10 Dog-Friendly Vacation Destinations
Searching for a great getaway spot, but worried about leaving Spot behind? Why not bring your dog with you on vacation and stay at a resort, bed-and-breakfast or hotel designed to pamper both you and your pooch? Here are 10 paws-itively prime U.S. hotel recommendations for dogs and their owners
Captain Jefferds Inn, Kennebunkport, ME
If a bed-and-breakfast is more to your liking, the Captain Jefferds Inn is a place where guests and their dogs sleep in charming carriage houses that offer a convenient entrance for pets. Man’s best friend is greeted with treats served on silver platters, scented waste bags, pet toys and more. Several dog parks are nearby, as are Kennebunkport beaches that allow owners to walk their dogs leash-free.
The W Hotel, Seattle, WA
Executive Chef Adam Stevenson has created a secret weapon: “gourmutt” treats like almond butter, peanut butter and organic biscuits. W Seattle welcomes pets at check-in with a “W”-shaped dog cookie, dog tags, toys and other treats. Among the plentiful in-room amenities are a plush dog bed, food and water bowls with floor mats, pet diapers (upon request) and turndown service. The hotel concierge ensures that dogs are walked as often as needed upon request.
Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa, Orange Village, OH
Ever wish they made a luxury hotel just for dogs? Your wish is granted at the Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa, just a few miles from Cleveland. Here, you can board your barker in luxury and spoil her with pet grooming and spa services, de-shedding treatments, relaxation massages and room service that includes steak. Sorry, humans aren’t allowed overnight, but you can find plenty of posh lodgings of your own nearby.
The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, MT
The Resort at Paws Up has always had a special relationship with man’s best friend-inspiring its name and logo along with its pet-friendly policy. Case in point: this resort offers an outdoor kennel for sleeping under the stars. Canine guests also get their own stylish Paws Up collar and leash combo, a bag of delectable doggie treats and a toy to keep them busy. Best of all, this is a wilderness sanctuary you’ll never forget, with plenty of walking trails for you and your dog to explore as the picturesque mountains form an idyllic backdrop.
The Little Nell Hotel, Aspen, CO
If you want pet-friendly hiking trails that are just as breathtaking, check out this Colorado-based hotel. Here, four-legged friends are treated to personalized brass identification tags, walking and sitting on request and grooming services. The Little Nell also provides a Puppy Jet Lag Kit for dogs who don’t travel well.
“The Petiquette Program at The Little Nell even offers doggie-sized portions of the hotel’s room service menu, including *beef tenderloin with scrambled eggs and brown rice,” says Julia Theisen, vice president of sales and marketing, Aspen Chamber Resort Association.
Firesky Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ
You know you’re among dog lovers when the director of pet relations at your hotel is a Cocker Spaniel named Bosco. He’s one of many furry friends at the Firesky Resort & Spa. This recommended getaway boasts dog walking and sitting services, an exercise area and nearby dog park, in-room food and water bowls, a super-comfy doggy bed, a pooper scooper and walking map. Ask for the Bone Appetite Package, which includes Bosco’s Brew (a pet-friendly beer), gourmet doggie treats, a top-quality chew toy and a leash.
Hotel Monaco, Chicago, IL
When visiting the Windy City, bring your pet to this hotel located in downtown Chicago. Take advantage of a special PAWS Chicago Pet Package that provides a doggy bed, bowl and welcome treat. Additionally, the hotel staff can arrange pet walking and sitting services along with day care, grooming and spa services. Ten percent of all proceeds is donated to PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago, a non-profit organization working to help Chicago become a no-kill zone for stray animals. And if you and your dog get lonely, you can even call room service to request “Guppy Love,” a complimentary goldfish (cared for by hotel staff) to keep you company during your stay.
“Chicago is one of the most pet-friendly cities around, with a host of dog parks, dog beaches, and parks that allow pets,” said Tony Kremer, DVM, of Plainfield, Ill., who strongly recommends the Hotel Monaco.
The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA
This highly acclaimed hotel serves up a heaping helping of Southern hospitality as well as scenic hiking trails, a designated play area outfitted with a tether, a milk bone at turndown and much more.
“Homestead guests and their pets can explore miles of Allegheny Mountain trails ideal for those morning canine ‘constitutionals’ that are sure to set tails wagging and whiskers wiggling,” says Carol Stratford, director of marketing communications for The Homestead.
The Muse Hotel, New York City, NY
Take a bite of the Big Apple while your dog takes a bite out of a delicious doggy snack at this hotel located in the city’s Theater District. The Pampered Pooch Package includes a basket filled with canine treats and access to New York’s only doggie playground, “Canine Court,” with open land and an obstacle course close by. You and your pet can also enjoy the popular dog runs in nearby Central Park. And if you’ve always wanted to explore the swanky stores with Rex at your heel, here’s your chance: Hotel guests and their dogs are welcome to shop together at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany’s, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic and the Gap.
Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, Miami, FL
Yearning for an escape to the Sunshine State? Bring the pet to this 49-room boutique hotel where dogs are indulged with numerous amenities-including a Creature Concierge who arranges all the pet accoutrements, such as charm bracelets, Tiffany dog tags, cashmere pet beds, walking, local play dates, shopping, and priority seating at the pool (where you can partake in poolside “yappy hour”). What’s more, Baleen, Grove Isle’s restaurant, provides gourmet dog treats and outdoor dining spots. If you really want to go posh, splurge for a canine reflexology session in a seaside cabana or a Doggie and Me yoga appointment at SpaTerre, the hotel’s to-die-for spa.
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