What rhymes with snow? BEER!
Margarita enjoyed visiting a new brewery ( Chimney Rustic Ales ) while the flurries began to fall !
What rhymes with snow? BEER!
Margarita enjoyed visiting a new brewery ( Chimney Rustic Ales ) while the flurries began to fall !
Margarita checked off another Adventure List item!
Everyone red meat-eater has their favorite steakhouse, right? Well, Brian’s preferred high-end steakhouse is a a place called The Library II . Now I don’t eat meat at all, but I must say, this place is one of my favorites too… for their famous (and huge!) all-you-can-eat salad bar!
The Library II has been in business since 1942. This restaurant has long been a New Jersey landmark and neighborhood favorite with its distinctive “library” atmosphere and unique serving style. They are well-known for their steaks, surf-and-turf, and salad bar.
When ordering here, you meet your chef at the kitchen window, where he/she will help you select the perfect cut of steak, or your choice of lobster tail.
Not a meat or seafood eater? No problem! The Library has one of the largest salad bars I have ever seen…and best of all: The salad bar is “all you can eat!” Beyond the “normal” salad bar items, the Library II salad bar has an extensive assortment of fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, and gourmet cheeses!
Margarita’s filet mignon:
Margarita enjoyed her fancy steak!
BOK to School!
What a cool place to spend a Sunday-Funday during Back-to-School season!
Bok Bar is located on the rooftop of a closed technical high school. The rooftop bar is dog friendly on Sundays after 2pm.
It was neat walking through the hallway of the school to get to the elevator which led to the rooftop!
The bathrooms were left just as they were when the high school was open!
Margarita enjoyed snoozing on the rooftop!
Check out the views!
Margarita visited the Cherry Street Pier!
Cherry Street Pier is a dog-friendly, “mixed-use” public space within a century-old pier on the Delaware River in Philadelphia, PA.
Cherry Street Pier was originally built in 1919 as a shipping pier . You can still see the original railroad tracks, and steel trussed roof.
There is an open-air garden under the Pier’s historic steel trussed roof. Here you will find concessions sold out of historic train cars! There is also many beautiful views of the Delaware River.
We took a break down by the river and enjoyed a beverage.
Margarita snoozed along the Delaware River just beyond the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
One of the most yummy (and fun!) Adventure List Items check off!
Rita performed her very own “Pat’s vs. Geno’s” taste test.
Click on the video below to see which famous Philadelphia cheesesteak joint she thinks is the best!
Train Wreck Distillery is New Jersey’s first legal craft distillery since prohibition!
The distillery is located in the historic Mount Holly train station.
Train Wreck welcomes dogs both at the outdoor seating area as well as inside the distillery.
We purchased a bottle for our home bar before leaving.
Margarita visited the Robin’s Nest for dinner!
Robin’s Nest is located in the historic town of Mount Holly, NJ.
We were lucky to get a table right by the water!
Another enjoyable New Jersey Brewery!
Kelly Green Brewing Company, located in Pittman, NJ, is open Wednesdays from 5 – 10PM, Thursdays from 5 – 10 PM, Fridays from 3- 10 PM, Saturdays from 12 – 10 PM, and Sundays from 12:30 am – 6 PM.
You can take a tour any time during brewery hours, and if you don’t plan to hang out in their tasting room, you can bring your growler in to be filled with your favorite Kelly Green Brewing Co. beer.
Right now their beer cannot be bought in stores – it is brewed and sold exclusively at the brewery.
We enjoyed the beer, the atmosphere, and the fellow beer drinkers here!
Another day, another brewery for Señorita Margarita…
Human Village Brewing Company in Pittman, NJ!
The Smashing Pumpkin Ale was delish!
A colleague at work recommended we try Bonesaw Brewing Co. so of course we couldn’t resist!
Owned by a surgeon and his brother-in-law, Bonesaw is open 7 days a week, and allows dogs on the outdoor patio area.
This brewery has quite a few beers on tap! Click HERE to see their menu.
We very much enjoyed our flight of beer, and will definitely visit Bonesaw again soon!
Hidden Sands Brewing Company just opened in 2016, and has a pretty neat story about how they obtain fresh water for their beer.
Hidden Sands Brewing Company dug down to tap the 800 foot deep fresh water aquifer in the area !
In addition, all Hidden Sands brews are made with quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Veteran owned, woman owned, and American crafted!
Backward Flag Brewery has a very cool atmosphere and delicious beer!
The spirit of the Pinelands influences the names of their signature brews and the laid-back atmosphere in the taproom.
Their water is obtained from the Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer, which is known to contain some of the best all-natural drinking water in the world.
We enjoyed the beer, atmosphere, and people at this brewery!
Atco Brewing Company brews in small batches and is located in Southern NJ.
You can view their current beer menu by clicking HERE . Here’s our flight:
What’s YOUR superpower ?!?!
Sharpies are provided to write your name on the post!
They even have a “Stowaway Membership” that includes:
Another day, another brewery! Sniffing out dog friendly watering holes one beer at a time!
