Dogcation: Navigating dog friendly Amagansett for sun, beach, and great food in the Hamptons

Another great summer spot for you and your dog is out in Amagansset, NY, on the eastern end of Long Island. It takes about 2.5 hours to get there from NYC, so it’s a better multi-day trip than a day trip, but it offers fresh air, a laid back town, good food, and an awesome stretch of beach.

Getting there

You are probably going to have to drive out to Amagansett (104 miles from NYC), because Long Island Railroad only really allows small confined dogs (or service dogs). If you don’t have a car, rent one and put down a dog seat car protector to help avoid any car cleaning fee from dog hair. Consider driving at off hours (after 7pm, before 8am, middle of the day) to avoid commute and vacationer traffic.

Where to Stay

This is a tricky one given summer rates for rental houses and hotels are expensive. We were fortunate enough to have a friend invite us out. Consider coming in the fall or spring before rates get sky-high. Here are some dog-friendly hotels and rentals in the area.

  • Cottage 1 at The Inn at Windmill Lane, via

    Gansett Green Manor (273 Main Street, Amagansett, NY): Suites and cottages with private patios make this a good choice for dog-friendly lodging in Amagansett. $25 extra/night for dogs. Rates run $300-$450.

  • The Inn at Windmill Lane (23 Windmill Lane, Amagansett, NY): Super luxury private cottages with fenced yards for you and your dog are expensive ($450-$2100/night) but very nice. The three cottages are dog friendly as is Suite 2. $50 extra/night for dogs.
  • VRBO Rentals: Check for Amagansett homes for rent that are pet friendly. They range from $200/night to $15,000 per week so the variation is extreme.
  • AirBnB: Rent out a pet-friendly room in someone’s home in Amagansett, or the whole place for between $114-$4000/night.

The Beach

Two Mile Hollow Beach

Two Mile Hollow Beach

The ocean beaches are closed to dogs (on leash or off) from 9am to 6pm during the summer months (mid-May to September 30th), but before 9am or after 6pm, your dog can go nuts playing on the sand and in the water. Remember, it stays light out pretty late these days, so you can have a sunny dinner on the beach with your dog, or some early morning play time. It’s also a lot less crowded during the week.

[Note some recent legislation states that your off leash dog must be at least 300 feet from the entrance to the beach, so look for the markers before you pick your beach spot. Most people are pretty relaxed but there is a $250 fine for violations so be careful.]

Ocean Beaches

  • Atlantic Avenue Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Atlantic Avenue, Map
  • Atlantic Drive Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Atlantic Drive, Map
  • Egypt Beach (East Hampton)
    Old Beach Lane, Map
  • Georgica Beach (East Hampton)
    Off of Lily Pond Lane, Map
  • Indian Wells Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Indian Wells Highway, Map
  • Main Beach (East Hampton)
    Off of Ocean Avenue, Map
  • Napeague Lane Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Napeague Lane, Map
  • Navahoe Road Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Navahoe Road, Map
  • Two Mile Hollow Beach (East Hampton)
    Off of Two Mile Hollow Road, Map

Bay Beaches:

Note there are also beaches on the bay side, and often these are more lax with leash laws. Here are a few.

garden behind Jacks coffee

garden behind Jack’s coffee

Dog-friendly food spots

  • Hampton Chutney Company: Located in Amagansett Square (6 Main Street), grab a dosa and a cardamom coffee and hang out at the outdoor picnic tables and grass with your dog (on leash).
  • Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee: Also in Amagansett Square (146 Montauk Hwy Amagansett), Jack’s serves up some of the best coffee in the Hamptons, as well as ice cream, and tons of local New York specialty items. In the back thee is a shaded area with outdoor tables and chairs for you and your dog to chill out at (on leash).
  • Mary’s Marvelous: In the center of the town of Amagansett (207 Main St, Amagansett, NY), Mary’s has awesome takeaway sandwiches (breakfast and lunch) and treats to grab before hitting the beach. You can’t bring your dog inside, but it’s pretty quick to grab a sandwich and go.
  • Bostwick’s Chowder House: Pretty close to Two Mile Hollow Beach, you can get a take out order of fish tacos or lobster roll  at Bostwicks (277 Pantigo Road in East Hampton) and then head on over to eat at the beach (after 6pm) with your dog. Not the best lobster roll in the Hamptons, but convenience is key.
  • Springs General Store: Out in the adjacent Springs area, hit up the Springs General Store for sandwiches, lemonade and coffee. It was frequented by artist Jackson Pollock back in the day when he lived nearby. They have picnic tables where you and your dog can have a picnic lunch near a pond.
  • Balsam Farmstand: The corn out here is some of the best you will ever have. Stop by the Balsam Farm Stand (Near windmill lane & town lane, amagansett ny) in August to get some fresh corn and other veggies and local cheeses for dinner.

