Dog-Friendly Destination: Ripon
If you’re planning a weekend getaway to Wisconsin, popular locales like Madison and Lake Geneva are likely at the top of your list. A place you probably won’t come across in your research? Ripon – a small college town in Fond du Lac County located about 85 miles northwest of Milwaukee. Though it doesn’t get much attention as a vacation spot, Ripon is a hidden gem for Midwest tourists and their four-legged friends.
Like many small towns, Ripon is characterized by its eclectic shopping, tasty cuisine, historic character, and natural beauty. What sets it apart as a dog-friendly destination is the town’s focus on celebrating the furry companions that bring so much joy to our lives. In fact, Ripon is ranked seventh on the list of the Happiest Cities in Wisconsin. Coincidence? We think not.
Those looking for a last minute getaway should plan a trip during Ripon’s annual fall festival, Septemberfest, which will be held on September 19th. The event includes a pet parade and show that you and your pup won’t want to miss! Here’s where to stay, where to eat, and how to have fun in this dog-friendly destination.
Dog-Friendly Lodging Visitors to Ripon have three local choices for pet-friendly lodging. There are also a number of private home rentals that accommodate dogs.
Comfort Suites at Royal Ridges 2 Westgate Dr, Ripon (920) 748-5500
Boarders Inn & Suites 1219 Fond du Lac St, Ripon (920) 748-7578
The Dartford Inn N6264 N Lawson Dr, Green Lake (920) 294-6546
Dog-Friendly Restaurants The following restaurants allow dogs to dine with their human companions outdoors when the weather permits.
Vines & Rushes Winery 410 County Rd E, Ripon (920) 748-3296
Gallagher’s 333 Watson St, Ripon (920) 748-2900
Dog-Friendly Attractions Dogs love exploring the exciting sights and smells of Ripon. The following dog-friendly attractions are favored by locals and visitors alike.
Ripon Dog Park N8863 S Koro Rd, Ripon
Mascoutin Valley State Trail County Highway E at Locust Rd, Ripon
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