And doggy makes three? The friendly folks at Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury, Vermont are hosting their first Valentine's Day party this year. With several dog-friendly lodgings in the area, romantic couples with Fido in tow now have a great excuse for a mid-week road trip to the Northeast Kingdom.
We first visited the 400-acre mountain-top farm and art center in October 2008, writing about the "unadulterated dogginess" of the annual Fall Dogfest for Automotive Traveler at the time. Founded by internationally renowned artist Stephen Huneck, Dog Mountain is now operated by his widow Gwen Huneck. The place is at once a peaceful retreat overflowing with the Hunecks love for each other and their four-legged friends... and an occasionally boisterous tail-wagging good time.
The Dog Chapel, walls pinned with snapshots of dogs from around the world, features Huneck's stained glass windows and carved wooden pews. Over in the Gallery, all breakables are above tail height. A pond and miles of hiking trails ensure year-round fun.
Dog Mountain Gallery's Amanda McDermott donned her event planning hat recently to give me a few hints about the February 14th party (to be held 5:00-7:00 p.m.). Chocolate-stuffed fruit bites and yogurt-dipped dog treats were among the items being considered for the light fare.
Visiting Dog Mountain is a day trip from here in Southern New Hampshire: Meander across the state via Routes 101 and 9 to I-91 in Vermont, then head north, returning via I-93 through the White Mountains region of the Granite State. From Boston, St. Johnsbury is just under 200 miles. Either way, an evening event is best enjoyed as part of an overnight stay.
The Inn at Maplemont Farm in nearby Barnet is said to be one of the dog-friendliest lodging options in