Berlin Brewing Company was founded in 2014.
They have an extremely cool tasting room they call the Pastime Tap Room, as it is filled with baseball memorabilia.
Sharpies are provided so you can add your name to the flight stand… can you find ours in both of the pics below?
Good beer and good times! If you visit around Christmas – we highly suggest the Holly Jolly Winter Warmer!
Continuing our mission to find ALL the dog-friendly watering holes, a friend of ours told us Zed’s was a “must-try.” Zed’s Beer is one of the newer breweries in our area.
Geoff Bado received a “Mr. Beer” kit as a gag-gift at Christmas . . . and now, 20 years later, he is the founder and brewer for Zed’s Beer!
As of now, in NJ, breweries in New Jersey, there is a law that requires you be provided a tour of the brewery before purchasing a pint or flight.
The tasting room at Zed’s has a great atmosphere!
Salem Oak Vineyards in Southern NJ was super dog friendly!
The wine was yummy, and the tasting room was neat … Best of all – the tasting room was dog-friendly!
While we were doing a wine tasting at Coda Rossa Winery , our host suggested that after our tasting we try a new winery that was right down the street.
We took the suggestion – and were so glad we did!
This family-run winery is set on beautiful grounds where you can take your dog for walks on the trails. Autumn Lake Winery is so new, that their tasting room is not built yet, but they have a temporary tasting room set up in a greenhouse.
The family is so nice, and their wines are very tasty! Oh – and they LOVE dogs!
Coda Rossa Winery is named for the Red-Tail Hawks that live in their vineyard.
This winery features both New Jersey and California wines. We did a tasting here and were very pleased with all the wines we tasted!
Halbrendt Vineyard is a small winery owned by a husband and wife who built their winery while both holding full-time jobs at Penn State University Fruit Research & Extension Center. We very much enjoyed the wines here, and the tasting room is dog-friendly!
Adams County Winery is one of the oldest wineries in Pennsylvania, and also was voted Best Winery in Gettysburg. Best of all, they have free wine tastings every day!
Santa, Mrs. Claus, and a few of their elves even stopped by to visit Margarita and tell her she was on the Nice List!
Reid’s Winery and Cider House did not allow dogs inside the tasting room, but they did have a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
During our stay in Gettysburg this past Thanksgiving, Margarita had the opportunity to go shopping with her PAWrents!
Dogs of Gettysburg Pet & Gift Emporium is a Civil War inspired shop that contains unique gifts for both people and dogs.
We found a cool Pointer print, which we now have hanging in our home:
…and a few other fun gifts:
Not only did we love their wines (we bought a case!), they had a chocolate fountain – YUM!
Balic’ also had a quite outdoor sitting area:
Best of all, they are dog friendly, and have their own vineyard dog, Mariah , who Margarita quickly made friends with!
We will definitely be adding this winery to our “visit regularly” list!
Previously home to acres of apple orchards, Hauser Estate Winery ‘s tasting room is located right outside of Gettysburg. Beneath the tasting room is an underground winery production facility. The winery also has a location in downtown Gettysburg on Lincoln Square.
We visited the tasting room, which was situated on a hill, and had a gorgeous view.
We sat on the outside deck, as dogs were not allowed inside.
Their outdoor patio was dog-friendly.
Margarita had her “first day at college” with a great visit at Rowan College at Burlington County meeting students and staff in the Student Success Center for their Mental Health Week event, while she helped enlighten them on the positive benefits therapy dogs provide for students with depression and anxiety!
The event was sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa Chi lota Chapter and RCBC Student Support.
The first full week of October focused on increasing understanding of what mental illness feels like, so others can learn more about the wide range of symptoms experienced by those living with a mental illness.
In addition, the purpose of this week was to also reduce the misunderstanding and stigma associated with mental health conditions.
After Margarita was blessed by the Pastor at the Blessing of the Animals, we headed over to see The Stone Pony. We then decided to check out the Asbury Park boardwalk. There are several dog friendly eateries on this boardwalk. We decided to try Pop’s Garage – and were glad we did!
With authentic Mexican cuisine and delicious drinks, how could we pass it up!?!
The staff was very dog friendly and set up a water bowl for Rita.
The food was delicious, and the drinks were amazing! If we are ever back in Asbury Park, we will definitely be visiting Pop’s Garage again!
Although we had been to several boardwalks in NJ, we had never been to this one – and it was the perfect weather day for the occasion!
Rita loved people-watching!
Even though it was a perfect day, the boardwalk was not very crowded. We enjoyed taking a walk, looking at the beach, and listening to the ocean!
I was born and raised in NJ, and had always wanted to visit – it was awesome to see it in person!
Margarita checked-off another 2017 Summer Bucket List item when we visited the dog Beach on Long Beach Island.
She even went into Barnegat Bay for the very first time (You can see Barnegat Light House across the Bay)!
Margarita had a blast retrieving her toy from the bay!
We had an amazing day!