Dog Park

  • Springs Dog Park: Not to far away is the 20+ acre Springs Dog Park if you want some dog-friendly open space at any time of day. On your way, stop by


Need a vet? Maybe your dog picked up a nasty tick or ate something funky off the beach (dead crabs?)

  • East Hampton Vet Group (22 Montauk Highway , East Hampton, NY): Head to the East Hampton Vet Group (22 Montauk Highway , East Hampton, NY).  Added bonus – You may find rates to be 50% less than in Manhattan. We have actually done booster shots while out there to save on vet bills. 631-324-0282






New York puppy born without use of legs, learns to walk! See video!

Every once in a while we have to share video of awesome dog stories. In this case a Boston Terrier puppy was brought in to the Mia Foundation (Rochester, NY) for physical therapy after being born without the use of his arms and legs. Watch this video to see how they got him up and moving in 2 weeks! Love the swim scenes…

What do you think? (By the Way, Mia Foundation specializes in rehabilitating dogs with birth defects, and you can see their adoptable dogs here.)

Central Park for dogs

A closer look at Central Park for dogs:

  • Central Park (off leash): One of the most fun things to do with your dog is to take them up to Central Park, and before 9am and after 9pm dogs are allowed to be off leash. There are some amazing fields and knolls that are perfect for dogs to run around and play. Dogs LOVE it! Do be careful since active roads surround Central Park, and some of the interior roads are used by cars and bikes.

    Here is a time-lapse video created by TJ Hall for of Central Park during the off-leash hours in 3 locations:

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NYC Yappy Hour meetup on Saturday with dogs (and wine)

The NYC Yappy Hour Meetup group, one of the largest dog meetups in the city, is having another one of their events this Saturday July 27th. It starts at 6pm at Fetch Bar and Grill (1649 Third Avenue between 92nd and 93rd Street) and of course you can bring your dog.



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Celeb Watch: NYC celebs out with their dogs

Because we know some of you secretly love this stuff, here are this week’s celebs out with dogs in NYC:

Ask a Trainer: “Do bark collars work?”

Here’s another question from our Ask a Dog Trainer section. Do bark collars work?

  • “If used correctly, bark collars might work for some dogs, but I do not recommend them. There are other, more humane ways to teach a dog to be quiet and calm that will not cause the dog pain or accidentally condition a fear response. (Lauren Wojcik – owner/trainer, Laurens Leash,, 917-261-1128)
  • I do not use aversive training methods” (Elisabeth Weiss, DogRelations,
  • Yes, they do have a reasonably high success rate depending on the type of collar you are asking about.  Bark Busters does NOT use them and would never recommend any collar that hurts the dog. You have to understand that where a collar works on sound (dog barking) that another similar sound might also set the collar off when the dog is lying quite. I would definitely try other options first. Education through training can work wonders.” (Robert Machi and Sylvia Wilson,,  877-500-BARK (2275))
  • They do something for some dogs, for some amount of time. The “something” they do is (at best) “correct” the bark – they temporarily stop it. Some dogs however won’t care, and most dogs will get used to them or learn to bark “around” the collar or “through” it. But even if they work perfectly for your dog, you still need to combine them with a regimen of training, counterconditioning and desensitization: the collar might temporarily stop the barking, but what will keep your dog calm, peaceful, and obedient long-term is his relationship of respect and understanding with his leaders – which means you.” (Anthony Newman, Calm Energy Dog Training,,, (646) 942-1979)
  • Yes and no. The right bark collar for your dog can be very effective. If you want to give a bark collar a try, consult a professional to find the right collar for your dog. They do, however, have two major drawbacks. One, the dog only learns not to bark when wearing his bark collar. No problem you say? Just keep the collar on all the time?  That’s great, unless you have an intruder picking the lock on your door. Then you want your dog to bark. Our approach is to teach your dog when to bark and when to be quiet.” (Dr. Mary Travers-Smith,  Superpaws Dog Training,,, 212-781-7197)
  • “Yes, they can, but not always.  Many times a bark collar does not work because the volume or stimulation is set too high causing the dog to go into a panic mode, inhibiting them to think and make the connection between the stim and the bark.  Many times it is set too low, where the connection is made, but the bark is still greater than the reward.  Lastly, the collar is not fitted in the right manner and renders the device almost inoperable or worse…. inconsistent.” (James Colella Dedicated Dog Training (888) 370-7477

