Just 20 minutes from Portsmouth, my favorite New Hampshire "metropolis," is the 23-year-old Flag Hill Winery & Vineyard in Lee. So, when I heard Flag Hill is again producing its Uncork the Love line of wines to benefit the New Hampshire SPCA, I decided to look into other dog-friendly day trip activities in that corner of the Granite State.
At just 60 or so miles from Boston, New Hampshire's Strafford County and surroundings are easy destinations for city folks looking for hiking and other outdoor pursuits.
Flag Hill launched its second-annual Uncork the Love line this past Friday with an after-hours tasting. Prices for the specially labeled wines include a $1.00 donation, with Flag Hill donating an additional $2.80 for each bottle sold. The special bottles are available only at Flag Hill's tasting room and gift shop through 12 May 2013. (The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday year round, except for some holidays.)
Although Flag Hill does not permit dogs inside the buildings, general manager Heather Houle tells me they do invite travelers to leash-walk their canine companions on the grounds. She notes that, as Flag Hill is a popular wedding setting, extra vigilance on the part of owners to clean up after their pets is much appreciated.
Not far from Flag Hill is DeMeritt Hill Farm, a New Hampshire Farm of Distinction whose dog-friendliness is underscored by the fact they even sell leashes for four-legged guests in their store. With berry and apple picking and a variety of trails on their 120-acre property (including an Enchanted Forest with fairy tale and