On our way to the game:
Arriving at the Blue Claws home stadium- First Energy Park:
Rita got her own “wrist” band for the game!
Finding our seats… we had a great view!
Keeping cool during the game:
Margarita found a doggie friend, and didn’t want to leave his side!
Margarita enjoyed her first ball field hot dog !
Such a fun time!
Margarita’s Summer 2017 Bucket List item: Take a ride in a canoe for the first time!
What a beautiful night ~ The sky was as pink as Rita’s life jacket!
We had a beautiful sunset, and a fun night out on our lake!
Another great New Jersey winery ~ Amalthea Cellars !
Such a cool tasting room! Dog’s aren’t allowed inside – so if you visit with a friend, be sure to have them watch your pooch while you check out the inside of the winery.
We sat outside on the pretty grounds and very much enjoyed ourselves and the wine!
White Horse Winery, located in Hammonton, NJ, quickly became one of our favorite wineries!
Dogs are not allowed in the tasting room. However, leashed, well behaved friendly dogs are allowed outside, where they have corn hole, live entertainment, fire pits, and plenty of seating.
They have a nice selection of white, red, and rosé wines.
I think this may be Margarita’s new favorite winery as well!
Dimatteo’s Winery is located in a major farming are of Southern New Jersey.
The tasting room was dog friendly!
Plagido’s Winery had been on our list for quite some time.
However, dogs are only allowed on the patio area, so we had to wait for a nice day to visit. It was worth the wait!
All the grapes are planted, picked and fermented on the estate grounds.
We learned during our visit that the owner of Plagido’s used to have a German Shorthaired Pointer, who unfortunately, he had recently lost. We enjoyed talking to him about the breed, and he enjoyed meeting Margarita.
During the weekend of April 22-23, The Liver Killers attended one of our favorite competitions held annually at Frontier Town Campground.
We absolutely love this campground – and the dogs LOVE the waterfront campsite !
Here are the dock diving results from this event:
Extreme Vertical: 4’10”
Speed Retrieve: 8.418 seconds
Iron Dog: 2678.44 points (3rd Place Warrior Division)
Finals: 23’2″ (First Place)
Extreme Vertical: 6’0″
Extreme Vertical: 5’8″ (2nd Place)
Margarita enjoyed competing in a Pie Eating Contest, where she earned herself a 6th Place ribbon!
Rita also enjoyed Lure Coursing… but perhaps enjoyed the horses around the Lure Coursing field more so than the Lure Coursing itself, as she ignored the lure, and bolted off to the fence-line to see the horses! 🙁
Hammonton, NJ has several wineries that we have visited, but we had never tried a Hammonton brewery. We loved the beer and the atmosphere here!
This brewery is a small craft brewery in downtown Hammonton, NJ. Their focus is brewing IPA’s and Saison style beers, which are available in their tasting room and distributed all over NJ.
The beer selections in our tasting were delicious, and the brewery was extremely dog friendly!
This may be our new favorite winery!
A very unique and cozy tasting room:
And so many delicious wines!
Southwind is located in Millville, NJ, and was established just about 40 years ago. Located on a 100-acre farm, Southwind always has events to attend such as yoga, book club, and Art & Wine nights. The grounds also has many walking and riding trails to enjoy.
This is currently Cumberland County’s only winery – so if you are in the area, make this a “must do” on your agenda – you won’t be disappointed!
Double Nickel is a craft brewery located in Pennsauken, NJ, and is super dog friendly! This brewery is located in the town I grew up in, so I was very excited to visit and do a tasting!
This brewery was definitely worth visiting – we will be back for sure!
Eclipse Brewing is located in Merchantville, NJ in the town’s former EMS building.
The owner is a 27-year homebrewer, and has some very tasty selections!
I liked each of the four beers in my tasting – and so did Brian. We stayed for a glass of our favorites.
We will definitely be visiting Eclipse again soon!
Rita came along with us to Lowe’s Home Improvement to help pick out our porch floor stain!
Come on, Dad – you are taking too long!
Yup – we have everything, Dad! Now let’s go home and play fetch!
Margarita was a great shopper!
*Please note- not all Lowe’s Home Improvement stores are dog friendly. The company leaves it to the store manager’s decision, so be sure to call ahead if you plan to take your pup along with you to shop in a Lowe’s store.
William Heritage Winery is family owned and operated, and located in Mullica Hill, NJ.
The outside patio is dog friendly, and the wines are probably some of the best we have tasted in NJ!
We were super excited when Lower Forge Brewery opened, as it is located in the next town over from us – historic downtown Medford!
This brewery has great beer, and is extremely dog friendly!
Porter’s visit to Lower Forge in 2019
Village Idiot Brewing is located in historic downtown Mount Holly, NJ.
The tasting room was an old bar, and had a great atmosphere!
There were many interesting choices for our beer tasting!
Another great dog-friendly brewery – Spellbound Brewing!
A very cool tasting room filled with friendly people and a festive Christmas atmosphere!