(NOTE: We do not endorse any particular trainer or their training ideas – this is here to give you perspectives from different trainers for training issues. Please do your research before hiring a trainer and avoid any that use methods that seem abusive. Here are some additional resources to read on why and how to train: ASPCA Guide to Training, APDT How to Select a Trainer, LiveScience on Training)

Can you guess what breeds this dog is? Chance to win a $50 gift card to Petco (No purchase necessary)

zuzu blondeGuess which 2 breeds predominantly make up Zuzu (the dog in the photos here) and have a chance to win a $50 gift card to Petco!

If you are like us, maybe you adopted a rescue dog and you have always been curious what breeds compose their ‘mixed breed’. Or maybe you have a purebred dog but are curious just how pure your purebred actually is.

Well we reached out to Wisdom Panel, one of the most reputable of the Dog DNA testing companies to finally get some insight into the breed composition of our dog Zuzu. The shelter told us their best guess was that Zuzu was a Labrador Retriever, Border Collie Shepherd mix, and we told that to people for years even if we didn’t really know with any certainty. Since it’s its hard to tell her size from photos, we will telly you she is ~50 pounds.

zuzu closeWe used the Wisdom Panel 2.0 Breed Identification DNA Test Kit ($69 at Amazon) and we just got back the results.

We will reveal the results next week, but first, a contest.

Guess the 2 dominant breeds (one from from her mother’s and father’s side). The winner will get a $50 gift card for Petco! If more than one person gets it correct, we will randomly draw one winner from those that got it correct. Submit your guess of the 2 dominant breeds by email ( with full name), in the comments below, or on our Facebook page ( One entry per person! See all rules and regulations below.

If nobody gets both breeds correct, then we will randomly draw a winner from all of those that got 1 of the 2 dominant breeds correct. If nobody gets either of the 2 dominant breeds correct, we will save the gift card for another drawing at a a later date.

Contest Rules:

  • No purchase is necessary.
  • Odds of winning are based on number of entries with the correct answer.
  • Contest starts 7/23/2013 and all entries must be received by midnight EDT on 7/31/2013.
  • 1 entry allowed per person.
  • To enter this contest, submit your guess of the 2 dominant breeds by email ( with full name), in the comments below, or on our Facebook page (
  • The prize is one $50 gift card to Petco.
  • To be eligible you must be a U.S. resident, 18 and older.
  • All employees, freelancers, and partners of DogSpin are ineligible. Employees of Wisdom Panel and Mars Incorporated are also ineligible. All family members of these employees, freelancers, and partners are also ineligible.
  • If more than one person gets it correct, we will randomly draw one winner from those that got it correct.
  • If nobody gets both breeds correct, then we will randomly draw a winner from all of those that got 1 of the 2 dominant breeds correct.
  • If nobody guesses either of the 2 dominant breeds, the prize will not be awarded and will will be used in a future giveaway.
  • If the winner does not claim their prize by 8/30/2013, another winner will be selected from those that made correct guesses
  • Void where prohibited by law

Dog rescued by NYFD from a ledge in Brooklyn

This one has been circulating around for a week, but check out this dog that somehow got out on to a ledge of a Brooklyn building on July 11th. No idea how it got out there! Watch the rescue:

Dog acupuncture? Reiki? Canine psychics? Yep – here is a look at healing therapy for NYC dogs

by Rainbow Kirby, Contributing Writer [Editor’s Note: We have not yet tried any of these services, but will report back if we do.]

