Dog Friendly Travel: Duluth, MN

Dog Friendly Travel: Duluth, Minnesota | trip planning tips + itineraries for planning your dog friendly vacation in Duluth, Minnesota.

Last week we escaped north to Lake Superior for a couple nights of dog friendly travel in Duluth, Minnesota. We ended up with better weather than we had expected (always a nice surprise!) but did have to dodge rain a time or two. Even with cooler temperatures and a bit of rain, we managed to keep ourselves and Walter very happy and entertained during our time in Duluth, and are excited to share our tips with you! We’ve included suggestions to help you start building your Duluth itinerary and would also suggest checking out the Visit Duluth website for additional ideas!

Dog Friendly Travel: Duluth, Minnesota | trip planning tips + itineraries for planning your dog friendly vacation in Duluth, Minnesota: Sunrise over Lake Superior from Fitger's Inn Duluth MN


Fitger’s Inn has a selection of dog friendly rooms, but you’ll want to make reservations in advance to make sure you secure one before they book up. This is a great place to stay with your dog because the entire complex is dog friendly! Fitger’s Inn has taken what was once their old brewery building and turned it into a mall. It’s kind of a labyrinth of cool shops, restaurants, a brewery and little pubs. It has a european feel and it was easy to imagine we were back in Germany or Austria! Plus, your dog can go into any of the shops, a couple of the bars and is welcome on the patios!

Fitger’s has a great location, with the lakefront and canal park within easy walking distance. We found the area around Fitger’s to be very dog friendly and enjoyed the river walk as a good spot for Walter’s potty breaks. If you plan on biking you’ll appreciate easy access to the city’s bike paths and the fact that Fitger’s is down along the lake front, where it’s flat, and you can get to a lot of great places while avoiding the steep hills. We’d like to thank Visit Duluth for help with arranging our dog-friendly lodging!


Dog Friendly Travel: Duluth, Minnesota | trip planning tips + itineraries for planning your dog friendly vacation in Duluth, Minnesota: dog friendly bars and shops

A Place for Fido – This is an amazing little pet shop located inside Fitger’s (as mentioned, this entire mall is dog friendly). Take your pooch in there to sample a free treat and to pick up a bag of something yummy to enjoy on his vacation! We got Walter a new harness and a bag of Bark Pops. We really appreciated the employees knowledge of the brands they carried and each product’s features and were really happy with the new harness!

Matilda’s Dog Bakery – This is another fun store to take your dog to. Not only is it dog friendly, but it is full of fresh, healthy, home made dog biscuits and treats! Walter was beside himself with all the delicious smells! We ended up grabbing him a bag of their Peanut Butter, Bacon and Maple biscuits and he’s totally wild about them! While you’re in the area grab a human treat and cup of coffee at Johnson Bakery. Their maple longjohn was the best I’ve ever had in my life, hands down (I gushed all about it on Yelp)

Dog Friendly Travel: Duluth, Minnesota | trip planning tips + itineraries for planning your dog friendly vacation in Duluth, Minnesota: dog friendly shops and restaurants

Enjoy the LakewalkDuluth has a great lakefront park with trails and bike paths. It’s a great place to bike, walk your dog, jog or just enjoy the views. It starts at Canal Park, where you’ll find a variety or restaurants, bars, breweries and shops (more about those, below), and extends 7 miles to 60th Avenue East!

Dog Friendly Travel: Duluth, Minnesota | trip planning tips + itineraries for planning your dog friendly vacation in Duluth, Minnesota: canal park and light house.

Canal Park – Dubbed as “Duluth’s Playground” this central spot has great views of the lake, a lighthouse, and access to rocky shorelines and pebble beaches as well as a host of bars, restaurants and shops! The system of bike and walking paths makes it easy to access and get around.

Get Ice Cream – the adorable PortLand Malt Shoppe is super Instagrammy and serves up delicious scoops. Grab one and enjoy it lakeside while your furry friend chases the Lake Superior waves.

Dog Friendly Travel: Duluth, Minnesota | trip planning tips + itineraries for planning your dog friendly vacation in Duluth, Minnesota: Gooseberry Falls and Castle Danger Brewing

Drive the North Shore – Take highway 61 north out of Duluth 40 miles towards  Beaver Bay. Along the way you can tour Glensheen Mansion (if your dog can be safe in the car, depending on weather), enjoy lake views (highway 61 hugs the shoreline the entire way!), stop at Castle Danger Brewing in Two Harbors (dog friendly on the patio), hike with your dog at Gooseberry Falls,  and if you want to drive even further north you can get some amazing photos at Palisade Head. This website has a beautiful North Shore Drive itinerary that starts in Duluth and ends in Portage (142 miles).

