Bok Bar: Philadelphia, PA

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!

Kelly Green Brewing Company:Pittman, NJ

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!

Bonesaw Brewing Company: Glassboro, NJ

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: Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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.

Getting a closer look at the brewing tanks

Backward Flag Brewing Company: Forked River, NJ

Veteran owned, woman owned, and American crafted!

Backward Flag Brewery has a very cool atmosphere and delicious beer!

Outdoor couch!

 

Pinelands Brewing Company: Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Located  in the Jersey Pine Barrens (home of the infamous Jersey Devil – read more about it HERE …and HERE ! ), Pinelands Brewing Company  is a homegrown nano-brewery.

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: Atco, NJ

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:

  • Invite to stowaway events (4 per year) for early access to experimental stowaway brew/recipes
  • Includes one free flight and a pint at each event
  • Reduced price beer at each event
  • 1 Stowaway Pint Glass
  • 1 Stowaway T-Shirt
  • Reduced renewal rate for subsequent years

Berlin Brewing Company: Berlin, NJ

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.

Our flight:

 

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!

Zed’s Beer: Marlton, NJ

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!

                                                                                    Know what rhymes with Rain? … 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!

 

 

 

                                              Just wishing someone would stop drinking their beer for a second and come pet me!

Salem Oak Vineyards: Pedricktown, NJ

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!

                                                                                          We loved the wine box bar-front!

Autumn Lake Winery: Williamstown, NJ

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: Franklinville, NJ

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 and Winery: Orrtanna, PA

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: Gettysburg, PA

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!

 

 

Buddy Boy Winery: Gettysburg, PA

 

Buddy Boy Winery has a selection of whites, reds, and specialty wines (check out the names of some of the specialty wines!)

 

Their bartender was pretty cute, too!

Dogs of Gettysburg Pet & Gift Emporium

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.

                                                                  Rita decided to do some shopping of her own!

We found a cool Pointer print, which we now have hanging in our home:

…and a few other fun gifts:

Balic’ Winery: Mays Landing, NJ

Balic’ Winery makes over 27 award-winning wines!

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!

Cheers!

Hauser Estate Winery: Biglerville, PA

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.

 

We enjoyed the wine and the views here!

Rita Goes to College!

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.

Pop’s Garage: Asbury Park, NJ

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!

Asbury Park Boardwalk: Asbury Park

After Rita attended The Blessing of the Animals, we decided to visit the Asbury Park Boardwalk.

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!

The Stone Pony: Asbury Park, NJ

After was blessed at The Blessing of the Animals, we  headed over to see the famous Stone Pony!

Said to be one of the greatest rock venues on earth, The Stone Pony was a starting point for NJ locals like Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and Steve Van Zandt!

I was born and raised in NJ, and had always wanted to visit – it was awesome to see it in person!

More Summer Bucket List Items Accomplished

Margarita visited Island State Beach Park where she checked of TWO 2017 Summer Bucket List items:

1.  Visiting a State Park

2.  Walking in the ocean

 

Entering the beach

Rita had fun taking a walk in the ocean for the first time!

My favorite photo from the day:

Walking on the Beach

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!

 

First Baseball Game!

Margarita checked-off another Summer 2017 Bucket List item …  We attended a Lakewood Blue Claws game together!

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!

Watching the game with Pop:

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!

First Canoe Ride!

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!

First Ice Cream Cone!

One of Margarita’s Summer 2017 Bucket List items was to enjoy her first ice cream cone!

We took her to the Sand Stand in Medford, NJ – I think she enjoyed it! Haha!

 

 

Amalthea Cellars Farm Winery: Atco, NJ

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: Hammonton, NJ

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: Hammonton, NJ

Dimatteo’s Winery is located in a major farming are of Southern New Jersey.

We very much enjoyed the wines here, and purchased several bottles to add to our stash at home.

The tasting room was dog friendly!

Plagido’s Winery: Hammonton, NJ

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.