The urban pooch has their fair share of stressors – from jackhammers on Second Avenue to blaring ambulances in the East Village to honking taxicabs in Midtown. And it’s not always a peaceful day in the dog park. Fortunately, there are some remedies in the city to enhance your dog’s chi and restore harmony once again.

Reiki Healing

Whether your pup is recovering from an injury or has been in a bit of a funk, New York Dog Nanny ( offers hands-on healing through Reiki, aromatherapy and hot oil treatments. What dog couldn’t use a tender touch? Visit their Lexington location or request a house call.

  • Price Range: Reiki, $40. Hot Oil Treatment, $20. Mani/Pedi, $20.
  • Location: 126 Lexington Ave, 2nd Floor
  • Phone:  917.261.7333

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Water Therapy

You’re not the only New Yorker wishing you had access to a rooftop pool. When your furry friend tires of the public fountains in the park, let them unwind with a swim at Water 4 Dogs ( They can splash with other dogs during Open Swim or book a private session for just the two of you. There’s nothing like the healing power of water.

  • Rates:  Initial Evaluation: $60; Single sessions from $35-$45: Packages from $315-$405
  • Location: 77 Worth Street, NYC
  • Call: 212.285.4900


Western medicine and alternative treatments are beginning to mesh with traditional veterinary practices. Acupuncture, once used primarily used to help mobility in older dogs, has shown results in alleviating ailments from allergies to heart disease to promoting increased vitality and lifespan. According to NYC-based Acupuncture for Your Dog, ( most dogs do not seem to even mind the needles.  Dr.Tracey Akner will administer to your pooch and she makes house calls, too.

  • Price Range: Available upon request
  • Location: 201C E. 33rd Street (bet 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
  • Phone: 212.991.8903


If you can’t read your dog’s mind, a pet psychic can help. Shira can communicate with both living and deceased pets and pinpoint why your dog is misbehaving. Located in Nyack, Shira ( will come to the NYC Metro area for groups and/or parties. She prefers dog photos though, as she has developed some pet allergies.

  • Rates: $100 for 30 mins.; $150 for 45 mins.; $200 for 1 hr.
  • Call Shira: 845.623.0880

Dr. Catherine Ferguson ( is a pet psychic who can help you discover what your dog really thinks about your relationship. How do they feel about the new baby? Are they upset that you’re working so much? If you’re visiting a New York City Affinia hotel with your canine, you can request Dr. Ferguson during your stay. Or receive a consultation via phone or in person at her office in New Jersey.

  • Rates: $60 for a 20-min. phone consultation; $70 for a 30-min consultation in person or via phone or email; $100 for 60 mins.
  • Contact Catherine: 201.433.7955; Email:


Know of any other unique services for dogs in NYC? Please share in the comments.

New Pier 26 dog run slated to open in Tribeca by August 5th

[UPDATE August 5th: The Pier 26 dog run is now open!] Tribeca is getting a new dog run, and it looks to be one of the most modern looking ones in New York City.  The brand new Pier 26 dog run in the Tribeca segment of Hudson River Park is slated to open by July 31st August 5th, according to a spokesperson at the Hudson River Park Trust. It will be the largest of all of the Hudson River Park dog runs and features umbrellas for shade, and a water fountain that the dogs can play in.

It’s part of a larger Pier 26 complex that will have lawns, an Estuarium, a restaurant, and outdoor concerts. You can find Pier 26 between North Moore Street and Hubert Street on the far west side of Manhattan in Hudson River Park. The dog run is right in front by the bike path. At nearby Pier 25, there is also a kid’s playground that is being restored after being damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
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