These Duluth dining options are all dog friendly on the patio! 

Canal Park Brewing – This one has a fire pit, so it’s a great option for a cold beer or meal if the temperatures are a little on the cool side. We didn’t eat here but the beer and patio get four paws up!
Northern Waters Smokehaus  – Their menu is incredible, highly rated, and they allow dogs on the patio (dog bowls and treats, too)! (their Instagram account, @northernwaters_restaurant, had me drooling before we even left for the trip).
Vitta Pizza – Great pizza (came highly recommended from a friend) and a dog friendly patio.
Little Angie’s Cantina – If you’re feeling Mexican food this little cantina will do the trick! Your dog is welcome to join you on the patio.

Do you have a dog friendly recommendation or something you think we missed during our trip to Duluth, Minnesota! Leave a comment and let us know, we’re hoping to get back up there soon! 

DIY Doggy Dry Shampoo

DIY Lavender Doggy Dry Shampoo Tutorial - keep your dog smelling fresh between baths and help treat skin irritations and prevent fleas, naturally! | Thyme is Honey

Sometimes I wonder if other dogs hate baths as much as #WalterBtheJRT does. He behaves well when he’s in the bathtub, but the second we grab a towel from the laundry room he hides or crawls under the dining room table. His hatred for bath time along with his sensitive skin means that I usually try to avoid it if at all possible.

Some of our experiences through fostering (look at all our cute fosters, here) also inspired me to want dry shampoo that I could use on dogs. Sometimes when dogs come out of the shelter they can have an odor that no amount of washing can really alleviate. Plus, dogs don’t really need a bath as often as we think they do. As soon as a dog has an odor our instinct is to bathe them, but their skin and fur really isn’t meant to endure all that primping. Dry shampoo to the rescue!

I like to mix this up and use it on Walter between baths (which he gets about once per month). Use a theraputic grade essential oil (I use Young Living) and switch up the scent depending on what you need. Here are a few of my favorites:

Lavender: a refreshing scent that smells great but is also relaxing for anxious dogs and good for dogs with sensitive skin and can help calm skin issues.
Tea Tree: helps repel fleas! A natural flea preventative.
Peppermint: refreshing and can help alleviate itching from bug bites or allergies. Stimulates circulation and can help with arthritis, dysplasia an other injuries. Also great for motion sickness. (click here to view full post)

DIY Lavender Doggy Dry Shampoo Tutorial - keep your dog smelling fresh between baths and help treat skin irritations and prevent fleas, naturally! | Thyme is Honey


Peanut Butter + Vitamin Filled Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Peanut Butter + Vitamin Filled Coconut Oil Dog Treats - give your dog a daily dose of vitamins that support healthy gums, coat, and digestion! | Thyme is Honey

You know I love to feed Walter coconut oil. If you aren’t already aware of all the benefits coconut oil provides to dogs, be sure to check out my previous post, which talks more about them. The biggest benefit we have enjoyed, is coconut oil’s ability to keep Walter’s teeth and gums clean + healthy. He will be 5 in October and has never had his teeth cleaned. During his last visit, the vet said he had the teeth of a 1 year old dog (#ProudDogMama).

Our experience of fostering through Fetch Wisconsin has introduced us to an entire community of dog freaks lovers, who have taught me even more about the benefits of coconut oil. Our foster community has used coconut oil to treat everything from peeling paws to itchy skin. My foster partner also introduced me to the magic dog vitamin supplements such as Naturvet, and I knew I had to start incorporating a vitamin supplement into Walter’s routine! (click here to read full post)



The Love of a Dog

"Can you even imagine a life without the love of a dog?" | Thyme is Honey

Walter told me that I have to stop taking photos of him when he’s sleeping. He told me it’s creepy and kind of rude. So, I guess I’ll stop (<– not actually likely), but I snapped this one and it’s cute and every time I look at it I just want to squeeeeeeeeeeze him. I love this dog so much and I’m totally okay with how crazy I look.

Walter went to the vet this week and the vet was once again amazed by how clean his teeth were. He’s 4.5 and his teeth have never been brushed or cleaned, and yet she said he has the teeth of a very young dog. Win! Great teeth can be genetic, for sure, but I credit Walter’s clean teeth and stellar dental health to these coconut oil dog treats that I give him every night before bed. This seemed like a good time to remind you of the tutorial and suggest that you make some for your furry buddy.

