)

5025 Stanton St.

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This cider bar opened on a small farm that had been owned by the founder and his family for over 150 years. Together with friends and family, they worked to rebuild an abandoned barn on the property, and gained recognition by word of mouth due to their outstanding cider. Bring your leashed furry companion to enjoy the outdoor space filled with picnic tables; Farmhaus often has good food trucks available to try along with a wide variety of ciders.

Reader’s World (Holland)

194 S River Ave.

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This family-owned and operated bookstore has been around for over 50 years. It’s always important to support local bookstores and this one is special for many locals due to its welcoming atmosphere and friendly workers. Peruse this cozy spot for your next favorite read, not to mention puzzles and other cool finds, while your dog gets to enjoy that enchanting smell of books. 

Wax Poetic Candle Bar (Grand Rapids)

1423 Lake Dr. SE

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Located in the Eastown neighborhood, this candle bar was established in 2017 and is welcoming to pets. The story of Wax Poetic began two years earlier when the founder invited some friends over to enjoy her hobby of candle pouring. Everyone loved it so much that she turned this relaxing experience into a business. Bonus: They work directly with manufacturers to ensure that everyone is aware of what exactly is going into their products. 

Vintage Green Antiques (Grand Haven)

7 N. 7th St.

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This Centertown antique shop is home to many unique, vintage items. It’s also a space for people—and pooches!—to come together and find a sense of community.

Uncommon Coffee Roasters (Saugatuck)

127 Hoffman St

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Uncommon Coffee Roasters, which opened in 1994 in downtown Saugatuck, strives to promote sustainability. They believe that it is their responsibility to champion diversity and give back to their community in any way that they can. Support this special place’s mission by stopping by to enjoy fresh brewed coffee and mouthwatering baked goods in the company of your four-legged friend. 

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