BY KELLY KRUSE
Spring is finally here and that cabin fever we’ve all been feeling is finally melting away. The air has changed from dry and bitter to all of us rejoicing in the welcoming sounds of birds chirping and the smell of foliage beginning to bloom.
For those of you with dogs, the thought of taking them out for a nice long walk is finally becoming appealing. Good for the soul and great way to shed those extra winter pounds that always seem to sneak up on us.
In downtown Racine we love dogs! If you haven’t already heard, this year’s public art project will be featuring Racine County’s K9 Heroes. And we have so many pet friendly shops, we urge you to take your dog for calming stroll through Downtown Racine.
We have plenty of retail shops and galleries that welcome you and your four-legged friends. Many even have water bowls to make sure they stay hydrated, and restaurants that have outdoor seating options welcome your pets. Some even have beer garden areas, complete with water bowls as well.
Here is a list of pet-friendly shops and restaurants:
Northern Lights Gallery
Photographic Design Studio
Plumb Gold Ltd.
The Zoo – Outside on Lawn
Twice Baked Pottery
Dewey’s – Outdoor Seating
Divino Gelato – Outdoor Seating
George’s – Outdoor Seating
Harbor Lite Yacht Club – Beer Garden
John’s Dock – Beer Garden
Main Hub – Beer Garden
Michigan’s Pub – Beer Garden
Pepi’s – Beer Garden
Red Onion Cafe – Outdoor Seating
Reefpoint Brew House – Upper Deck Area
Robert’s Roost – Outdoor Seating
Smok’d on the Water – Outdoor Seating
Sugar Shack – Outdoor Seating
The Ivanhoe – Outdoor seating
The Nash – Upper Deck Area
Third Coast Wood Fire Pizza – Beer Garden
We hope you consider taking your favorite furry pet to downtown for a nice long walk. Shop the galleries and boutiques, stop for a brew and a bite at one of our amazing restaurants or taverns and take some time to smell the roses. Life is short, long walks are healing. Remember, when you support local shops, restaurants, bars and breweries you are supporting the place we all call home!
Kelly Kruse is the executive director at DRC.