Be sure you’re following us on Instagram for more cute shots of #WalterBtheJRT. Okay, follow me on Instagram but Walter basically runs the show.

Last Minute Gifts from Amazon Prime

Last Minute Gift Ideas from Amazon Prime | Thyme is Honey

In case you aren’t aware, there are only 5 days until Christmas. I need to run a few last-minute errands today, and I’m totally shuddering at the thought of entering any stores on the last Saturday before Christmas. In case you’re in the same boat, I decided to round up 8 amazing little gifts that are available via Amazon Prime and could arrive at your house as soon as Monday (with one day shipping) or Tuesday (with the standard free 2-day shipping available to Amazon Prime Members).

Not sure what Amazon Prime is? Here’s a quick rundown: you pay $99 for a 1-year subscription. With that you get FREE 2-day shipping on your orders or you can upgrade to 1-day shipping for $3.99 per item. With the membership you also get access to their library of Amazon Prime streaming content (similar to Netflix). It’s an incredible deal…we’ve had a membership for the past 6 years and it pays for itself time and time again. You can sign up for a free 30-day Trial here (that’s totally enough time to binge watch their 3x golden globe nominated original series, Transparent).

Now, back to the gifts! These are all items that I have owned or gifted personally, and I followed up with those folks to make sure they are still loving the gift. So, if there’s anyone left on your list maybe make some hot coco, put on a movie, and order one of my suggestions below:

  1. The Tea LoverPekoe Tree Glass Tea Tumbler ($31.95) I wasn’t a big tea drinker until this year and it’s a little obsession that my younger sister and I share. For her birthday I got her a tea tumbler (and one for myself, too) and we’ve both been loving them. I usually fill mine up and night and put it in the fridge so that I have a big container of chilled tea to drink mid-morning. She makes hers and takes it with her to school.
  2. ParentsBeing Mortal by Atul Gawande ($16.10) If you have parents or grandparents who enjoy reading, this is a great book to give them. Although its kind of a morbid topic, I think anyone will appreciate the wealth of knowledge gained from reading it. I recommend it to everyone I talk with about books. It was so good that the second I finished it I flipped back to page 1 and started again. I’ve purchased at least 5 copies in the last year to give as gifts (the large print version is also a great option).
  3. The Health Nut –  Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker ($16.55) This is another book that totally opened my eyes and changed my life, and I love giving that gift to other people. My dad and I read this one together book club style about 9 months ago and we still have conversations about it. If you have a health nut  on your list they will surely appreciate this read.
  4. The Whole FamSwish ($12.77) We bought this game locally on Shop Small Saturday, but Amazon has it too, of course! We’ve been playing it a lot the past few weeks, I’ve basically been carrying it in my purse and we’ve been introducing friends to it constantly. It’s a riot and fun for the entire family and a wide range of ages can play together. A great gift to give to your parents so that you can all enjoy it while you’re home.
  5. The Photo CrazedInstax Camera ($84.98) Smartphones take great photos, but even the most avid Instagrammer can’t deny the fun of Fujifilm’s Instax Mini Cameras. They print out small Polaroid-type photos, and are a blast to play around with. I’ll admit that this is the only item on the list I haven’t given or received…but I have so much fun playing with my friend’s and am hoping for one under the tree! (husband, are you listening?)
  6. Nieces and NephewsBrain Flakes ($26.41) I like giving kids toys that are interactive. I got Brain Flakes for my twin niece and nephew when they turned 4, and they (along with their 7 year old sister) totally love it. I FaceTimed them this morning for an official statement and they said: “Brain Flakes are awesome because you can make anything! Even Shopkins (from the 7 year old)! Or Apple Jack (from one of the 4 year olds)!” I don’t really know what either of those things are but I love that they are still enjoying these!
  7. For the TravelerCarry on Cocktail Kit ($20.08) Know someone who travels a lot for work or pleasure? Consider giving them the gift of a Gin and Tonic at 30,000 feet, or an Old Fashioned while they fly across Colorado. All they need to do is purchase a little bottle of booze mid-flight and ta-da! Happy hour.
  8. Dogs and Dog LoversTug a Jug Puzzle Toy ($9.69)  Hands-down the best toy we’ve purchased for Walter and all of our foster dogs have loved it, too. You place treats inside and the dog has to work to get them out by figuring out how to pull on the rope and get them to dispense. It usually occupies them for 30-60 minutes and is a great way to occupy a smart dog.

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