Delmarva DockDogs Unleashed at Pooch Palooza; Berlin, MD

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:

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Big Air:  

19’6″

19’9″

19’9″

Extreme Vertical:    4’10”

Speed Retrieve:    8.418 seconds

Iron Dog:     2678.44 points (3rd Place Warrior Division)

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Big Air:

24’4″

Finals:   23’2″ (First Place)

 

Extreme Vertical:   6’0″

Lager

Big Air:

19’0″

19’4″

 

Extreme Vertical:    5’8″  (2nd Place)

Margarita:

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!  🙁

 

Three 3’s Brewing Company: Hammonton, NJ

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!

Tasting room:

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!

Southwind Vineyard and Winery: Millville, NJ

This may be our new favorite winery!

A very unique and cozy tasting room:

Very dog-friendly!

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 Brewing Company; Pennsauken, NJ

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!

We enjoyed all the beer we tasted!

This brewery was definitely worth visiting – we will be back for sure!

Eclipse Brewing; Merchantville, NJ

Eclipse Brewing is located in Merchantville, NJ in the town’s former EMS building.

I was excited to try this Brewery, as it is located in the town where I attended elementary school! 

The tasting room had a great atmosphere – and had a World, United States, and NJ map where you can pin the location you are from!

Getting Medford Lakes on the map!

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’s First Shopping Experience at Lowe’s Home Improvement

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!

My tail points to English Chestnut… trust me on this one!

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: Mullica Hill, NJ

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!

Village Idiot Brewing: Mount Holly, NJ

Village Idiot Brewing is located in historic downtown Mount Holly, NJ.

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The tasting room was an old bar, and had a great atmosphere!

There were many interesting choices for our beer tasting!

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Spellbound Brewing: Mount Holly, NJ

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A very cool tasting room filled with friendly people and a festive Christmas atmosphere!

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Rita enjoyed chilling out by the Christmas tree! sp2

Flying Fish Brewing Company: Somerdale, NJ

Do you like great beer and a super-dog-friendly atmosphere? Then you’d love Flying Fish Brewing Company!

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We had a blast here enjoying some very tasty beer selections, and meeting other people and their dogs! A German Shorthaired Pointer came in and immediately warmed right up to Margarita!

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We enjoyed doing a beer tasting here – so many great choices!

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Margarita wanted to know why SHE wasn’t offered a tasting! ff5

I just love their keg Christmas tree! ff3

We will definitely be back to Flying Fish Brewing Company!

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Fogotten Boardwalk Brewing Co.: Cherry Hill, NJ

Brian and I have always searched for dog friendly wineries to try.  Just recently we began trying the dog friendly breweries in South Jersey, not realizing just how many there were! Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing Co. has definitely been added to our “favorites” list!

To start – check out the cool over-sized Connect-Four game at the brewery entrance!

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The beer here was delicious, and the people were friendly and knowledgeable.

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Best of all, the brewery has two skeeball machines, a spin wheel and fun house mirrors – and they donate a portion of the proceeds from skeeball to a different charity each month!  When we visited, the charity-of-the-month was the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, NJ!

The brewery was very festive for the Holidays, and even had a beer can Christmas tree.

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I highly recommend their Funnel Cake beer!

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I love that they have a bunch of board games available for people to play while enjoying a few of their beer selections!

We can’t wait to visit Forgotten Boardwalk again!

Cabela’s: Christiana Mall, DE

While we were competing at the Cabela’s Dog Days of Summer with Delmarva DockDogs, we found out that this particular Cabela’s store is dog friendly.  Margarita got to go on her own shopping spree!

Margarita inside of Cabela’s:

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Margarita shopping for the perfect toy:

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She picked out a stuffed bunny:

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Margarita wanted to be sure to test out the bunny before we left the store:

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This Cabela’s was EXTREMELY dog friendly.  The staff here welcomed all dogs, and could not have been nicer!

Iron Plow Vineyards, Columbus, NJ

This was our first time at Iron Plow Vineyards. This is a newer winery to our area, and they have some really different tasting wines.

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File Jul 25, 8 13 34 PMWe enjoyed a wine tasting, then a glass of wine…and Rita enjoyed the air conditioning!

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